33 episodes

Conversations with trailblazers, rule breakers, those who pave their own lane and venture boldly into the unknown. By entering this unchartered arena they inevitably stumble, yet they all display an ability to innovate and contribute, even when the odds are not in their favour. We skip over the highlights reel and go into the guts of who they are & what they believe in.

Hosted by endurance athlete and social impact entrepreneur, Samantha Gash. In 2016 she ran 3253kms from the West to East of India, whilst raising funds for access to education programs across India. In 2020 she co-founded the Relief Run, which raised over $1.1million dollars to support the Australian bushfire crises.

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Conversations with trailblazers, rule breakers, those who pave their own lane and venture boldly into the unknown. By entering this unchartered arena they inevitably stumble, yet they all display an ability to innovate and contribute, even when the odds are not in their favour. We skip over the highlights reel and go into the guts of who they are & what they believe in.

Hosted by endurance athlete and social impact entrepreneur, Samantha Gash. In 2016 she ran 3253kms from the West to East of India, whilst raising funds for access to education programs across India. In 2020 she co-founded the Relief Run, which raised over $1.1million dollars to support the Australian bushfire crises.

    33. Rich Roll (part 2) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.

    33. Rich Roll (part 2) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.

    This is PART 2 of my conversation with Rich Roll - jump back to episode 32, if you haven't heard PART 1.

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    It's with great pleasure that I release two episodes (Part 1 & 2) with the thought provoking and thoughtful Rich Roll. Episodes which I believe will serve those who know and do not know his story. Rich is an explorer of ideas and he has mastered multiple mediums in which to share these insights from his wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts in the world with over 100 million downloads. He is also a best selling author and host of wellness retreats around the world.

    Rich is named one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World" by Men's Fitness and "The Guru of Reinvention" by Outside. Rich is a globally renowned ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author, husband and father of four. Rich shares his inspirational story of addiction, redemption and optimal health in his #1 bestselling memoir Finding Ultra and the cookbook & lifestyle guides The Plantpower Way and The Plantpower Way: Italia, which he co-authored with his wife Julie Piatt.

    Rich has been featured on CNN, on the cover of Outside magazine and been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Voicing Change, features timeless wisdom and inspiration from the Rich Roll Podcast.

    This conversation discusses:

    •the 2020 shift in the Rich Roll Podcast
    •personal advice through his experiences on the path towards healing, redemption and wholeness
    •the importance to invest in yourself and look for opportunities during periods of chaos.
    •how to create new neural pathways
    •his position on 'seeking balance'
    •what it looks like to have commitment to continual growth
    •what it looked like to hit 'bottom', and his slow path of enquiry and work to figure out who he was and the path he was best suited to pursuing
    •the trauma created when you are ask people to fit into a limited set of parameters.
    •advice when you don't feel as though you belong
    •what was needed to tackle his addiction: personal willingness, humility and letting people in
    •how Rich has channeled his intensity in productive ways
    •the place he learned to 'listen, be present, be empathetic and reserve judgment'
    •his practice of self care
    •partnership with his wife Julie
    •the stories of those who have influenced his life

    Rich has just released his beautiful hardcover book Voicing Change - timeless wisdom and insights from 50 podcast guests. You can purchase a copy via his website.

    To discover more about Rich you can find him on his website (richroll.com), instagram (@richroll), youtube.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    32. Rich Roll (part 1) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.

    32. Rich Roll (part 1) - Path towards Healing, Redemption and Wholeness.

    "I didn't change my diet and become an endurance athlete to stay there. These are tools for growth. That growth continues, it's ever lasting. You should always be committed to iterating and growing - so whats next. If I was so blind about how i was living in certain ways, I am still blind to so many things now. How can I pull the blinders off. What other areas of my life needs redress right now.. Let's go there, let's see what that's about."

    It's with great pleasure that I release two episodes (Part 1 & 2) with the thought provoking and thoughtful Rich Roll. Episodes which I believe will serve those who know yet also do not know his story. Rich is an explorer of ideas and has mastered multiple mediums in which to share his insights. From his wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts in the world with over 100 million downloads. He is also a best selling author and host of wellness retreats around the world.

    Rich is named one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World" by Men's Fitness and "The Guru of Reinvention" by Outside. Rich is a globally renowned ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author, husband and father of four. Rich shares his inspirational story of addiction, redemption and optimal health in his #1 bestselling memoir Finding Ultra and the cookbook & lifestyle guides The Plantpower Way and The Plantpower Way: Italia, which he co-authored with his wife Julie Piatt.

