Iraq 12-day tour 2011

March 2011, 11 months after brain surgery to remove a massive tumor, I found myself in Iraq and Kuwait for 12 days performing for the US military.

What an incredible honor to be able to share my passion and my story formally for the first time.

I almost didn’t take this opportunity due to fear of the unknown and speculation from the media and other influences in my life.

I find we’re conditioned as a society to give into fear and for whatever excuse we give the lack of pursuing our dreams/ goals, we let fear take control of our lives.

They told me not to follow BMX as a career and to just work or go to school.

They told me BMX wouldn’t take me anywhere and I better have a backup plan.

They never told me how to take care of my health or how to create a vision for my life that I can work towards. “They” were not my parents. My parents supported my decision to take a massive risk by dropping out of school and moving away from my family at 17 years old for my BMX dream.

Now I’ve been to over 15 countries, performed for the USA military in Iraq, become friends with my idol Dave Mirra, started my own business, impacted lives around the world, and have spoken to thousands of people from a stage I never fathomed being on.

I share this because I’m a kid from Cape Cod with nothing more than the love and support of my family, my bike, my dream, and the work ethic to put the effort and time in while never settling for anything less than my desired outcome.

Crazy where I am 13 years later after embarking on this chapter of my life. I’m now evolving into a new route on track for a new purpose and new passions but bringing BMX with me everywhere I go, mostly in story but someone in action.

I had/have a lot of odds against me but the most important thing I’ve learned is that we create the reality we think and envision in our own minds.

The actions we take are influenced by that thinking and envisioning. Jim Carey said “our eyes are not just for viewing. They’re also projectors.” Envision the life YOU want and work your ass for it and it can be manifested into your reality.

I’m proof of this concept as I don’t teach theory, I share experiences.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Always Wanted To Be A Pro Athlete

I grew up wanting to be a professional athlete, but it started with a dream to be in the NBA.

Then, thankfully, BMX came into my life and as I reflect on that probably dream to go to UNC to play ball like MJ on my way to the NBA, I’m thankful I found a passion for BMX and my 5’8” height wouldn’t have cut it 😂🤣.

To have the opportunity to perform at UNC men’s and woman’s basketball, Duke Men’s basketball, and other NBA and NFL halftime shows is incredible.

Huge shoutout to @kingbmxstuntshow for making that possible!

It was rad to be able to hang out with @jimmyfarris and @chukkybasics this weekend for a business mastermind and to be able to relate, share stories, encourage others, and for me personally, be inspired by two SuperBowl champions that manifested their dreams and took that experience into creating a business for themselves helping others.

For a solid 2 years, I battled the “identity crisis” of who am I if I’m not the BMX athlete and what do I do with my life, even though I had found my purpose and was excited about it.

There was still this gap between who I felt I was, what I wanted to do and why, and what others perceived me as or expected me to be like.

I’ve come a long way this past year to find my confidence and clarity around the fact I’m who I decide to be and to know Jimmy and Chukky have done the same has helped me solidify this belief in myself to help others and own my value.

I’m sitting in an immense amount of gratitude, optimism, faith, and excitement for what’s to come and for becoming friends with these two legends.

Follow your heart, you never know who you’ll run into, what experiences and opportunities you’ll come by, or who you’ll inspire and help along the way.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Beware of what you “want”

The topic of consciousness and the subconscious mind has come up a ton in my last 3 years of life.

One thing that keeps presenting itself is this understating that the brain doesn’t know the difference between “I want” and “I don’t want”, it just takes in the outcome in which we’re referring to, even if it’s not the desired outcome we want in our life’s.

We’re motivated by two main purposes in our lives and that’s fear or pleasure, also known as the “carrot and stick” concept.

When we focus on the fears, we tend to find ourselves further away from the desired outcome along with the path being one of more difficulties, challenges, and pain.

When we focus on the pleasure, we tend to find ourselves in a elevated state of being that draws the event closer to us in a quicker sense without all the bullsh** trying to hold us back and even if obstacles are presented, the perspective held on the pleasurable future outcome keeps us going and pushing forward.

