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Living A Life In Full
79 minutes | 12 days ago
Putting the Humanity (and Humility) in Humanitarian Work with Dr. Glenn Geelhoed
As longtime listeners know, all of my guests have some type of involvement in humanitarian or philanthropic endeavors, but I have to say that Dr. Glenn Geelhoed is an all-star from that very deep bench. He is a member of numerous medical, surgical, and international academic societies, and is an author with more than 800 published journal articles and book chapters, along with several books, including his most recent – Furthest Peoples First – which is based on his work as the founder of Mission to Heal. Dr. Geelhoed has conducted medical mission trips around the globe for over forty years, with some amazingly clever solutions to sustainable healthcare. We started this episode with his latest book to set a context for understanding his work and the work of Mission to Heal. It’s entitled Furthest Peoples First: M2H's Mission to Teach Mobile Surgical Care for Africa's Sick, Poor, and Remote. His friend, Freeman Dyson, penned a beautiful Foreword just prior to his passing. I love how he recognizes and values the resourcefulness of those he works with in-country, and the hope they have for their own progress. While he teaches clinical and technical skills, he does so with a refreshing ethos of humanity and humility. Glenn noted that medical mission experiences are key to transformational learning for medical students. I very much respect his shunning the more common Colonialism often rampant in medical missions, or West-knows-best hubris, and instead his desire to “indigenize surgery.” He made key points on this philosophy vis-à-vis Mission to Heal’s vision in the context of global health and sustainable medical missions. In spite of Glenn being more of a “workhorse than a show horse,” there are two documentary films that have been produced concerning his work—Surgery on the 6th Ring of Saturn and We Are the Ones. In one of them, he said that he’d like to be a Cheshire Cat. He explained what he meant by that and described what the films cover. Glenn is the Cheshire Cat of humanitarian work, his smile is what’s left as he lives his life in full, and helps others to survive and live full lives.
120 minutes | a month ago
Putting Values into Value Investing with Guy Spier
Guy Spier is a Zurich-based investor and founder of Aquamarine Capital’s privately offered investment funds, with assets under management valued at over $250M. He authored The Education of a Value Investor, perhaps the most untraditional book on investing ever written. He explained what a hedge fund does and his “Graham-Buffett-Munger-Pabrai philosophy” for investing and for living. Guy is one of the most global citizens I know. He was born in South Africa, grew up in Israel and Iran; lived in England and the US for school and work, and now Zurich. This episode was an intellectual treat for me, and for listeners as well. Guy not only lives his life in full, but he is so open to helping many others to do the same. He is a treasure.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Steve Herz on How to Accomplish More, Help Others, and Do Better Work
Have you ever wondered why someone else got the position you applied for? Or why a colleague succeeded in getting a promotion rather than you? Steve Herz may know why, and what to do about it not happening again. Steve has spent his career helping broadcast journalists get positions with companies like CBS, CNN MSNBC, and Fox, as a premier talent agent, and now he helps others to advance their careers and improve their lives. Please join Steve and I as we explore “Don’t Take Yes for an Answer” and how to use Steve’s advice as a self-empowerment and self-assessment guide to achieving your fullest professional and personal potential.
69 minutes | 3 months ago
Understanding The Iceman: The Complete Wim Hof
Wim Hof, aka, The Iceman has set over 20 Guinness World Records. And while he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, run a half-marathon in the Arctic – barefoot – what may be most compelling is that he has made the core of how he is able to do such things available to the public to learn. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical but I have read the studies and asked Wim my own questions, and I must say, I think he may be on to something. I hope you enjoy this episode with the one and only, Iceman.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Living a Life in Full: Revolution over Resolutions 2.0
It seems to have become a new tradition every January 1st to do an update to prior Epic Living, Living a Life in Full, and The List/Life Resume plans and consider to how to approach the upcoming year. The idea is to share my N-of-1 trials, be a bit autobiographical in the use and results from this past year, and to share tools and approaches you may want to give a go yourself, depending on your personal goals and in living your life in full. Interested listeners can look at the companion LinkedIn Influencer post which acts as a complete transcript/show notes combo with clickable links to the original sources. I hope you enjoy it and find it of use. Doing this is a little scary—to put oneself out there in a pretty transparent way. Being mindful that it is hard to give advice. We are all different and in a myriad of ways. There are a lot of intervening variables in our own lives. I don’t always keep doing the same things or in the same way as I age or circumstances change. If you try any of what follows, please do so as an experiment. Lab coat on and clipboard optional. Kick the tires, test drive, and keep in mind your mileage may vary. Please, please do your research of the links and determine what's good for you—test and retest—rinse-and-repeat. My job is to expose you to what I have experienced, perhaps save you some time and hassle by doing so, and provide you with sources so you can decide for yourself.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
It’s like a TED talk for Mentoring
This is a special in-between-a-sode that we do periodically, and generally specific to humanitarian work. Drs. Param Singh (Carnegie Bosch Professor of Business Technologies and Marketing at the David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University) and Rohit Aggarwal (Associate Professor and Ph.D. Coordinator of Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah) have built a site they call Mentor Students, at MentorStudents.org. The idea is to have a multidisciplinary site where mentors are invited to respond to interview questions to help students and new grads with their career-readiness, provide insights on various job roles (as for me in the humanitarian space) and, how to prepare. I’m honored to have been invited. I also discuss how to get published and a few other areas. The goal is to be like a TED talk for mentoring. A couple of technical notes: First off, this podcast version includes hearing the interviewer’s questions. He did not have the best connectivity, so that may sound a bit hinky at first, but you’ll get the gist. As an alternative way to listen, or watch, is to see the YouTube version which omits hearing the interviewer’s cuing question and is edited just for my answers. The YouTube version includes not just the video but also a transcript. YouTube’s transcript is a digital conversion, so it’s not perfect, but a help if need be. And you can also go to MentorStudent.org for their version of my transcript, and view many other interviews as well. I highly recommend it. For all the tools and links I discuss of, please go to http://www.alifeinfull.org/courseworks.
