The You Project Podcast

The You Project Podcast is a 30-90 minute dose of inspiration and education hosted by Craig with great stories, ideas, strategies and lessons from high-performers in sport, business, science, media and health.

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LATEST EPISODES

#475: My Godson’s Mother

Tara Jarrett and I have been friends for thirty years. She worked for me as a PT and I lectured to Certificate 3 and 4 Fitness students for her company in the 90’s (when I was extremely young). Tara is an innovator, creator, survivor and visionary, who has consistently found a way to keep reinventing herself, to build successful businesses and to turn her creative ideas into real-world products and services. She built her first successful company (High Energy Network which became Australian Fitness Academy) at 22 and she has an intuitive and instinctive understanding of what people want in terms of their ‘money-for-service’ experience. This was more of a catch-up with an old friend than any kind of ground-breaking inspiration session, but I think you’ll enjoy it. I loved it. *I also MC’d Tara’s wedding to Russ and I’m Godfather (what could go wrong?) to their son, Mitch.

 

#474: A Different Kind of Wealth

TYP Fave Geoff Jowett is back sharing the wisdom, insights, stories, bro-science and of course, the fun. Enjoy.

 

#473: You’re Not Incomplete

Hi Team. This episode is a co-share, meaning… I recently sat down with my old Mate Andrew Jobling on his Podcast ‘The Health Puzzle’ and we waxed lyrical (whatever that means) about all-things happiness, purpose, fulfilment, self-worth, covid (sorry), life-long learning, perseverance and the silly idea of needing someone to ‘complete us’. After that, I stole his audio, turned it into a TYP episode and now I’m luxuriating in the company hammock. Enjoy.

#472: Seven Feet of Fun

Former NBA player (Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls) two-time Olympian, NBL coach and player, handy tennis player and published author, Chris Anstey, is back. The big fella is part athlete, part philosopher, part story-teller and this conversation was lots of fun. All seven feet of it. Enjoy.

 

#471: Climbing Out of the Darkness

We don’t always know what people are going through. Dayne Beams is a Collingwood premiership player and best and fairest winner, Brisbane Captain and best and fairest winner, All Australian… and for some of that journey, a bloke in the grip of addiction, depression, anxiety and desperation. This is one of the rawest, realest, revealing-est chats I’ve had on TYP. It’s full of fascinating insights, stories and intuitive wisdom from a bloke who’s working hard to live a life of purpose, joy and gratitude. For some people, this is an important conversation about mental health, addiction, recovery and hope. Please share it, if someone you care about could benefit.

#470: Are Your Lips Moving?

I thought my job (what job?) was weird and atypical but I’m positively boring and common compared with Australia’s number one stand up Ventriloquist, Darren Carr. I love chatting with people from different professions and backgrounds with interesting stories and let’s just say, it takes more courage and talent than I have, to even attempt what Darren does 150 times a (non-Covid) year. Enjoy.

#469: Are You Sure That’s a Job?

I’m gonna be honest, sometimes I feel like my ‘job’ isn’t really a job (as such). Intellectually, I know it is but emotionally and experientially, there’s just no sense of ‘work’ for me. Which makes me feel mostly happily, but occasionally guilty. In this episode, Melissa and I chat about the never-ending evolution of modern careers; jobs that literally didn’t exist not too long ago. Like Podcaster. Personal Trainer. Virtual (online) Corporate Speaker. Social Media Influencer. Life Coach. Web designer. YouTube Celebrity. We also talk about our ability to be able to adapt (as a group and as individuals) when we have to (finding a way). We chat about being resourceful, creative and finding the good in the bad. We discuss the quickest way to find perspective. Managing emotions. The good and bad of anger. Moments that can change the course of our lives and lots more. Enjoy.

 

#468: Genetic Optimisation (Part 2)

New TYP Favourite Dr. Denise Furness is back and once again, she blows us away with her mix of incredible knowledge, cutting-edge research, relevant and timely messages, amazing energy and all-round fun. Among other things, we explore.. Microwaving food. Personalised (gene-based) medicine. Is soy good for us? How grog messes with testosterone production. Why some expensive ‘anti-ageing’ (type) moisturisers actually age skin cells. Why plastic is so terrifying. The potential for a personal blood testing (pathology) gizmo. Exercising in polluted areas, yes or no? Dairy, yes or no? Oily fish. Our disconnection from nature. Vitamin D. Genetic disposition, gene expression and genetic optimisation. And lots more. You’ll dig it. Enjoy.