We have all experienced this in our lives and a great example is in BMX whenever I or other athletes focused on our fear when trying a new trick rather than the pleasurable desired outcome, what happened?

More times than not, it didn’t work out and we would experience what it felt like to hit the ground from a distance in the air most humans don’t ever experience.

I can trace back so many times I fell and where my focus was to prove this point as well as the times I focused on visualizing my riding away from the truck and the outcome manifested the way I envisioned.

It’s not always easy, but is super SIMPLE. Where our focus goes, our energy flows.

The most important step to any aspect of life, I believe, is creating a sense of consciousness or awareness. Once you can become conscious of your thoughts, you can note how they influence the actions you choose and the experiences that are a byproduct from said behavior.

I believe that if all the experiences in my life, the most profound takeaway is to create a level of consciousness in our every day lives and really audit our choices once we become aware.

It’s not about perfection, it’s about progression.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Best Friends That Didn’t Know It

I met @isaacstegman shortly after stepping away from the childhood dream that I was living and made into a career.

It was about 2 years ago at an event we’re attending together again next month.

After a third brian tumor diagnosis, I found myself coaching others with the ketogenic lifestyle as a way to fulfill my purpose and provide for myself.

An interesting opportunity to perform for a corporate event in February of 2018 and coach the companies EVP and team leading to the event brought Isaac into my life.

I believe things happen for a reason and that reason is our intention, our life vision we take action towards, and what we focus on and where our energy goes.

My intention to serve others from the wisdom I’ve gained throughout my experiences in life led my to acting in a way that I left my former vision for a new vision I had made. I’m doing so, it aligned me with others like Isaac on a domaine path to serve others and be focused on a higher purpose than self.

That’s when Isaac shared “off self, on purpose” with me, which gave me so much clarity and comfort in my decision of leaving BMX behind for this new found passion to share all I’ve learned and continue to learn with others in an effort to empower others to be as healthy, happy and successful as possible.

Isaac and I were best friends and brothers that hadn’t met for 30 and 40 years, but now we’re changing lives together and I’m beyond grateful for his friendship and support.

Had I not made my decision to pursue a new path, more like carve a new path for myself, I may have never encountered such a friendship that literally has brought us around the world and in contact with other amazing human beings.

I reflect on our friendship in my suit at this ski lodge resort in Utah at Isaacs @kaizenprocoaching mastermind after sharing a bit about myself and this story with the group.

I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide as much value to others and to learn as much as I can along the way from other successful people.

I appreciate you, Isaac, and I love you. Thanks for believing in me when I doubted myself, and going above and beyond to support me.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Investing In My Purpose

Along the last 10 years, I’ve awaken to the opportunity my life experiences have presented me with to inspire perspective in others that leads to a belief in ones self to create the life they desire and to make changes that manifest that desire from a place of joy and inspiration.

I believe we all have the potential to achieve greatness in our lives and are capable of much more than we tend to believe is possible for ourselves.

BMX injuries and enduring such pain to achieve a goal set me up to overcome some of my life’s toughest challenges. Being diagnosed with a massive brain tumor at the young age of 21 after riding X-Games (a childhood dream) showed me what more I possessed internally in regards to strength, courage, belief, and possibilities.

My mission in life is to inspire a perspective shift in others that leads to a belief of such potential in power to achieve what only we believe we’re capable of from that place of inspiration rather than pain and suffering as I learned from.

I believe we can become proactive in our lives rather then reactive, ultimately making the process to achieve our goals much more efficient and enjoyable.

People say any of the three brain tumor diagnosis have to be the worst things to happen in my life but I believe they’re the best things to happen to me as they showed me what I was capable of, gave me a voice for those that are hiding behind fear and have allowed me to inspire others to let go of fear and see what’s possible, changed the trajectory of my life in such beautiful ways I couldn’t have asked for, and put me on a path full of purpose rather than focused on myself.

That said, I’ve invested in @createdbybrian to work with me to share my story, my perspectives,and all I can to help others around the world on a larger scale.

