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Wild Ideas Worth Living Presented by REI

REI presents Wild Ideas Worth Living, a podcast that shares stories of adventure and beyond. On each show, host and adventure journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, scientists, athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have climbed the tallest peaks, to people who have started new businesses, broken records, surfed giant waves, sailed across the Pacific, travelled to every country in the world, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas often lead to the most rewarding adventures. Previous guests include Climber Chris Sharma, Surfer Bethany Hamilton, Skier Caroline Gleich, Filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, Runner Dean Karnazes, Sailor Liz Clark, Snowboarder Kelly Clark, Freediver Kimi Werner, Minimalist and Activist Rob Greenfield, Photographer Chris Burkard, Author Chris McDougall, November Project Founder Brogan Graham, fasting expert Alan Goldhamer, Triathlete Brendan Brazier, Paralympian Alana Nichols, Comedian JP Sears, and more.
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Sep 27, 2017

Karen’s Wild Idea: To share bold, brave, wild stories, both her own and by others through books and essays with the world. Also, to embrace surfing at an older age, a sport that’s taught her why it’s so great to suck at something.

Karen Rinaldi is a writer, publisher, and the creator of Harper Wave, an imprint of Harper Collins that has published the work of three past guests: Jaimal Yogis, Mark Lukach and Steph Jagger. Karen has also published books by authors like Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Coffee movement, Dr. Gundry of The Plant Paradox, and Tony Horton of P90X, to name a few.

In addition to her literary life, Karen is also a surfer. She started at age 40, and recently wrote an essay in the New York Times that every surf writer’s mom sent them (including my own) titled, “It’s Great to Suck at Something.” I loved her story, and all of her essays I’ve read. I also don’t have a lot of mentors that are females, writers, publishers, and surfers, so when I find someone like Karen, I have to share her knowledge. 

Karen talks about her perspective on surfing, why it’s important to suck at something, the difference between a good adventure and a great story, how to get published, and the books you should be reading.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You suck at surfing (or anything, really).
  • You like trying new things, no matter how good you think you’ll be.
  • You’re an avid reader.
  • You want to write a book and get published.
  • You love the Modern Love column in the New York Times.
  • Your family is important to you.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/43

Sep 20, 2017

Ari’s Wild Idea: To cross canyons and mountains hundreds of feet in the air. To highline at challenging locations, and to apply lessons of life learned in the air to life on the ground.

Ari (pronounced Air-ee) DeLashmutt is a professional highliner, skier, paraglider and an enthusiastic adventurer, who also hosts the How To Adventure Podcast. He lives a dream life, eager to spend most of his time in the air or on the mountains. I met Ari at the OutFound Festival in Oregon, and I love that he thinks outside of the box. 

Ari has some incredible perspectives on life, fear, confidence, and failure. These are lessons he’s learned from spending so much time pushing the envelope, doing what he loves, and confronting fear in the face. He shares some of his best lessons learned from highlining, rigging ropes tethered to rocks in precarious locations, why play is so important, and so much more.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You want to challenge your notion of fear.
  • You’ve tried slacklining. 
  • You love going on adventures.
  • You love traveling to beautiful, natural locations.
  • You want to try highlining.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/42

Sep 13, 2017

Courtney’s Wild Idea: To become a professional surfer, and to achieve tough goals in and out of the water.

Courtney Conlogue is a professional surfer on the World Surf League, currently ranked towards the top three on the women’s tour. Known for her powerful turns, positive attitude, work ethic, and incredible fitness capacity, she has an amazing ability to set goals and achieve them. Last year, she modeled naked for the Body issue in ESPN Magazine. She also missed a world title by one spot. On this episode, we talk about what you can learn from losing, how Courtney trains and sets goals, what she does when she achieves her goals, and her loves outside of the water.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You surf.
  • You want to achieve your goals.
  • You are interested in training, nutrition and fitness.
  • You love drinking coffee. 
  • You’re an artist.
  • Your family is important to you.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/41

Sep 6, 2017

Chris’s Wild Idea: To interview people who have had successful side hustles, and to publish a book and podcast about it. 

Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, Born For This, and The Happiness of Pursuit. His latest book, Side Hustle, which debuts September 19th, shows how to take your side hustle from an idea to a profitable business. 

In addition to being an incredible writer, Chris visited all 193 countries by age 35. He is all about living the life you want, and not the life others expect you to have. He shares why he doesn’t believe you have to quit your job unless you want to, plus his favorite productivity tools.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You want to quit your job.
  • You have or have thought about starting a side hustle.
  • You want to travel the world.
  • You’ve read The $100 Startup or any of Chris’s other books.
  • You want to monetize your hobby.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/40

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