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124 minutes | 5 months ago
34. Stephanie Case - 'The Ultimate Outlier', a UN Human Rights Lawyer who breaks running conventions
"There is a value doing work where you are able to support one person or are able to shift the landscape in the tiniest way and move a millimetre in the right direction. You have to believe wholeheartedly in what you are doing or you will lose your mind."Stephanie Case is a human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate with expertise in conflict settings and humanitarian emergencies. Starting her career as a corporate lawyer in NYC, the Global Financial Crises offered her an opportunity to take a year off. She did a series of international law consultancies before accepting her dream job - a volunteer position for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in 2012. Since then her career has taken her to some of the world's most vulnerable populations. She has done multiple deployments for the UN in Afghanistan, the International Rescue Committee in South Sudan, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kyrgyzstan, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Gaza, Palestine.As Covid-19 broke out, Steph was in Kabul, working for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan as the. Head of Protection of Civilians and Child Protection.Steph has witnessed first-hand the harmful effects of conflict and the disproportionate negative impact on women and girls. She founded not-for-profit organisation Free to Run to use the power of sports to transform lives and communities in the places where it's needed most.An accomplished ultra trail athlete for over a decade, Steph has found a way to continue her training while many would have been resigned to the complexity whilst living in situations of conflict. She's logged laps on a treadmill and around the UN compound in Kabul and hitched helicopter rides to train in the mountains in Western Afghanistan.Steph has won or placed in a number of international running events, ranging from 250 km multi-day desert races to 200-mile non-stop mountain races. Stephanie is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, and a TEDx speaker.This impactful conversations discusses:Her path from corporate law to humanitarian lawyer for the UN.How she’s learned to package her emotions through experiences that have extended her.The subjective nature of suffering yet her approach to placing personal suffering into perspective.Insights on pathways into development and the ethics of volunteerism.The process to establishing Free to Run - the why, how, challenges and iterations.Pivotal life & death situations that Steph has experienced from her time in South Sudan, Afghanistan and on a mountain top in the Italian Alps.How she’s coped with trauma and her path to recovery.Her empowering stance that her personal journey & timeline is uniquely HER OWN. Something that makes her happy, which is the most important thing.To discover more about Steph you can follow her oninstagram: @theultrarunnergirlPersonal website: https://ultrarunnergirl.com/Free to Run website: https://freetorun.org/How to get involved with Free to Run: https://freetorun.org/get-involvedThank you for your support with this podcast throughout 2020... don't forget to subscribe, rate and review the podcast and I cannot wait to bring you some stellar tales of adventure in 2021!!
74 minutes | 6 months ago
33. Rich Roll (part 2) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.
This is PART 2 of my conversation with Rich Roll - jump back to episode 32, if you haven't heard PART 1.* * *It's with great pleasure that I release two episodes (Part 1 & 2) with the thought provoking and thoughtful Rich Roll. Episodes which I believe will serve those who know and do not know his story. Rich is an explorer of ideas and he has mastered multiple mediums in which to share these insights from his wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts in the world with over 100 million downloads. He is also a best selling author and host of wellness retreats around the world.Rich is named one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World” by Men’s Fitness and “The Guru of Reinvention” by Outside. Rich is a globally renowned ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author, husband and father of four. Rich shares his inspirational story of addiction, redemption and optimal health in his #1 bestselling memoir Finding Ultra and the cookbook & lifestyle guides The Plantpower Way and The Plantpower Way: Italia, which he co-authored with his wife Julie Piatt.Rich has been featured on CNN, on the cover of Outside magazine and been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Voicing Change, features timeless wisdom and inspiration from the Rich Roll Podcast.This conversation discusses:the 2020 shift in the Rich Roll Podcastpersonal advice through his experiences on the path towards healing, redemption and wholenessthe importance to invest in yourself and look for opportunities during periods of chaos.how to create new neural pathwayshis position on 'seeking balance'what it looks like to have commitment to continual growthwhat it looked like to hit 'bottom', and his slow path of enquiry and work to figure out who he was and the path he was best suited to pursuingthe trauma created when you are ask people to fit into a limited set of parameters.advice when you don't feel as though you belongwhat was needed to tackle his addiction: personal willingness, humility and letting people inhow Rich has channeled his intensity in productive waysthe place he learned to 'listen, be present, be empathetic and reserve judgment'his practice of self carepartnership with his wife Juliethe stories of those who have influenced his lifeRich has just released his beautiful hardcover book Voicing Change - timeless wisdom and insights from 50 podcast guests. You can purchase a copy via his website.To discover more about Rich you can find him on his website (richroll.com), instagram (@richroll), youtube.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