59 minutes | 5 months ago
Michael F. Schein on How to Learn the Science and Master the Art of Hype
Imagine if you could generate and leverage hype for positive purposes―like legitimate business success, helping people, or effecting positive change in your community. Michael F. Schein teaches us how. Influencers have always deployed the power of hype to get what they want. But never in history have people been so susceptible to propaganda and persuasion as they are now. Hype truly runs our world. Citing the latest research in psychology, sociology and neuroscience, Schein breaks the concept of hype down into a simple set of strategies, skills, and techniques―and illustrates his methods through stories of the world’s most effective hype artists, including American propagandist Edward Bernays, Alice Cooper manager Shep Gordon, celebrity preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, and digital guru Gary Vaynerchuk. Whatever your temperament, education, budget, background, or natural ability, The Hype Handbook delivers everything you need to apply the most powerful tools of persuasion for personal and business success.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
David Meltzer - A Masterclass in Coaching, Business, and Doing for Others
David Meltzer, is the former CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the basis of the Tom Cruise movie Jerry Maguire. He is now the Co-founder, with partner and NFL Hall of Famer, Warren Moon, of Sports 1 Marketing which leverages over $20 billion in relationship capital to market some of the biggest sporting events in the world like the Superbowl, The Masters, the NFL’s Hall of Fame, The Pro Bowl, The Kentucky Derby Breeders’ Cup, and award shows like the Emmys, Oscars, and Grammys as well as numerous charitable events. David regularly speaks around the globe at some of the world’s biggest business, sports, technology, and motivational events as a result, he was recognized as one of Forbes’s Top 10 Keynote Speakers. He has created a value-based consulting model that focuses on guaranteed, quantitative value which has earned him Marshall Goldsmith’s recognition as a Top 100 Business Coach. David’s clients include leaders who are Fortune 100 executives to start-up entrepreneurs. In terms of media, he had a starring role in WGN’s World’s Greatest Motivators, he is the executive producer of Entrepreneur‘s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch, and David hosts of one of the top entrepreneur podcasts, The Playbook, which is an engaging mix of exclusive conversations with some of today’s most influential CEOs, sports icons, and successful entrepreneurs – including Gary Vaynerchuck; Jordan Belfort, known as The Wolf of Wall Street; Tillman Fertitta, Owner of Houston Rockets; NBA Champion, Jeremy Lin; Former Professional Racer, Danica Patrick; as well as Cameron Diaz. He is often on the other side of the mic as a frequent guest on a number of interview shows as well as Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, CNBC, and Variety. He is a three-time international best-selling author and we’ll be discussing his books and his philosophy. David has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. It seems inevitable that he and I were meant to connect as we have some notable overlaps in our Rolodexes—while I’m a bit more so in the sandbox of endurance athletes, we both nevertheless know Colin O’Brady (I “climbed” with him and Lewis Howes and Jesse Itzler at a 29029 a couple of years ago in Vermont, and Colin’s been on my show); and Daniel Lubetzky, KIND bar founder, and I have done Davos together a number of times and I profiled him and his work in my book, The New Humanitarians. I still need him to connect me with Cameron Diaz though… We delve into David’s origin story, which may be a surprise to some. Many successful individuals become that way because they were born on third base and think they hit a triple as Barry Switzer used to say, that’s not the case with David. His also shares how he earned and then lost over $100 million, went bankrupt and then made an amazing comeback. We discuss how Covid-19 has impacted his sports work and humanitarian work. And he gives some actionable advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders as well. We discuss his books, starting with his most recent, the best selling Game-Time Decision Making: High-Scoring Business Strategies from the Biggest Names in Sports. Tilman Fertitta chairman and CEO of Landry's, owner of the Golden Nugget Casinos and the NBA's Houston Rockets, wrote the Foreword, and said: “No matter what ‘game’ you’re playing, teaching others to make the right decisions is even more important for leaders. If you can equip others with the ability to make informed and well-reasoned calls, your impact is scalable. This is the core of David’s approach to Game-Time Decision Making: to empower you and those around you with the awareness and ability to make the right call when the ‘game’ is on the line and the pressure is high.” David’s method of structuring the book is via sports metaphor, in particular-football. I particularly enjoyed his style of chapter structure as “The Offense and Defense” for the business areas of Branding or Marketing or Communication, and the topical areas of putting together an all-pro team with diverse skillsets, building a positive mindset, and learning from failures. In our conversation, David gives us a highlight-reel of his points from the book. His concept of “asking” in Chapter 3 reminded me of