The Art of Self Reliance

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In this episode I speak to my good friend Richard Norton
 Richard has lived an amazing life. From body guarding the Rolling Stones and Linda Ronstade, to becoming an action film star, stuntman, and fight choreographer for some of Hollywood's biggest block busters. This interview is backed with inspirational true life stories, from a man who has lived the art of self reliance. In this episode I explore with Richard three main topics, namely,
 The importance of saying yes to opportunities even when you are afraid The philosophy of precision And Richard’s favorite Chuck Norris story plus more... Find out more about Richard: Support this podcast
In this episode I speak to Bill Kieffer Bill is a former U.S. Army officer with over a decade of active duty service. He is also a human resource and talent management executive with over two decades of senior leadership experience in large, complex, global companies. Throughout his career he has coached and advised military veterans to successfully transition from their military career to the civilian, commercial work world. Having been that veteran who made the transition, he passionate about helping other veterans succeed. The breadth and depth of Bill's experience uniquely enables him to advise veterans, non-veterans, teams, and organizations to successfully navigate change, recognize the realities of the circumstance, develop and execute plans that improve performance and achieve planned objectives. In this episode I explore with Bill three main topics, namely, You own your career and your success The importance of passion aligned with values While you may own your success, no one makes it alone Find out more about Bill: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I speak to Stuart King Stuart has a degree in Sports Science followed by an MSc in Physical Activity, Health and Well being. He is in charge of the strategic direction of BeeZee Bodies a team of nutritionists and behavior change experts, helping people make real, long lasting changes towards a healthier lifestyle. They run weight management and healthy lifestyles programs for adults and families in Brighton, Hove, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire in the United kingdom. In this episode I explore with Stuart three main topics, namely, translating evidence into meaningful lifestyle interventions that work in the real world Using behavioral science to design life changes Habitus and how it is the most important theory you have never heard of! Find out more about Stuart: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Denis Waitley. Denis is a pioneer in high-performance human achievement, he has counseled winners in every field from Fortune 500 top executives and entrepreneurs to Super Bowl and Olympic champions; from Apollo astronauts to government leaders and universities. His audio series, The Psychology of Winning is the most-listened-to program in the world on self-mastery. In this episode I explore with Denis three main topics, namely, Motivation is an inner force that compels behavior Personal responsibility for outcomes determines success Your brain is the most marvelous GPS system ever created Find out more about Denis: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener. Robert is known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology. He  is a psychologist, researcher, trainer, and author. He is particularly interested in positive topics such as wellbeing, social support, and courage. Even though there are person-to-person differences in courage, Robert believes that it is a trainable skill. He has conducted workshops with Queensland Police, Australia Department of Defense, and Standard Chartered Bank, among many others. He also trains coaches in how to assess risk and be appropriately vulnerable. In this episode I explore with Robert three main topics, namely, Courage as a combination of skill and mindset. How People can thrive when they develop the ability to face fear and take strategic and sensible risks. Mindfulness in action and more. Find out more about Robert: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Jeff Harry. Jeff shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing. He has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. Jeff’s playwork has been featured in the New York Times, AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN. As Jeff notes, While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives. In this episode I explore with Jeff three main topics, namely, How To Play Through Uncertainty During COVID Times How To Deal With The A-Hole At Work Through Play How To Have Hard Conversations At Work Through Play Find out more about Jeff: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Andrew Williams. Andrew is the Founder and Managing Director of Agility Consulting Group. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at the Australia Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales for over 10 years where he facilitates executive programs in adaptive leadership, leadership agility and personal growth. He is also a graduate of The Art and Practice of Leadership Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government which has enabled him to work with teams in the area of adaptive leadership and transformational change. In his work Andrew regularly works with senior teams to help them work through issues that are important to them. He is able to facilitate dialogue, help groups anchor to purpose and hold up a mirror to enable groups to see how their dynamics are helping or hindering their ability to make progress. In this episode I explore with Andrew three main topics, namely, The important distinction between learning, development and growth. The impact limiting beliefs have on stopping us from bridging the gap between our current reality and our future aspirations. The role of experimentation to help make progress on change that matters Find out more about Andrew: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to my good friend Aaron Le Boutillier. Aaron is one of those people who has lived a full life. It would take an episode just to run through everything he has accomplished. He recently completed his masters in criminology and criminal psychology, and is now onto his Phd. For close on two decades Aaron has lived in Thailand. He speaks fluent Thai, and owns tree roots retreat a a beautiful space carved out 5 minutes from the beach in Rayong He has met his fair share of challenges too. Most notably surviving the 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that took hundreds of thousands of lives in South and South East Asia. He wrote a book about his experience entitled, And Then One Morning. his life is inspired by adventure, from running across the Sahara Desert in the Marathon des Sables, his obsession with jiu-jitsu, and love of surfing. In this episode I explore with Aaron three main topics, namely, Turning fear and anxiety into an ally Extreme adventures and what you learn from that experience And having a positive attitude Find