Episode 58: Monty Hooke


Name: Monty Hooke Habit of Thought:

I wake up every morning and go straight into action. I’ve put aside trying to put in habits that were designed to fix myself. There’s nothing broken.

Habit of Action:

Being organized. If you want to do something big, there’s not question. You have to be organized.

Greatest area of strength: Knowing who to put around me.

This comes from knowing myself. What am I good at, what am I not good at?

Training for this area:

Look at everything from a more holistic point of view.

Unpack all of the things that happen in your life and in your business.


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek Business Hacker: Mindset & Tools For The Successful Modern Entrepreneur - Monty G Hooke Web Resource:








Episode 57: Cindy Debes - Hands across the World


Name: Cindy Debes Today’s guest Life Athlete is Cindy Debes. Cindy is the founder of Hands Across The World. An organization that stands against human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation and other injustices by bringing teachers, English instruction, and safety awareness to remote and rural communities in Cambodia.

Habit of Thought and action:

Do something every day that brings me closer to my goal.

Greatest area of strength: To organize people. To bring people together. To put myself in people’s positions.

Training for this area:

Listen, listen, listen.

Book: The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

Screw Business as Usual - Sir Richard Branson Web Resource:






Episode 56: Moshe Koz - Conscious Fitness


Name: Moshe Koz Today’s guest Life Athlete is Moshe Koz. Moshe is a trainer and practitioner of what he calls “conscious fitness”. He brings awareness and mindfulness to the practice of physical training and he invites his clients and anyone listening to join him in the paradigm shift.

Habit of Thought:


Always bringing external situations back to me. Taking personal responsibility. “Everything that I believe in is a direct reflection of myself.”

Habit of Action:

Having a practice. Purifying what isn’t me and finding what is. Feel and observe.

Greatest area of strength: An ability to be there with people with empathy and to radiate compassion.

Training for this area:

It’s all connected and so I’d help them cultivate a practice.


Books are a catalyst and can help in transformation but spending time by yourself in nature will help you get there so much faster.

Web Resource:



Conscious fitness with Moshe

Episode 55: Dale Thomas Vaughn - The Good Man Project

Name: Dale Thomas Vaughn Dale is a champion of purpose. He is the editor of the Good Man Project, has written and edited seven best-selling books, lived a life of adventure and now Dale helps men discover what they want from their lives and then empowers them to make a concrete plan to go do it.

Habit of Thought:

I can stack the deck in my favour.  Believe that you can succeed.

“Learn to become your biggest fan because the world will provide all of the critics you’ll ever need.”

Habit of Action:

Do some form of physical activity.

Greatest area of strength: My sense of purpose and direction.

Training for this area:

Intrinsic Ablity - What is the thing that has always carried you through life? Your Super Power... 

Intention - Put intention around that Super Power. What is the answer to “Why are you here”?

Imagine - Set an imaginary set of goals for yourself.

Do a time travel interview - imagine that you’re talking to your future self and have them tell you what your life was like. 

Ignite - Take an action to break the inertia

Interconnect - Surround yourself with the people who pull you or drive you to be your highest self. 


The Good Life Plan for Men: Go Beyond Goal-Setting, Take the 5 Essential Steps to Find & Fulfill Your Best Life - Dale Thomas Vaughn 

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho Web Resource:





Episode 54: Stephanie Russell-Farnham – Bucket List Treasure Hunter

Name: Stephanie Russell-Farnham Today’s  guest Life Athlete is Stephanie Russell-Farnham. Stephanie was the winner of the Chris Duncan build your business in a day in Bali contest and has launched herself forward as the Bucket-List Treasure Hunter. She is committed to helping women live their dreams.

Habit of Thought:


The biggest thing for me is that I want to be the captain of my own ship. “You chart your course” 

Habit of Action: Review my own bucket list every day.

Greatest area of strength: “My heart. I think that the greatest value in the world is kindness”

Training for this area:

Identify opportunities to be kind and then brainstorm different ways to be kind. “what small actions can you take to be a kinder human being?”


