Episode 139: Trent Simmons | Learning Ultimate Life Lessons Through Ultimate Frisbee

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 139 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Trent Simmons.

Trent is an Ultimate Frisbee player for 20 years playing an average of 25 tournaments a year until he decided to run tournaments himself. He launched Selfless Tournament which became a success. His life has been dedicated to the sport which helped him establish his principles in life.

"The real point of sport is to challenge your self.”

He also launched an international youth development NGO, 10 Million Discs, which aims to give 10 million discs to kids from around the globe and teach them life skills, mutual respect, self-accountability and conflict resolution.

"Your enemy is not your opponent.”

He believes that being your own referee tests what is more valuable to you – winning the game or keeping your integrity.

 “If at first you don’t succeed, go bigger.”

On this episode, Trent talks about the life lessons brought by the sport, external validation versus internal validation and what it truly means to win.  

 

Learn more about Trent and what he does:

10 Million Discs

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You may send him an email:

10milliondiscs@gmail.com

 

Episode 138: Ana Wood | Looking From The Heart With Try Love On

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 138 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Ana Wood.

Ana is a coach and is currently launching a platform for spiritual awakening called “Try Love On” for people who wants to live from a deeper essence and look from the heart. She is a very optimistic person who believes that love is a never-ending journey of exploration.

"My game is to expand in the experience of love.”

For Ana, love is something that is greater than any word can define. The beauty that lies within love is through experiencing and embracing its mystery.

"It’s not what we do but where we do it from.”

On this episode, she talks about the essence and the truth of living. She brings us to a deeper level of our emotions where we get to appreciate life more.

“I feel that love is transcendent because it can’t be explained; it can’t be defined.”

Listen to this episode and fall in love with life.

 

You can find Ana on:

Try Love On

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Episode 137: Robin Hallsten | Exploring Life's Limits

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 137 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Robin Hallsten.

Robin is also a podcast host like me. He is a one-of-a-kind traveler who steps out of his comfort zone and pushes his limits. He explores all the possibilities in life and let it lead his way. He also wants to experience the true essence of living free. And when I say free, I mean literally FREE. He, together with a friend of his, is trying to start a project called, Free Loading Trip, where they show people how to survive by just asking for food and accommodation from people. They plan to document a 30-day trip in Sweden without using their personal money.

"We don’t know how we’re gonna get through but I just know we’re gonna make it.”

On this episode, Robin talks about how he ended up with the life he has today. By leaving home, selling his apartment, quitting his job, he went on a journey of uncertainty that a lot of people fear about.

"What is our purpose?”

Robin believes that we should let life take us not to where we want to go but to where we need to go – and he wants to leave this advice to all the life athletes out there wanting to level up in their games in life.

“For happiness to exist, there has to be sadness. For pleasure to be around, there has to be pain.”

 

You may reach Robin through:

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Episode 136: Dr. Brett Hill | The Key To Health And Wellness

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 136 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dr. Brett Hill.

Brett is the co-founder of Australia’s leading health podcast, The Wellness Couch. He is a co-host of The Wellness Guys and That Paleo Show, the number one health podcast in Australia. I am truly honored to be able to appear on one of their shows, recently - Episode 303 of The Wellness Guys.  He has authored several books and is on the course of writing a new book called Rock Bottom where he recounts the challenges in his life.

"I’m someone who is really passionate about health and wellness."

On this episode, Brett talks about emotions and how to deal with them. He encourages people to be more empathetic to their selves. As a man, we are often oppressed by the notion that men aren’t supposed to be emotional. But he believes that opening yourself up makes you no less of a man.

"The reality is that when you love yourself, then you have so much more love to give everyone else around you.”

Brett plays three games in life: One, being a full-out dad. Two, having fun as much as he could. And three, creating an impact to society.

“Just be kinder to yourself.”

 

Learn more about Brett:

drbretthill.com

thewellnesscouch.com

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Episode 135: Preston Smiles | All In The Name Of Love

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 135 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Preston Smiles.

Preston is a Personal Freedom Coach, who helps people conquer their fears in order to live the life they dream. He is a social media influencer, a speaker and a published author who vows never to stop reminding people of the one truth – LOVE is who and what we are.