32. Rich Roll (part 1) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.
"I didn't change my diet and become an endurance athlete to stay there. These are tools for growth. That growth continues, it's ever lasting. You should always be committed to iterating and growing - so whats next. If I was so blind about how i was living in certain ways, I am still blind to so many things now. How can I pull the blinders off. What other areas of my life needs redress right now.. Let's go there, let's see what that's about."It's with great pleasure that I release two episodes (Part 1 & 2) with the thought provoking and thoughtful Rich Roll. Episodes which I believe will serve those who know yet also do not know his story. Rich is an explorer of ideas and has mastered multiple mediums in which to share his insights. From his wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts in the world with over 100 million downloads. He is also a best selling author and host of wellness retreats around the world.Rich is named one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World” by Men’s Fitness and “The Guru of Reinvention” by Outside. Rich is a globally renowned ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author, husband and father of four. Rich shares his inspirational story of addiction, redemption and optimal health in his #1 bestselling memoir Finding Ultra and the cookbook & lifestyle guides The Plantpower Way and The Plantpower Way: Italia, which he co-authored with his wife Julie Piatt.Rich has been featured on CNN, on the cover of Outside magazine and been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Voicing Change, features timeless wisdom and inspiration from the Rich Roll Podcast.This conversation discusses:the 2020 shift in the Rich Roll Podcastpersonal advice through his experiences on the path towards healing, redemption and wholenessthe importance to invest in yourself and look for opportunities during periods of chaos.how to create new neural pathwayshis position on 'seeking balance'what it looks like to have commitment to continual growthwhat it looked like to hit 'bottom', and his slow path of enquiry and work to figure out who he was and the path he was best suited to pursuingthe trauma created when you are ask people to fit into a limited set of parameters.advice when you don't feel as though you belongwhat was needed to tackle his addiction: personal willingness, humility and letting people inhow Rich has channeled his intensity in productive waysthe place he learned to 'listen, be present, be empathetic and reserve judgment'his practice of self carepartnership with his wife Juliethe stories of those who have influenced his lifeRich has just released his beautiful hardcover book Voicing Change - timeless wisdom and insights from 50 podcast guests. You can purchase a copy via his website.To discover more about Rich you can find him on his website (richroll.com), instagram (@richroll), youtube.I hope you enjoy!!
82 minutes | 6 months ago
31. Mark Mathieson: the psychology of soldiers and the impact of combat
"To pretend that we didn't know people were burning out, becoming dysfunctional and most likely that was collectively happening across the Command - was at the best naive and at the worst it was intentional neglect."Mark is a registered Psychologist and over the past 20 years has worked in some of the strangest, harshest and least 'clinical' environments on the globe. This includes working as a former SAS regimental psychologist who deployed to Afghanistan six times and now founder of 'Psyched Up' - an industry psychology leader supporting individuals, organisations and communities in extreme environments.This conversation is an inside look into the minds of combat soldiers. Mark discusses how war can fundamentally change a human. Moreso how repeated combat can impact one's moral fabric and lead to a challenging transition when a veteran returns home from deployment.Not exclusively we discuss:the value of listening to our returning warriorsthe consequence of a lack of purpose and clear strategyThe stigma of mental health in the militaryMoral injury & the impact of heavy deploymentRights of passages across the military and reality TV world.Other areas of Mark's work include:Debriefing wintering expeditioners for the Australian Antarctic program.Designing and implemented local recruitment and induction programs in Papua New Guinea for oil companied.Establishing culture change programs.Assessing and recruited indigenous youth into mining jobs in North Western Australia.Managed cast and crew of reality TV shows (where we first met!)You can follow Mark on instagram @markmathieson_psychologist & www.psychedup.com.au