Amanda Palmer’s Art of Asking TED talk and her subsequent book. David notes the power in something so simple, and too often overlooked. In his prior book, Connected to Goodness he identifies seven interconnected principles that are applicable to our lives in general and just as relevant to more specific pursuits such as business along with the four key elements they are predicated upon. His first book, Be Unstoppable: How to Create the Life You Love is a very quick and enjoyable read. That book breaks down how people tend to limit themselves with their beliefs and mindset, and offers strategies that will change the way people pursue their goals. In it he wrote about shifting his business paradigm to be of service, and this becomes is a thread throughout our conversation. He hosts a very popular Friday Trainings for entrepreneurs, star-up founders, and business leaders. This led to his thoughts on the difference between a good coach and a good mentor, and we then delve into coaching (David commands 5-figure coaching gigs), getting value from coaching, various methods to coaching, and much more. Uniquely, David’s life goal is to inspire or make a billion people happy. I think you’ll enjoy leaning how he goes about doing that, and measuring it. This ethos, along with his humanitarian work in Kenya and other projects are what distinguish David from others. His positive spirit is infectious and his resilience and caring for others, an inspiration.
76 minutes | 7 months ago
The Amazing Work of Bridget Algee-Hewitt, PhD
Bridget Algee-Hewitt, PhD, does amazing things. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a Quantitative Researcher in Facebook’s SBG Data Science Research and Development Division. Bridget is a biological anthropologist who studies how skeletal and genetic traits vary among contemporary peoples, across space and through time. She develops new computational methods, using machine learning and artificial intelligence, and geographic mapping algorithms, and hands-on DNA and osteology laboratory approaches to improve estimation of the personal identity parameters essential in forensic identification of unknown human remains and for the paleo-demographic reconstruction of past population histories in bio-archaeology. As a practicing forensic anthropologist and geneticist, she provides forensic casework consultation to the medico-legal community. She also delivers expert testimony for asylum petitions and advocates for policy change in support of undocumented migrant and refugee rights. Her social justice work focuses on immigration, displacement, poverty, and violence in Latin America, addressing in particular the crisis of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bridget received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr, and a BA in Classics and Art History from Mount Allison University. Bridget is an Advisory Board Member for the Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis in the Stanford School of Medicine and she is the Book & Resource Review Editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Listeners may recall past episodes in which we had guests who are experts in forensics, and in AI, and big data, and genetics, and anthropology, and even an artist who used randomly found public DNA to create sculptures of individuals, but Bridget’s work seems to be an integration of all of these areas and more. We begin with what drew her to biological anthropology and what biological anthropology constitutes. We then discuss her article in Medium with Casey Miller on US/Mexico border camps, COVID-19 and medical care and humanitarian relief efforts. Next we do a deep dive into her talk at the Stanford Institute for Human Artificial Intelligence conference on AI Ethics, Policy and Governance where she spoke on Race, Rights and Facial Recognition, and we discuss the social justice aspects that she spoke on—in particular how geopolitical situations can change our biology by causing trauma that may play-out in our epigenetics which can be passed on intergenerationally. It is truly fascinating, especially in the context of the Grand Ethical Challenge in this area of work. Related to this, Bridget was part of a panel on Forensic Genomics: New Frontiers and New Considerations, which focused on the difficult questions about whether and how DNA technologies are being used to identify “race” or “ethnicity” and the balance between ethical, legal and social implications and we learn her perspectives on this and what can be done as safeguards. We also circle back to her Advisory Board work on the nascent Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis in the Stanford School of Medicine and this program’s work, and her perspective on the “compound technology effect” and better ways to integrate and sort multidisciplinary effects on scientific work and its ramifications. She also has a new book coming out Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age: Modern Applications and New Research Directions, which “presents a comprehensive understanding of the analytical frameworks and conceptual approaches salient both to the present chapters on forensic age estimation and to those seeking to grasp the current state of the field more broadly. It also includes a series of recommendations of best practice through the chapter-examples, which offer theory and guidance for data acquisition, technique and/or model development, and the assessment of impact of the adopted approaches, considering the assumptions that underlie of the