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Whether you don’t want to read, don’t have the time to read, or are simply on the lookout for great books to read, you’re in the right spot. With the discipline of wrestling and professional fighting and the lesson planning of a former teacher, I study all kinds of books (including kids' books) and teach their lessons. I also interview guests from all walks of life.

A bit about me, the host...former Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter. Fight name: The Spaniard. Current mission is to embody and inspire lifelong learning through speaking, writing and podcasting.

The Spaniard Show Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 126 Ratings

Whether you don’t want to read, don’t have the time to read, or are simply on the lookout for great books to read, you’re in the right spot. With the discipline of wrestling and professional fighting and the lesson planning of a former teacher, I study all kinds of books (including kids' books) and teach their lessons. I also interview guests from all walks of life.

A bit about me, the host...former Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter. Fight name: The Spaniard. Current mission is to embody and inspire lifelong learning through speaking, writing and podcasting.

    Talks 375 - Bobby Somers, Army Vet, Chef for FitOps Foundation

    Talks 375 - Bobby Somers, Army Vet, Chef for FitOps Foundation

    Whew. This is a raw episode. Bobby Somers tells Spanny about his rough childhood. But then he proceeds to share deep, hard-won wisdom about taking responsibility … drawing inspiration from his children and his wife and from mentors including Matt Hesse and John Cena … clinging to the truth, especially about himself … and learning to open up for healing.
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Kids 186 - I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Repeat)

    Kids 186 - I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Repeat)

    Originally posted on March 31, 2020 (Kids 186), today's episodes tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for racial equality. He believed in a more peaceful and kind world where people are judged by their character and not the color of their skin. As yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought this was a timely episode to re-post. 
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Get this book here: I am Martin Luther King Jr. 
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website
     

    • 13 min
    Books 1451 - One Small Step Can Change Your Life

    Books 1451 - One Small Step Can Change Your Life

    *NOTE: This is the first time we'll be covering an entire book in one single episode. My hope is to grow this show, and this is an experiment to see if one episode per book helps with growth. Please offer feedback at @charliespaniard. 
    This week's book is about continuous improvement. It's about breaking down goals into small, often tiny, manageable steps. Initially a concept brought about during WWII, kaizen has transformed Japanese business and can be used in your daily life to tackle the obstacles to change that stand in your way. 
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Get this book here: One Small Step Can Change Your Life
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

    • 24 min
    Books 1450 - Ikigai 5

    Books 1450 - Ikigai 5

    We finish the week with a reassuring and comforting perspective on life, as well as some specific "rules of ikigai."
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Get this book here: Ikigai
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

    • 5 min
    Books 1449 - Ikigai 4

    Books 1449 - Ikigai 4

    This book is timely, in my life and yours. So much is going on in the world that we have no control over, and we've all been tested these last two years. Today's episode focuses on "the last of human freedoms." Tune in to learn more about it.
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Get this book here: Ikigai
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

    • 6 min
    Talks 374 - Aaron Alexander, Author, ”The Align Method” (New Re-Release)

    Talks 374 - Aaron Alexander, Author, ”The Align Method” (New Re-Release)

    Spend a little time at Aaron Alexander’s Instagram, and you’ll find a guy having a lot of fun staying fit and living healthy, while also giving valuable tips without laying on guilt. You’ll get the same vibe from this talk with Spanny. AA mentions the idea of being a ”free soul” (at least for fleeting stretches). Yeah, man, you’ll see that he has a handle on it.
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    Click here to learn more about the World’s Toughest Book Club.
    To help support The Spaniard Show, utilize the links below:
    Get this book here: The Align Method
    Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List
    For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

Peace With The Process ,

Great Source!

Not only is this podcast a great source but Charlie does an amazing job of putting together the resource on his website to help you find the next great book to impact your life!

FALJR23 ,

Learn and get motivated with Charlie

Dang - where to start?! Every time I listen to Charlie’s podcast I am sure to learn something and be in a better mood when it’s done. He’s a leader, a teacher, a student, and all around good dude who has on some incredible guests. Subscribe and check it out!

Tyler B. Christensen ,

Covers a lot of ground

This is one of those podcasts that covers a lot of ground. Because Charlie reads and reviews so many books, this is a great place to get ideas... and because there are so many epsiodes you're bound to find stuff that relates to your life. Charlie is a great example of life-long learning and it's inspiring to see how he's spending his time now that he's out of the ring. Great show.

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