Avi Schwartz

Unleashing the Beast in Life and War – The Tomer Israeli Tactical School

The world of intelligence and security is a realm where the mental fortitude of individuals is tested to the limits. It’s a place where quick thinking, adaptability, and resilience in the face of adversity are not just desirable traits but essential for survival. One organization renowned for its rigorous mindset training is the Israeli Shin Bet. The same principles that have shaped elite agents within the Shin Bet can be harnessed by anyone seeking to excel in life, from achieving ambitious goals to resisting manipulation, overcoming mental blocks, and unlocking their true potential.

Seeking a highly trained and battle experienced Shin Bet officer to assist me on my action-drama movie, The Quest – Get Back Your Ex, I had the great opportunity to train with Tomer Israeli, the founder and CEO of the Israeli Tactical School. Tomer is a former member of the Shin Bet. I had a chance to delve into the fascinating world of the Israeli Shin Bet mindset training. The core principles that underpin their approach can be applied to various aspects of our lives. Whether you’re aiming to climb the career ladder, build a successful business, or simply become a more resilient and capable individual, the Shin Bet mindset has valuable lessons to offer. Tomer has a great team, including Ian Nelson, a former battle tested green beret.

Let’s embark on this journey to understand how to bring out your inner beast and transform your approach to life. Whether you’re facing professional challenges or seeking personal growth, the insights gained from the Shin Bet mindset training can serve as a compass, guiding you toward your goals and helping you overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.

Unleashing the Beast: A Tale of Business Triumph

Once upon a time, in the bustling heart of a city, there lived a determined entrepreneur named Sarah. Sarah had a vision: to create a thriving sustainable food business that not only delighted taste buds but also helped the environment. However, she quickly realized that her journey would be filled with challenges that demanded a Shin Bet-inspired mindset.

The Vision and Setback

Sarah’s dream was to launch a unique plant-based restaurant. She believed in her concept, but the road to success proved rocky. Her initial location fell through, leaving her feeling deflated. Doubts crept in, and she questioned whether she should abandon her dream.

The Mindset Shift

It was at this low point that Sarah discovered the Shin Bet mindset. She learned about the importance of mental resilience and adaptability. Inspired by the agents’ ability to endure and adapt in high-pressure situations, she resolved to face adversity head-on.

Adaptability in Action

Sarah didn’t give up. Instead, she embraced adaptability. She found a new, more strategic location, despite the additional challenges it posed. Like a Shin Bet agent navigating a complex situation, she adjusted her business plan, remaining agile in the face of change.

Goal Achievement and Overcoming Mental Blocks

As Sarah’s restaurant began to take shape, she encountered more obstacles. The financial burden of her venture weighed heavily on her. But she recalled the Shin Bet principle of perseverance through mental blocks. She refused to be paralyzed by fear or self-doubt. 

Unleashing the Inner Beast

With determination akin to a Shin Bet agent on a mission, Sarah continued to push forward. She honed her situational awareness by studying her market diligently. She maintained her emotional composure during negotiations, resisting manipulation attempts from suppliers and investors.

Triumph and Fulfillment

After months of tireless effort, Sarah’s restaurant finally opened its doors. The business flourished, gaining recognition not only for its delicious plant-based cuisine but also for its commitment to sustainability. Sarah had not only fulfilled her goal but had surpassed it.

Applying the Shin Bet Mindset in Everyday Life

Sarah’s journey is a testament to the power of adopting a Shin Bet-inspired mindset in everyday life. By embracing mental resilience, adaptability, situational awareness, and perseverance, she not only conquered obstacles but also achieved her dream in the competitive world of business.

Just like a Shin Bet agent, Sarah’s ability to adapt, stay resilient in the face of setbacks, and maintain a strong mental attitude enabled her to overcome challenges that might have discouraged others. Her story serves as a reminder that the Shin Bet mindset principles can be harnessed by anyone in their pursuit of success, whether in business or personal endeavors.

Sarah’s journey teaches us that sometimes, it’s not about eliminating challenges, but about unleashing the inner beast within us to face those challenges head-on and emerge victorious.

This short story illustrates how the Israeli Shin Bet mindset training as taught by Tomer in his real life live fire action setting via his executive protection and swat tactical commando training is so intense and effective that the mindset becomes part and parcel of your everyday life, particularly in the context of achieving business goals and overcoming obstacles. It emphasizes the importance of mental resilience, adaptability, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

The core principles I witnessed and experienced  as taught by Captain Tomer are life changing and transformative.

