The Rich Roll Podcast



life + performance + spirit


  • Unmasking Masculinity With Lewis Howes

    30/10/2017 Duration: 01h52min

    “Let us revere the one who loves others deeply, loves himself deeply, and has a dream that he is inspired to live with and by and through. He is a man.”Lewis HowesThe word authenticity has been so co-opted and commodified, it's now almost impossible to use it without sounding hacky.But the sentiment behind the word remains beautiful. To me it means living honestly and with integrity. It means the courage and self-confidence to be open and vulnerable. It's what it means to live, breathe and move in alignment with your truest, highest self.I do my best to live authentically. I strive to inject this sensibility into the content I create. And it’s a consistent theme of this podcast.Intellectually we understand the importance of living authentically. However, we all find ourselves — myself included — nonetheless projecting a version of ourselves onto the world. Not the raw truth but an edited impression of who we are and what we want others to see; a facsimile of identity, custom tailored to su

  • Dan Buettner: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People

    23/10/2017 Duration: 01h47min

    “Follow your bliss, not your material desires.”Dan Buettner We all want to be happy.But what exactly is happiness? Can it be cultivated? And if so, how?Somewhere along the way, you've likely heard of something called the Blue Zones — a term coined by this week's guest in reference to five hidden slivers of the world that boast the highest per capita populations of centenarians – people who thrive to 100 and beyond. Unlikely locales where people not live inordinately long,Places where people forgot to die.Interestingly, in addition to outliving their fellow western world equals, the Blue Zoners also seemed resoundingly happier.Dan Buettner wanted to know more. So he shifted focus from longevity and zeroed in on the elusive, ever-so-slippery nature of happiness itself.Deploying his expertise and that of others, he used hard science to better define the emotional state we seek most. He scoured the planet in search of the cultures that most exemplify happiness. He examined the internal and external

  • Ask Me Anything: Rich Roll On Training, Racing & Service

    20/10/2017 Duration: 02h16min

    “When I can be in the headspace of service — am I giving? How can I give better? — then the rest seems to take care of itself.”Rich RollWelcome to another Ask Me Anything in-between-isode edition of the podcast with yours truly.Recorded live during our Plantpower Ireland retreat this past July, this is a dynamic discussion that covers a wide-range of topics. Subjects covered include:* how my approach to training, racing and nutrition has evolved over the years;* my approach to racing Ötillö (this was recorded prior to that event);* good pain v. bad pain – i.e., distinguishing laziness from the need to rest;* my role models & influences; and* thoughts on meditation, spirituality & service.In addition, I was asked how Julie and I work together as a team — balancing our similarities and differences. Plus Julie sheds some light on her interesting backstory.As an aside, if this retreat sounds fun (it is!), we are currently taking reservations for Plantpower Italia, May 19-26, 2018. To learn more

  • Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito’s Plant-Based Embrace

    16/10/2017 Duration: 01h43min

    “The Western diet is destroying our world and our lives and creating all these problems that we don't need to have.” Rocco DiSpirito When it comes to food, we've been led to believe that healthy and delicious are mutually exclusive.When it comes to eating plant-based, forget about it. Most people can't imagine their palate can possibly be sated without animal products.I've worked hard to bust this myth.But I'm no chef.Good thing today's guest is.But Rocco DiSpirito is no ordinary chef. A James Beard award-winning culinary wizard, this guy is a straight up food genius.Named Food & Wine magazineʼs Best New Chef, People magazineʼs Sexiest Chef and the first chef to appear on Gourmet magazineʼs cover as Americaʼs Most Exciting Young Chef, Rocco is the author of 13 books (5 of which were NY Times bestsellers) who lorded over 3-Star restaurant Union Pacific, a New York City culinary landmark for many years (The New York Times deemed his dishes “pure genius”). Rocco skyrocketed to mainstream fame starr

  • Healing Mushrooms: Tero Isokauppila On The Magical, Mysterious, Health Promoting Properties Of Fungi

    09/10/2017 Duration: 01h48min

    “It's impossible to truly quantify the myriad of ways mushrooms can positively impact your life, yet they're capable of doing all these things and so much more. Quietly, persistently, effectively.” Tero IsokauppilaWe tend to think of mushrooms as a pizza topping. Something we toss in a salad. Or a psychedelic to alter consciousness. But that's pretty much where the inquiry ends.However, mushrooms are so much more. In fact, they comprise an entire kingdom. Invisibly surrounding us, they underpin the very foundation of our ecology, impacting us in ways far beyond our appreciation.It may surprise you to learn that mushrooms account for an astonishing 25% of the Earth's total biomass. 92% of all plants are dependent upon mushrooms for their survival. 40% of all pharmaceuticals contain some form of mushroom. And, quite incredibly, 85% of human RNA and 50% of human DNA is shared with fungi.Mushrooms are also woefully under-appreciated when it comes to promoting health, fighting illness, buttressing longev