"I am a messenger of LOVE sent here to remind us all of our truth that love is all there is, was, and ever will be."

He believes that amplifying love amplifies life as well. It is all in his book titled: Love Louder. He has an extremely bright personality that will make you want to know him more.

"For me, it’s about creating my own – declaring, defining and designing a life that feels good for me.”

On this episode, you will discover a man who is willing to give his all in the name of LOVE.   

“It’s not the happy people that are grateful; it’s the grateful people that are happy.”

 

You may find him at:

prestonsmiles.com

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Episode 134: Cait Scudder | Bring Out Your Radiance

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 134 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Cait Scudder.

Cait is a Radiant Living Coach whose mission is to help people become the best version of themselves. She helps them find their inner desire to get to where they want to be in life. She believes that change starts from within.   

"There’s something deeper in me calling."

For Cait, finding her radiance was like a vine-swinging journey. From being a basketball player to a Spanish teacher, she strived to find the best version of herself.  Finally, she found her destiny by bringing out the radiance within people.

"I think I’m playing the game of continual transformation."

On this episode, Cait shares her perspective on inner radiance and how she was able to lead a glowing life. If you are stuck in life, not knowing where to go, she is the perfect person to get in touch with.

Cait believes that it is important to live our own light and not focus on the light of others. Our happiness, our health, our vitality is ours, and ours alone.

 

If you want to find your radiance, reach out to Cait:

www.caitscudder.com

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Episode 133: Nik Wood with The Wellness Guys | Life Is A Game

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 133 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is ME.

This episode is a rebroadcast of an episode from The Wellness Guys podcast where I was given the opportunity to share my views and philosophies in life. This podcast is based in Australia and is hosted by these amazing people – Laurence Tham, Brett Hill and Damian Kristof. It was an exciting experience to be on the other side of the show.

"The essence of the Life Athletics is everyone is playing a game in life. And the clear you are in what your game is, the more satisfied you’ll be."

On this episode, I discussed about how people become life athletes and how they win at the games they’re playing. For those who haven’t yet realized what their game is, this is the perfect time to learn about the games in life and how to win them.

"I believe that everyone is always playing a game and that everyone is always winning the game they’re playing."

Winning in life is not about being the best in what you do. It is about finding satisfaction and happiness in whatever game you decide to play in life. If you are still unsure at the game you’re playing, don’t miss this episode!

“Know your whys; know what you’re up to; then figure out how to get there.”

Know your game and win! Level up!

 

For the original show, you may visit:

The Wellness Guys

 

Episode 132: Amanda Riker | Go Healthy With Pure Jars

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 132 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Amanda Riker.

Amanda is a yoga teacher in St. Pete, Florida. She is a part of Body Electric Yoga Company, a very successful studio in St. Pete. She discovered her passion in teaching yoga when she became a replacement in a yoga class in South Korea.

"At the end of the day, I just want to provide something that is making someone happier and healthier."

She just started her business called PURE JARS – a whole food meal inside mason jars. These delicious and healthy meals come in 6 varieties – perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has the complete nutritional package for the health conscious individuals who don’t have the time to cook.

"I think making time for the things you love is necessary in life."

With Amanda’s busy schedule, she found out that doing what you love is what fills a tiring day with joy.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

She believes that there are so many people who are willing to offer a helping hand – all it takes is to ask.  

“Don’t think twice. Try not to let fear overcome. Just jump in – Just go.”

 

Order your PURE JARS at:

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Episode 131: Alexandra Ernst | One Step Towards Building Your Business

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 131 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Alexandra Ernst.

Alexandra is the founder of Bali Bracelet – a product made out of brass and surfboard resin. She started this business about 4 years ago and has gone a long way since then. She is a full-time entrepreneur and a traveler. She has traveled in 14 countries in the past 3 years and doesn’t stay in one place for more than 2-3 months. According to her, everything in her life is happening the way it should be.

"When you have a business, you should always be evolving."

