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

#575: Inner Wisdom

So, Tiff and I were sitting on Zoom waiting for our guest to ‘show’ and they didn’t. Well, we’re always talking about adapting, solving problems, dealing with uncertainty and finding a way, so we did. We recorded an episode with zero planning, preparation or prior discussion and what transpired was a meaningful chat about the human experience. Including, managing fear, self-sabotage, self-limiting thinking, optimising our mental and physical energy, the benefit of doing new things, finding our excellence threshold, paying attention to our inner wisdom, thinking for ourselves and discovering what works (uniquely) for our body. Enjoy.

#574: Application Over Inspiration (Part 2)

So much information, inspiration and education, so little consistent application. So much knowing, so little doing. So much theory, so little change. So many intentions, so much stagnation. So much talent, so much wasted potential. In this lengthy (two-part) instalment of TYP, Mental Health Consultant, Author and Speaker Anna Feringa and I talk about the overwhelm of change-your-life (type) resources (books, programs, podcasts, people), the underwhelm of amazing results and the variables which (actually) stand between us and success. Enjoy.

 

#573: Application Over Inspiration (Part 1)

So much information, inspiration and education, so little consistent application. So much knowing, so little doing. So much theory, so little change. So many intentions, so much stagnation. So much talent, so much wasted potential. In this lengthy (two-part) instalment of TYP, Mental Health Consultant, Author and Speaker Anna Feringa and I talk about the overwhelm of change-your-life (type) resources (books, programs, podcasts, people), the underwhelm of amazing results and the variables which (actually) stand between us and success. Enjoy.

 

#572: A Voice In The Wilderness

I often talk about the importance of having a purpose bigger than ourselves, well, Anika Molesworth (PhD.) is the epitome of that idea. In fact, she has multiple ‘purposes’; the environment, climate change, the health of rural communities, nature conservation, farming, farmers, wildlife and education. In short, helping the earth and its inhabitants. She is an award-winning advocate, farmer, scientist, academic, media commentator, author, researcher and believe it or not, introvert. Yep, she hates public speaking but does it because of her commitment to making our world a better place. Her new book is called ‘Our Sunburnt Country’ and I loved meeting her. Enjoy.

#571: Go Where You Grow

These days Brett Turley is a High-Performance Coach who helps people optimise their physical, mental and emotional potential. He guides and empowers them to do what’s required to create lasting positive change in their world, to build resilience, to perform under pressure and to become a better version of themselves. Previously, Brett served in the Australian Army (two tours, almost ten years of service) as an Explosives Detection Dog Handler with his boy (Gus) and along the way, saw the best and worst of people. Enjoy.

 

#570: Happiness

It’s the universal goal but what (exactly) is happiness? Where does it come from? Does ‘happiness’ (the word) mean the same thing for all of us? Can it be lasting or is it fleeting? Is it about the ‘thing’ that’s happening in our physical world, is it about our internal ‘story’ about those external things (event, situation, conversation, outcome, encounter) or maybe something else? Is happiness the same as joy? Euphoria? Calm? Satisfaction? Contentment? Perhaps (for some) it’s the absence anxiety, depression, over-thinking and discontent. Is it possible to experience happiness, despite being in a crappy situation? Can we consciously ‘create’ it? How does our thinking influence our overall level of happiness? What role does our programming, upbringing and conditioning play in ability to ‘be’ happy? This episode is me thinking out loud about all these questions (with input from Melissa). Enjoy.

#569: Our Relationship With Food

We tend to discuss food in terms of micros and macros, good and bad fats, nutrient rich and nutrient poor, processed or not, energy in and out.. all normal and reasonable conversations to have. But our ‘relationship’ with food (we all have one) is about so much more than just the ‘body stuff’ (physiology). It’s about psychology, social programming, culture, rituals, habits, rules, emotions and lots more. Joel Feren is a dietician who understands that healthy eating is not just about what we eat but also how, why and when we eat. This was a fun and broadly relevant chat. Enjoy.

#568: Understanding You

Why do you think the way you do? Act and react the way you do? Communicate, connect and socialise the way you do? Make decisions the way you do? Where does your programming finish and where do you start? Why do you believe what you believe, where do those beliefs come from and do they serve or sabotage you? What are you scared of and why? What’s it like being around you? What drives, compels and inspires you? What are your values and do you live them? What’s the relationship between your external and internal world? And finally, where does your version of ‘reality’ come from?

#567: Ranger Nick

Professor Nick Furhman (PhD) is part Wildlife Warrior, part Nature Evangelist, Part Edutainer (it’s a thing), part Academic and part Story Teller. He’s also a full-time passionate human who was the most inspirational guest we’ve had on the show in quite a while (along with our recent chat with Norm). Our conversation was full of insights, energy, wisdom, humour, great stories and I loved it. Enjoy.

#566: Memory Editing

Imagine if we could ‘edit’ our negative or traumatic memories to reduce, or potentially remove, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and even, PTSD. Which would in turn improve mental, emotional and physical health, leading to an improvement in overall life quality/experience. Well, Dr. Amy Milton and her research team from Cambridge University are at the threshold of some amazing, and potentially life-changing breakthroughs in this area. Enjoy.

