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    We all get knocked down.

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    you back up.

  • “Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.“

    -American Psychological Association



    The Get Up Nation Podcast is committed to creating, developing, and empowering individuals, organizations, and societies to practice a skilled resilience that obliterates obstacles, maximizes potential, and wastes no time in creating human interactions of profound depth, respect, health and productivity.



    The Get Up Nation Podcast serves, encourages, and supports people as they develop and sustain personal, organizational and societal resilience and perseverance by sharing the journeys, experiences, and insights of people who successfully overcome adversity.



    The Get Up Nation ® Podcast is an offering of Great Waters Media, a division of Ideal State Consulting LLC.

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    Get Up Nation®! My name is Ben Biddick. I’m the Creator and Host of the Get Up Nation® Show and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Pete Turner. Pete is United States Army Veteran....
    Get Up Nation®! My name is Ben Biddick. I’m the Creator and Host of the Get Up Nation® Show and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the absolute honor of speaking with Nick Wilson of the Resiliency Project. Nick and...
    Get Up Nation®! My name is Ben Biddick. I’m the Creator and Host of the Get Up Nation® Show and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Kathy Partak. This is her second appearance on the Get Up Nation® Show. She and her son Mason...
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  • Ben Biddick, Host of the Get Up Nation ® Podcast

    After attending the University of Wisconsin, Ben Biddick enlisted in the United States Army following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He served as a combat medic and military policeman in Iraq and performed Emergency Management Operations for the State of Wisconsin. Following military service, Biddick served as a First Responder focused on the prevention of domestic violence, the exploitation of children in the form of human trafficking, and criminal gang membership. He also served as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator and has nearly 20 years of experience of serving others in civilian, military, and correctional healthcare environments.

    He is an author, public speaker, and consultant who strives to transform the effects of poverty, trauma, and illness into power bases of positive change, recovery, and empowerment. As the owner of Ideal State Consulting and Great Waters Media, he uses his Master’s Degree in Performance Improvement and experiences to assist individuals and organizations create a more just and noble America worthy of the honorable men and women who built it and continue to build it every day.


    Also check out his non-profit called www.unitedpatriotmissions.org where he pairs veterans and noble civilians together to do good works in the honor and memory of fallen service members.

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  • That Pitch Was A Gift...

    Adam Greenberg and Ben Biddick's New Book "Get Up: The Art of Perseverance

    On July 9th, 2005, no one suspected the triumph of Adam Greenberg's first major-league plate appearance with the Chicago Cubs would be obliterated by an errant 92 mile-an-hour first-pitch fastball. He didn’t know it at the time, but that pitch was a gift. Now he offers his story of overcoming adversity and persevering through challenges in hopes of helping you pursue your dreams in life.

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    We have pivotal moments during our adversity that keep us going, grinding, and grappling. After 7 years in the Minor Leagues seeking to regain a Major League roster slot following his head injury, here is Adam on the Today Show being offered a one day contract with the Marlins after Matt Liston and American rallied around him...

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    Honored by this content @therealdoctodd and @robslenses created, their support for Get Up Nation, and the work they’re doing to save lives in both the veteran and music community as we all seek to be more resilient, more mentally & physically healthy, more empathetic, more united, and more powerful. Together we can transcend hate, greed, violence, and ineffective systems that do not meet the real needs of real people. Together we can create the kind of brilliant reality that doesn’t wait for anyone else to solve our problems but takes ownership and responsibility for our lives, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our nations. This is the soul and strength of Get Up Nation. We are Get Up Nation.

  • Testimonials

    "Ben Biddick is one of the world’s most innovative thought leaders whose unparalleled vision and insight shows what is possible in our world. Forged from a relentless commitment to serve human beings to effectively emerge from suffering into health from early in his youth, Ben transcends the barriers that are so entrenched in our world. It doesn’t matter the age, gender, race, orientation, political affiliation, religious affiliation, trauma history, lack of trauma history, veteran or non-veteran..rural or urban…Ben finds the beauty and greatness of each person and brings it forth for all of us to learn and grow into our own beauty and greatness. He jolts us out of our tiny, common silos to recognize a greater reality of unity that exists between all people.


    I am honored to partner with Ben, as he is one of the few people I have ever met, who has recognized and articulated that if we focus on the mental health of those who have experienced war and violence, that the solutions found there will ripple through our entire world in almost every facet of society. From abused, exploited, and neglected children to assisting people and families emerge from the trauma of poverty, to creating a world that effectively treats addiction, to ensuring organizations and systems of service take into account the full spectrum of human experience and human being during the processes of serving them instead of shuffling and shoving people through narrow and troubling programs impeded by financial greed and political posturing.


