36 episodes

A podcast of interviews from all walks of life celebrating the human spirit and the strength from the journeys that make us who we are. We're not perfect. We're not alone. We're only human.

We're Only Human Tim Jahn

    • Documentary
    • 4.6, 21 Ratings

A podcast of interviews from all walks of life celebrating the human spirit and the strength from the journeys that make us who we are. We're not perfect. We're not alone. We're only human.

    Robbie Abed: Why I Slept In My Closet On Sunday Nights

    Robbie Abed: Why I Slept In My Closet On Sunday Nights

    Robbie Abed dreaded some Mondays in 2019 so much that he slept in his closet on Sunday night. Literally. Robbie is an executive ghostwriter and author of the book Fire Me I Beg You. We met many years ago when he was having 250 coffee meetings in 400 days in Chicago. In this episode, we chat about: The reasons Robbie overworked in 2019 and how they could have been prevented The importance of finding a happy place to disconnect How to overcome the feeling that you have to dedicate every waking hour to achieving your goals The email that inspired him to write his book Fire Me I Beg You What he learned from 250 coffee meetings in 400 days How he got people to open up to him after he realized people were starting to tell him things they probably shouldn’t be telling him Why he scheduled this podcast interview 4 months in the future from when I initially emailed him How our overworking affects our children The new book Robbie is writing about small talk Robbie's new idea for a podcast recorded at 4am

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lydia Slaby: The Stories We Tell Ourselves To Make Sense Of It All

    Lydia Slaby: The Stories We Tell Ourselves To Make Sense Of It All

    Lydia Slaby is the author of Wait, It Gets Worse. The book shares the incredible story of how Lydia's seemingly perfect life was actually in a free fall. Her marriage was unraveling and the morning after her husband moved back into their apartment, her doctor's visit about stress turned into a diagnosis of lymphoma. And to top it off, that diagnosis eventually led to an unnecessary open heart surgery. Or maybe the heart surgery was necessary. Maybe it was the universe forcing Lydia to stop for a moment and pay attention. At least that's one of the stories she tells herself to make sense of it all. In this episode, we chat about: How the book is actually an incredible love story between Lydia and her body How cancer saved her marriage Her tips for finding something to get out of your own way when your relationship is falling apart How it's possible to have multiple relationships with the same human The importance of paying attention to the little things Why she believes our bodies will throw up roadblocks if we’re not going in the right direction The similarities to the story of Laura Savage and the potentially career ending injury that forced her to heal what she didn't realize was broken within her Was her unnecessary open heart surgery actually a blessing? How this book may actually be the most beautiful legal argument she's ever written Her brief freak out about how much of her life she was sharing publicly Learn more about Lydia Slaby at her website: https://lydiaslaby.com/ Buy her captivating book "Wait, It Gets Worse": https://bookshop.org/books/wait-it-gets-worse-love-death-and-my-transformation-from-control-freak-to-human-being

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Rita Fields: We Don't Realize How Strong We Are

    Rita Fields: We Don't Realize How Strong We Are

    Rita Fields is the CEO of two companies: 313 Industries and Copper Phoenix Consulting. She spoke at TEDx with her talk "How Eating From The Garbage Can Taught Me How to Lead", which is based on her story of resilience and adversity. Rita's childhood was very difficult due to her mother's mental illness. She ran away from home at age 17 to escape it all. Soon after she became pregnant and homeless. Rita is one of the most resilient and humble people I've had the opportunity to chat with on the podcast. I learned so much from our conversation and I hope you do too. In this episode, we chat about: Why she assembled her son's crib so tight with a butter knife that it couldn't be taken apart How growing up with a mentally ill mother shaped Rita's life Her time living on the street and panhandling Eating out of the garbage can while homeless How life is a series of different trains transporting us from one station to the next Why she considered having her baby on the streets instead of going back home after living in a homeless shelter Why she would sit in her driveway for hours, not wanting to go home to her falling apart marriage How her whole had been working for one goal: don’t go back to the garbage can Why she felt like she was living her life paying homage to fear Our dislike for the standard greeting question “What do you do?” and how Ellen’s Game of Games plays a role Why she sought to get unplugged from the matrix Alternative ideas for measuring the impact of people

    • 55 min
    Joe Cotela: Be A Light In The World For Right Now

    Joe Cotela: Be A Light In The World For Right Now

    Joe Cotela is the lead vocalist for the nu metal band DED. He seeks to be a light in the world through the music he creates and the positive messages they carry. In his mission to make a positive impact on the world, Joe isn't afraid to let anger play an important role in his music and he isn't begging anybody to like his music. In this episode, we chat about: What sort of role anger plays in DED’s music Why Joe doesn't think about his legacy Why he writes songs about anxiety and depression The reason Joe isn't on a mission to get every person on the planet to like his music Why Joe and his bandmates intentionally hide the window to their souls Being aware of how many people we're inspiring or hurting at any given time The power of music to create impact and affect change You can check out DED’s music video for their recent single "A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)" here.

    • 35 min
    Sarah Peck: Astonishing Yourself As A Human Being

    Sarah Peck: Astonishing Yourself As A Human Being

    Sarah Peck is a 20-time All-American swimmer who successfully swam the Escape from Alcatraz nine separate times. She's also the founder of Startup Pregnant where she documents stories of women’s leadership across work and family. In her junior year of college, Sarah fell down a flight of stairs, broke her foot, and decided maybe she was done with her swimming career. She didn't train that entire summer and decided to return to the water the following year. What she experienced upon her return changed who she was as a person. In this episode, we chat about: What Sarah's years as a competitive swimmer taught her about pushing herself to the limit The juicy thoughts she thinks about to distract herself from the sharks swimming around her in open water How open water swimming helped her break the monotony of daily life Her time spent gardening as a child with her mother What inspired her to create Startup Pregnant to reinvent work and parenthood The importance of treating children as people Her relationship with her husband and their way of being equal partners Her passion for investment in women's' futures

    • 59 min
    Hannah Betts: Success Is Just Getting Over One Obstacle After Another

    Hannah Betts: Success Is Just Getting Over One Obstacle After Another

    Hannah Betts is an award winning competitive skydiver and Hollywood stunt performer in movies like Captain Marvel, The Hunger Games, Jurassic World, and many more. From living in a trailer with no bathroom while working as a police officer to being blindfolded inside a Prius submerged in a lake, Hannah's unique experiences throughout her life have taught her so much about herself. In this episode we chat about: How Hannah's competitive skydiving unknowingly prepared her for her work as a stunt performer The importance of separating the body from the mind in her work What she learned about herself during her time as a competitive skydiver Why she lived on the drop zone in a trailer without a bathroom How she broke into the Hollywood stunt scene Her desire to just be herself Not being able to control things and why it’s not worth spending so much energy trying to control things you can’t control Lessons learned from becoming a stunt performer

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Tim is the best interviewer I’ve ever met—and I’m a former journalist

I am absolutely blown away by Tim’s talent, dedication and empathy as an interviewer & host. I’m a former journalist and find him to be the most talented interviewer I’ve ever met. He has a unique ability to make his guests comfortable sharing their stories while leading them through some of the most intimate or difficult topics. And the conversation flows so organically, thanks to his empathy, humor, vulnerability and meticulous research of each guest. I am lucky to have been a guest on his show, as he helped me think through some of my own hardest moments and better understand the beauty of humanity in my own life. Listen to Tim’s show soon—you will be hooked.

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