The Guardian Academy: Get clear on what really matters to you and develop the skills to achieve it.


I’m Nic.

Across the top of my website it says: Guru. Expert. Student.

At the bottom of every Guardian Academy article you’ll see: “Live to learn. Give to Earn”

The Guardian Academy was born at the intersection of the two. On one hand, I’m driven to learn as much as possible from the best in the world. On the other, I’m called to share it with others. The Guardian Academy is built on the fundamental observation that the world's most successful companies, executives, and repeat-achievers operate differently from the rest of the industry they are in, but similar to each other.

Instead of the “industry-norm” toolbox, they carry a “first-principle” toolbox.

The Guardian Academy delivers in-depth in sights on building your own toolbox to help you reach your goals.

I believe the best way to do this is through exposure, proximity and access to the right people places and things. I prefer in-person dialogue over any other communication style or medium - but travel, obligations and expenses make it difficult for everyone to participate. This is the alternative - a way to remove as many barriers as possible, reach more people like you and invite them to join the conversation.

Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, operator, or just have a strong purpose we equip you with the knowledge, understanding and frameworks to capitalize on the future…and don’t be afraid to contribute. We have learned as much from readers and members as we have from mentors and partners and we love to share both.

We hope you’ll find the Guardian Academy as valuable as one of our long-term member, the director of business development at the Global Protein Group

In reading this entry by Dr. Jung today, I found myself realizing that act of creating consciousness is a form of sculpting... chipping away the unconscious to reveal our best, brightest and most fulfilled self.

If you have read anything of substance that I have written over the last few years, you will recall the passage about the best advice I have ever given.

I mention a clear example and metaphor, and recognize an individual that I believe is one of the greatest sculptors of our time… Nic Peterson.

If you have not made the investment in becoming a Founding Member of The Guardian Academy, I Strongly and Passionately encourage you to do so.

Prepare to be Sculpted... Your life will never be the same again.

Carl Jung Says:

"The difference between the "natural" individuation process, which runs its course unconsciously, and the one that is consciously realized is tremendous.

In the first case, consciousness nowhere intervenes; the end remains as dark as the beginning. In the second case, so much darkness comes to light that the personality is permeated with light and consciousness necessarily gains in scope and insight.

The encounter between conscious and unconscious has to ensure that the light that shines in the darkness is not only comprehended by the darkness, but comprehends it."

The Contributors:

Dr. Jeff Spencer

Dr. Jeff Spencer is recognized as one of the greatest performance and mindset coaches of all time. After becoming an olympic medalist, he went on to become a world renowned glass artist, coach over 40 Olympic Medals and become the mindset and performance coach for Bono & U2, Tiger Woods, Richard Branson, Chris Voss, Dave Asprey of Bullet Proof Coffee and all 9 Tour De France Victories.

Dr. Jeff is the best in the world at helping people unlock and play at their full potential as well as maintaining performance as a team or organization.

Jeff is one of my closest friends, mentors and cornerman for the Guardian Academy. You can see the Cornerman Archive here.

Nic Peterson

(That’s me).

I’m not big on talking about myself. It’s a weird thing. So I’ll let the other contributors do that for me.

Here’s what Dr. Jeff Spencer said:

“It’s hard to find the right words to introduce Nic to you. Perhaps you’ve had exposure to Nic and his book Bumpers. In my opinion there are people that come along that are once in a generation and there are people that are once in creation. I can say that Nic Peterson, in terms of my experience is one of those people. An original.

I told him when I met him that he has a bent frame. There is something so logical about his uncommon logic, there’s something so correct about his unique way of looking at things. He’s an observer of truth and he articulates that very well once he gets his head round it.

My position has always been that if Nic is thinking about something… pay attention.

I’ll also say that in terms of a support system there is one person I go to to bound ideas off of, and that’s Nic. I can’t emphasis enough his creative genius and unique way of looking at things.”

You can get a free copy of Bumpers (or order it from Amazon) here.

Joseph Robertson

Joseph is one of the rare individuals that can turn the abstract into beautiful words that not only make sense to the reader, but do so without losing the essence of the message.

Joseph has earned the CMO role in TGA. Most of the long form articles are a byproduct of Joseph extracting the essence, principles and lessons from events, conversations and his own observations and amalgamating them into something entirely new, profound and powerful.

Joseph also writes for his own publication. I tell people that its great writing about writing great.

What To Expect

Every week, you’ll receive The Guardian Academy’s newest piece in your inbox, for free. We specialize in force-multiplying principles; things that improve every area of your life that unpack the strategies, tactics, and secrets of exceptional and extraordinary human. They come every Monday.

Beyond teaching you how some of the best leaders operate, our articles help you stay ahead of the curve, and capitalize on change- by understanding the constant. Our posts are designed to stop you in your tracks and “open loops” - so we recommend setting aside about 30 minutes to read and reflect. Take notes, if you have to.

As a free subscriber, you get access to our full archive of free posts. You’ll also unlock interviews, unlisted trainings and insights from some of the worlds most prolific performers.

Many of the articles and emails are derived from in-person sessions, conversations from the TGA+ tier, the Arena or our events. If you’re reading about it, that means there was recently a room of people talking about it. It’s our way of getting you closer to being in the room when you can’t be in the room.