    Where others draw back, intimidated and overwhelmed, Ben recognizes the immense opportunity and lunges us all forward. Ben is a global media leader who is taking us where we all want to go. Support him with your time, energy, and money. Help him accomplish his dream..."

    -Anonymous Partner of Get Up Nation who facilitates Get Up Nation Intoku Program


    "I'm a Clinical Psychotherapist who works with people with serious and persistent mental illness. I wanted to let you know that I have been asking some of my patients with lower than average resilience to listen to your podcasts for homework once they leave our psychotherapy sessions each week. I can confirm that after 2 months of feedback regarding the homework I had set, the majority of the people who listened to your interviews stated they were developing a more positive way of thinking, combined with a growing tool kit on which to buildup their own new resilience patterns. We now talk about the inspiring and empowering new ways they are practicing, developing, and implementing their own resilience skills, after having watched your YouTube videos. They are also enjoying hearing the amazing stories from the diverse range of podcast participants and asked me to thank you, all the way from Australia, for putting all of the interviews together. Please keep up your groundbreaking work, and know that you are helping many people across the world."

    -Alyse Price-Tobler, Clinical Psychotherapist and Creator of the SEMPI Communication Model

    "I have to say this...This is the first time I've done an interview, and I cried. So thank you for reminding me number one who I am because I'm not afraid to admit that but... giving me the opportunity to remember everything I've accomplished ... thank you, thank you so much I wish you amazing success."

    -Cappie Pondexter, WNBA Legend


    "It's been a joy. Thank you, Ben, and deep bows to the good work you are doing.

    It's making a difference. I know that."

    -Linda Graham

    Resilience Expert and Author of "Resilience" and "Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well Being"

    Ben Biddick is not only an amazing human being, but he is an incredible father, husband and now friend. Many months ago, Ben made a commitment to telling my life's story in a book we were writing together. Ben's dedication to the project is unparalleled. Ben's writing style was also perfect to help bring my story to life. That was the most important thing to him, making me happy and proud. No matter how many edits, or changes needed to be made, Ben made himself available and passionate through the finish line. I cannot say enough how proud I am for what we accomplished together. Introducing Ben to the most important people that have impacted my life was never a concern during the interview process. Ben handles himself with the same pride and dignity that he has served our country with in respecting my life and the relationships in my life. I'm proud to call Ben a member of my family.


    -Adam Greenberg, former Major League Baseball player and CEO of www.lurongliving.com

    "Being a woman I know that I immediately have to fight a little bit harder for anything I want professionally. Being a Latina means I need to work even harder than just being a woman, and so knowing that I'm doing something not just for me but for any Latina who comes after me or maybe even a contemporary Latina...that fuels me. Knowing that we've come far, and we still have a long journey ahead of us...this was such a pleasure, thank you so much. I really appreciate it, Ben."


    -Marysol Castro, the first female Latina PA Announcer for the New York Mets and Creator & Host of www.somosonair.com

    "To me personally going to the VA and sitting down with somebody who has been to Vietnam or Korea and just spend some time with them and ask them what American used to like...or what their experiences in combat were like... Those things are a national treasure... It's almost addictive to me to keep going to the VA and spend some time with these veterans... Thanks, Ben."


    -Alejandro Villanueva, Pro Bowl Starting Left Tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Combat Veteran sharing how he and Richard "Buzz" Bryan humbly serve veterans without fanfare on the Get Up Nation Podcast

    "I had the pleasure and honor of being a guest on the Get Up Nation Podcast a few weeks ago and my episode went live today. Sharing this kind of stuff with the world or at least with my world has never been an easy task. You guys would be surprised if you could see how nervous I get when exposing the real rawness of my heart with the masses. However, my mind was put at ease after listening to the episode. I am so proud and thankful for how it turned out. Thank you so much, Ben Biddick, and to the Get Up Nation Podcast for contributing to the change our culture so desperately needs by making grief and the REAL hard parts of life okay to talk about. We are not alone in this world. Every passerby has an entire story, a life filled with struggles of their own."


    -Stevie Allis, Guest 51 on the Get Up Nation Podcast

    "I really do sincerely hope that all the answers we've spoken to today will inspire someone I've never met to get up and to volunteer... My goodness man the pleasure is all mine. I appreciate you so very much. Thank you so much for taking your time. This has been epic. I'm still wiping tears from my eyes. You can probably hear it in my voice... Thank you so, so much."


