"I have done too much work in the dark to lose in the light."


Join Dr Espen and identity shift coach, and NFL football player Anthony Trucks. They get into the nitty-gritty of identity work, dark work, and why tackling challenges head-on is crucial for personal growth. Anthony shares his journey from foster care to pro sports, highlighting the need for “hustle harmony”—finding balance in the grind. Get the lowdown on the “dark work mentality” and how it’s the secret sauce for skill deployment.

Discover the three stages of identity shift that Anthony swears by, helping you face life’s big moments with confidence and gut instincts. Packed with practical tips and real stories, this chat is your go-to for leveling up in relationships, business, health, and whatever life throws at you.


02:01 – The Concept of Hustle Harmony

02:39 – Defining Dark Work

04:39 – Attaining Success Through Identity Alignment

06:11 – The Biological Impact of Stress and Growth

07:47 – The Role of Hardship in Shaping Identity

10:02 – The Consequences of a Soft Lifestyle

12:07 – Personal Reflection on Stagnation and Growth

17:25 – Learning from Those Who Have Achieved Success

18:18 – The Significance of Doing the Uncomfortable Work

25:43 – The Decision-Making Process for Greatness

26:34 – The Impact of Ego and the Importance of Feedback

29:00 – The Process of Becoming a Better Version of Oneself

30:36 – The Necessity of Tension for Growth

31:49 – The Philosophy of Continuous Self-Improvement

36:02 – The Consequences of Not Doing the Work

38:08 – The Effortless Effort of Habituated Actions

39:26 – Future Pacing and the Hardships of an Unhealthy Lifestyle

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Anthony Trucks


Anthony Trucks is a former Foster Child, NFL Football Player, Competitor on American Ninja Warrior, Author, and Identity Shift Coach. From foster care to the NFL, to successful business owners, Anthony Trucks has accomplished what statistics would say is impossible.  As the founder of “Dark Work” and creator of the “Dark Work Experience” Anthony teaches people how to access the power of their identity through Dark Work to tap into their full potential, and Make Shift Happen! 

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