105 minutes | 7 months ago
30. Mark Wales - 'The Transformer', Former SAS Troop Commander: how to improve remote chances & the potency of trust.
For episode 30, I have interviewed a man I consider to be the best TRANSFORMER I know. Someone who has gone from the being a Troop Commander with the SAS, a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Consultant at McKinsey & Company, starting his own tough luxury fashion label 'Kill Kapture', compelling and in demand Keynote Presenter and Author.He also happens to be my husband and we recorded this podcast after spending over 100 days in stage 4 lock down in Victoria and on the final day of a 2 week quarantine in Perth. So that is a lot of intense time in each other's company. I am not going to lie, we are both worn - physically and mentally from this year. We also have discovered so much about each other and our conversations have deepened through this period of uncertainty.Mark grew up in the red dirt of West Australian mining towns in the Pilbara. After deciding he wanted to join the SAS in high school, he embarked on a career in the Australian military that would eventually lead him to the battlefields of Afghanistan. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance. Undoubtedly he encountered high stress situations where personal and team performance means the difference between life and death.Transitioning out of the military he went back to the bottom of the totem pole as a student at the Wharton School of Business. Both a fish out of water and well out of his depth, his humility and capacity for growth grew rapidly in this environment.This conversation discusses:His early wanderings as a quiet dreamer and laser focused on joining the military.Early deployments to East Timor & the Solomon Islands.The tragedy of losing his Mum at 23 years old.Realising that time might not be plentiful or on your side, so you need to put aside your fear & ego to pursue what you want.Training for selection & transforming himselfWhat SAS selection was really like: 'mission & team'Shared values creates trustThe pitfalls of mission creep without a clear strategyAfghanistan - 4 back to back deploymentsCoping with trauma.Realising he had PTSD and his ongoing road to recoveryThe humiliation and humility of being the rookie again.Warning: in the final 10 minutes there is a sensitive discussion around a historical sex abuse incident."You can increase your chances from remote to good by the accumulation of tiny incremental efforts over the years and focusing on what you can control.""The minute you get to the top of your game the clock is ticking for your obsolescence."You can discover more about Mark via his website (markwales.com.au) and instagram (@mark.a.wales).
126 minutes | 7 months ago
29. Megan Hine: 'Mind of a Survivor' - what the wild has taught one of the world's best known wilderness experts
"Your mind can have so much control over your body when you don't want to do something."Megan Hine is a British survival expert, consultant, adventurer, climber, television presenter and expedition leader - taking celebrities and TV crews into uncharted territory.She is widely known for her work alongside Bear Grylls on TV shows including Running Wild, ITV's Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Bear Grylls: The Island, as well as a wide range of TV shows all over the world. She has taken TV crews into some of the harshest places on earth - literally holding the ropes for some of the toughest men on TV. Her book ‘Mind Of A Survivor’ examines the human ability and instinct for survival. Megan shares and dissects life tools she's used in the wild for survival, showing how they can as easily be applied to more domestic everyday life - from careers to relationships.This conversation looks at (not exclusively)her pathway into adventureher leadership style in high pressure and remote environmentsthe importance of having uncomfortable conversationsidentifying your stress triggers and the impact of accumulated/chronic stress.how to reset through reconnecting with a routine.her approach to tackling the fear of the unknown.releasing our childhood mechanisms for safety as an adultproviding opportunities for our youth to lead and experience accountability & the consequence of one's actions.creating space for failure in a success driven environmentthe female adventurer journey - perceived barriers; challenges and how to work through them and own your path.You can follow Megan via:instagram @megan_hinewebsite meganhine.comfacebook https://www.facebook.com/officialmeganhine
66 minutes | 8 months ago
28. Mindy Zemrak - 'The Pitching Queen': Emmy Nominated Casting Producer for Shark Tank & Competitor Relations Director for the World's Toughest Race.
"I feast upon the challenge that is presented to me"Mindy is an Emmy Nominated Casting Producer for Shark Tank (United States) and has been with the show throughout its 12 seasons. We caught up whilst she was working on the show 'in a bubble' in Los Vegas. She is also the Competitor Relations Director for the World's Toughest Race for the Amazon Prime Video (doco -series), adventure race - hosted by Bear Grylls.Many people title Mindy "The Gatekeeper". I also perceive her as 'the pitch master', a high performing/no nonsense/heart charging organised weapon. On top of that Mindy is a lot of fun!We discuss:what the world of casting really entailsthe power of the zigzag versus the linearwhat are skill traits helpful in castinghow she successfully leads her small teamthe influence from her parentsher life changing experience on the World's Toughest Race in Fijiher work-in-progress approach to self care.You can follow this powerhouse on socials @mindycastingIf you enjoyed this conversation or found it to be of value please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - it means so much!!! Don't forget to share the conversation via your socials & tag @mindycasting and @samgashpodcast
65 minutes | 8 months ago
27. Dean Karnazes - 'to know thyself you have to push thyself'
Dean is the OG of ultra marathon running and the epitome of someone who has had the time, breadth of adventure and ability to intellectualise the running experience.Dean is the reason that many people know what an ultramarathon is and the instigator for many people to give one a try. TIME magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics fame, called him, “A real superhuman.” An acclaimed endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.This conversation highlights his humility, deep refection, self awareness and empathy. We discuss the effect on covid-19 to the running community - for race organisers; runners and outdoor brands: the bad, good and hopeful. Dean generously shares his fears and the disappointment in not being able to see his family in Greece and Australia.We explore -how "running is his salvation"the benefit & how to engage your family in your personal pursuitshow he copes with criticshaving a growth mindsetFirst Known Time versus Fastest Known Timecreating a movement through movement.Among his many accomplishments, he has run 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, he’s run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across the Sahara Desert in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten separate occasions he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. His long list of competitive achievements include winning the World’s Toughest Footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer. He has raced and competed on all seven continents of the planet, twice over.You can follow Dean via:instagram: @ultramarathonmanwebsite: www.ultramarathonman.comIf you enjoyed this conversation please don't forget to subscribe, rate, review and share!!! It means so much!!