forensic decision-making process.” Again, fascinating. Bridget wonderfully combines various disciplines and sciences via the connective thread of social justice and humanitarian intervention which is inspiring for us all and demonstrates how to live a life in full in the service of knowledge and helping others. “Living a Life in Full” is the conversation you always wanted to have with that person who gave an amazing TED talk, or the author of one your favorite books, or that inspirational Olympian you always wanted to know more about. This show is for the intellectually curious. You want to not just know more about the interesting and the innovative, but also what makes them tick, and maybe even what makes them laugh. It’s graduate-level conversations with those making a difference in the world and the lives of others. This show brings you new ideas and approaches so you can live a life in full. The show is equal parts information and inspiration, but without the aphorisms and Pablum. We cover a wide range of topics in an engaging way—from Burning Man to The Renaissance Weekend, from the United Nations to top universities, Nobel Laureates to astronauts—we have an amazing Rolodex. Interviewees are a who’s who of high performance athletes, bestselling authors, high-caliber leaders, world changing humanitarians, innovative researchers, amazing start-up founders, clever life-hackers, paradigm busting thought-leaders and global innovators.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Understanding Forensic Psychiatry from One of the Best, William Reid, MD, MPH
Dr. William H. Reid is board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry, a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University of Texas Dell Medical School. He is a former medical director of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and a past president of both the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and abstracts, and 16 professional books and he consults nationally. He graduated with a BA in psychology and MD from the University of Minnesota. He did his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Davis, with a pause to serve in the military, and afterwards, obtained a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkley. Dr. Reid is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians, and he is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a longtime advocate for patients and for good mental health and developmental disabilities care. He’s especially concerned with improving recognition, assessment, protection, treatment and management of suicidal patients. In his forensic practice, spanning 40+ years, he has worked in at least 35 US states and internationally—including adult civil and criminal matters, for both plaintiffs/prosecutors and defendants, and sometimes for judges themselves. Many of those cases have involved “mass” killings, filicides, and suicide in the context of malpractice lawsuits. In this episode we discussed “forensic psychiatry 101” in general, to set the context for better understanding his work, and in particular, we will discuss his latest book, A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings. We have known each other for likely two decades and even co-authored a little here-and-there together, and in this episode chat about an overview or “101” of forensic psychiatry, including the M’Naghten Rule and how it came about, NGRI and how insanity is a legal not psychiatric term, the concept of guilty but insane, the forensic unit of Elgin State Hospital and getting patients fit to stand trial and mental health court, infanticide and that in England the maximum charge is manslaughter if withing 12 months post-partum but it’s the most common charge those in our maximum security state hospital for women in Illinois, that Kansas, Montana and Utah have abolished the insanity defense, and more. Bill’s latest book, A Dark Night in Aurora, has been described by Daniel Patinkin, author of The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter said about your book, "Stunning, scrupulous, and relentlessly gripping . . . a triumphant work of investigative nonfiction . . . Reid is brilliant—as deft a storyteller as he is a scientific communicator." New York Times Best Selling author, Robert Kolker, said “anyone searching for insight into our nation’s crisis of mass shootings should start here.” Bill had a very rare and broad level of access to James Holmes—he was the only psychiatrist allowed to video interviews, he worked with the case for over a year, reviewed 75,000 pages of material and hundreds of CDs and DVDs, interviewed dozens of witnesses and other sources, and he spent over 23 hours interviewing Holmes himself on video. He shares how he got involved with the case, and we do a deep dive in to all aspects of the case, his work, and the book and what spurred him to write it. I’m not going give any spoilers as to his perspective on James, but do check out the episode to learn what Bill’s perspectives are in terms of the trial verdicts and follow-up. Bill also is a bit of a polymath in living his life in full. He’s also working on a children’s book and one on firearms with his brother—but not children and firearms(!). He also composes and performs music, and four of his five Bill Reid and The Fewer Sorrows Band albums have been on Grammy ballots in various categories. He has also written a symphony that is still under wraps. This episode is not to be missed with such an amazing person, professional and friend.
