277 episodes

Welcome to the podcast for those striving for excellence through life's lessons. Juan & Kyrin share the learnings, failures and insights from following their passions and continual self-development. Emphasis is on the daily moments we all experience and the personal stories of overcoming adversity, no matter the size. Stay tuned for conversations about fitness, philosophy, meditation, mental health and whatever captures their attention. Daily uploads @ 5 pm AEST.

Mere Mortals Juan Granados & Kyrin Down

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Welcome to the podcast for those striving for excellence through life's lessons. Juan & Kyrin share the learnings, failures and insights from following their passions and continual self-development. Emphasis is on the daily moments we all experience and the personal stories of overcoming adversity, no matter the size. Stay tuned for conversations about fitness, philosophy, meditation, mental health and whatever captures their attention. Daily uploads @ 5 pm AEST.

    Is It Possible To Enjoy Being Oppressed? (Episode #139 - Oppression)

    Is It Possible To Enjoy Being Oppressed? (Episode #139 - Oppression)

    Can a person/people be brainwashed into liking the cruel exercise of authority? In this themed episode Juan and I discuss the topic of 'Oppression'. The convo begins with a tightening of the definition before discussing whether this topic has ever been a personal concern for ourselves. We then go over some examples from history and ask some hypotheticals related to the psychology of people under an oppressive regime.

    The second half of the podcast centres around how the word is used in a modern context. We talk about the Oppression Olympics (very popular phrase of Gad Saad) and 'concept creep', the gradual change of a word over time that distorts it's original meaning. Two books were also referenced in our discussion: the classic 1984 by George Orwell and The Coddling of The American Mind by Greg Lukianoff & ‎Jonathan Haidt. We finish off finally with our MMM's before saluting our lone fan in North Korea.

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    P.S. The Mere Mortals don't condone the pony oppression by the evil racist frogs as evidenced throughout this video.

    Timeline:
    0:00 - Intro & definition
    1:31 - The difference between oppressive and repressive
    4:48 - Have we ever been oppressed?
    8:33 - Is it possible to be oppressed without realising it?
    13:55 - Is it possible to enjoy the oppression?
    18:22 - How useful is it as a word?
    22:34 - Coddling of the American Mind book
    27:30 - The Oppression Olympics
    31:33 - Dystopian future in 1984
    35:07 - Concept creep
    37:59 - Mere Mortal Moments
    40:11 - Shoutout to our North Korean fan


    About Mere Mortals:
    Striving for excellence through life's lessons. Daily uploads @ 5pm AEST. 4M's, Book Reviews, Musings, Bonus, Themed Podcast, Conversations & Meanderings.

    Connect with Mere Mortals:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mere_mortals_media/

    • 41 min
    Superbugs (Matt McCarthy) - Book Review

    Superbugs (Matt McCarthy) - Book Review

    Did you know that the world is running out of antibiotics? 'Superbugs' by Matt McCarthy explains how antimicrobial resistance is rising against our current batch of antibiotics, thus creating superbugs. The book is a mix of the author's clinical trial of Dalbavancin, the history of antibiotics (think Alexander Fleming), the relationship he has with his mentor Tom Walsh, the science of antibiotics and exactly how these superbugs are developing.

    I summarised the book as follows. "The book follows a smooth narrative that will scare you shitless of germs and hospitals. It contains heart-rending stories from dying patients and the personal trials of Matt as their doctor. Questions are raised about the incentives of the healthcare industry and showcases the real world ethics that doctors face. Personally the book didn't leave a lasting impression on me as I found it a bit to abstract from my everyday life."

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    Timeline:
    0:00 - Synopsis
    2:03 - Healthcare Incentives
    7:24 - Real World Ethics
    11:40 - Personal Observations
    14:09 - Summary
    15:15 - Pragmatic Takeaway: Stop Shaking Hands


    About Mere Mortals:
    Striving for excellence through life's lessons. Daily uploads @ 5pm AEST. 4M's, Book Reviews, Musings, Bonus, Themed Podcast, Conversations & Meanderings.

    Connect with Mere Mortals:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mere_mortals_media/

    • 16 min
    Eminent Human Being (Episode #138 - Musings)

    Eminent Human Being (Episode #138 - Musings)

    How is Juan planning on becoming an eminent human being? In this episode of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: the joys one can get from the process of setting and achieving goals, knowing when and where to communicate your goals to others, changing your value system, creating a daily tracking system for oneself, when measuring your own progress becomes detrimental, how to get better at storytelling and whether we would prepare if required to give a graduation speech.