I never fathomed being in a position to pay someone more than I’ve ever made in my past to help fuel my life’s mission but as I reflect, it makes sense as to majority of my focus being on the vision I’ve been creating and critiquing as the years go by.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Virtual Mentors

Stop waiting for permission to live YOUR life the way YOU envision.

I almost denied myself the potential to live the amazing life I’ve been living and experiencing all that I have by almost choosing fear disguised as practicality to live a “traditional life” defined by majority of society.

I say “traditional” life because what I chose to make a career out of and continue to do so is considered “unconventional” and full of risk / against the grain.

I know not all people are fortunate as I was/am to have my family support my decisions but the truth of the matter is, once you’re an adult you don’t need support from anyone other than your own state of being.

Easier said than done but there have been times where I felt isolated and alone, despite all those in my corner supporting me.

I had to seek out others for inspiration, motivation and support for the path I’ve been carving for myself. I call them “virtual mentors”. By doing so, some of those individuals have become my friends and I’ve attracted other friends on a similar path to become apart of my network and support one another no matter how we may feel.

That’s the motive behind me efforts and sharing these posts. To be a “virtual mentor” as I like to call it.

You don’t need anything other than what you already posses: a heart beat, a vision, work ethic, persistence, and purpose.

The rest of the equation and the path will unfold as the desired future vision and action steps to said vision becomes the focus.

I’ve personally been focusing on letting go of control of anything other than my actions and state of being. Having more faith in stepping into the unknown while letting go of the how and focusing as much as possible on the WHY and WHAT.

I’d love to hear from you in regards to your perspective of this post and what’s helped you along your journey.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

National Keto Day

BMX & Keto saved my life. It was 2010, I was 21 years old and I believed I was about to die I sat in that doctors office alone.

I was on top of the world living my dream as a professional BMX athlete, just rode X-Games the prior season, and I believed I was invincible until a BMX crash one day led to an MRI that accidentally found a massive brain tumor.

Because we can’t see our brain, I find we often dismiss how we may harm it on a daily basis. I learned this the hard way but YOU don’t have to wait for something tragic to take your brain’s health serious and make changes along the way.

It’s my life’s mission to shift perspectives on brain health and diet through the lens of my life journey so others can choose to make changes from a state of joy and inspiration rather than pain and suffering as I experienced, which forced me to react to a situation in order to save my life.

In 2013, 3 years after the massive brain tumor was removed from my skull, and 2 other smaller tumors that grew back were treated with Gamma Knife Radiotherapy (& shrank), I read a book called Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter. Grain Brain opened my eyes to how important both food choices & blood sugar levels are to consider when looking to optimize your brain’s health, performance, and resiliency.

Fast forward to 2017/18, after a third diagnosis resulting in 2 additional brain tumors in my skull, I found The Ketogenic Bible, Dr. Ryan Lowery & Dr. Jacob Wilson, & Prüvit, all of which changed my life in so many ways.

Thanks to a keto lifestyle (keto diet & Pruvit exogenous ketones), I have been able to improve my brain’s performance, improve my body composition, improve my lab markers, & keto/ketones is why I believe the 4 tumors I live with in my skull today are not progressing or limiting my potential despite no surgery, treatment, or medication this 3rd time around.

Keto is more than who you are or what you do/eat.

Keto, to me, is raising your level of consciousness to optimize your life.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

2010 Almost Took My Life

I started last decade with being told I may have cancer, I would never ride my BMX bike again, and that I may die.

This was sprung upon my solo self in the doctor’s office for an MRI follow up visit with my focus and perspective that I was about to be told I had to take 2 weeks off my bike after enduring a concussion 2 days prior.

Little did I know that the doctor’s change in demeanor was resulting from some tragic news he was about to share with me. I was 21 years old, just rode X-games (a childhood dream), and was abruptly and shockingly diagnosed with a massive brain tumor.

This thing almost killed me and robbed me of all of that I have experienced, seen, and done for others since that moment.

That moment can easily and is often referred to by others as “the worst thing” to ever happen to me and for some obvious reasons.