86 minutes | 8 months ago
26. Sarah Davidson: How to dream big but plan small, navigate through unpredictability and redefine 'success'
""Are you on auto pilot or are you choosing the path you are on?"This week on the podcast I am interviewing one of my nearest and dearest Sarah Davidson (formerly Sarah Holloway). A lady who I certainly consider to be in my inner tribe, quite literally the smartest person I know, fellow lover of verbose responses, 'lawyer turned funtrepreneur' (podcast host + author + entrepreneur) and the Queen of Quotes. This conversation is a reflection of our 12 year relationship, that includes both our willingness to ask the challenging conversations and our spark of joy when we are with each other.We met as eager beaver law students 12 years ago and our paths lined up as corporate lawyers in top tier law firms… before I abandoned the coup to run & speak…. One year later Sarah & her now husband Nic Davidson started Matcha Maiden - an organic matcha green tea company. The brand sky rocketed through the use of social media and Sarah’s amazing ability and connection. Within 6 months it gained the attention of US retailed Urban Outfitters - which was the trigger for Sarah to leave her job in law to jumped head and feet first into the business.She is the co-founder of Matcha Mylkbar - a vegan inspired cafeThe host of globally renowned podcast Seize the YayAnd most recently an author to Seize the Yay.This conversation discusses (amongst many things):How Sarah revamped her metric of 'success'How she's reignited the inner child.Her strengths and weaknesses, including anything confrontational!!Creating a brand as a reflection of the most authentic representation of herThe learnings from writing her book, including the uncovering of why she’s struggled to self manage and say NO to opportunitiesLearning how to create milestones and celebrate the small successesHer mantras of 'Dreaming Big but Planning Small', 'Done is better than perfect'How to change your default settingsSarah is a huge lover of life, all things yay, flexible thinking, spontaneity and she is a GEM.You can follow Sarah:instagram - @spoonful_of_sarahwebsite - https://www.spoonfulofsarah.com/If you enjoyed this conversation or found it to be of value I would LOVE for you to subscribe, rate and review the podcast!! Thank you for your support xo
67 minutes | 8 months ago
25. Brian Finestone: The Business of Adventure - Risk, Reinvention and Living in your Dream Job.
" There isn't one thing that is at the end of the journey, there are going to be multiple lines of income. Find what you are good at, what works for you & what is the lifestyle you want to live." Brian Finestone hails from Whistler Canada and he is your all round adventure man & guide. ** If you have ANY ISSUES with the audio from this episode, please re-download the episode and it will work (relevant to subscribers to the samgashpodcast prior to 9 Sep)**This conversation looks at the concept of risk, yet also how you need to reinvent yourself to continually be living in your dream job. He wears many hats that include writer, photographer, fly fishing guide and Race Coordinator for Eco Challenge - the World's Toughest Race. Brian studied the Business of Adventure and his career has seen him as a ski patroller in Canada & the Swiss Alps, carrying 20kg of explosives for avalanche control. He was the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Manager for over a decade - bringing together his risk management prowess to construct trails that allowed riders of all levels to be challenged, without the consequence of not walking again if you made a mistake. He's has been the co-author of six guidebooks to skiing, mountain biking and hiking in Whistler BC - selling hundreds of thousands of copies.Currently Brian is the Director of Operations at Whitecap Risk and Safety Consultants, a company that specialises in ambitious projects in both sets and remote wilderness settings.He is part of the race management team for Eco Challenge - the World's Toughest Race. Excitingly he was in Patagonia earlier this year (pre-Covid) setting the new World's Toughest Race course!! We do a recap on his experiences in Fiji and some early thoughts of Patagonia.During this global pandemic Brian's experience in risk management and operations is being utilised as he creates 'Covid Exposure Control and Risk Management' for the Television and Film Industry.Brian is someone who believes 'motion is lotion'. He fully commits to the experience of living. This attitude has clearly rubbed off on how he parents his son Finn.I found his story inspiring and I hope you do too.You can follow Brian:@finestonephoto - instagram@BrianFinestone - twitter