Desiderata -

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927


The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran Web Resource:




Episode 53: Patrick Brown - Toronto Northern Lights


Name: Pat Brown Today’s guest Life Athlete is Patrick Brown. Patrick is a member the world champion barbershop ensemble, The Toronto Northern Lights. He’s an engineer who has brought a scientific and analytical mind to the arts and an artistic mind to sciences.

Habit of Thought:

“It’s always possible.”

Habit of Action:

“Enjoy what I’m doing as much as possible.”

Greatest area of strength: “I suspect probably with my confidence, combined with my selflessness.”

Training for this area:

-Confidence: Embrace failure. Experience it and move on.

-Selflessness: Try doing something for somebody and go from there.


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen Web Resource:


A performance by the Toronto Northern Lights

A short documentary about the TNL Chorus


Facebook - Patrick Brown

Episode 52: Jose Luis Jimenez Alvarez - FlyHighYoga

Name: Jose Luis Jimenez Alvarez Today’s guest Life Athlete is Jose Luis Jimenez Alvarez. Jose has gone from being a winemaker and growing up in the Canary Islands to having developed his own brand of complementary yoga involving a belt that helps you hang upside down and use gravity to stretch and decompress your body.

Habit of Thought:

Whatever situation presents in your life, instead of reacting, step back and act from a loving and kind attitude that you find within.

Habit of Action:

Meditate. It’s kind of an anti action.”

Greatest area of strength: I’m myself.

Training for this area:

Be open to feedback and take action on it.


I Am That - Nisargadatta Maharaj  Web Resource:





Facebook: FlyHighYoga

Instagram: FlyHighYoga

Episode 51: Amy Jones


Name: Amy Jones Today’s guest Life Athlete is Amy Jones. Amy is the founder of two websites: The first, mapyourprogress.com offers drawings Amy has created to help humans visually track their progress toward a goal by coloring in parts of the image as they take steps forward. The second, sanctuwherewe.com is an online safe haven where humans can safely and anonymously share things that are hard to talk about.

Habit of Thought:

-“When I talk to myself I call myself “sweetheart’”

-“And yet.” When situations are tough and there’s a need to ground and move on. “with love”

-”Even though”

Habit of Action:

-Listen to the good ideas that you have and write them down. or get Siri to send you emails from yourself.

Greatest area of strength: The ability to speak my truth and to be vulnerable.

Training for this area:

Read Brené Brown


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead - Brené Brown

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles - Steven Pressfield 

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms -Danielle LaPorte

Web Resource:

Oh, The Places you’ll go! 





Episode 50: Nik Wood


Name: Nik Wood Today’s guest Life Athlete... well... today’s guest Life Athlete is ME!  For this episode I’ve slid one chair over and am playing guest while the wonderful Derek Loudermilk, the host of the Art of Adventure podcast, takes over the hosting duties of Life Athletics. You, the listeners were asking for me to answer the questions I normally direct at my guests and I heard you. Enjoy!

Habit of Thought:


Do what works. This is context based.

Connect things. Find deeper meaning in the similarities between seemingly disparate things.

Reframe things: Tell the story that works for you.

Practice Gratitude.

Everything is an opportunity to train myself to be the me I want to be.

Habit of Action:

Do the things that you know will benefit you that might be hard, or uncomfortable.

3, 2, 1, go.

Greatest area of strength: I’m nice and have good energy (except when I’m not and I don’t)

Training for this area:

Learn to love yourself. Forgive yourself and then share that out with the world.



Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues - Tom Robbins King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine - Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal - Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz  Web Resource:

Hyperbole and a half - Why I’ll Never Be An Adult

Michael Jordan’s Flu Game Story





Episode 49: Elora Hardy - Ibuku


Name: Elora Hardy Today’s guest Life Athlete is Elora Hardy. Elora is the head of Ibuku the world leader in Bamboo construction. What they do is create architectural dreamscapes out of Bamboo. Here she opens up vulnerably and courageously about her, process, her journey, and her passion... all only days before the birth of her first child.

Habit of Thought:

Ask yourself: “Am I doing this because it’s what I’ve always done or am I doing this because it’s the right thing to do in this instance?”

Habit of Action:

Draw out of you what’s possible at that time”

Greatest area of strength:

Making things beautiful.