    Rich has been featured on CNN, on the cover of Outside magazine and been profiled everywhere from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Voicing Change, features timeless wisdom and inspiration from the Rich Roll Podcast.

    This conversation discusses:

    •the 2020 shift in the Rich Roll Podcast
    •personal advice through his experiences on the path towards healing, redemption and wholeness
    •the importance to invest in yourself and look for opportunities during periods of chaos.
    •how to create new neural pathways
    •his position on 'seeking balance'
    •what it looks like to have commitment to continual growth
    •what it looked like to hit 'bottom', and his slow path of enquiry and work to figure out who he was and the path he was best suited to pursuing
    •the trauma created when you are ask people to fit into a limited set of parameters.
    •advice when you don't feel as though you belong
    •what was needed to tackle his addiction: personal willingness, humility and letting people in
    •how Rich has channeled his intensity in productive ways
    •the place he learned to 'listen, be present, be empathetic and reserve judgment'
    •his practice of self care
    •partnership with his wife Julie
    •the stories of those who have influenced his life

    Rich has just released his beautiful hardcover book Voicing Change - timeless wisdom and insights from 50 podcast guests. You can purchase a copy via his website.

    To discover more about Rich you can find him on his website (richroll.com), instagram (@richroll), youtube.

    I hope you enjoy!!

    • 56 min
    31. Mark Mathieson: the psychology of soldiers and the impact of combat

    31. Mark Mathieson: the psychology of soldiers and the impact of combat

    "To pretend that we didn't know people were burning out, becoming dysfunctional and most likely that was collectively happening across the Command - was at the best naive and at the worst it was intentional neglect."

    Mark is a registered Psychologist and over the past 20 years has worked in some of the strangest, harshest and least 'clinical' environments on the globe. This includes working as a former SAS regimental psychologist who deployed to Afghanistan six times and now founder of 'Psyched Up' - an industry psychology leader supporting individuals, organisations and communities in extreme environments.

    This conversation is an inside look into the minds of combat soldiers. Mark discusses how war can fundamentally change a human. Moreso how repeated combat can impact one's moral fabric and lead to a challenging transition when a veteran returns home from deployment.

    Not exclusively we discuss:

    •the value of listening to our returning warriors
    •the consequence of a lack of purpose and clear strategy
    •The stigma of mental health in the military
    •Moral injury & the impact of heavy deployment
    •Rights of passages across the military and reality TV world.

    Other areas of Mark's work include:

    •Debriefing wintering expeditioners for the Australian Antarctic program.
    •Designing and implemented local recruitment and induction programs in Papua New Guinea for oil companied.
    •Establishing culture change programs.
    •Assessing and recruited indigenous youth into mining jobs in North Western Australia.
    •Managed cast and crew of reality TV shows (where we first met!)


    You can follow Mark on instagram @markmathieson_psychologist & www.psychedup.com.au

    • 1 hr 21 min
    30. Mark Wales - 'The Transformer', Former SAS Troop Commander: how to improve remote chances & the potency of trust.

    30. Mark Wales - 'The Transformer', Former SAS Troop Commander: how to improve remote chances & the potency of trust.

    For episode 30, I have interviewed a man I consider to be the best TRANSFORMER I know. Someone who has gone from the being a Troop Commander with the SAS, a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Consultant at McKinsey & Company, starting his own tough luxury fashion label 'Kill Kapture', compelling and in demand Keynote Presenter and Author.

    He also happens to be my husband and we recorded this podcast after spending over 100 days in stage 4 lock down in Victoria and on the final day of a 2 week quarantine in Perth. So that is a lot of intense time in each other's company. I am not going to lie, we are both worn - physically and mentally from this year. We also have discovered so much about each other and our conversations have deepened through this period of uncertainty.

    Mark grew up in the red dirt of West Australian mining towns in the Pilbara. After deciding he wanted to join the SAS in high school, he embarked on a career in the Australian military that would eventually lead him to the battlefields of Afghanistan. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark's role was to lead combat missions against senior enemy commanders, deep behind enemy lines. Through this unique and harsh environment, Mark developed his skills in leadership, teamwork and high performance. Undoubtedly he encountered high stress situations where personal and team performance means the difference between life and death.