74 minutes | 9 months ago
24. Tashi and Nungshi Malik - Indian Twin Climbers, the strength of WE thinking until it prevents growth.
"Bonds that are built when you share the most dangerous moments together are the strongest."Nungshi and Tashi (also known as Nash & Tash) are powerhouse twin sisters from Northern India. At the age of 23 they became Guinness World Record holders for the youngest people (and first twins) to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (climbing the world’s seven highest peaks including Everest and skiing to the North and South Poles).They have won several awards including the Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2020, this is the highest award for women in India.In September 2019, they were selected and led team India 'Khukuri Warriors' in the World's Toughest Race. A global adventure race that pitched 66 teams of top adventure athletes from 30 nations against forces of nature and against each other traversing 671 km of rugged Fijian landscape, ocean, rivers, lakes and jungles using dozen adventure activities. They became the first and only South Asians to participate in this global adventure race.They have a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from School of International Training in Vermont, USA. In 2015 the twin sisters graduated in Sport and Exercise from Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand.We discuss -their experiences at the World's Toughest Race - as a novice team, the importance of communication, the challenges and how they overcome cultural differencesthe nature of twinship, the strength and challengesthe India lockdown, how has their experiences in the mountains has helped them during covid-19the path to mountaineers and preparing for the explorers Grandslamdiscovering their power as femalestheir 3 year journey to convincing their Mum to let them climb Everestfocus, perseverance, meticulous planning, calculated risk taking, self beliefwhy it's important to confront your fear and dangers to pursue your dreamsthe challenge of preparing for something you cannot seetheir involvement in philanthropy & female empowerment.the need to find their separate identity. You can follow these legends on instagram @team_khukuri_warriorsHope you enjoy!! Don't forget to subscribe and share this conversation if you found it to be of value.
81 minutes | 9 months ago
23. Coree Aussem-Woltering - when the collective WHY elevates self leadership (Team Onyx, World's Toughest Race)
Coree comes onto the podcast and chats all things Eco Challenge, The World's Toughest Race Fiji. Specifically what it was like to be part of Team Onyx, whose mission in the race went beyond the race experience itself. The team was participating with a purpose to represent the African American, as well as the LGBT community. The team comprised of record-holding ultramarathoner, Coree Aussem-Woltering, skilled ultra-endurance mountain biker Samantha Scipio, former Navy SEAL and Crossfit gym owner Chriss Smith Jr and former Div.1 NCAA football player and filmmaker Mikayla Lyles. Leading this team of trailblazers was seasoned adventure racer and former Marine Clifton Lyles.We discuss how the team formed, how they prepared for the challenge, what was their team strategy - considering they only met one before the race, and how was their experience. It truly is a masterclass in leadership and teams.Fast forward to 2020, Coree, has had his entire race season cancelled and decided to channel his fitness and passion into a fastest known time attempt on the Ice Age Trail. It is a historic footpath which runs through the state of Wisconsin, US. It took him 21 days, 13 hours, 35 minutes to run the 1,147 miles -- smashing the previous record by some five hours. It wasn't smooth sailing and Coree talks about the challenges and the fundamentals of focusing on 10 seconds at a time as a way to endure the hardship. At the same time he has raised over $50,000 to support small businesses in his community & those negatively affected by Covid-19Coree is as much known for his Speedos and positive attitude as he is for his stand-out running ability. His coach once told Trail Runner Magazine he’s never heard Coree make an excuse, and if he could bottle up Coree’s work ethic and perseverance and sell it, he’d be a billionaire. Coree began his running career with the 400m and 800m distances, which he ran from middle school through college. He was en route to becoming a professional triathlete, when he discovered ultrarunning.Coree and his husband, a professional skydiver, live in Ottowa, Illinois (#CornfieldCowboys). Coree champions diversity in the outdoor world so that everyone can find a role model who looks like them. He is keen to break stereotypes in adventure sports.