The less obvious reality others agree with once I share my perspective is that it was the single best thing to ever happen to me besides the day I was born. It changed the trajectory of my life in such profound ways. It shifted how I saw the world, my being, what was possible in life, and what my purpose on this Earth is beyond riding a bike.

The last decade of my life has introduced me to some amazing people I consider family today, brought me around the world to places I never fathomed being possible, given me life-altering experiences to grow and become inspired from, taught me so much about my being, my purpose, business, relationships, priorities, community, education, and so much more.

With all that said, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for every person that has come into my life personally or from afar and shown me love. The amount of love and support you all have shown me is truly amazing and not something I ever imagined experiencing when I first left home as a child in pursuit of a dream full of risk, doubt, pain, suffering, and little to no success.

I share all I share with all of you like an open book for a few reasons:

1- relate and connect with each of you to do my best to never let someone feel as if they are alone, broken, dysfunctional, have to feel embarrassed for any reason, can’t live their life on their terms, or anything short of capable of living the life they desire and DESERVE.

2- inspire new perspective shifts that influence change in your life that leads to the best version of yourself.

3- show you all I am no one special and I have experienced hell and am grateful for it because it showed me what I was capable of and allowed me to shift my sights upwards from where they once resided, ultimately allowing more abundance in my life. That said, my effort is to allow you the space in your consciousness and subconscious to develop a belief in yourself even when times get tough.

Josh P.

Fully Present For Christmas

I took a week off from anything other than being as present as possible with my family for Christmas this year.

I have so much to be grateful for along with so much love and support every step of the way.

This end of my BMX chapter in life to pursue more meaning, purpose, and contribution to the world has had me reflecting on as much as I can remember from my past to this current moment in time.

The things that stand out are love and support of family (friends are also apart of family) and how I want to spend more time with them, clarity on the vision we hold in our minds for our life, there’s so much to be grateful for and that perspective unlocks so much potential for abundance in our lives, and I’m glad I took a risk on my dreams and that my family is proud of those efforts, supported my decision to do so, and is behind me as I navigate these new waters.

This year, Jackie and I had our parents come to join us in North Carolina to meet for the first time and enjoy the week together bowling, cooking and eating delicious meals, golfing, playing card games, watching Christmas movies, and so much more as we shared stories and connected on a deeper level.

I’m truly grateful for everyone in my life (physically and in spirit) and every experience in my past that’s made me who I am today. I’m grateful for these moments captured and all that’s too come.

Happy holidays!

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Conditioned To Give Up

We live in a world where we’re conditioned that giving up is ok.

Conditioned to give into fear or not even begin going after our dreams because of others insecurity or past experiences of “failure” and giving up.

April 16th, 2010, I signed over my life to the hands of a neurosurgeon and his team as I said goodbye and “I love you” to my younger brother and parents.

I was 21 years old and was responsible to sign off of all the profound risks of said brain surgery as a young adult, and the risks consisted of paralysis, going blind, having a stroke, or death at the top of what stood out and caught my attention.

As I sat there signing my life away, I remember this being the first time I truly experienced what life or death stress was like and the thought of dying, never seeing the people I love again, and never riding my bike again consumed me with an immense feeling of fear.

Not fear in the sense of thats “scary” or anxiety/worry. More like fear of actually dying and accepting this fact as they inserted the IV into my arm & prepared me for what’s to come with no looking back.

This moment in time where I accepted I may die was a turning point in my life in that something switched inside of me that no longer gave into fear of dying & I presented myself with a choice.

A choice to put my focus, & therefore my energy, into a worse case scenario I didn’t want. Or, a choice in the vision I desired after I woke up from surgery.

This choice to focus on my desired future vision was a by-product of my being raised to work hard for the life I wanted & from BMX teaching me if you fall once, try twice if you want it bad enough.

This choice was a pivotal moment that would serve as my fuel to overcome what was to come in the next 9.5 years leading to my reality today.

It taught me that so often do we make decisions disguised as fear to take the “easy route” rather than the route most would give up on.

I’m not special. I just made a choice to not give up. A choice to learn and grow. A choice to prove to myself & others we’re capable of what we set our sights (internally and externally) on & the potential we all possess once we believe in ourselves.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️