 

#467: Genetic Optimisation (Part 1)

New TYP Favourite Dr. Denise Furness is back and once again, she blows us away with her mix of incredible knowledge, cutting-edge research, relevant and timely messages, amazing energy and all-round fun. Among other things, we explore.. Microwaving food. Personalised (gene-based) medicine. Is soy good for us? How grog messes with testosterone production. Why some expensive ‘anti-ageing’ (type) moisturisers actually age skin cells. Why plastic is so terrifying. The potential for a personal blood testing (pathology) gizmo. Exercising in polluted areas, yes or no? Dairy, yes or no? Oily fish. Our disconnection from nature. Vitamin D. Genetic disposition, gene expression and genetic optimisation. And lots more. You’ll dig it. Enjoy.

 

#466: The Commando (Part 2) – Steve Willis

After a revealing and refreshing conversation with Steve Willis last week, the opportunity for another quick chat came up, so I took it. Enjoy.

#465: The Hardest Job

There are some tough jobs but I can’t think of one that would take more of a mental, emotional and physical toll than that of crash scene investigator and reconstruction expert with Victoria Police’s Major Collision Investigation Group. Neither can I imagine what it would be like to attend more than 2,000 fatalities (including the deaths of 20 fellow police officers) and then in the middle of that devastation, overwhelm and trauma, to find a way to be calm, analytical and efficient. To establish what happened and why. To think clearly in the middle of the chaos and ‘do your job’. Well, former Detective Peter Bellion is that person and as you might imagine, it hasn’t been without its personal consequences. This was an eye-opener for me. Loved it.

#464: The Solution Person

Wendy Jenkins is a solution person. She has to be. In her mid-twenties, she was told she would be dead in two years, without a double-lung transplant. She was also told that new lungs might give her another five years (or so). Well, that was fourteen years and one transplant ago and despite living with sixty-two percent lung capacity, a shortened life-expectancy, perpetual shortness of breath, multiple issues with anxiety, depression, PTSD and a host of other medical challenges, Wendy is still laughing, learning and living and these days, she works with individuals, teams and organisations, helping them to help themselves. This was one of those perspective-giving chats. It was also funny and uplifting, especially the Viagra story. Enjoy.

#463: The Lady Tradie

Aimee Stanton wasn’t a fan of school. She got suspended a few times. Or more. And expelled. One of her teachers predicted a career as a stripper and prostitute. Not one or the other, both. Well, that didn’t happen (of course) but she did become a plumber, a tiny house builder, an entrepreneur, a D.I.Y lady on the telly, an influencer (it’s a thing), a competitor on Australian Survivor, runner up on ‘House Rules’ and a passionate advocate for girls and women getting into the trades. Aimee is cheeky, fun and way smarter than her teachers might have imagined. Enjoy.

#462: Where Biology and Technology Intersect

Kyle Riley is an International Speaker, Fitness Entrepreneur and Exercise Scientist who has spent the last eleven years travelling the world educating and empowering fitness professionals and clients in taking control of their health. Over the last five years Kyle has worked as the COO of ph360 Health Professionals and has co-developed the world’s leading education in personalised health and epigenetics for health, fitness and medical professionals around the world. Kyle also plays a key role in the development of ShaeFit technologies and aims to increase the impact of the fitness industry through leading Artificial Intelligence based personalised health technology. This chat was super interesting.

#461: Who Inspires Me?

Dinesh Palipana (OAM) is an Australian Doctor working in the Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department. He’s also a Lawyer, Disability Advocate, University Lecturer and is the first person with a spinal cord injury to graduate as a Doctor in Australia. He is the 2021 Queensland, Australian of the Year, is an advocate for medical students with disabilities and is heavily involved in research to help people like him walk again. This episode is the audio from a talk Dinesh recently gave to an audience in one of my programs. It is relatively laid-back and more of a thinking-out-loud (type) conversation than it is any kind of ‘presentation’. I loved it and so did the group. In my work, I get to meet lots of intelligent, gifted, dynamic and successful people (and I’m super grateful) but I rarely meet people who are as special and inspirational as this man. He literally makes me want to be a better person. Enjoy.

 

#460: BrainPark

When I first heard the name ‘BrainPark’ (a few years ago), I visualised a kind-of Disneyland for Geeks and Brainiacs. In some ways, I was kind-of right. But more accurately, BrainPark is a world-first neuroscience research clinic (part of Monash University) dedicated to improving the physical, mental and brain health of Australians. It’s also where I’m doing my PhD. Now you understand the feeling of fraudulence. For this episode, I sat down with Dr. Rebecca Segrave (Deputy Director of BrainPark) and Professor Murat Yucel, who is a world-renowned Academic, Neuroscience Nerd, Director of BrainPark and sadly for him, senior supervisor for my PhD. If you love brain stuff, neuroscience stuff and mind stuff, this is for you. Enjoy.