Join The Guardian Academy + (TGA+)

TGA+ is our premium newsletter. It’s been built to make you a sharper thinker and develop the ability to “engage the field”. You might be an experienced entrepreneur or investor, you might just be getting started looking to step into the arena - to see how the sausage is made, so to speak. TGA+ is the first step on the “earned path”.

Fundamentally, if you’re interested in engaging the field and joining the conversation at a deeper level, TGA+ is made for you.

If you can’t afford TGA+ or are worried about the cost, see the section called “How To Pay For Years Of The Paid Tier” below.

Here’s what you’ll unlock inside TGA+

By joining TGA+ , you get access to exclusive series, out-of-print books and letters, and access to the ongoing behind-the-scenes dialogue.

Unlock 1: The Cornerman Chronicles

The cornerman chronicles is a collection of discussions, trainings, notes, frameworks and insights from our weekly conversations with one of the greatest performance and mindset coaches of all time, Dr. Jeff Spencer. Jeff is an olympic medalist and a world renowned glass artists.

As if that wasn’t enough, he was the performance and mindset coach for 9 Tour De France victories. Bono from U2, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Chris Voss, Dave Asprey of Bullet Proof Coffee and Richard Branson keep him on speed dial in case times get tough. There are few people on the planet that have more insight on things like:

  • What it takes to win

  • How to be a repeat winner instead of a one hit wonder

  • How to win as a team

  • How to be a great teammate

  • What’s coming around the corner

Our founder and Jeff have spent multiple hours a week together, every single week for over five years straight - and the archive of their explorations is just now being made available.

There will also be opportunities to have your questions answered by Jeff in the comments section that unlocked.

Unlock 2: The Discontinued Letter Archive

The Letter was a $97 a month direct mail newsletter touching on peak performance, marketing and personal development.

It was discontinued when the company was sold in 2021.

In late 2023 it was revamped rebranded and relaunched. There are no digital copies of the new Letter.

TGA+ will get digital copies of 13 of the discounted Letters (every letter sent in 2020).

Unlock 3: Premium Content Archive

Access our library of unlisted videos, discontinued training(s) and member-only products. Our premium content library is always growing.

The premium content archive is valuable in and of itself but it’s amplified by the fourth unlock

Unlock 4: The Hidden Dialogue

As a TGA+ subscriber you’ll get access to the comments on all of the articles. The comment section is the hidden dialogue - where the entire community goes deep and discuses concepts, principles, insights. You also get to ask questions which our team always answers.

If possible, we will go out and find a mover or a shaker more qualified to answer your question and have them answer it - everyone benefits.

Unlock 5: Bonus Membership

One of our members got tired of the fact that the best options for things like health insurance, life insurance, home and auto insurance, payment processing and tax strategy are either hard to find or not available to the general public. So…he created an association to make them available. In true Guardian fashion, he made the association membership free for life for TGA+ members.

For the price of a movie ticket, you’ll get access to new ideas and strategies every single month. Nothing against movies, we love movies.

How To Pay For Years Of TGA+:

Here’s three easy ways to pay for years of TGA+ (or something else)

1. Expensing the newsletter.

Good news! TGA+ is highly tactical, educational and, as a result, very expensable. Joining TGA+ can directly help you accelerate your managerial or operational career.

To make the expensing process as easy as possible, we’ve created a template you can use to send an email to your manager. We’d love to welcome you aboard! 

2. Profits In Plain Sight With Recapture and Reallocate.

“Recapture and Reallocate” has typically been a paid program. It’s so simple to implement and only takes about forty minutes. If you do the work, you will probably find “free money”. Far more than the cost of TGA+. The data is so consistent, that we decided to make it free for everyone benefit. Recapture and Reallocate is free, here.

Recapture the resources (in this case, money) and reallocate it toward whatever you want to reallocate it toward. We’d love to see you in TGA+, but if you decide to do something else with your found money… more power to you.

3. Become An Ambassador.

Refer likeminded people you think would jive with us, get TGA+ for free. Just grab your referral link and invite your kinda people to join the journey.

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Some reader favorites from the archives.

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Official TGA Collaborations:

  • Commandment One. Guardian Academy principles applied to health, fitness and looking good naked.

  • Man Bites Dog. Guardian Academy principles applied to Marketing, Sales and scaling a business.

Interested in collaborating? Great! We like to partner with incredible and talented people - but you can’t pay your way in. Here’s how to collaborate with us

  1. Show up and be helpful to people. We don’t care if you do it through a newsletter, a YouTube Channel, in-person events.. whatever. We’re interested in collaborating with people that demonstrate a high level of competence and a willingness to give.

  2. See Number 1

  3. If you’re doing #1 just shoot us over an email or tag us somewhere and we will see it.

“Guardian For Good” Economy

The Guardian Academy motto is “live to learn. give to earn” There are many ways to live and there are many ways to give. Millions of dollars of business is created at our Guardian events - we ask that Guardians take 1% of the business done together and donate it to Genius Recovery, a nonprofit founded by one of our Guardians.

We don’t validate that it’s been done and if you have a cause close to your heart that is more important, we support it. If you do business inside or around TGA, consider donating at least 1% of it to something that matters to you.

Live to learn. Give to Earn.
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Writer, Husband, Father of 4 - chipping away at all that is not me through words. Also I love really good cheese (and coffee).
Investor. Founder. Managing Partner. Hopelessly curious. Brevity is the soul of wit. Absurdity is the soul of life.