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    Timeline:
    0:00 - Intro & MMM announcement
    1:15 - I love goal setting!
    6:02 - Changes to the eminent human being categories
    11:28 - Trailer interruption
    16:56 - Jim Collins spreadsheet
    21:08 - The downsides of daily tracking
    27:32 - Getting better at story telling
    32:26 - Would you prepare for a speech at a graduation?
    33:41 - Mere Mortal Moments
    35:31 - A blaze of information: the Mere Mortals


    About Mere Mortals:
    Striving for excellence through life's lessons. Daily uploads @ 5pm AEST. 4M's, Book Reviews, Musings, Bonus, Themed Podcast, Conversations & Meanderings.

    Connect with Mere Mortals:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mere_mortals_media/

    • 36 min
    The Wim Hof Method (Wim Hof) - Book Review

    The Wim Hof Method (Wim Hof) - Book Review

    Deep in, deep out. Breathe Mother F*****s!!!!! 'The Wim Hof Method' is the layman's guide to the daily practice created by Wim Hof. The book teaches you the direct instructions but also contains a biography of the Iceman, testimonials of advocates and ends with his spiritual philosophy. The book explains how he came about his 3 Pillars (Breath/Mind/Cold) and the benefits to your health and performance that can be gained.

    I summarised the book as follows. "It's an overview of Wim Hof's method that translates his message in a purely textual format. It starts on firm scientific ground but gets shakier towards the end as he introduces his own spiritual beliefs. Personally I find the use of testimonials unconvincing and the message doesn't come across as strongly without the charismatic personality of Wim in person. That being said the WHM is probably something to at least try for those people with health problems that conventional science has not been able to alleviate."

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    Timeline:
    0:00 - Synopsis
    1:12 - The 3 Pillars: Breath, Mind & Cold
    4:34 - Benefits: Health, Performance & Beyond
    6:55 - Personal Observations
    9:56 - Summary
    12:27 - Pragmatic Takeaway: I'm stopping the breathing


    About Mere Mortals:
    Striving for excellence through life's lessons. Daily uploads @ 5pm AEST. 4M's, Book Reviews, Musings, Bonus, Themed Podcast, Conversations & Meanderings.

    Connect with Mere Mortals:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mere_mortals_media/

    • 14 min
    Being Naive Enough to Start 🙉 - 4M's #53

    Being Naive Enough to Start 🙉 - 4M's #53

    Being Naive enough doesn't have to be a bad thing always, just enough that it lets you get started in a pursuit most others might not consider.

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    About Mere Mortals:
    Striving for excellence through life's lessons. Daily uploads @ 5pm AEST. 4M's, Book Reviews, Musings, Bonus, Meanderings, Interviews & Themed Podcast.

    Connect with Mere Mortals:
    Website: https://www.meremortalsmedia.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mere_mortals_media
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/Meremortalsmedia

    • 2 min
    Duct Tape For Shoes (Episode #137 - Meanderings)

    Duct Tape For Shoes (Episode #137 - Meanderings)

    Maybe it is better to use duct tape for shoes instead of running barefoot? In this episode of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why a witches hat is the optimal shade protection, virtual reality so good that you wouldn't want to leave, people who are so optimistic that you can't stand being around them, the human characteristic of wanting to break something just to see what happens, why animals might actually be boring as all hell, the pointlessness of knowing lots of languages and the potential pain that comes from running barefoot.

    As always, we hope you enjoy, Mere Mortals out!

    Timeline:
    0:00 - The witch is back
    1:19 - Mere Mortal Moments
    5:19 - Better VR: that which makes more good or eliminates the bad?
    7:35 - Annoyingly optimistic people
    9:39 - Flipping tables in the utopia
    12:18 - Would you rather speak all language fluently or speak to animals
    16:15 - The use of knowing many languages
    19:49 - Duct tape on your feet as shoes
    24:57 - View the Mere Mortals from a distance

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

_marcus_p_ ,

Highly recommended!

Just discovered this podcast. Really cool. Both very engaging speakers and love the insights, passion, and setting an awesome example for having purpose and direction. Looking forward to following their journey through 2021!

Great1236 ,

Fun & Insightful

Loved how relatable the conversations were. Definitely inspired me for the week ahead and gave me some fresh ideas!

JacquesMassie ,

I’m addicted! And it’s Great!

KYRIN & JUAN from the MM Podcast are outstanding human beings, keen to learn and grow through conversations designed to trigger deeper first principles based discussion.
I cannot wait to see where their journey takes them!
Keep up the great work legends!

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