out more about Aaron: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to my good friend Eric Lyons. This is one of those powerful, open discussions that I won’t easily forget. As men, these are the conversations many of us avoid, being vulnerable. I have spent many a night in Thailand with our mutual friend Arron Le Boutillier at his home in Thailand (Tree Roots Retreat) having deep discussions late into the night. Eric is doing incredibly important work with his charity Hope for Silent Voices, by giving a voice, attention and resources to the severely neglected, disadvantaged, abused and discarded globally. Much of his current work takes place in Cambodia. In this episode I explore with Eric three main topics, namely, Finding our authentic self Being responsible for what we know And realizing that the world needs the best version of us Find out more about Eric: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Derrick Millett. Derrick is part of my Weaponize Your Body Team, and is our lead tactical firearms instructor. Derrick has over two decades experience as a civilian and military agent with considerable experience operating in both permissive and non-permissive environments with over 1,000 days of combat experience. His law enforcement and military careers have included living in and training foreign militaries, intelligence services and law enforcement agencies in North America, Africa, Europe and the Middle and Far East. Derrick has extensive experience training and certifying civilian and military personnel in the use of firearms, non-lethal and edged weapons, and unarmed close quarters fighting. Derrick’s military and intelligence background also includes security planning for sensitive and vulnerable locations and the transport and protection of high value individuals and assets. In this episode I explore with Derrick three main topics, namely, The 5 Pillars of Self-Preservation What really happens when having to protect yourself The 80% solution. Find out more about Derrick: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Kevin Cottam. Kevin has had an illustrious past. He was an elite choreographer for World and Olympic Figure Skating Champions; directing and choreographing multi-million dollar international touring stationary figure skating shows and the 1988 Calgary Olympic Closing Ceremonies. He then wrote a leadership book, entitled The Nomadic Mindset where along with conversations with over 100 executives and he studied and lived with nomadic tribes in Mongolia, the Maasai in Kenya, Berbers of the Sahara in Southern Morocco - gleaming from them their ancient wisdom and how it can be adapted for today’s needs. In this episode I explore with Kevin three main topics, namely, The dominant mindset today How to apply a nomadic mindset to modern life And how to experience what Kevin calls migrating to expansion Find out more about Kevin: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Mike Gillette. Mike has a life story that reads like an action-adventure novel. A life which has proven to be his own best case-study for goal attainment. He was a poor, scared and scrawny kid who grew up amidst a backdrop of extreme violence and substance abuse. A kid who would ultimately become an Army Paratrooper, SWAT Commander, Government Counter-Terrorism Consultant, Bodyguard to Fortune 500 CEOs and a Record-Breaking Motivational Strongman whose feats have been documented by Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.  In this episode I explore with Mike three main topics, namely, Mindset Emotion Regulation Success Habits Find out more about Mike: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Frank Sobchak. Frank is a PhD candidate in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a BS in Military History from West Point and a MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. During his twenty-six-year career in the U.S. Army, he served in various Special Forces assignments including leading teams and companies in 5th Special Forces Group in peace and in war and representing U.S. Special Operations Command as a congressional liaison. In this episode I explore with Frank three main topics, namely, Survival and contingency planning The importance of being prepared Risk management and putting it into practice Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Dean Stott. Dean is a former British Special Forces Soldier who left the military after suffering a severe knee injury in a parachuting accident in 2011. He then established a distinguished career in the private security sector; he was renowned for his willing to take on any job, no matter how dangerous. However, in 2016 Dean was ready for a new project and wanted to use this to help others. He began training to cycle the longest motorable road in the world – The Pan American Highway. Dean completed the 14,000 mile route from Argentina to Alaska in May 2018, gaining two world records and raising an incredible amount of money for charity in the process. In this episode I explore with Dean three main topics, namely,  Importance of planning and preparing Being reactive to the situation Self belief You can find out more about Dean at: Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Carl Honore. Carl is the best selling author of In Praise of Slow. He has been published in 35 languages and landed on the bestseller lists in many countries. His first three books show how slowing down can help you lead a richer, happier and more productive life. In his latest book he explores the many upsides of ageing. In this episode I explore with Dave three main topics, namely,  How to slow down How to age better How to feel better about ageing You can find out more about Carl at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Lt Col Dave Grossman. Dave, has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two childrens’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold). He is also has a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck. His books are “required” or “recommended” reading in all four branches of the US Armed forces, and in federal and local law enforcement academies nationwide. He was a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor. In this episode I explore with Dave three main topics, namely,  Why is violence in western society misreported We explore many facets of self reliance As well as some examples of self reliance in action You can find out more about Dave at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Donald Robertson. Donald is the author of six books including How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, writer, and trainer, specializing in the relationship between philosophy, psychology, and self-improvement. He's particularly known for his work on Stoic philosophy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. In this episode I explore with Donald three main topics, namely,  What is Stoicism How Stoicism can helps us cope with stress How Stoicism helps with anger You can find out more about Donald at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Frank Forencich. Frank earned his degree in