87 minutes | 9 months ago
22. James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy - Defy the Impossible but don't quit your day job!
James Lawrence, or better know as the Iron Cowboy is a world record holder for multiple feats in the sport of triathlon and is a sought-after inspirational speaker. In 2015, he set a new record by doing 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 consecutive days, in all 50 states. It was featured in a documentary called Redefine Impossible and this conversation bares all - about the challenges, the highs and lows.Last September, James and I both competed in Eco Challenge, the Worlds Toughest Race in Fiji. We both loved the experience!!! The series has just aired on Amazon Prime as a 10 part series, hosted by Bear Grylls. Despite all of James' badass past experience he was a novice adventure racer - so it was awesome to hear his perspective on the experience. To explore the notion of grittiness as a commonality for those who finished the race. What he learned about himself and other from his experience. Also the difference between the 50-50-50 versus Eco Challenge.We also discussed:how he is pivoting during covid -19.how you manage the thoughts in your head, the inner bully & critic.A full breakdown on 50-50-50, including a focus on SuperMom Sunny.common mistakes that athletes make - rushing endurance and speed.science of performance in endurance & why you shouldn't skip the steps in between.how to create adventures.... where to focus...where to start.demystifying sponsorship - go local; be willing to fund your own adventures.what does it mean to do the work.how to find out my passion.appreciating the moment and how to be in it.the challenge of being on stage as an introvert.What's next!!Hope you loved this conversation - you can check out James atwebsite: https://www.ironcowboy.com/ (virtual events, coaching, programs)socials: @ironcowboyjames
87 minutes | 9 months ago
21. Dean Leslie - the gentle art of storytelling (Wandering Fever & Salomon Running TV)
Dean Leslie is a South African filmmaker who is the founder of Wandering Fever, a company born out of a love for the wild and the ability to tell stories through film. Dean is responsible for most of Salomon TV’s summer films and has been for the last seven years. He has played a pivotal role in how trail and ultra running is documented around the world.Dean's work has taken him to every continent, chasing down the world’s foremost endurance athletes and documenting the ways in which we interact with some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Over the past decade he has spent most of his time on the road, a topic we discuss extensively. With Dean's belief that 'passion & balance are mutually incompatible'. We discuss the other spheres of his life which were neglected during his filmmaking career, and how he now has a consciousness in what it takes to pursue a passion.What I admire about Dean's work is that it explores the human struggle in endurance (both the professional and personal ones) with compassion not drama. His films show a curiosity and engagement with locals and the nature, without blindly exoticizing foreign places and peoples.This conversation explores the trajectory of Deans career (from animation to photography to film) and his belief that if you say YES to something you need to be 100% in, regardless of the financial reward.We also discuss:the filmmakers voice in a storyHis relationship with childhood friend Ryan SandesThe relationship and trust he fosters with his subjectsEarly challenge in making running look 'cool', yet its similarity to surfing with expansive landscapes and the solitude figureMeeting fascinating people from Scott Jurek, Tony Krupicka, Caballo BlancoThe early grind of reporting and documenting racesThe importance of looking for niche pockets - where he moved away from documenting races/competition to focus on the human storyHis relationship and autonomy with Salomon TVThe difference between a documentary and an advert.... the truth!The stress and depression that emerged through the Great Himalayan Project, and how he got out of itThe cathartic process of editing.Life as a DadThis is a ripper, you can find Deanhttp://wanderingfever.com/socials @thewanderingfeverVimeo - https://vimeo.com/wanderingfever
77 minutes | 10 months ago
20th episode, Lucy Bartholomew interviewing host Sam Gash - Purpose, People & Planet
The roles have been reversed and podcast favourite Lucy Bartholomew is interviewing ME for the 20th episode. Despite some reluctance on my end, Lucy convinced me that it is nice for you (the listener) to know more about the person interviewing all of these epic guests! Despite being interviewed on many other podcasts over the years, this surprisingly felt exposing - which is a healthy reminder for me in my role as host! Neither Lucy or I held back in what we shared.So here it is, and our regular conversations will continue in the next episode!!!We discuss:the journey from awkward kid who avoided sport into someone who creates expedition and adventure races around the world. our mutual admiration for Rich Rollgetting caught in the conveyer belt of perceived successthe power of storytelling across platformsthe process of allowing ideas to grow - from the initial idea, who you should share them with & the analytical phase.how to be of value in collaborative teamshow the relief run came to life and raised over $1million in 12 daysimposter syndrome - when/where I've felt it & how I know navigate through ittaking ownership over how we communicate about ourselveswho I would want to sit at a dinner table with A brief snapshot into me:After a decade of study, I became a lawyer working for the largest international law firm in the world - Baker & McKenzie. I traded in my heels & mini tailored suit (which we discuss in the episode) for running shoes and I have spent the following decade using running, adventure and storytelling as a vehicle for social impact. Specifically, in the space of access to education; women’s empowerment and supporting First Nations communities and organisations. I was the first woman to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam; traversed 3500kms across India on foot and completed the World’s Toughest Race.I am a proud Goodwill Ambassador for World Vision Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and a corporate presenter. Last December I married Mark Wales, who I met on the set of Survivor. Together we have a wild two-year-old called Harry. I have raised $1.5 million dollars for charities such as World Vision, Save the Children and the Australian Red Cross, with the talent and time of some epic people.You can check more of my tales from the trails via www.samanthagash.com, socials @samanthagash & youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/samanthagash
101 minutes | 10 months ago
19. Ben Kenyon - How Trailblazers Thrive under Pressure