64 minutes | 9 months ago
Learn How to Perform at Your Best from Guinness World Record Holder, Leslie Porterfield
Leslie Porterfield is the fastest woman in the world, and that’s on a motorcycle! Let that sink in. She went 232.522 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and thus became a member of the very exclusive “Bonneville 200 MPH Club” and its first woman member. She has also been named Racing Female Rider of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association. Leslie actually holds three land-speed records and she’s been profiled in Time Magazine and featured in a documentary entitled “Chasing Speed: Leslie Porterfield.” We first met at a Chicago International Motorcycle event a few years ago where she was doing a presentation, and I have to say I was really moved by her accomplishments. In this episode we discuss what first got her into motorcycles, when she started in racing, and how her parents felt about it. We also talk about her being featured in the documentary “Chasing Speed: Leslie Porterfield,” her work as an entrepreneur and business owner, recruiting racing sponsors, We go deep into the nuts-and-bolts (sorry) of land speed racing in general, and bike design and engineering for setting records, in particular. She talks frankly about a high-speed crash that did marked damage to both her and her bike, and her comeback, as well as being tapped to race in the machine that sadly Jessi Combs was killed in during a recent high speed run. She gives some great advice about battling stereotypes and biases, setting priorities once becoming the mother of twins, resilience, and evolving one’s career as life changes. She also talked about her philanthropic and humanitarian work via her involvement in Racers Who Care, and doing inspirational talks. Leslie demonstrates, and in this episode, deconstructs how we can all live a life in full.
72 minutes | 10 months ago
New Practices for a New World: The Power to Transform with Chris Majer, MPA
“The pandemic has changed most everything—that’s not news. What is perhaps causing people the most unease is that it has removed the illusion of certainty” opines Chris Majer, a noted speaker, author, and designer of organizational transformation processes. He is an authority on organizational cultures, high performing teams and the practices of authentic leadership. He has generated a new body of work that builds on his past success and it is entitled, “New Practices for a New World." Chris Majer has a lot to say about building an approach that will enable you to stay calm while the world around you swirls in confusion, facing down the daunting challenges, and making consistently powerful choices. He is a startup founder, adventurer and expert on learning and on transformation--at the individual level, at the pro-athlete level, and at the elite military and Fortune 500 Corporate levels. Chris is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential Project or HP2 and author of The Power to Transform. Chris earned a BA in political science and went on to study organizational development, earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, after which he worked as a political consultant. Chris has been featured on the Today Show, The News Hour, and Charlie Rose, and his work has been written about in Time, Esquire, People, Men’s Health and Leaders Magazine. All of these influences have come together to shape his work, and much of which is detailed in his new book, The Power to Transform (which I very much enjoyed by the way), and in this episode, we discuss it in depth. “A perfect fit for aspiring leaders.” Howard Behar, retired President of Starbucks “Chris is one of a kind. He’s clearly established himself as an innovator and leader in developing human potential. This book is the key to getting your life on track and staying on track. An absolute recommendation.” Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia “Chris’ new book makes the power of transformation available to everyone.” Nike We unpack Chris’ book and his approach using complex philosophical and linguistic concepts used to inform the practices that produce transformational change. The difference is rather than the usual application at a corporate-level, his book is focused on the individual. Chris demonstrates living life in full, and he helps others to do so as well.
76 minutes | a year ago
Scott Carney’s The Wedge: Investigative Journalism by One of the Best
Scott Carney is a bestselling author, anthropologist and investigative journalist whose works blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Scott has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world, spending extensive time in South Asia. He was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. I find his journalistic work to be a cross between George Plimpton and Tim Ferriss – in that he is quite the participant in the journalistic work he does. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. He’s the author of four books including his recently published The Wedge which will be large part of our conversation in this episode. His other books include The Red Market, The Enlightenment Trap, and What Doesn’t Kill Us which was a New York Times bestseller. In this episode we discuss his award-winning book, The Red Market, based on his six years investigating the underground market for human bodies and body parts. I first came across his writing in What Doesn’t Kill Us. That book was about the semi-famous breathing guru, Wim Hof. As for context, I’ve summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and I had to put my water bottle inside my Gortex jacket to keep it from freezing, and Scott and Wim climbed it without a shirt on at negative thirty degrees. Scott explains how such “feats” are done. Wim endorsed Scott’s latest book, The Wedge, as "Crazy good writing" and I wholeheartedly agree. Ben Greenfield, who is also a NYTs bestselling author, said: “prepare to enter an intriguing world of self-improvement and physical and mental performance that you have never before discovered. Scott Carney, once again, has elegantly intertwined his ferocious style of immersive journalism with an entertaining educational approach that is sure to improve your life and longevity forever.” And both Dave “Bulletproof” Asprey and Amelia “Queen of Pain” Boone wrote Forewords. In The Wedge, Scott sets a framework of human evolution and migration, and introduces the concept of the power of choice as an equally significant evolutionary force vis-à-vis the limits of endurance. Key to this is what he calls “The Wedge,” in how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. And off we go… Scott’s searched the globe for examples of what he calls “the subtle language of how the body responds to its environment.” We start with studying fear in a neuroscience laboratory at Stanford and then... Kettlebell partner passing, Sensory deprivation tanks (a la Altered States) Placebo paradox and mindful health experiments with breathing routines that border transcendence via Wim and DMT breathing, ayahuasca in a Peruvian Amazon jungle with a shaman, and “Kent & Lane” and MDMA augmented couples therapy We end with his recommendations on where someone could start if they were interested in their own personal exploration, to help us all live our lives in full.