In the past 3 years, Alexandra has tried multiple designs for her bracelet business. Before using brass and surfboard resin, she used recycled surfboard foam. She believes that building your business along the way is wiser that trying to come up with everything during starting out.  

"If you have an idea about something, it is important to just do it, go for it and do what you believed in."

She encourages people to just launch their ideas because if you let those ideas sit for too long, it might become too late. It is never easy to start a business, but she convinces people to trust in their selves.

“We are ultimately our own divine creators of whatever it is that we want”

Alexandra is launching a 3-month program of coaching for people who wants to start their business, which will start on June 1st this year. This endeavor will be for business aspirants who are on their start-up and idea phase. She wants people to pursue the life they wanted and never to hold back.

You may reach Alexandra through:

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Episode 130: David Block | Creating Powerful Music through Human Experience

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 130 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is David Block.

David is the man behind Human Experience Creations – his principal music project. He is a composer, a multi-instrumentalist and a producer who has worked in the business for 10 years and has collaborated with different artists around the world. He believes that creation is what he does best.

"The real art comes through you. It doesn’t belong to you."

David travels around the world and connects with groups everywhere which inspires him in his work. He shows through his music that creativity is our greatest human resource. For him, people should come together as a global community and uplift each other, share new ideas and build something together.

"Just sit down and start working on something."

After being broken about a failed endeavor recently, David learns that sufferings happen and it helps you do better in the future. It’s okay to be bad at first because it is part of the process in succeeding.  

“The three keys to success are patience, passion and persistence.”

David believes that if you wait long enough and you try hard enough, you will become successful.

Get David’s music gift from his website: humanexperiencecreations.com

Also visit: twospiritphotography.com

Episode 129: Alex Malone | On a World Work Trip

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 129 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Alex Malone.

Alex is a digital strategist who left everything back in the Netherlands (including all the furniture in her apartment) and went on a world work trip. She is the girl who fell in love with the freedom that only traveling can give. 

"Yes, it is pretty scary in the beginning."

The first adventure she took was when she traveled alone around South America for 6 months. Being a true-blue digital nomad, she went on adventures and took in the diverse cultures of every country she visited by working and living in these countries for a while.

"I win my game by being very open to everything that comes along."

Alex is very open to everything. She discourages overthinking and just taking the risk. They may be messy at first, but soon enough, you will be able to discover your true self because of these risks.

Contribute a story:

www.storyofmyworld.com
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Episode 128: John Williams | Break Free and Do What You Love

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 128 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is John Williams.

John Williams is the founder of The Ideas Lab, a site that runs transformational programs, leading people to find good businesses and making ideas happen. John is also the author of the bestselling book Screw Work, Let's Play.

"We don't have to do something we don't enjoy."

On this episode, John talks about how he started out as a software developer and eventually became a chief technology officer at a European startup incubator. He runs the Ideas Lab programs and is keeping himself busy with helping others do what they love.

 "It's not enough to sit around and muse through life."

John is a firm believer in working toward your dreams, even when the situations don't permit it. There will always be roadblocks; but it's supposed to be that way. It's our obsession with happiness that is a problem, John stresses.

"Oftentimes, we forget the narrative of life."

Learn more about John:

theideaslab.org
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Get your £200 discount from The Ideas Lab's programs! Reach out to hello@theideaslab.org and tell them Life Athletics sent you!

Episode 127: Conan Stevens | A Big Man with Bigger Goals

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 127 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Conan Stevens.

It's not every day (it's actually pretty rare) for me to be "smaller" than others. Today's guest is a 7 feet tall and 300 pounds! 

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Conan is an Australian actor who has played the roles of Gregor Clegane (aka The Mountain) on The Game of Thrones, as well as the orc chieftain Bolg on the movie version of The Hobbit. He has also appeared on Spartacus: Vengeance as Sedullos.

On today's episode, Conan shares his journey toward becoming a Hollywood actor. Previously, he has gone through so many jobs and was contemplating on which career he would really like to stick with. He worked in security prior to becoming an actor, but he really didn't like being exposed to too much violence. So he worked hard and persevered.

"It takes a lot of dedication."