Ben Kenyon is the High Performance Coach for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers. He is the Ultimate Hype Man, the King of Community, Connection & Human Performance. This conversation will remind you that what truly counts is the work you do when no-one is watching. He is also the founder of the Great Day Squad, who provide interactive workshops and engaging experiences to help YOU achieve your personal best performance.He’s currently based in Florida with the Blazers during his 7th season with the team, with the season expecting to finish in October. As a Performance Coach he addresses each athlete - individually and holistically. With the objective of train; prepare and inspire them to compete and achieve success at the highest level of professional basketball. Specifically he’s in charge of providing the athletes with nutrition guidance, physical strength improvements, moral support and innovative recovery techniques to better themselves in all areas of human performance. We discuss the foundations for performance all the way through to the 1%.We discuss the impact of travel and sleep on high performance. Especially relevant as the Blazers are the only NBA team in the Pacific Northwest & travel more miles than any other team in the NBA. In fact, they have logged more travel miles than any team in the four major professional sports leagues in North America.We talk in depth about the current controversies in the US. Ben shares his unique and wise lens on the pressure people are facing and how listening, without necessarily a response, is his best piece of advice.Ben came to the Blazers from George Washington University, where he served as Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning, a position that oversees strength and conditioning and nutrition for all 23 varsity sports.Not exclusively we discuss:tools to perform betterthe way out of adversity and darknesscreating community by living in your core valueshow to recognise your core values by identify what sticks with you in the tough timeswhy its important to be motivated to show up even when there is no one watching or when you receive no external affirmationthe power of sleephow to get your team to trust youthe balance of science and art. You can follow this legend of a human via socials @ben_kenyon_ and @greatdaysquad
80 minutes | 10 months ago
18. Emelie Forsberg - Play More, Live Slower!
"I remember when I realised running was always there for me, it was like a friend I had taken for granted."Emelie is a Swedish athlete, a four-time back-to-back Sky Runner World Series champion, and record holder for Fastest Known Time for five different ultra-running race courses. Emelie has also earned six medals at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships. She has been a member of the Swedish National Ski Mountaineering team and the Swedish National Ultratrail team.BUT you will hear us speak little of these accolades and far more about what drives her, her challenges and life philosophy. She wears many hats (athlete, mother, farmer, business owner....list goes on) - but through experience and reflection she is acutely aware of her energy levels. She knows when she needs to focus and where detachment is useful to create balance, it is also a constant work in progress.We discuss:how to manage pressureworking with your own mind, how to feel secure - in running and in lifeher view on slow livingthe importance of preparation to enable "play"the journey from Chamonix to Norway, to creating MOONVALLEYreframing discomforther run across the Kingsluden to recapture her inner motivationreturning to movement & performance after having her daughter Majher & Kilian's perspective on risk.Emelie is a plant-based athlete who enjoys sustainable living with a healthy and holistic approach.FYI... Dean Karnazes description of Emelie is SPOT ON....."Emelie Forsberg is a genuine trailblazer, both on the mountain and in life. Sheʼs boldly parted from convention and chosen a path less trodden, one that is jagged and sheer, though infinitely more rewarding…”You can discover more of Emelie via these channels -instagram: @tinaemelie & @moonvalley.mewebsite: www.emelieforsberg.com
92 minutes | 10 months ago
17. Diana Ryall - a masterclass in career advancement, gender & cultural diversity: from the first female leader of an IT company (Apple) in Australia
What a privilege to host Diana Ryall on the podcast. She is a slam dunk guest in that she has a wealth of experience, credibility, mastery in storytelling and provided a stream of practical advice. I highly recommend this conversation!!By way of brief bio, Diana Ryall was the Managing Director at Apple Australia from 1997 to 2001. While holding this position, the company was recognised by Hewitt Associates as “Employer of the Year”. She has been innovating and disrupting the workplace for more than 30 years. She is not afraid to speak up and is well-known for her efforts to challenge people to think differently and to bring equality and cultural change to the workplace.Diana shares her trajectory and tales from high school maths teacher, becoming a mother of two boys, shifting into computer programming and the journey into the MD role at Apple Australia (which was not smooth sailing).Diana gives advice and anecdotal frameworks for:applying for a job - (particularly when you don't fulfil all of the criteria)requesting a job promotionstrategies if you have been treated poorly or devalued by senior managementhow to work out if you have been paid fairlyhow to request pay parityhow to position yourself for bonuses.Further bio -In 2002, Diana founded the company 'Xplore for Success' which offers services to organisations to support professionals to achieve personal success. The Xplore programs have challenged over 6000 women and men in organisations such as American Express, CBA, Deloitte, Dept. of Commerce, Centrelink, GHD, Lend Lease, Luxottica, KPMG, and NAB.From 2005 to 2008, Diana led the Chief Executive Women’s (CEW). A member-based organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.From 2006 to 2009, Diana was the Vice President of the CEW and was one of the authors of the CEO Kit, which provides pragmatic ways to measure gender diversity initiatives. Diana was part of the judging panel of the Australian Best Employers program run by Hewitt Associates, sat on the panel for Deloitte’s Businesswomen of the year awards and was on the Diversity Council for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.In 2010, Diana became a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for her significant contribution to the education community, her commitment and support to the advancement of women, and her ongoing and wide-reaching charitable work.She is an ambassador for Honour a Woman, Good Return and Dress for Success Sydney, and sits on the Industry Advisory Group for Victorian Police.As a breast cancer survivor, Ms Ryall supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and is a key spokesperson for International Women’s Day and is committed to a number of charitable and philanthropic causes.