68 minutes | a year ago
Innovation in Treating COVID-19 and Other Diseases: Making Personalized Medicine Personal with David Fajgenbaum, MD
Dr. David Fajgenbaum has been so close to death that Last Rites have performed—five times. While in medical school, David became critically ill with idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. This is his story and his work. He is one the top one-percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH grant. He is also Founding Director of the Center for Study and Treatment of Castleman Disease, cofounder of the Actively Moving Forward Support Network (a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grieving college students), and co-founder and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. He’s the author of two books, “We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults,” a unique collection of 33 narratives by bereaved students and young adults. And more recently “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action.” In this episode well discus his subsequent pioneering work with this disease, as well as his personal experiences as a physician, patient, and research scientist, and, as of, late using a similar approach that he’s used in Castleman disease research and treatment and applying it to COVID-19 treatment possibilities. “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action” has been described by New York Times bestselling authors like Adam Grant as “An extraordinary memoir . . . It belongs with Atul Gawande’s writings” and Angela Duckworth called it “A page-turning chronicle of living, nearly dying, and discovering what it really means to be invincible in hope” along with other notable endorsements from amazing people like Andrew Weil and a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. To paraphrase from his book: “Each of us has challenges we’re facing. Our own Castleman Disease or thing you’re hoping for or passionate about that motivates and inspires you. We all have the tools, though some may need sharpening, to chase after even solve these problems. Start doing it. Start small. Do something. My greatest regrets on my deathbed were actions I didn’t take. Make every second count, because the truth is we’re all in overtime.” David is an inspiration in so many ways—scientist, physician, humanitarian, and human being. It was an honor to spend time with him, and I hope you will enjoy this episode. He is the preeminent role model for living a life in full.
65 minutes | a year ago
The State of Ultra Running 2020: Innovation in “Data-Athletics” with Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto, Director of Digital Content and Chief Marketing Officer at RunRepeat is a fellow data-wonk as he’s part of the recently released report, The State of Ultra Running 2020, produced by RunRepeat and International Association of Ultra-runners, and co-author, Vania Nikolova, PhD. In this episode we discuss their landmark report, The State of Ultra Running 2020, the first report of its kind, the inspiration for it, the design and methodology, and most interestingly, the results. It is based on analyzing 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra-running events over the past 23 years. Just remarkable. Explore the trends in ultra-running over the last 23 years, analyzing 5,010,730 results from 15,451 ultra-running events: Female ultra-runners are faster than male ultra-runners at distances over 195 miles. There have never been more ultra-runners. Women are as fast as men in long-distance ultras. The longer the distance the shorter the gender pace gap. There have never been more women in ultrarunning. Ultra runners have never been slower across distance, gender and age group. Runners improve their pace in their first 20 races, and then their pace stabilizes. The fastest ultra-running nations are South Africa, Sweden, and Germany. A record amount of people travel abroad for ultra-running events. Runners in the longer distances have a better pace than the runners in the shorter distances for each age group. All age groups have a similar pace, around 14:40 min/mile. The average age of ultra-runners has decreased.
91 minutes | a year ago
Documenting the Adventure of a Lifetime: A New Film by Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr
So many of us postpone many of the things we’d like to do until something else happens first—we wait until we graduate, or until we get married, or until we have enough money, or until we retire—and then we realize, often too late, that we missed out on the experiences that would have enriched our lives. Well maybe there is another way… Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr are quite the dynamic duo. If you are a longtime listener to the show, you may recall my first conversation with them. I am so happy to have them back on to discuss what it is like to ride around the world on two motorcycles, covering over 100,000KM over the course of three years. Indeed this is an interview not to be missed—not just to learn how they did it and what it was like, but also what’s next. Daniel and Josephine are prime examples of living their lives in full and helping others in the process. Those familiar with Living a Life in Full will not be surprised to have the chance to learn from both of these intrepid travelers, as we have had in-depth conversations with three other motorcyclists, one of whom is also a world traveler on two wheels Glen Heggstad, another is a land speed record holder on a vintage BMW, Rebecca Berneck, and in an upcoming episode, Guinness World Record Holder, Leslie Porterfield. And speaking of going around the world, past president of the Circumnavigators Club David Mink has been a guest, Amy Scott talked about How to be Location Independent, and Matt Bailey gave listeners great tips for travel hacking. We discuss Daniel’s first trip, which was the basis for the award-winning documentary “Somewhere Else Tomorrow” along with their new, highly anticipated sequel, “Somewhere Else Together.” We delve into their travels through the Americas and Africa along with all the associated logistics and planning that went into the trip as well as the filming. We also cover their gear and equipment selection for shooting as well as their bikes (1982 BMW R80GS and 2007 BMW R1200GS). We go into some dicey situations as well—accidents, illness, a flood, along with unstable political situations, war zones and uncomfortable border crossings, and even a run-in with child soldiers. Also part and parcel of their journey was the humanitarian aspects. Daniel started out on the HUMA.tv team, and he discusses the Christmas spent with children from a Nepali orphanage, along with time spent with a minority group in Pakistan, and they describe the life of a Guatemalan mother and two daughters as "distressing and beautiful." Also, in Guatemala, they both became involved with The Integral Heart Foundation, and they tell us about their work. In the context of their newest film, which I had the honor to be a part of and serve as an Executive Producer (full disclosure), I came to appreciate their ethos and values in that “The sequel will ask more philosophical questions, because we’ve answered the practical ones already. Naturally, there will be challenges and hurdles that we overcome, but we’re more interested in what it means.” They are both very generous with their time in sharing this conversation, what they do is truly amazing and an inspiration.