    -Chris Strub, the first person to live stream in all 50 United States

    and author of the book "50 States, 100 Days: The Book"

    "It's an honor to speak with you. Thank you for what you're doing. Thank you for your work. It's incredible. It's really wonderful, and thank you so much for this opportunity.  We appreciate and love what you do."

    -Alison Crowley & Cyndi Tomlinson of www.bolsterandbridge.org

    "Thank you so much! I appreciate it! It was fun!"

    -Dr. Stacy Drury, MD, PhD, Tulane Dept of Pediatrics, Tulane Brain Institute

    "That's it. Who would've ever thought that something that happened in Southwest Baltimore at a barber shop could be the birthplace for something greater to help? Everyone keeps saying 'What's the solution to this problem right now?' I have one of the answers. We have to take back our community... We must step up and be responsible in our community. We can't wait for the government. We can't wait for public assistance or policy. We ARE public assistance. We ARE policy. We have to bring forth community. We have to bring forth accountability, and how we do that starts in barber shops and beauty salons where people are talking... where the elders is telling the younger people listen you can't do this.... We ARE the programs. The programs are individuals that speak. I'm living proof of it... I believe in solutions over problems... Food desserts. Information desserts. Job training. Providing people with a lifestyle and a way of living by taking care of themselves...giving them a job at a barbershop, addressing the social and economic issues with mental illness... Let's not talk about it. Lets be about it. It ain't about talking. It's about showing. Thank you very much for having me. It was an honor. You ever come this way--let's sit down, let's get down."


    -Troy Staton, Shooting Survivor, Owner of New Beginnings Barber Shop, Founder of Luvs Art Project

    "Ben, you’ve been super awesome. Thank you so much for having me. Get Up Nation thank you so much for having me. I appreciate you!"

    -Marsha Elle, www.marshaellemusic.com

    "Today I’m thankful for you, Ben. For your wonderful work in the world and for giving people a chance to really transform and change their lives. Truly a pleasure to talk with you...All my best wishes to you and all your work…"

    -Lama Palden Drolma, Author of Love On Every Breath, http://bit.ly/2YmTmec

    "That was such a fulfilling conversation, thank you, Ben!"

    -Travis Chambers, of Chamber Media, Creator of You Tube's Most Viral Video of the Decade


    "It's amazing people like Ben, whose tireless commitment to share, educate and inspire us on the power and skill of resilience over adversity, that motivate me to stay the course in my own life and business journey. Thanks again Ben! If you haven't checked out his show you're missing out! He interviews amazing guests with real life story's and insights that will change your life."

    -Rene Michele, Author of Battle Scars Are Beautiful: From Victim to Victory


    "It's amazing people like Ben, whose tireless commitment to share, educate and inspire us on the power and skill of resilience over adversity, that motivate me to stay the course in my own life and business journey. Thanks again Ben! If you haven't checked out his show you're missing out! He interviews amazing guests with real life story's and insights that will change your life."

    -Robyn Spizman, NY Times Best Selling Author, Consumer Advocate, and Television Personality


  • Apply for a Get Up Grant!

    How much positive impact can you make with 50 dollars? Get Up Nation ® Podcast is giving mini-grants of $50 in 2019 to qualified individuals who use the money (and their heart for service) to build resilience in their organization or community.


    Click below to email Ben @ Get Up Nation®. Tell him how you will transform $50 into something extraordinary in your community. We want to see your positive action and share it on Get Up Nation Social Media! How will it help someone in need of resilience and perseverance?


    Individuals and businesses who want to sponsor a Get Up Grant at any dollar amount, also message Ben below.

  • Get Up Nation® Grant Winners

    Jordan Theurer - Ultra Runner

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    Jordan is an Ultra Runner who just completed the St Croix Winter Ultra 40 mile race in Hinckley, Minnesota, on January 12, 2019. He pulled a sled in the middle of the woods at night for 40 miles on 4 days notice! Initially he thought he earned 20th place but found out afterward he placed 14th by finishing the race in 11 hours, 27 minutes, and 14 seconds! Get Up Nation is proud to have provided Jordan with a $50 Get Up Grant to help purchase supplies he needed for this test of endurance and perseverance! He also completed a 50 mile race called Surf the Murph in Savage, Minnesota in 2018!


