Aaron Guyett – Disciple in Christ, Husband, Father, & Teacher
Aaron Guyett is a disciple in Christ, husband, father, and teacher. He founded Leaders of Leaders, which develops leaders of leaders with a systematic approach to intentional leadership. Leaders of Leaders and the website and app Discipled in Christ includes curriculum and coaching for Rites of Passage, 52 Week Childrens’ Devotional, Learning Logic-Truth-Belief & God, and 100 in His Strength. Aaron has also founded two fitness businesses, Innovative Results and Battle Ropes Education, which he successfully sold. He has successfully led Marines in combat, and continues to lead and teach Marines stateside as an infantry instructor/leader in the Marine reserves. He enjoys the challenge and stunning beauty of living in the mountains of North Idaho with his loving wife, and three incredible children.
Disciple in Christ
Aaron Guyett talks us through his journey to becoming a servant.
After not having my prayers answered in Kuwait and Iraq, I got out of the Marine Corps in 2003, and spun into a nihilistic spiral. Only playing the part of a semi-decent member of society. With no purpose and no meaning, it was only a matter of time before I would die or end up in prison, but a deep resonating sense of morality plagued me. I spent the next decade searching for meaning, purpose, and truth.
I meditated on tenets of several spiritual paths. Buddhism, hinduism, spiritual humanism, universalism, self-realization fellowship, and naturalism. I did not want to fall back on the Christian tenets of my youth. I figured that would be too easy, because it would be unconsciously driven by tendencies from my formative years. So, I went from atheist nihilist (and also very anti-theist), to “spiritual.” The issue that I found in this spiritual walk, which I dove into with all the fervor of a fanatic, was that I was always two or three questions away from a dead end. The more questions I asked, the further from logic and reason I had to venture to find an answer.
Enter my apprehensive start in Christianity. Just like self-realization fellowship, where I read the books (Bhagavad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi), meditated for hours per day, went to ashrams, and received counsel from a spiritual mentor. I would do the disciplines of this spiritual journey as well. I read the Bible, went to church, joined a men’s group, and received counsel from a spiritual mentor. The more questions I asked the more answers I was given, which led to more questions and then more answers followed. At some point my reason took me to a place where the premises were far more plausible than their denials, and May 21, 2009, I believed in Jesus Christ for the first time in my life. For the first time in my life, I had deep spiritual meaning and purpose. I had begun to observe a belief system that can be understood through a reasonable faith. I still have questions, and I am still finding answers. It is a challenging, rewarding, and beautiful adventure.
My belief system and the way I was created naturally and through nurture, gives me a deep passion for learning, helping, empowering, leading, and securing. I value christ-likeness, sacrificial love, and servant leadership. I prioritize relationships, communication, and giving. My relationships are prioritized: Triune God, my wife Keri, my children Hannah-Ellie-Jack, my wise counsel, and my teams & friends. My communication is prioritized: family, men’s group, my work teams (SCORE, Leaders of Leaders, USMC), and social. My giving is to give-proportionately to organizations that are improving humanity and eradicating evil from our world in Christ’s name (Compassion International, International Justice Mission, Intervarsity, Athletes in Action, Trellis…are just a few examples).
My purpose is to accept the challenges and make the sacrifices to develop leaders of leaders in Christ.
I believe everyone has a calling and spiritual walk, and good questions with seeking hearts will lead to the ultimate truth, allowing for a reasonable faith. I would never force somebody to believe just because I believe. That would be disingenuous and shallow, as well as an obstacle to their adventure.
Find out more here: Discipled In Christ
Aaron’s leadership skills and qualities are respected and renowned across multiple communities. His background as a disciple in Jesus Christ, husband, father, Marine Corps training chief, infantry instructor, education director, and account manager, has forged a powerful and unique approach to leadership in a variety of disciplines. Many leaders have specialized experience in dealing with one cross-section of our communities. Aaron Guyett, however, brings experience across a wide-ranging spectrum, from leading our nation’s most highly-trained warriors and federal agencies, to mentoring youth in pursuit of spiritual transformation, to training some of the world’s toughest and most skilled athletes and coaches. As a leader, Aaron brings a systematic approach to intentional leadership, through an organization called Leaders of Leaders. Aaron provides a range of courses, experiences, organization consultations, and speaking engagements across the country.
Aaron is a world-class trainer, coach, and educator with a wide array of skills that he brings to both mental and physical fitness. He is the former fitness education director, worldwide fitness educator, Marine Corps training chief, Marine Corps chief instructor, and infantry instructor. Aaron delivers uncompromising results to teams, units, organizations, and communities throughout the nation and world.
Aaron’s experience as a trainer and coach is unparalleled: Chief of Physical Strategy with Special Forces Experience, Living.Fit’s former Education Director, Former Onnit Academy Master Coach, Onnit Author and Contributor, Sponsored Onnit Athlete, Team USA Kettlebell (Aaron holds four national records and is sixth in world competition), Founder of Battle Ropes Education, Founder of Leaders of Leaders, Founder of Innovative Results (sold 2017), Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management, Masters in Leadership studies, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, Functional Range Assessment specialist, OKC Kettlebell Certified and Head Coach, Former Newport Harbor High School Strength and Conditioning Coach, Contributor to numerous fitness and leadership periodicals, NCCPT, TFW Certified, Original Strength Certified, ZUU and Ankorr Certified, AFPA Nutrition Certification, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, IKSFA Kettlebell Certified, Level 1 & 2 Battling Ropes Instructor, Onnit Academy Certified in all Specialties, and decorated combat Marine Corps Training Chief.
In 1999, Aaron enlisted with the Marines, attaining a rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Serving his country in the military’s famed 1st Marine division, Aaron developed leadership skills that are second to none.
Aaron won the 2001 1st Marine Division TOW Competition and was the TOW Platoon Section Leader 1st Marine Division, 1st Tank Battalion, TOW Platoon. He led Marines in both peacetime and wartime operations across the globe and was positioned as the leader of 16 Marines for the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Anti-Tank Section. In his capacity as a Marine with this illustrious unit, Aaron was responsible for developing and improving the productivity and performance of all the Marines in his charge, as well as for $4.4 million worth of military equipment.
Not satisfied with meeting only the basic military requirements, Aaron made a personal commitment to improving the health and fitness of his entire Battalion. He took charge of multiple training segments for over 100 Marines, and he personally taught over 200 Marines periodically throughout his time within this unit. In addition to these duties, Aaron was responsible for the logistics of the Marine Corps Ball, an event that coordinated the involvement of over 600 Marines and 15 different organizations. Aaron’s planning extended to security, budgets, marketing, presentations, ceremony planning and sales for the event.
Guyett was the Chief Instructor and Operations Chief for Mobilization Training Battalion (MTB), located at School of Infantry – West in Camp Pendleton, California. As the Chief Instructor and Company Operations Chief, SSgt Guyett was responsible for the assignment, training, performance, and readiness of the Marine Instructors under his charge. He is responsible for upholding the professional standards of MTB through the leadership of his Marines in their delivery of formal instruction, professional interactions with students, and maintaining proficiency in their roles as Instructors.
He is now serving in the reserves with 2/23 Golf Company as an infantry instructor and platoon sergeant.
Now, Aaron is the Training Chief for Deployment Processing Command West.