57 minutes | a year ago
Jack Hidary on Quantum Information Sciences, Grand Challenges and Moonshots
Jack Hidary has been a successful serial technology entrepreneur and is a regular guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, and CNBC, as well as a frequent keynote speaker, having presented at the business schools of Yale and Columbia, and at TEDx. Jack and I first connected 20 years back (gosh!) in Davos via the World Economic Forum, having been invited to be members of the group Global Leaders of Tomorrow. Currently, Jack is a Senior Adviser to Alphabet X Labs—the advanced innovation lab of Alphabet/Google, where he focuses on AI and quantum technologies. He is also an investor in Primary Insight and serves as a trustee of the X Prize Foundation and the co-founder of the Auto X Prize, which inspired the development of highly fuel-efficient vehicles. He’s committed to community and philanthropic causes and established the Hidary Foundation which focuses on medical research in oncology. In this episode we do a deep dive into his new book, Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach, which has been adopted for a number of courses. It can serve as a textbook for STEM majors, or physics grad students (augmenting Mike and Ike’s textbook on quantum computing and quantum information), or computer science grad students; and it can serve as a primer for non-quantum computing experts who are software engineers, physicists, engineering and business folks, and for independent study. I found it impressive that Jack came from a background in philosophy and neuroscience at Columbia, to startup founder and serial entrepreneur extraordinaire, to quantum computing, and an amazing textbook, and he explains this trajectory in a way that makes one think, “well, of course!” We discuss how classical computing is quite different from quantum computing in both type of data and type of processor. We also dive deep into why quantum information science matters, along with quantum sensing, quantum communications, and quantum chemistry. Additionally, we go into the Black Box problem in artificial intelligence, and Jack covers neural networks, the non-overfitting puzzle, deep learning, and how biases become insinuated into algorithms along with what can be done to find and correct them. Jack’s vision for quantum computing is as hopeful as it is inspiring, and will likely argument solutions to the “Grand Challenges” facing humanity today. Our discussion of the concept behind moonshots and the advent of the X Prize is not to be missed.Jack defies any simple label or categorization as he has such synthetic and integrative thinking that is coupled with the practical capacity to bring forth new innovations to make the world a better place. There is no fuller approach to living.
38 minutes | a year ago
Epic Ideas for 2020: Revolution over Resolutions
As we start this third season of the show, I want to first of all, thank you for listening. The core ethos of the show will be steadfast to always have amazing guests talking about important topics. My goal is also to experiment and learn via the mechanics of the show. Last year on New Year’s Day I did a monolog on Healthspan and my personal experimentation and rationale behind it, and to my nice surprise it was a very popular episode. I got to thinking, I’ll try a new tradition of doing something different from my usual conversations and do a deeper, more personal dive, but work to make it useful to others. So, here goes, I hope you like it. This is the first day of a New Year and new decade, and I wanted to think out loud about getting things done in 2020 and beyond. This past year, I turned 60, and after my initial freak-out passed, I set out to make my 60th year somewhat of an adventure. I don’t want to squander any remaining years, and really, no one should at any age. And, with all due modesty, I am not a newbie when it comes to doing a number of dumb things in my first 59 years. I decided to do what I called “Epic 60.” Not that I was going to do 60 things, but more so whatever I did would be “epic” for me to achieve while turning 60. As I have not gotten them all done in the time frame of one year, I then thought I could rename this endeavor as “Epic Sixties.” But that sounded more like a tribute album to old rock-and-roll bands, and potentially limiting or confusing. I realized with the help of my family pointing out to me that most of what I want to do, so do others, of any age. Thus, rebrand to “Epic Living” and what follows herein is one approach, and some tips and ideas that may resonate for you. And now, on with the show. Epic Ideas for 2020: Revolution over Resolutions. Bottom-line, see what work, most of the time, just for you. Now, go do something epic!