    Transitioning out of the military he went back to the bottom of the totem pole as a student at the Wharton School of Business. Both a fish out of water and well out of his depth, his humility and capacity for growth grew rapidly in this environment.

    This conversation discusses:

    •His early wanderings as a quiet dreamer and laser focused on joining the military.
    •Early deployments to East Timor & the Solomon Islands.
    •The tragedy of losing his Mum at 23 years old.
    •Realising that time might not be plentiful or on your side, so you need to put aside your fear & ego to pursue what you want.
    •Training for selection & transforming himself
    •What SAS selection was really like: 'mission & team'
    •Shared values creates trust
    •The pitfalls of mission creep without a clear strategy
    •Afghanistan - 4 back to back deployments
    •Coping with trauma.
    •Realising he had PTSD and his ongoing road to recovery
    •The humiliation and humility of being the rookie again.

    Warning: in the final 10 minutes there is a sensitive discussion around a historical sex abuse incident.

    "You can increase your chances from remote to good by the accumulation of tiny incremental efforts over the years and focusing on what you can control."

    "The minute you get to the top of your game the clock is ticking for your obsolescence."

    You can discover more about Mark via his website (markwales.com.au) and instagram (@mark.a.wales).

    • 1 hr 45 min
    29. Megan Hine: 'Mind of a Survivor' - what the wild has taught one of the world's best known wilderness experts

    29. Megan Hine: 'Mind of a Survivor' - what the wild has taught one of the world's best known wilderness experts

    "Your mind can have so much control over your body when you don't want to do something."

    Megan Hine is a British survival expert, consultant, adventurer, climber, television presenter and expedition leader - taking celebrities and TV crews into uncharted territory.

    She is widely known for her work alongside Bear Grylls on TV shows including Running Wild, ITV's Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Bear Grylls: The Island, as well as a wide range of TV shows all over the world. She has taken TV crews into some of the harshest places on earth - literally holding the ropes for some of the toughest men on TV.

    Her book 'Mind Of A Survivor' examines the human ability and instinct for survival. Megan shares and dissects life tools she's used in the wild for survival, showing how they can as easily be applied to more domestic everyday life - from careers to relationships.

    This conversation looks at (not exclusively)

    •her pathway into adventure
    •her leadership style in high pressure and remote environments
    •the importance of having uncomfortable conversations
    •identifying your stress triggers and the impact of accumulated/chronic stress.
    •how to reset through reconnecting with a routine.
    •her approach to tackling the fear of the unknown.
    •releasing our childhood mechanisms for safety as an adult
    •providing opportunities for our youth to lead and experience accountability & the consequence of one's actions.
    •creating space for failure in a success driven environment
    •the female adventurer journey - perceived barriers; challenges and how to work through them and own your path.

    You can follow Megan via:
    instagram @megan_hine
    website meganhine.com
    facebook https://www.facebook.com/officialmeganhine

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    28. Mindy Zemrak - 'The Pitching Queen': Emmy Nominated Casting Producer for Shark Tank & Competitor Relations Director for the World's Toughest Race.

    28. Mindy Zemrak - 'The Pitching Queen': Emmy Nominated Casting Producer for Shark Tank & Competitor Relations Director for the World's Toughest Race.

    "I feast upon the challenge that is presented to me"

    Mindy is an Emmy Nominated Casting Producer for Shark Tank (United States) and has been with the show throughout its 12 seasons. We caught up whilst she was working on the show 'in a bubble' in Los Vegas. She is also the Competitor Relations Director for the World's Toughest Race for the Amazon Prime Video (doco -series), adventure race - hosted by Bear Grylls.

    Many people title Mindy "The Gatekeeper". I also perceive her as 'the pitch master', a high performing/no nonsense/heart charging organised weapon. On top of that Mindy is a lot of fun!

    We discuss:

    •what the world of casting really entails
    •the power of the zigzag versus the linear
    •what are skill traits helpful in casting
    •how she successfully leads her small team
    •the influence from her parents
    •her life changing experience on the World's Toughest Race in Fiji
    •her work-in-progress approach to self care.

    You can follow this powerhouse on socials @mindycasting

    If you enjoyed this conversation or found it to be of value please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - it means so much!!! Don't forget to share the conversation via your socials & tag @mindycasting and @samgashpodcast

    • 1 hr 6 min

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