For Conan, it wasn't all success and fame. He also went through times of frustration, of doubting himself, of not being sure where he is headed. But the thing with Conan is that is focused, he has a clear idea of what his goals are, and he is willing to work hard for his dreams. His motivation is admirable - 20 years of working out and lifestyle modifications to achieve the physique he has today is amazing!

"Don't let anybody put you down from achieving your goals - no matter what they are."

Learn more about Conan on his website: conanstevens.com

Episode 126: Desirae Odjick | A Millennial's Journey to Finding Financial Balance

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 126 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Desirae Odjick.

Desirae runs the blog Half Banked, a blog by "one millennial's half-baked attempt to save HALF her income." On her website, Desirae shares her stories, experiences, and the lessons she learned as she took on this passion project.

"Why do you want to create a budget? What is driving you to do this?"

She started this blog so she would have a more structured way of achieving her goals. It started when Desirae decided that she wanted to buy her own house. In the beginning, she wanted to become one of the more adventurous millennials she has met - those free-spirited individuals who traveled the world and went on one adventure to another. Eventually she realized it wasn't for her.

"It's all about leading with what's most important for you at a certain point."

On this episode, Desirae shares how she's perfectly happy where she is now - and that situations don't always have to be "and/or." You can actually have both. One can achieve financial stability, without giving up the fun and all the good things in life. 

"There is no one-size-fits-all approach to finances."

Stability is something Desirae views as quite valuable in her life, and that's why she takes steps that will help her achieve the kind of stability she wants.

Get in touch with Desirae:

www.halfbanked.com
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Episode 125: Dr. Philip Zimbardo | How To Become An Everyday Superhero

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 125 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

Dr. Zimbardo is a psychologist, educator, writer, do-gooder, and the founder of The Heroic Imagination Project - a community that develops and implements research, education, corporate and public initiatives to inspire and encourage everyday heroism.

"Most people drift through life day to day without plans, without projection."

He has also written numerous books on psychology, including The Lucifer Effect, which "examines how the human mind has the capacity to be infinitely caring or selfish, kind or cruel, creative or destructive." 

Dr. Zimbardo also headed the Standford Prison Experiment, which features extensive information about a classic psychology experiment that inspired an award-winning movie, New York Times bestseller, and documentary DVD.

"Most people are unhappy with their lives because it is an unchosen life. It is life that is available."

On this episode, he talks about how ordinary people like us can become everyday heroes - doing good deeds and showing compassion toward others. He also touches on subjects such as family, friendship, relationships, and understanding the power of moral courage.

Learn more about Dr. Zimbardo:

The Stanford Prison Experiment
The Heroic Imagination Project
Join the HIP here
Buy the Lucifer Effect here

Episode 124: Deva Waring | From Farm to Festival

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 124 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Deva Waring.

Deva is one-half of the duo behind the vegan food truck, Gaia Ma. Deva and her partner, Chloe, conceptualized Gaia Ma with the mission to support the planet, the people, and the plants.

"We go to the farms directly, cutting the middleman."

Their menu shifts as they transfer locations, as all their food is 100% locally sourced. Deva emphasizes that she and her business partner aren't here to promote any "isms." They are here to make people more aware and ask questions like where the food goes? How much food is wasted? And how are eating habits affecting the planet?

"Two-thirds of the food in the world is wasted."

Deva is proud of the Gaia Ma food truck as they serve 100% organic, all vegan, plant-based food. They are often found in festivals, conscious gatherings,and the like. Her goal is  to do what she loves and motivate others to do the same.

"We're constantly supporting ourselves to be authentic."

Connect with Deva:

www.gaiamafoods.com
Instagram: @gaiamafoods
Twitter: @gaiamafood

Episode 123: Sam French | All For Powerful Storytelling

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 123 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Sam French.

Sam describes himself as a storyteller before anything else. He is passionate about stories and being able to bring them to life, so it's no wonder he's an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker.

His film project, Buzkashi Boys, has garnered multiple awards and nominations and has been praised by film critics worldwide. The film is set in contemporary Afghanistan and revolves around two Afghan boys who strive to reach their dreams amidst their current situation in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth, all while participating in the Buzkashi, the country's national sport. 