54 minutes | a year ago
The Ingredients for Success: Learning from the Best with Gillian Zoe Segal, JD
Did you ever wonder if anything ever spooked Warren Buffett? Or how Jeff Koons got started? In the spirit of Tim Ferriss’ books, Tribe of Mentors and Tools of Titans, Gillian Zoe Segal spent five years meeting, interviewing and photographing 30 diversely successful billionaires (Buffett, Sara Blakely, Michael Bloomberg), artists (Jeff Koons, Marina Abramović), creatives (Frank Gehry, Hans Zimmer, Matthew Weiner), authors (Anderson Cooper, Graydon Carter, Jeff Kinney), athletes (Laird Hamilton, Jillian Michaels), and of course a Harvard Dean and Nobel Laureate along with various and sundry inventors, leaders, and pioneers. The result is a wonderful book of inspirational backstories and actionable approaches, aptly titled Getting There: A Book of Mentors. Gillian Zoe Segal is an entrepreneur, CNBC contributor, photographer and author of not only Getting There: A Book of Mentors but also New York Characters. She was also one of LinkedIn’s top voices and is a professional speaker having spoken at Google, Royal Bank of Canada, Lexis-Nexis, and numerous other venues across North America. Gillian received a BA from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. I first came across Gillian in Omaha at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting where she was doing a book signing. In this episode we learn how growing up in New York City shaped her and her writing, particularly her first book New York Characters. Getting There is a literal who’s who of interviewees, but New York Characters, while having many celebrities and notables, it is much more eclectic. We talk about the how she came up with that idea, along with a budding genre, like Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. She tells us how she transitioned from law school graduate to photographer and author, along with the backstory to getting her first book published and how she got George Plimpton to not only be in it, but also write the Foreword. Speaking to her humanity, her author proceeds from the sale of New York Characters went to the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. We do deep dives into both of her books and learn how she went about reaching those profiled, how she convinced them to be in, who was the hardest to get on board and who was the easiest. It’s interesting to learn that many of those profiled had failures and some pretty difficult beginnings. She also uncovered commonalities among these amazingly successful people and discusses them, along with a few surprises. We even learn how she composed her shots. Gillian had the benefit of doing a deep question and answer session with 30 of some of the most successful people in the world, and we find out how she changed as a result. Gillian, like those she’s interviewed, lives a life in full. She is gracious enough to have put her findings and experiences into words and pictures so we can as well.
69 minutes | 2 years ago
Ultralearning with Scott Young
What if you could create a project to quickly learn the skills to transition to a new role, project, or even profession? What if you could learn a new language, simulate a university degree program, or become good at something that seems impossible to you right now? Well then you’ll enjoy this episode with Scott Young, author of the Wall Street Journal Best Seller, ULTRALEARNING: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. Ultralearning isn’t easy, just the opposite, not only is it hard, it’s frustrating and requires stretching outside the limits of where you feel comfortable. However, the things you can accomplish make it worth the effort. Scott Young is a writer, programmer, traveler, and for more than a decade has run a business focused on productivity. Scott is an avid learner and he has created some fascinating experiments, such as: “The MIT Challenge” where he attempted to learn MIT’s 4-year computer science curriculum without taking classes, “The Year Without English,” where he attempted to learn four languages in one year, “The 30 Day Portrait Drawing Challenge” to see how much improvement he could make in drawing faces, and most recently, and fun, “Let’s Learn Quantum Mechanics.” So in this episode we discuss these challenges and other intellectual feats and what drives Scott, and of course a deep dive into his new book, which has some amazing folks saying some impressive things: James Clear of Atomic Habits fame, who also wrote the Foreword to your book, said “Ultralearning is a fascinating and inspiring read. Scott has compiled a goldmine of actionable strategies for learning anything faster.” Chris Guillebeau said: “This book is an invaluable tool to help you master complicated skills in a short period of time. Read Ultralearning and level up your life!” Cal Newport said “Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy. Read this book! It will change your life.” Derek Sivers said “A truly great book about learning. Riveting, useful, practical, and applicable to anyone ready to learn something at their own pace. Ultralearning shows you exactly how to learn better than you thought possible.” Scott discusses some of the great case studies in the book along with his own personal challenges, including those of Eric Barone, Tristan de Montebello, and Nigel Richards. His last chapter includes the wonderful story of Judit Polgar and Gary Kasparov. Scott lives his life in full, and helps others to do so as well with his book and his website’s blog and resources, which are linked in our show notes.
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