  • Living In Alignment With Nature — Colin Hudon on Holistic Health, Seasonal Rhythms & The Interconnectedness of All

    05/10/2017 Duration: 02h03min

    “Discipline is only difficult until it becomes a habit.” Colin HudonMan is a microcosm of the macrocosm. The nature that exists outside of us also lives within us. Separation is an illusion.Indeed, we are all intrinsically connected — to each other and the world that surrounds us. Embracing this fundamental truth lies at the core of ultimate well-being. Because true health doesn't stop at the kale salad — it requires fidelity to our natural rhythms and a comprehensive, holistic devotion to bettering and balancing not just our physical bodies, but our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as well.Returning to the podcast to walk us through this powerful law of nature is Colin Hudon.A gifted healer, physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Arts, Colin is also an herbalist, acupuncturist, tea master, and founder of Living Tea, an enterprise that finds Colin traveling across China, Taiwan, and Malaysia multiple times a year to source and import the finest and rarest old-growth teas an

  • Chris Guillebeau On Why You Need A Side Hustle (Even If You Love Your Job)

    02/10/2017 Duration: 01h15min

    “If you're worried about life-work balance, something is probably wrong with your life or your work. Instead of agonizing over balance, get excited and create change.” Chris Guillebeau Maybe you love your job. Perhaps you don't.Either way, there's wisdom in cultivating a side hustle — not a second job, but a self-styled income-generating project you cultivate in your free time.Why do I need this? Ask Choose Yourself!* author (and podcast guest) James Altucher and he'll wax rhapsodic about the precarious nature of conventional career paths and the misplaced trust we invest in their long-term security. Invest in ownership. For some, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For most, however, this is a terrifying prospect. And not everyone has the means or the desire to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves.But Chris Guillebeau contends it's not an either or scenario. Not only can yo

  • Where Do You Thrive? Gretchen Rubin On Playing To Your Strengths & Building Better Habits

    25/09/2017 Duration: 01h42min

    “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” Gretchen Rubin Today I sit down with New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin to find out what happened when she asked a large number of people one singular question: how do you respond to expectations?The answers led Gretchen to an epiphany — that four distinct human tendencies intrinsically underlie how each and every one of us approach our interior and exterior lives. Understanding your tendency changes how you perceive yourself and others. It informs better communication. It provides the structure to create better habits. And ultimately it serves to support the purposeful pursuit of the personal and professional life experience you most seek.This is the terrain of today's exploration.A member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100 who was named one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Gretchen is an über-author who has

  • Let’s Talk About Balance

    22/09/2017 Duration: 01h14min

    “We are all spiritual beings having a human experience.” Julie PiattAn open panel discussion on non-traditional healing modalities and how we conceptualize balance in the construct of our lives, this episode is lifted from a session that Julie Piatt and I conducted during our Plantpower Ireland retreat this past July.It features our long-time friend Colin Hudon, a physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine who is also the founder of Living Tea, which imports the finest living teas sourced from ancient tea trees across both China and Taiwan.Topics discussed include:* Colin & Julie's personal struggles and experiences with self-healing;* Broadening our concept of healing beyond traditional Western modalities;* The idea of “healing by subtraction”; and* A lengthy discussion about how we conceptualize and apply the idea of “balance” in our lives.Plus, we take some great questions and comments from our Plantpower tribe!This one veers towards the more esoteric, so please approach with an open mind. You

  • From Fat Kid To Pro Cyclist: Phil Gaimon On Clean Sport, Racing On $10 A Day & The Worst Retirement Ever

    18/09/2017 Duration: 01h48min

    “The biggest factor in who made it to the next level wasn’t talent or work ethic. It was a willingness to keep plugging away through all the hard times.” Phil Gaimon Let's talk about doping.Throw cycling into the conversation and emotions are sure to run hot. It's an emotional subject for reasons both obvious and obscure. A flashpoint that divides loyalties, pitting our innate sense of fairness against our natural impulse to forgive.I have opinions on the matter. But my perspective is far from set in cement. Because I am aware that it's formed from the sidelines, as an observer of a very insular subculture beyond my direct experience, and to which I am not privy. Unless you were actually there — in the unfortunate and precarious position so many athletes across so many sports abruptly find themselves — my opinion is that we should not be so quick to judge.Everybody thinks they would make the right choice. I certainly do. But that's just projection. The truth is that you don't actually know what

  • Amanda Chantal Bacon On Self-Care, Building A Wellness Empire & Surviving Controversy