Training for this area:

“First they have to inquire as what they mean by ‘beautiful’”

Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

- Marianne Williamson -


Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

The Martian - Andy Weir

Web Resource: 


Elora’s TED talk





Episode 48: Mark Schönhage


Name: Mark Schönhage Today’s guest Life Athlete is Mark Schönhage. Mark is a life-long life athlete who has become an expert at inversion work... he’s good at standing and walking on his hands. So good that he has now set- out to create the webs most comprehensive handstand instructional series on his site “http://www.frontlegs.com”

Habit of Thought:

Putting things in perspective. The ability to learn from mistakes, instead of dwelling on them.

Habit of Action:

Keep on trying. When you fail, just keep going, while still monitoring your limits

Greatest area of strength: 

“Being able to stand upside down as comfortably as I do on my feet.” The ability to enhance people’s enthusiasm. Training for this area:

“I think enthusiasm is contagious.” 

Get Enthusiastic!

Book: Lean Startup - Eric Ries Web Resource: http://www.entrepreneur.com


Contact: mark@frontlegs.com

Episode 47: Dean Larsen


Name: Dean Larsen Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 47 of the Life Athletics podcast. Today’s guest Life Athlete is Dean Larsen. Dean is the founder of the Thrive Hive a co-living, co-working experience that had its most recent incarnation in Ubud Bali. Dean connects passionate people to their purpose and builds teams and structures that allow them to thrive.

Habit of Thought:


“For me it’s the thought of stepping in and then thinking about it later."

Habit of Action: Have something in the future that you’re committed to and eager for.

Greatest area of strength: Making intuitive connections.

Training for this area:

Experience through travel. Having confidence.


The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams - Deepak Chopra Web Resource:



Dean Larsen

Episode 46: Madeline Stephenson

Name: Habit of Thought:


-Have a motto. Maddy’s example: “Work, Play, Love”

-Confidence... tell yourself something like “your’e Michael Jordan” aka “you’re the best” aka “beast mode”

-Have a shorthand that can put you into a desired state.

-Believe you can do it.

Habit of Action: -Put the work in.

Greatest area of strength:

Have a strong work ethic... do the work.

Love what you do

Training for this area:

“play ultimate”

Find what will let your love out easily


A heartbreaking work of staggering genius. -Dave Eggers Web Resource:


skyed magazine


Additional links:

Spencer Wilkerson - interview

Episode 45: Neil Cannon


Name: Neil Cannon Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 45 of the Life Athletics Podcast. Today’s guest Life Athlete is Neil Cannon. Neil is a snowboarding, kite surfing, world traveling fitness nut. Through his company, Mojo Multiplier he is coaching and supporting men to get into peak physical shape, optimize their hormones, and increase their testosterone completely naturally so they can get their mojo back.

Habit of Thought:

Health is my number one priority.

“To be the best version of myself, I have to be in peak physical shape.”

Habit of Action: Train physically.

Greatest area of strength: “I’m good at inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves and to take care of themselves.”

Training for this area:

Get clear on why you want to make a change.


Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal - Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking - David J Schwartz

Mojo Multiplier - Neil Cannon Web Resource:

Marks Daily Apple


9 documentaries recommended by Neil:

Food Matters

Hungry for Change

Sick fat and nearly dead

Sick fat and nearly dead II

Forks over knives


Food, Inc.

Fed up

That Sugar Film




Episode 44: Tah Riq


Name: Tah Riq Life Athletes, hello and welcome to episode 44 of the Life Athletics podcast. Today’s guest Life Athlete is Tah Riq. Tah Riq is an award winning speaker, artist, flamenco guitarist. His music has been featured in TEDx, he has a TEDx talk about leaping into the life you want, he’s a black belt in Karate and he’s the founder of the Superhero Factory a parkour gym in Bali.

Habit of Thought:

Never tell yourself that there’s anything you can’t do.

-No matter how seemingly unreachable a goal, remember that it is only a series of steps in that direction that will get you there.

Habit of Action: “Ask yourself: ‘If you were the ideal version of yourself, how would you deal with this situation right now?’ and then do that.”