biology from Stanford university. He is an internationally-recognized expert on health and human adaptation. As an engaging speaker and movement teacher, he brings a unique perspective to the human predicament and offers practical solutions for some of the most pressing problems of our age. In this episode I explore with Frank three main topics, namely,  Big picture of ancient bodies meeting the modern world The SAID principle Functional training for the body and the whole organism You can find out more about Frank at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Jeff Gonzales. Jeff was a decorated and respected US Navy SEAL for 12 years. He graduated from BUDs class #155 and was immediately transferred to SEAL Team Four. He served at ST4 as an operator and trainer where he routinely participated in numerous combat operations that led to the successful and timely accomplishment of strategic operational objectives. While at ST4 he was responsible for training fellow team mates in various combat related skills such as weapons, tactics and demolitions. Selected for the teams training cell he was instrumental in developing several blocks of instruction that increased the Teams overall combat effectiveness. Ranked as one of the senior Petty Officers of his command he strived to not only improve upon himself, but his community at large. For his efforts he was recognized on several occasions and was presented with awards in appreciation of his service. In this episode I explore with Jeff three main topics, namely, Current events and safety Deciding to be armed Pro tips for concealed carry You can find out more about Jeff at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Kurek Ashley. Tony Robbins has said about my guest : "Kurek you truly are the embodiment of the word Outstanding!"Kerri Pottharst, Olympic Gold Medalist noted that: “Without Kurek, there would be no gold for us!”Kurek is a noted expert in personal development, self-discovery and peak performance and gives up to 100 presentations a year on these topics. He is also the best selling author of How Would Love Respond.  In this episode I explore with Kurek three main topics, namely, The Formula for success and the similarities in all high achievers What's holding people back from success The importance of personal transformation in living our best life You can find out more about Kurek at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Dr. Jonathan Young. Jonathan is a psychologist who consults with organizational leaders and arts professionals. He teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University in Santa Barbara. His background includes assisting mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. Jonathan is a contributing producer and featured commentator for some of History Channels documentary series. He has an international online practice in consulting, coaching, and psychotherapy. In this episode I explore with Jonathan three main topics, namely, The uses of wisdom stories in personal exploration. How appreciating the mythic imagination gives us tools to deal with difficult experiences. How looking at our lives as quests that include setbacks increases the sense of effectiveness. You can find out more about Jonathan at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Eric Kolesar. Eric enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman in the early 90’s. Following his basic training he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York with the 10th Mountain Division. He served in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia between 1992 and 93. Eric spent over 10 years in the infantry serving as a rifleman, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant. I n addition, he was honored to have served as a relief commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Academically Eric earned his masters in leadership and coaching. In this episode I explore with Eric three main topics, namely, A personal mission and vision statements along with values. Planning and creating a system to help you achieve goals while using the AAR process to help you take ownership of your life. And finally The purpose of play in experiencing living your best self. You can find out more about Eric at: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Bob Dougherty. Bob served for 25 years as a CIA Operations Officer - 23 of those years "in the field" - spanning the the Middle East, Europe, South America, Central America and the U.S. He developed, ran, and managed HUMINT operations focused on Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Counter-Narcotics targets. During his career he worked against most major foreign terrorist groups that threatened U.S. interests. He also specialized in working against the Iranian and MENA target set. Several operations that he initiated resulted in the takedown of major terrorist networks and cells. In the private sector, Bob now concentrates on providing specialized consulting and training services to Law Enforcement, Military, Private Sector and Governmental clients. In this episode I explore with Bob three main topics, namely, Advanced situational awareness as it pertains to successfully surviving and thriving in any environment. Critical thinking skills and common sense/street smarts A Stoic-based philosophy in life that allows you to focus on what is truly important. Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Dr. Richard Blonna. Richard has extensive expertise and knowledge in the areas of stress management, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment coaching. He is the author of several books, most notably Stress Less Live More and Maximize Your Coaching Effectiveness with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In this episode I explore with Richard three main topics, namely, How to set values-based goals (a key to thriving) How to commit to goals using acceptance How to become more mindful of your values-based behavior  Find Out More About Dr. Blonna Here: ( Support this podcast
In this episode I talk to Dr. Howard Rankin. Howard has extensive expertise and knowledge in the areas of psychology, neuroscience and neurotechnology. He is also an experienced speaker and best-selling and award-winning author. He has written 12 books in his own name, co-written another 9, and ghostwritten 30 others, all non-fiction. He has also published more than 30 scientific articles and been a consultant to the NIH and World health organization. His work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines and he has appeared on national networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC, “The View” and “20/20”. In this episode I explore with Howard three main topics, namely, manipulation by the media  Cognitive bias and Critical thinking Find Out More About Dr. Rankin Here: ( ( Support this podcast
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Created by
Dr. Rodney King
Podcast Status
Jul 6th, 2020
Latest Episode
Feb 24th, 2021
Release Period
2 per week
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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