95 minutes | 10 months ago
16. Mario Rigby - walking the length of Africa (12,000kms) & why we need diversity in exploration
This is a story about adventure, breaking the mould of expectation and learning how to navigate through fear - the fear of others and yourself.Mario was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and moved to a small village near Stuttgart, Germany after turning 1. His memories of the first decade of his life included looking different to everyone else and embracing the outdoors. He returned to the Caribbean with his Mum and brother and a new set of challenges were created. This time he looked like everyone else, but his behaviours set him apart and it took sport to find a sense of belonging in a place he wanted to call home.With hard work and the sense of structure that was fostered in his early years of life, Mario became a talented track and field athlete, representing the Turks and Caicos Islands. We discuss the blending of the German and Caribbean cultures that fostered his skills, mindset and curiosity for high performance and exploration.We explore the role of the Black Panther in his journey and dive deep into his two year voyage where he covered the length of Africa from South to North… entirely by foot and kayak….That’s 12,000 kilometers that would take him through South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.Preparation for the trip took nine months. He had to plan out his shelter and consider how to survive in any terrain, whether forest, desert or even mountains. Mario's training involved a 15 day hike from Toronto to Montreal — which also happened to be the first hiking experience of his life.When Mario encountered difficult physical and bureaucratic situations, it was the people of Africa who helped him maintain his spirit to continue the journey.This conversation looks at the flexibility of the mind that is required for feats of endurance in unfamiliar settings; why he loved Sudan so much, the partnership of an Italian stranger, being arrested in Malawi & handcuffed for three nights, being shot by rebel tribes in Mozambique, the come down post expedition and the importance of diversity in the outdoors and exploration.You can learn more about Mario via his website http://www.mariorigby.com/
92 minutes | a year ago
15. Mark Healey - Big Waves, Bullying & Meditation
Mark Healey is a legendary big wave surfer, award-winning spear-fisherman, free-diver, photographer, filmmaker, yoga practitioner, conservationist and part-time Hollywood stuntman. This conversation goes deep into the water and reveals Mark's humility; intellect, humour and ability to utilise ego to do good things & progress. He describes ego like fire - "it can save your life or burn you, you just have to know what doses." Mark continually strives to find new ways in which to explore, commune with and protect our natural world.Mark grew up with the pulse of the ocean in his blood. Hailing from the North Shore of Oahu, his world was shaped by the ever-changing sea and the lush tropical landscape that surrounded him. His aquatic education began at the age of three when his father led him out into powerful eight-foot high Hawaiian surf. It has been a journey of tenaciousness and a thirst for learning over natural talent. He earned his first surf sponsorship at age 13 and went pro at 17. He's now achieved victories at big wave events around the world, and thats only the tip of the ocean.This conversation revealsthe source of his drivehow he was bullied as a kid and practical advice to confront the perception you have of yourselfhis appetite to explore new frontiersthe physiological & physical responses when you hold your breathhow the practice of free diving has allowed him to confront discomfort , - which serves him well in big wave surfing and in all forms of life discomforthis time and the challenges of tagging Hammerhead sharks for scientific researchthe loss he's experienced in the surfing worldhis shift in how he mitigates risk (from sleep, meditation, food, hydration, critical examination of why)Details on Markwebsite: https://markhealeywaterman.com/instagram:@healeywateropsyoutube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoVgwQND_LFjJNvkP3SFbGQMark Healey's Guide to Heavy Water (discussed in the podcast) https://courses.theinertia.com/mark-healey-guide-heavy-water
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