Greatest area of strength: Child-like Naivete and fearlessness.

Training for this area:

Come to the Superhero Factory and work through any blocks on a physical level.

Look for the joy in what you do and remember why you began.

Find the fun again.


Law of Attraction - Michael Losier Web Resource:

Philosopher’s notes


Mind Valley 

Contact: http://www.tahriq.com


Episode 43: Orin Hardy


Name: Orin Hardy Today’s guest Life Athlete is Orin Hardy. Orin is the co-founder of the KulKul farm an organic, sustainable, living and teaching farm, next door to Green School in Bali. He’s a world traveller who has found his passion in the natural world and in the interconnectivity of all things.

Habit of Thought:

“Patience and understanding. The more you understand about the elements your’e working with... I think understanding is a big one... if something’s not working, there’s something I don’t understand.”

Have a beginner’s mind.

Habit of Action: “You have to start somewhere... you have to plan but don’t let the planning stop you from the doing.”

Greatest area of strength: My ability to exist in different worlds and cultures and that I’m a generalist.

Training for this area:

-Do something to strengthen the areas and get over the fear that’s holding you back.


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Web Resource / Contact:


Episode 42: Katrina Hadden


Name: Katrina Hadden Today’s guest Life Athlete is Katrina Hadden. Katrina is a real estate agent, personal coach, health advocate and model.  In everything she does she strives to bring out the beauty in situations and to empower others to see the beauty in themselves and in the world around them.

Habit of Thought:


“I’ll sit and I’ll think of 5-6 things that I’m really grateful for from the day”

Habit of Action:

I work out at the day 3-4 times a week and I’m very cautious of how I fuel my body.

Greatest area of strength: “People say I bring out the best in people.”

Training for this area:

I would encourage people to release their fear. Web Resource:


Book: The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation - Thich Nhat Hanh

“The importance of applying mindfulness to your daily life and habits.. It's incredible how your world changes and I'm a huge fan of Thich Nhat Hanh this was given to me by a monk in Nepal”



Youtube: Katpisces

www.katrinhadden.com (site is under construction still)


Episode 41: T.K. McLennon


Name: T.K. McLennon Today’s guest Life Athlete is T.K. McLennon. T.K. is the brain behind the book Trailblasian: Black Women Living in East Asia. Toronto-born T.K. McLennon is a former assistant professor of International Studies in South Korea, and a former Management Studies instructor at a university in Toronto. She is also the founder of Culturiousity.com.

Habit of Thought:

“What is the most powerful thing I can do in this situation”

Habit of Action: -Early to bed, early to rise.

-Wake up, put on the kettle and drink hot water and lemon.

Greatest area of strength: Communication

Training for this area:

Learn to listen, actively. Have a genuine desire to hear people. Be present.

Book: Power vs. Force - David R. Hawkins M.D. Ph.D.

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 – Deckle Edge

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children - Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Trailblasian - T.K. McLennon Web Resource:







Episode 40: Henare Hona O'Brien

Name: Henare Hona O’Brien Today’s guest Life Athlete is Henare O’Brien. Henare is half of the dynamic kiwi duo Henare and Kate. Together they transform the lives of hundreds of people at their game changer live events and thousands more around the world. Henare went from a bruising, boozing, skirt chasing professional athlete brute to a soft talking, eager to hug, spiritual and emotional coach and guide. His story of transformation is a gift for anyone looking to overcome their baser nature.

Habit of Thought:


“Be present to the uncertainty of where life is always going to take me.”

Habit of Action:

“Be aware of my breath”

Greatest area of strength: “I care deeply.”

Training for this area:

“I would make sure that they felt cared for and heard.”


I Come as a Brother - Mary Margaret and Bartholomew Web Resource:




Episode 39: Kate O'Brien


Today’s guest Life Athlete is Kate O’Brien. Kate is half of the dynamic kiwi duo Henare and Kate. Together they transform the lives of hundreds of people at their game changer live events, which are Fast Becoming Known As NZ's #1 Coaching & Training Intensive and thousands more around the world on-line. Kate’s journey is almost impossible to believe looking at her now and is an inspiration for anyone who thinks that they might have fallen too low to turn it all around.