#565: The Neurology Of Consciousness

To be honest, this was a much broader conversation than the title suggests. Professor Steven Laureys is a Medical Doctor, Author, Neurologist and Meditation Master, who hangs out with the Dalai Lama and is recognised worldwide as a leading clinician and researcher in the field of the Neurology of Consciousness. If that sounds over-the-top academically (and boring), don’t panic; it’s fascinating and so is he. He even took me through a two-minute (ish) meditation mid-show and apparently, I’m no monk! It never ceases to amaze me how down-to-earth, kind and humble some of my brilliant guests are, and Steven was no exception. After we finished recording, the world-renowned academic, told me to “let him know if I needed any help or advice with my PhD research.” Amazing. Enjoy.

#564: Carparks, Comfy Beds and Compassion

Norm McGillivray’s dad was a successful business man who had a severe stroke in his early thirties and subsequently lost his marriage, business and financial security, became homeless and sadly, died at 42 living on the streets of London. This experience (and others) inspired Norm to create Beddown, whose aim is to take spaces that are commonly used and busy during the day (like massive carparks) but at night are left empty and then to repurpose those spaces into pop-up overnight accommodation, ensuring that the homeless (those sleeping rough) can sleep in a warm and comfortable bed. Those who sleep rough are always fearful of being attacked and/or robbed and by providing a safe and secure place to get a good night’s rest, Beddown help restore health, dignity and respect for their guests. I love this concept and I love Norm.

#563: Tony Doherty Un-F*cking-Filtered

And yes, I recognise the irony of having an asterisk in this title. WARNING: if you’re easily offended, this might not be the episode for you. It’s fair to say, there wasn’t a lot of filtering (or editing) happening. But if you’re okay with all that, you might fucking love it. Tony Doherty is a Mate who wears his heart on his sleeve, pulls no punches, walks his talk and fights passionately for the industry he loves. He’s a main-stream media regular and is often the lone voice of reason in a sea of misinformation and confusion about all-things fitness, working out and gyms (health clubs, PT studios). Like me, he’s imperfect, rough around the edges and can ruffle feathers but what he is, is real. There’s no show. No persona. No bullshit. If he likes you, you’ll know and if he doesn’t, you’ll know. But underneath it all, is a bloke who cares deeply, thinks deeply and gives freely. This was a catch-up chat to see where he’s at with his business, life, future plans and his own personal challenges. I loved it. Enjoy.

 

#562: Pandemic Psychology

I tend to steer clear of too much pandemic talk on TYP (there’s enough elsewhere) but as I was chatting with my friend Jacqui Louder (a Psychologist chatting daily to people with Covid challenges), I thought we’d see how people are travelling mentally and emotionally (from her perspective) in the chaos. Fear not, we keep it relatively light and amusing because nobody needs another depressing Covid conversation. Enjoy.

#561: Finding Your Flugelbinder (Part 2)

This was an awesome chat with my ex-business partner, Tara Jarrett, about all things career, self-belief, self-sabotage, creativity, problem-solving, business development, understanding the needs of others (clients, customers, colleagues, friends), overcoming self-doubt, treading water in a job we hate and turning an idea in our head into a reality in the physical world (business, service, career, product, program). *FYI, Flugelbinder: a fictitious word from the movie ‘Cocktail’ referring to ordinary things (objects, ideas) that can turn their inventors into millionaires.

 

#560: Finding Your Flugelbinder (Part 1)

This was an awesome chat with my ex-business partner, Tara Jarrett, about all things career, self-belief, self-sabotage, creativity, problem-solving, business development, understanding the needs of others (clients, customers, colleagues, friends), overcoming self-doubt, treading water in a job we hate and turning an idea in our head into a reality in the physical world (business, service, career, product, program). *FYI, Flugelbinder: a fictitious word from the movie ‘Cocktail’ referring to ordinary things (objects, ideas) that can turn their inventors into millionaires.

 

#559: Is Motivation Over-rated?

In this episode of TYP, Mark LeBusque and I discuss the science of creating lasting change. Along the way, we explore the roles of motivation, commitment, self-control, self-awareness, discipline, mindset, habits, rules and rituals. Enjoy.

 

#558: The First Self-Help Bloke (Ever)

Mark LeBusque and I were back together for a yack (with Tiff) and we covered a fair bit of ground, including:
• Public, Personal, Private & Secret You.
• What ‘authenticity’ actually means (practically).
• How to make ‘comparison’ a positive.
• What makes someone an engaging speaker?
• Stoicism: the original ‘self-help’.
• Socrates and ‘self-awareness’.

And lots more. Enjoy.

 

#557: Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is the Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. Of course, you TYPers know that I’m no expert (massive understatement) when it comes to AI, technology (in general), machine learning or robotics but despite my ignorance and ineptitude, Ayesha and I had a great chat about the past, present and future of biology (humans) and technology. I even understood some of it! Enjoy.