"You're never going to know how you think about something until you get there."

On this episode, Sam shares his experiences - especially the ones he went through while he was making Buzkashi Boys. He talks about living in Afghanistan and how Hollywood filmmakers are viewed to be these ridiculously rich guys, and how this is a total misconception. 

"Failure is only a temporary setback."

A dark time, he shares, was when he was accused of mismanaging the funds for the film and the subsequent anxiety attack that he suffered due to the allegation. However, Sam bounced back up and proved all his detractors wrong.

"I look forward to taking the next step."

Today, Sam is currently in Bali, working on another story. We can't wait to watch the next film! 

Get in touch with Sam:

sam@samfrench.com
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www.buzkashiboys.com
www.dirtyrobber.com

Episode 122: Shiva Rajaya | Wake Up to Life with Vital Coaching

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 122 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Shiva Rajaya. 

Shiva is the founder of Vital Coaching. He leads people on spiritual adventures and inspires people to wake up and realize that we are all one - that everyone on this planet belongs to one family.

"We are one human race. Every person in this planet is my family."

He provides people with tools to remove blockages and assist them in identifying what's been keeping them stuck. Shiva's is a life coaching of the spirit and mind, helping you achieve the success and satisfaction that other people have been having a hard time achieving.

"My game is a game of joy and happiness. A game of contribution to the planet and humankind."

Shiva doesn't believe in failures. He views all drawbacks as life lessons, not mistakes.

Join in on the conversation and be inspired!

Follow Shiva:

www.vitalcoaching.com
Twitter: @vitalcoaching

 

Episode 121: Gianluca Trombetta | Inspiration and Superhuman Hearing

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 120 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Gianluca Trombetta of Superhuman Hearing.

Gianluca has been wearing hearing aids for a very long time, so he understands the daily struggles that people with sensory-neural hearing loss go through. Coupled with passion and inspiration, Gianluca serves as a hearing aid coach - with the purpose of making life easier and more bearable.

"People with disabilities have a chance of getting it out and facing it and moving on and becoming much more powerful emotionally."

When he decided to venture into this project, he started researching and studying about what he can do to help. He researched about communication and what it means to communicate effectively.

"What about we try and understand how they feel?"

The success he is having is perhaps due to the fact that he goes through the same problems the people he tries to help face every day. He is always reminded of the hardships, so he is constantly motivated to live better. Gianluca wants to help people deal with hearing loss so it doesn't become an obstacle anymore. 

"My game is how to make people with hearing loss live better."

Listen and learn more on this episode of the podcast.

Follow Gianluca:

www.getsuperhumanhearing.com

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Episode 120: Kenny Flowers | How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Hey Life Athletes, welcome to episode 120 of the Life Athletics podcast!

Today’s guest Life Athlete is Kenny Flowers.

Kenny is the founder of Kenny Flowers (nope, that's not his real surname), a shop that sells Hawaiian shirts. But they're not your average, everyday, ordinary Hawaiian shirts - the ones he's selling have "swag" and style that can be worn anywhere, anytime - "from the cabana to the cabin, the beach to the boat, the bar to the brunch table."

"I am enjoying myself in the present, but I'm also really making sure that I am setting myself up for the future."

Although from afar, Kenny's life seems to be all fun and games, leisure and adventure, that's not entirely the case. According to him, he also spends time doing a lot of work just so he could propel his business forward. He is constantly in the mood for challenge, but doesn't dismiss the fact that he does need to go out and play. 

"It's really important to define when your play time is and when your work time is."

Work-life balance has always been important to Kenny. On this episode, he tells us about how he keeps his life organized - with structured play times so that he is more effective when the time comes that he needs to work. Being efficient in everything you're doing helps in improving your work-life balance, Kenny says.

"If you dont listen to criticism, there's a good chance it's not going to work out."

We also dig deeper into the moments of failure and triumph that Kenny has gone through, and you'll be inspired to hear all about the stories of his drawbacks and how he was able to push through it all. 

Connect with Kenny:

kennyflowers.co
Facebook
Instagram: @kennyflowers_