    Jordan is a United States Army Veteran and Survivor of alcoholism. In the darkest times of his addiction he discovered the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. It was the spark Jordan needed to begin his journey toward sobriety and health. Some ridiculed him when he first articulated he was going to be an Ultra Runner in the throes of addiction, but here he is now making his dream a reality.


    Thank you, Marc Holley for introducing me to Jordan. It has been an honor to hear and share Jordan’s journey. If anyone would like to connect with Jordan for physical training or partner with him to raise awareness in the veteran community about alcoholism, follow him on Instagram @jordan_theurer! He is currently preparing for the Zumbro 50 Mile Race on April 13, the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Run on July 27, and a 100 mile run in October 2019!

    Sean Long - Founder of Charlie Mike

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    Sean Long is a Combat Veteran who suffered Traumatic Brain Injury during his service in the United States Army. Sean is committed to serving those who have experienced similar challenges in their life. He recently launched his own non-profit company called Charlie Mike where he helps restore a sense of normalcy to Veterans and First Responders with invisible wounds through group activities. Get Up Nation is proud to provide Sean with a $50 Get Up Grant to help with the start up costs of his company. Learn more about Sean and Charlie Mike at https://charliemikeorg.com/

  • Get Up Nation® Brand Ambassadors

    Renee Parks

    Cancer Survivor, Brain Tumor Survivor, and Fitness Athlete

    Renee personifies Get Up Nation®! She is a cancer survivor and a brain tumor survivor who continually demonstrates resilience and perseverance. She was guest #3 on the show! Just before brain surgery this year, she completed the Million Meter Rowing Challenge! She describes her commitment to fitness: "It's about discovering the tools and resources to become a better me, a healthier me, a stronger me, and meeting great people along the way that share the same mindset." Follow her on Instagram @resilient.renee!

    Tiffany Annette Young

    Pediatric Cancer Survivor, Domestic Violence Survivor

    Tiffany has endured tremendous adversity in her life from pediatric cancer to domestic violence. She has committed herself to creating a world of civility and empathy and serves in numerous capacities to make this a reality each day! We are honored Tiffany serves as a Get Up Nation® Brand Ambassador! She was guest 53 on the show!

  • From individual coaching to consulting to keynote speaking, Ben is available to help you develop resilience and perseverance.

    If you're interested in hiring Ben to write your book or film, reach out to him in the contact section below to discuss a potential collaboration! Due to the intensive process of bringing your vision to life in the form of a full-length manuscript or film script, please be aware this is a highly selective process that will require a significant investment of your time and resources if you are selected for collaboration.

    Click here to schedule!

  • At Get Up Nation®, we believe health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Welcome to Get Up Nation® Cuisine where we explore a culinary world that fuels our physical, mental, and social health.

    Get Up Nation® Cuisine

    As we seek to develop mental health and fitness, we recognize the need to treat our bodies with the foods and fuel necessary to honor the gift of life we've been given. What are you making today in your kitchen that supports you in every facet of your health?

    What experiences, recipes, and restaurants give you the fuel you need to support your health when facing adversity? What chefs do you admire and why? If you are a chef, how do you sustain resilience in your kitchens and serve others cuisine that keeps them healthy and resilient as they faced their challenges?

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  • The Official Coffee of Get Up Nation® 2019!

    The Get Up Nation® Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Got Your Six Coffee, Get Up Nation’s Official Coffee Company of 2019. As the Creator and Host of Get Up Nation® Podcast, I am committed to developing and sustaining resilience in individuals, organizations, and societies. In Get Up Nation’s pursuit of resilience, how often do we gather around cups of coffee as we share our lives with our closest friends and family? After all, coffee is community right? How often does a cup of coffee help sustain us through long nights and wake us at dawn? How often does coffee keep us vigilant and productive fulfilling our duties and responsibilities, maximizing our focus and awareness as we pursue our passions? It is often a staple of returning us to normalcy after challenges have suddenly created a new normal for us after loss. That’s why I partnered with Eric Hadley, the CEO/Founder of Got Your Six Coffee, a veteran committed to serving First Responders, Veterans, and their families through a variety of non-profit organizations. No stranger to adversity, Eric has fused necessity of coffee with his passion of public service. Learn more about Eric and his freshly roasted, award winning coffee at www.gotyoursixcoffee.com! You’re already purchasing coffee…why not empower your coffee with purpose? Why not purchase coffee that not only has your six but also has the backs of those who don a uniform of service for our communities and great country?


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