Rich Roll || A Psychological Case Study on Greatness

December 31, 2020

Today it’s great to chat with Rich Roll on the podcast. 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, best-selling author, husband, and father of four. He shares his inspirational stories of addiction, redemption, and optimal health in his number one best-selling memoir Finding Ultra. Rich has also been featured on CNN, the cover of Outside Magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Voicing Change, features timeless wisdom and inspiration from the widely popular Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top one hundred podcasts in the world with over 100 million downloads.




[04:09] Rich’s three major transformations

[05:29] How Rich overcame his alcoholism

[10:12] Rich’s grit and his life as a functional alcoholic

[11:12] Learning how to outwork everybody

[12:20] Rich’s personality structure during his schooling years

[13:55] The relationship between endurance and his drug abuse recovery

[17:47] Life after rehab

[23:22] Changes made during his early 40s and the motivation behind his fitness routines

[25:30] You are what you eat

[28:10] Spiritual exploration through active meditation

[30:07] Addictive nature of the flow state

[32:36] Embracing your authenticity

[36:01] How humans are all victims of their character defects

[39:00] Growth and self-actualization

[42:48] How the media interprets Rich’s story

[46:08] The psychologically rich life

[49:17] The apology narrative

[51:21] Why choosing growth is a daily struggle

[53:41] Rich’s third transition

[58:25] The overnight success culture

[1:01:40] Rich’s advice to people trying to adopt a vegan lifestyle

[1:02:47] Focus on controlling the controllable

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