    11/09/2017 Duration: 02h10min

    “My job is being a manager, cheerleader, salesperson and marketer for these plants that have saved my life.” Amanda Chantal BaconWhat do you become when your mom is the CEO of a prestigious fashion empire and your dad is a musician accompanying notorious acts like Billy Idol and the art punk group Suicide?You alchemize that business savvy with artistry. And pivot.Such is the tale of plant alchemist and holistic heroine Amanda Chantal Bacon – a wellness entrepreneur committed to the idea that food is equal parts art and medicine; as much about pleasure as healing; and that creativity and sustenance can be one and the same.A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and former Food & Wine Editor at the LA Times, Amanda served apprentice duties under Suzanne Goin, the James Beard Award winning chef at the famous Luques Restaurant, who served as her mentor and inspiration behind Moon Juice, an online holistic apothecary and chain of elegant community-centric juice shops with three location

  • ÖTILLÖ! Meeting Nature Writ Large

    06/09/2017 Duration: 01h12min

    “This is our day. Now let's make the best of it versus comparing ourselves to others or our expectations.”Chris HauthToday I am joined by my friend, coach and teammate Chris Hauth for a special edition of Coach’s Corner – a spin on my typical podcast format — to recap our breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime adventure competing in the Ötillö Swimrun World Championships in Sweden.A sub-9 hour Ironman, Chris (@AIMPCoach) is a former professional triathlete, two-time Olympic Swimmer and one of the world’s most respected endurance coaches. In 2006, Chris won the Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.When he’s not training and racing, Chris runs AIMP Coaching, mentoring a wide spectrum of athletes ranging from elite professionals — including Ironman and Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and Olympic Trials qualifiers — to first time half-marathoners. Under Chris’ tut

  • Drew Sams On Living A Curious Life of Wonder

    04/09/2017 Duration: 02h08min

    “Live a life filled with wonder and curiosity. Ask questions.”Drew SamsI don't consider myself religious.But I am spiritually curious; deeply interested in faith.From Sikh kundalini master Guru Singh and Buddhist monk / tea master WuDe to iconoclast Christian pastor Rob Bell, the exploration of faith in its varying incarnations has been a fascinating, recurring theme of this show.Today, I continue the tradition with Dr. Drew Sams, senior pastor and head of staff at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.Hardly conventional, Drew is many things. Life-long surfer. Avid ultra-runner. Passionate environmentalist. Devoted family man deeply interested in social justice, nutrition, and wellness. And a progressive doctor of divinity with a take on the Christian faith that is inspiring audiences in Los Angeles and across the world.I think Jesus was an extraordinary guy. But I freely admit that conversations on the subject of organized religion can leave me queasy. Perhaps it's my personal

  • Ultra-Athlete Samantha Gash On Suffering For Your Passion, Running Across India & Why Service Is Paramount

    28/08/2017 Duration: 02h17min

    “We are defined more by our response to something than what happens to us.” Samantha Gash Imagine running a 250 kilometer ultramarathon across the Atacama desert — one of the driest places on Earth — when your only legit running experience is a single ill-fated marathon attempt that left you humbly walking the last eight miles.That same calendar year, you race three more 250km ultramarathons to become the first female and youngest person to ever run and complete the 4 Desert Race Series Grand Slam, one of the world’s toughest and most prestigious endurance achievements imaginable.This is inspiring story of Samantha Gash – ultra-athlete extraordinaire, roll model, humanitarian, and just a really cool person.Discovering a previously unbeknownst acumen for endurance and a disposition for suffering unlocked a certain joy in Samantha, as well as a thirst for more. So the year following her 4 Deserts achievement, she conquered a 222km non-stop foot race across the Himalayas at 6,000 meters

  • What’s Your North Star? Jon Gordon On The Primacy of Vision & Why Positivity Is Paramount

    21/08/2017 Duration: 02h17min

    “We don't get burned out by what we do… We get burned out because we forget why we're doing it.” Jon Gordon It's never too late to transform your life.I didn't find my place in the world until my mid-40's.Similarly, this week's guest risked his successful but deeply unfulfilling business to pursue his truth as a speaker and author.I'm glad I took that leap of faith. In truth, I can't imagine my life otherwise.Jon Gordon not only feels the same, he believes everyone holds the power to transcend their circumstances and blaze a purposeful life of meaning.This week I sit down the celebrated bestselling author and prolific keynote speaker to discuss what it takes to cultivate that vision and the commitment required to manifest untapped reservoirs of human potential. What holds most people back. And the specific steps required to break the glass ceiling on performance and potential in career, sport and life.A graduate of Cornell University with a masters in teaching from Emory, Jon Gordon h

