Our guest this week is an award winning sports journalist and Golf Digest’s digital editor. So naturally, we start off the episode talking about digital content, the future of writing and publishing, and of course…golf. But the main focus of the interview is the essential life skill of “learning to lose”.
James Nestor – The ocean is the final, unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness. In fact, we know more about other planets and stars lightyears away than we do about our oceans, which cover more than 2/3 of our planet. Join us this week as we follow author James Nestor on an amazing journey to the depths of the ocean.
James is the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves which is ranked as one of Amazon’s best non-fiction books of 2014. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean’s depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves.
James has written for Outside Magazine, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio,The New York Times, Men’s Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and more. Nestor’s first book, Get High Now (without drugs) humorously explores the worlds of neurology, biology, and physiology through meditations, illusions, household herbs, and some bizarre anthropological discoveries. The accompanying website, gethighnow.com, was awarded in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites of 2009 and receives about 200,000 hits per month.
“Our bodies are equipped with reflexes that allow us to withstand the incredible pressures of a deep dive – our bodies completely transform. It is the most profound transformation that we can naturally experience.”
– James Nestor
Quotes from James:
“Scuba diving in the ocean is like going birdwatching with a leaf blower. You are not only disruptive, but you are a menace to everything around you. If you want to connect with animals and study life in the ocean, free diving is the only way to go.”
“Once you get past 30 feet deep in the ocean, you reach what freedivers call the “doorway to the deep” where buoyancy reverses, you no longer have to swim, and the ocean pulls you down further and further.”
“Know your limits, never dive alone, and enter the ocean in peace.”
What we learn in this episode:
- How does someone make a living as an author?
- What is the “Master Switch of Life”?
- What is the sport of freediving?
- How can the human body withstand the pressure imposed on it at 300+ feet below sea level where lungs shrink down to the size of baseballs?
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Dan Buettner – Do you want to live to 100+? Of course you do, as long as you don’t have to wear a diaper! Our guest this week has figured out the key to living to the ripe old age of 100 and beyond and he’s here to share it with you. National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world’s longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.
His TED Talk “How to live to be 100+” has been viewed over 2 million times and his New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012. Dan has Keynoted speeches for Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, TEDMED and many more nationally renowned conferences. He has been featured twice on Oprah and has received an Emmy award for television production.
“Money does buy happiness to a certain extent. You need to be able to buy the necessities. However, after you obtain a certain amount, the effect of an added dollar does not buy you an added dollar of happiness.
– Dan Buettner
Quotes from Dan:
“In order to attain a higher quality of life, we are going to have to pay attention to policy. We have to look at work places, restaurants, and grocery stores. We have to optimize the environment that we inhabit.”
“Americans have it wrong. We’ve been sold this fitness BS for 60 years. This idea that we can be sedentary all day long and then go work it off in the gym for 30 minutes – it’s not the way the body works.”
“About 40% of your happiness is genetic, which means approximately 60% is up to you!”
What we learn in this episode:
- One of the keys to fitness and health is moderate exercise throughout the day, not spurts of intense activity.
- What are the secrets to living a long and healthy life?
- What factors play the biggest role of someone being truly happy?