  1. Mental Resilience and Toughness: Shin Bet agents are trained to withstand immense mental pressure. They learn to keep their cool in stressful situations, maintaining focus and decision-making abilities even when the stakes are at their highest.
  2. Adaptability and Agility: The world is ever-changing, and the Shin Bet understands the importance of adaptability. Agents are trained to pivot swiftly, adjusting strategies and tactics as circumstances evolve.
  3. Situational Awareness: In the intelligence world, information is power. Agents cultivate acute situational awareness, gathering intelligence from their surroundings, and staying one step ahead of potential threats.
  4. Problem-Solving Under Pressure: Whether it’s foiling a terrorist plot or unraveling a complex espionage operation, Shin Bet agents excel at solving problems in the most demanding situations. Their training hones their ability to think critically and act decisively, even when the clock is ticking.
  • Mental Toughness: Embrace setbacks as opportunities to grow stronger. Like Shin Bet agents, maintain your determination even when faced with challenges. Reframe failures as stepping stones towards your objectives.
  • Adaptability: Be prepared to adjust your plans as circumstances change. Flexibility is a key asset in achieving long-term goals. The ability to pivot when necessary can lead to innovative solutions and unexpected successes.
  • Situational Awareness: Gather information, stay informed about your industry or field, and be aware of opportunities and threats. Knowledge is a powerful tool in goal achievement.
  • Resisting Manipulation

The Shin Bet mindset is not just about personal strength; it’s also about recognizing and resisting manipulation:

  • Situational Awareness (Again): This time, apply it to interpersonal interactions. Be alert to attempts to manipulate or deceive you. Trust your instincts and ask questions when something doesn’t seem right.
  • Emotional Control: Maintain your emotional composure in negotiations or discussions. This prevents manipulators from exploiting your emotional reactions for their gain.
  • Critical Thinking: Develop your critical thinking skills to assess information and claims critically. Don’t accept everything at face value; dig deeper to uncover the truth.Section 4:
  • Overcoming Mental Blocks

Overcoming mental barriers is a common struggle for many. Here’s how the Shin Bet mindset can help:

  • Mental Toughness (Again): Use this attribute to confront fear and self-doubt. Understand that discomfort and self-doubt are natural but temporary. Keep pushing forward.
  • Adaptability (Again): When facing a mental block, explore different approaches to tackle the problem. Sometimes, trying a new method or seeking guidance can lead to breakthroughs.
  • Perseverance: Like a Shin Bet agent on a mission, don’t give up easily. Keep at it, even when the going gets tough. Success often comes to those who persist through mental challenges.

 Unlocking Your Potential

Incorporating the Shin Bet mindset into your life can be transformative:

  • Growth-Oriented Mindset: Embrace a mindset of continuous growth and improvement. Your potential is not fixed; it can expand with effort and dedication.
  • Daily Application: Don’t limit the Shin Bet mindset to high-pressure situations only. Apply its principles daily, and they will become ingrained in your habits and actions.
  • Inspiration from Real-Life Examples: Seek inspiration from individuals who have transformed their lives by adopting a resilient and adaptable mindset. Their stories can fuel your determination.

The Israeli Shin Bet mindset as taught by Tomer in his Israeli Tactical School mindset training offers a roadmap to personal growth, goal achievement, resilience against manipulation, and the unlocking of your true potential. By internalizing the principles of mental toughness, adaptability, situational awareness, and problem-solving, you can approach life’s challenges with the confidence and agility of a Shin Bet agent. It was and is a  key component in transforming the characters in my movie and on going series, The Quest – Get Back Your Ex

Remember that this journey is a process. Embrace the Shin Bet mindset, apply its principles consistently, and watch as you bring out your inner beast, achieving your goals and realizing your fullest potential. In a world where constant change and adversity are the norm, this mindset can be your greatest asset on the path to success.

To see how the Shin Bet mindset is used check out

The Quest-Get Back Your Ex and

About the Author
Rabbi Avi Schwartz is an individual who has made contributions in various fields. He is the son of Motke Eish HaGarzen, also known as Motke the Axeman, a legendary figure in the Palmach. Motke Eish HaGarzen led a group of 21 Palmach Warriors who successfully conquered Har Tzion (Mount Zion), rescuing 1,700 Jewish men, women, and children from the Jordanian onslaught in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Rabbi Schwartz himself is a Black Hat Rabbi and activist, dedicated to upholding Jewish traditions and values. Alongside his religious pursuits, he has also found success as a filmmaker and writer, with his works featured on platforms such as Red Coral Universe Apple TV, Tubi of Fox Corporation, and Netflix. Notably, Rabbi Schwartz's movie "The Quest" has received high praise from none other than Pat Boone, a Music and Hollywood Icon. Boone, known for his illustrious career as a singer, actor, and television personality, has publicly commended Rabbi Schwartz's film, acknowledging its quality and significance. This endorsement from Pat Boone further solidifies the impact and recognition of Rabbi Schwartz's work within the entertainment industry. Beyond his artistic endeavors, Rabbi Schwartz has been at the forefront of the battle against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He has developed two groundbreaking apps, "Fight BDS" and "BDS Myth Busters," aimed at countering BDS propaganda and raising awareness about the realities of the movement. The notable Hollywood icon and anti-BDS activist, Roseanne Barr, sponsors the app "BDS Myth Busters." Additionally, Rabbi Schwartz holds the position of Vice President of Digital Marketing and serves as the Director of Energycite, a revolutionary technology in energy conservation. His involvement in this field highlights his commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Furthermore, Rabbi Schwartz has established the Torah Teen Palmach Center, a transformative initiative that trains teenagers to become future leaders in the spirit of the Palmach. Through this center, he imparts invaluable leadership skills and instills the values of courage, determination, and resilience in the next generation.
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