50 episodes

Join Andrew and John as they learn how to build the habit of resilience by embracing challenges and interviewing everyday bad-asses who have overcome adversity. Discover how the obstacle you've been dreading could be the path to greater fulfillment and meaning in your life!

Obstacle Course John Close and Andrew Langford

    • Social Sciences

Join Andrew and John as they learn how to build the habit of resilience by embracing challenges and interviewing everyday bad-asses who have overcome adversity. Discover how the obstacle you've been dreading could be the path to greater fulfillment and meaning in your life!

    Not all who wander are lost

    Not all who wander are lost

    For our landmark 50th episode, we welcomed Andrew's partner, Sarah, into the studio. Together, they share some incredible adventures of their winter trip to Chile. We discussed the peril they met at the top of a mountain, what it felt like to be rescued at sea and why the hell they choose to take weird vacations like these. We also discussed the importance of travelling according to our values, how travelling increases our resilience, the nature of anxiety and why the fear surrounding the Coronavirus is probably unwarranted. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's Go!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Wild Spirituality and the Beautiful Unknown

    Wild Spirituality and the Beautiful Unknown

    For our 49th episode, we sat down with Alejandra Valenzuela to discuss her "wild" relationship with Spirituality and what she calls, "the beautiful unknown." After experiencing multiple sexual assaults and the death of her brother, Jana took a year off to heal. Her healing led her to Brazil where she met the famed healer and now criminal John of God and experienced a spiritual awakening while using Ayahuasca for the first time. Jana has since experienced Aya dozens of times and now leads spiritual retreats in Brazil to help others connect with their multi dimensional selves. Intrigued? You should be. This conversation reminds us that we all have a choice. We can descend into our shadow selves and get lost in our ego and attachments or we can connect with our higher self and experience transformation. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's Go!

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Getting in Alignment

    Getting in Alignment

    In episode 48, we sit down with physiotherapist, small business owner, athlete, author and speaker, Wendy Bowen. We talk John's dislocated shoulder, Wendy's heartbreaks, Andrew's charging station and the importance of living in balance and alignment with our true self and values. Like Wendy, this conversation is fun, upbeat and full of empathy and practical wisdom. If you're feeling out of sorts in your heart, body or mind, this episode is for you!

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Leadership Lessons and Personal Mastery

    Leadership Lessons and Personal Mastery

    For episode 47, we sat down with Ian Chisholm. "Chiz" is the founding partner of Roy Group, an organization specializing in leadership development and training. In this conversation we discuss the difference between leadership and mentorship, the myths of entrepreneurship, personal mastery, Star Wars, The Inner Game of Golf, the power of distilled personal mission statements, workaholism, knowing your limits, getting out of your own way and how to hire people that aren't like you. We also discussed Fuck Up Nights and why sharing your failures is a sign of wisdom and strength. This! Should be required listening. Let's Go!

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Gut Check

    Gut Check

    For our 46th episode, we talk good food, regular bowel movements and how to maintain a healthy gut. Yvonne King suffered from an undiagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for 30 years before she finally discovered the allergies (gluten, dairy) that were causing her suffering. This episode reminds us that we are all bio-individuals and it's crucial that we get curious about our body's response to the foods and drinks we're consuming. If they make you groggy, foggy, anxious, hyper, angry, bloaty or give you diarrhea, best to make a courageous change. Listening to your body and this episode could just be your new way forward. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's flow!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Dropping the Act and Getting Real

    Dropping the Act and Getting Real

    For episode 45, we chatted with the great Jim Gardiner! Jim was a, "weak asthmatic kid," who couldn't run half a mile and often ended up in the hospital for weeks at a time. One day, he decided he wasn't going to let asthma control his life anymore. From there, he became a champion rower, legendary bartender, successful business owner, off Broadway performer and inspiring life coach. Along the way he worked out with The Rock, got a great tip from Colin Farrell, witnessed Robin Williams sadness, survived 911 and learned that despite his incredible accomplishments, fulfillment only comes from contribution -which he's currently doing as a powerful coach with Leapzone Strategies. This is a GREAT conversation and checks all the boxes of what we're trying to do with this Podcast. This! Is Obstacle Course. Enjoy this one. :)

    • 1 hr 57 min

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