 

#459: Becoming an Older Student

Study. So many people are scared of it but for me, it’s been liberating, transformative and empowering. It’s also awesome for your brain. And, to be honest, the ‘idea’ of it is scarier than the practical reality of it, once you’re under way. Nearly two decades after I finished school, I began my first degree (a Bachelor of Exercise Science) at the age of thirty-six. I was terrified and felt like a fraud. Over time, I figured it out. Two decades later (at fifty-six), I started my PhD and once again, those feelings returned. And once again, I’m figuring it out. This episode is all about returning to study at any level (certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, degree or post grad.) irrespective of your academic background, perceived aptitude for study or level of confidence (it will grow). Dr Richard Huysmans shares some thoughts, ideas, tips and strategies for opening the door to some later-in-life learning (whether you’re 27 or 77). Enjoy.

 

#458: The Mind Architect (Peter Crone)

I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know who Peter Crone was before this interview was booked and while that was my loss, this chat was definitely my gain. Smart, insightful, intuitive and so gifted at exploring and explaining the human condition. I’m privileged to do what I do and meet the people I do on TYP and for me, this was just another great day at the office. Enjoy.

 

#457: Steve Willis (The Commando)

Not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into a conversation with ‘The Commando’. Interestingly, it didn’t happen. I ended up chatting with Steve Willis, the deep-thinking, interesting, somewhat-introverted ex-soldier, who happened to be on the telly for a decade or so. I really enjoyed our conversation.

 

#456: F**k the Prognosis

Carol Cooke is a Canadian-born Australian cyclist, swimmer and rower. She was part of the Canadian national swimming team, hoping to be selected for the 1980 Moscow Olympics before her country boycotted the games. She moved to Australia in 1994, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and basically told her life was over, she’d soon be in a wheelchair and to “get her affairs in order” (she was literally told this). She decided to choose her own path and destiny, took up rowing and narrowly missed out on being part of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She then switched to cycling, where she won a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics and two gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. This is one of those perspective-providing chats with a solution-focused, zero self-pity, let’s control our controllables and get-shit-done (type) people. Love her. Enjoy.

 

#455: In Pursuit Of Less (Part 2)

Sometimes less is where the magic and the breakthroughs happen. Less pointless conversations. Less obsessing. Self-loathing. Over-thinking. Comparison. Wasting energy. Avoiding. Seeking approval. For me, it’s been about recognising the patterns, habits, behaviours, attitudes, rituals and idiosyncrasies that don’t serve me, empower me or benefit me. Things I needed to stop doing completely or do less of. This is a conversation about that. Enjoy.

 

#454: Functional Medicine, Genetics, Nutrition & Research (Part 2)

This is one of my favourite chats this year. No, really. Dr. Denise Furness is one of those rare people who can comfortably combine her considerable intellect, knowledge, research background and academic credibility with outstanding social skills, relatability, story-telling and humour. She is an award-winning medical researcher, international speaker and author. She is a CSIRO trained Molecular Geneticist, who considers herself a Holistic Geneticist. She has been working in the field of nutritional genomics and personalised health for almost twenty years. In 2012 she founded ‘Your Genes & Nutrition’ and began working with integrative G.Ps and exploring functional medicine. She now works with a range of patients helping them identify underlying triggers and root causes of their health concerns. Using a combined approach of genetics, biochemical markers, nutrition and lifestyle medicine (functional medicine), she helps people take charge of their health and wellbeing. Enjoy.

 

#453: Functional Medicine, Genetics, Nutrition & Research (Part 1)

This is one of my favourite chats this year. No, really. Dr. Denise Furness is one of those rare people who can comfortably combine her considerable intellect, knowledge, research background and academic credibility with outstanding social skills, relatability, story-telling and humour. She is an award-winning medical researcher, international speaker and author. She is a CSIRO trained Molecular Geneticist, who considers herself a Holistic Geneticist. She has been working in the field of nutritional genomics and personalised health for almost twenty years. In 2012 she founded ‘Your Genes & Nutrition’ and began working with integrative G.Ps and exploring functional medicine. She now works with a range of patients helping them identify underlying triggers and root causes of their health concerns. Using a combined approach of genetics, biochemical markers, nutrition and lifestyle medicine (functional medicine), she helps people take charge of their health and wellbeing. Enjoy.