  • Patience Is Everything: Coach’s Corner with Chris Hauth & Caroline Burckle

    18/08/2017 Duration: 01h07min

    “If you don’t have patience the best athlete will not be able to materialize.”Chris HauthToday I am joined by Olympians Chris Hauth and Caroline Burckle for another edition of Coach's Corner – a spin on my typical podcast format where I go deep and get granular on the physical, mental and emotional aspects of sport, fitness, training and lifestyle.A sub-9 hour Ironman, Chris (@AIMPCoach) is the current Age Group Ironman World Champion, a former Olympic Swimmer and one of the world's most respected endurance coaches. In 2006, Chris won the Ironman Coeur D’Alene and went on to be the first American amateur & 4th overall American at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.When he's not training and racing, Chris runs AIMP Coaching, mentoring a wide spectrum of athletes ranging from elite professionals — including Ironman and Western States top finishers, Ultraman winners and Olympic Trials qualifiers — to first time half-marathoners.Whether you are an elite or just

  • Aubrey Marcus: A Warrior Poet On Embracing Resistance, Self-Love & Why Outward Success Is An Inside Job

    14/08/2017 Duration: 01h51min

    “Spirituality untested and unchallenged is a sword made of tin foil. True steel is forged in the fire of resistance.”Aubrey MarcusExperimentalist. Unconventional fitness junkie. Entrepreneur. Human optimizer. Psychonaut.This week's guest defies any singular title. But the underlying ethos that defines Aubrey Marcus is best captured in one brief phrase:Warrior Poet.On the business front, Aubrey is the CEO of Onnit -- an optimal human performance company he founded just six years ago that has grown to one of the INC 500 top 500 fastest growing companies in America. Offering a wide array of products, Onnit produces supplements for cognition, mood, bone and joint function; fitness equipment such as kettle bells and jump ropes; personal care products; and foods that range from Himalayan salt to coffee. Online, the Onnit Academy boasts copious helpful information on all things human optimization. And if you visit Onnit HQ in Austin (where we recorded this conversation), you'll find a cuttin

  • Big Mountain Skier Lynsey Dyer On Sport As Art

    07/08/2017 Duration: 01h57min

    “There was a time when you believed anything was possible and I want to bring people back to that. And I think the mountains do that.”Lynsey Dyer Imagine being the very best in your sport. Undefeated, the future is bright indeed. But deep down the zero sum game of competition just doesn't sit right. Because for you, sport isn't about winners and losers. It's about play. It's about freedom. It's about love.But mostly it's about artistic self-expression.This is the story of Lynsey Dyer.One of the best big mountain skiers on the planet, Lynsey is an extraordinary and most unexpected athletic talent who walked away from competition at the peak of her potential to courageously blaze her own path. A unique path that has helped refine what it means to pursue sport professionally. A path based not on podiums but on adventure. Seeking joy. Empowering others. And expressing one's unique voice.Over the course of a decade long career, Lynsey has won every big mountain competition that she entered. She has

  • 3 Questions

    04/08/2017 Duration: 01h21min

    “Wherever you are in life, ask yourself: what am I doing, why am I doing it and is it in the highest divine alignment with my authentic blueprint?”Julie Piatt Excerpted from the first day of our recent Plantpower Ireland retreat, this special mid-week episode of the podcast is a dynamic Q&A session focused on the process of self-inquiry necessary to objectively asses your life — a condition precedent to birthing expression to an authentic, purpose-fueled path premised on the values you hold most dear.To place this conversation in proper context, the Q&A was preceded by a lengthy discussion (which I decided to not include so as not to overwhelm) on three fundamental questions specifically intended to help frame the assessment process:* Who am I?* If I had just 4 months to live, how would I spend that time?* What would I like to have contributed when life my life is complete?Journaling on the aforementioned is a powerful, highly recommended exercise for anyone seeking greater self-actuali

  • Scott Harrison On Why Clean Water Changes Everything

    31/07/2017 Duration: 01h55min

    “I think there's a real freedom that comes with service, but so many people are enslaved in the service of themselves.”Scott Harrison From the outside looking in, he was living the dream.Killer SoHo loft. Private jets to exotic locales. Rolex, cover model girlfriend and cash. Plenty of cash.But ten years living decadently and extravagantly as a nightclub promoter in New York City took it's toll.By 28, Scott Harrison had become the worst person he knew.Utterly lost, mired in a crisis of conscience and desperate to rediscover his sense of purpose, Scott decided it was time for a drastic change. So he left NYC to spend a year volunteering as a photojournalist aboard a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa.During this time, Harrison witnessed and photographed levels of poverty and illness he never knew existed. As one year turned into two, he came to understand that many of the infections and diseases their group treated were waterborne, and could have been prevented if

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