 

#452: Funny for Money

Simone Springer is funny for money. Her job is making people laugh. I love comedy but the idea of walking on stage for the sole purpose of making a room full of strangers laugh (strangers who give zero f**ks if I crash and burn), terrifies me. If I was braver, I would have given it a go. I’m not. And I didn’t. But Simone is. And she did. This was an interesting chat about her comedy journey, from the grassroots (open mic nights) right up to TV. We also discuss her lengthy battle with crippling anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD and how she came out the other side. Enjoy.

#451: In Pursuit of Less

Sometimes less is where the magic and the breakthroughs happen. Less pointless conversations. Less obsessing. Self-loathing. Over-thinking. Comparison. Wasting energy. Avoiding. Seeking approval. For me, it’s been about recognising the patterns, habits, behaviours, attitudes, rituals and idiosyncrasies that don’t serve me, empower me or benefit me. Things I needed to stop doing completely or do less of. This is a conversation about that. Enjoy.

#450: The Accidental Episode

This was meant to be a conversation about something else. I planned an episode called ‘In Pursuit of Less’, exploring the things that, over the years I needed to let go of, stop doing or do less of. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, this did. Our typical five-minute pre-show ramble became a fifty-minute deep dive down a psychological rabbit hole, exploring placebos, self-healing, Tiff’s new happiness light, the therapeutic benefits of laughter and being childish (that’s my excuse – it’s therapeutic), getting offended, being weird and lots more. This is one of my favourite freestyle chats.

#449: Building a High-Performance Culture

Okay, this was one of those surprise conversations and although I didn’t have any specific expectations going in, I certainly didn’t anticipate the deep-thinking, philosophical, emotionally evolved, insightful bloke who happens to be the only full-time professional male head coach of a netball team in the world. Dan Ryan coaches the Leeds Rhinos Netball Team in the UK Netball Superleague (and until last week, the Irish National Team). His understanding of leadership, mentoring, human development, teamwork, strategy, problem solving, extracting potential and thriving under pressure is exceptional. I’ve worked with plenty of elite coaches and Dan is brilliant. Enjoy.

#448: Improvement Not Perfection

Heidi Anderson is a natural performer and I loved her energy in this ep. of TYP. Along the way, we spoke about being on Big Brother, working in commercial radio, traversing the globe like a wild-child, dealing with rejection, killing her liver with booze, battling anxiety, drowning out the voices (with more booze), creating a mental health plan and support team and of course, having a few laughs. Enjoy.

#447: But How Are You Really?

Apart from being an ex-Soldier, Policeman, MAFS Participant (is that the right term?), cafe owner and partner of TYP fave Bianca Chatfield, Mark Scrivens is just a good bloke, who’s great to talk with. He turned up at TYP Central (the studio) with some weird flu-preventing concoction which tasted like paint stripper (I imagine) and should keep my Vitamin C levels through the roof till December. Thanks Bianca. This episode genuinely felt more like a café catch up with a Mate, than it did any kind of public interview. I really enjoyed it.

 

#446: Winning in Sport and Life

Lisa Alexander has been one of the most winning Coaches in professional sport in Australia over the last twenty years; coaching the Australian Diamonds Netball Team for ten of those years (102 tests, 83 wins). We’ve been friends since we worked together at the Melbourne Phoenix (in the national netball league) from 2002 to 2004, where she was Senior Coach. As always, we cover lots of territory in this episode, talking about coaching the best team in the world in front of 17,000 people, life after coaching in the national spotlight, stepping out of the mayhem, finding new purpose, direction and identity, the cross-over between high performance in sport and life and lots more. Enjoy.

 

#445: The Mind of an Addict (Part 2)

“I was an addict waiting to happen” – Mick Hall. Twelve and a half years-old, a cask of port, passed out on railway tracks behind his school (the one he rarely attended), abusing his teachers, hospitalised, stomach pumped; it was the best and worst day of his life. The worst, because it opened a door that became virtually impossible to shut and the best, because he discovered the ‘cure’ to his mental and emotional pain; the magic that took him (temporarily) out of suffering and into bliss. This is another fascinating chat about all-things addiction, prison, survival, recovery and hope with TYP favourite, Mick Hall.

 

#444: The Mind of an Addict (Part 1)

“I was an addict waiting to happen” – Mick Hall. Twelve and a half years-old, a cask of port, passed out on railway tracks behind his school (the one he rarely attended), abusing his teachers, hospitalised, stomach pumped; it was the best and worst day of his life. The worst, because it opened a door that became virtually impossible to shut and the best, because he discovered the ‘cure’ to his mental and emotional pain; the magic that took him (temporarily) out of suffering and into bliss. This is another fascinating chat about all-things addiction, prison, survival, recovery and hope with TYP favourite, Mick Hall.

 

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