#556: Flearning (Learning Through Failure)

Named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence at just 26 years of age and Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year, Felicity Furey has led multi-million dollar engineering projects, founded several successful businesses, including WeAspire, Power of Engineering and Machinam and secured partnerships with Qantas, Toyota and Energy Australia. Felicity now works with high-performing teams to give leaders the skills they need to ignite new possibilities in Business, Education and STEM. Felicity is an Educator, Entrepreneur, Extrovert, Creator and Problem Solver with infectious energy, inspiration and curiosity and I loved our chat. Enjoy.

#555: My Many F*ck-Ups

Here on TYP, I’m always banging on about creating an optimal (or improved) life, health state, business, career, relationship, outcome (etc.). Well, this time I kind-of reverse engineer the conversation by sharing the antithesis of a good to-do list; my numerous mistakes. Working in media (radio and TV), bouncing in pubs, writing books, opening the first PT studio, running multiple businesses, making shit up as I go, employing hundreds of people, going to University for the first time at thirty-six, four attempts at a podcast, getting fat, getting fit, getting fat-again, learning to be a leader, working through my own emotional bullshit, learning by doing, self-sabotage, self-doubt, succeeding, failing, peaks and troughs… its been an ongoing lesson. Enjoy.

#554: The Fitness Interrogation

I was just on ‘The Australian Fitness Podcast’ with Russell Jarrett who had a ridiculous idea; for me to answer 10 complex questions in 3 minutes (each), when every question could easily be a one-hour conversation. Like I said, ridiculous. So, what you’ll hear in this episode is not individual advice, prescription or recommendation (never is) but rather, me sharing my thoughts, insights and feelings about the following questions:
1. Why do (some) people still feel intimidated by regular gyms and where are we getting it wrong?
2. Do Superfoods really exist?
3. The 6 best exercises for building muscle mass?
4. Supplements – overrated or underrated?
5. Is cardio going to damage my (muscle) gains?
6. How do I manage my nutrition? Why can’t I seem to get it right?
7. If I’m 50+ years of age, how many times a week should I train and what should I do?
8. Machines vs. free weights. Which is best?
9. Should my teenager join a gym?
10. Does intermittent fasting work for all?

#553: Relax Into The Mystery

I say I love my job so often, I worry that it might sound disingenuous but without the ‘The You Project’ as a conduit, the chances of me having a quality one on one chat with one of the world’s most respected spiritual teachers (who lives 16,000 kms away), is zero. Elizabeth Lesser has worked with Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass and the Dalai Lama, to name a few. She is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into twenty languages, she is the co-founder of The Omega Institute in New York and she was a total delight to talk with. Enjoy.

#552: A New TYP Host (Part 2)

A new host… for a day or two. After 550 episodes, it’s about time we got someone younger and prettier in the main chair. Tommy Jackett and I have been friends, colleagues and collaborators for more than a decade. Sadly for him, today’s guest (and tomorrow’s).. is me. It was fun (and weird) being introduced and interviewed on my own show but as always, we found a way to go deep down the philosophical ‘what’s-it-all-about’ conversational rabbit hole. Enjoy.

 

#551: A New TYP Host (Part 1)

A new host… for a day or two. After 550 episodes, it’s about time we got someone younger and prettier in the main chair. Tommy Jackett and I have been friends, colleagues and collaborators for more than a decade. Sadly for him, today’s guest (and tomorrow’s).. is me. It was fun (and weird) being introduced and interviewed on my own show but as always, we found a way to go deep down the philosophical ‘what’s-it-all-about’ conversational rabbit hole. Enjoy.

 

#550: From Church To Comedy

Erik Rivera is an LA-based actor, writer, comedian, dad and good bloke. We had a fun chat, exploring everything from our almost-identical religious upbringings, his appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, navigating the pandemic, his creative process, performing comedy on Zoom, his annoying good looks, the professional downside of “being brown” (his words) and lots more. Enjoy.

#549: Meanwhile In Antarctica

David Knoff is an Antarctic Expedition Leader and Leadership expert who specialises in hostile environment diplomacy, resilience, remote leadership, specialised instruction, and mentoring. His first furore onto the international stage was as a young Platoon Commander in the Solomon Islands in 2007, where, as part of the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) he worked to maintain peace and order in the island nation. A few months ago, David arrived back in Australia after spending 537 days in Antarctica as the leader at Davis Station. When they left Australia in late 2019, David and his team did not know that a global pandemic would change the world and leave them isolated for longer than they had expected or planned for (they went for 12 months), or that they would be forced to endure an extended stay without replenishing supplies. As always, another fascinating chat with a great bloke. Enjoy.

#548: When The Student Is Ready

Tom Cronin is the founder of The Stillness Project; a global movement to inspire 1 billion people to meditate daily. He’s something of meditation guru who’s spoken all over the world, worked with some of the biggest companies on earth and now in his ultimate achievement, he gets to talk shit with me on TYP. This was an interesting, timely and relevant chat (for many people right now) with a bloke who dragged himself back from the physical, mental and emotional brink. Enjoy.

#547: Conversation, Communication & Connection

For me, this was one of those surprise conversations that I really loved and learned a lot from. Julian Treasure’s five TED talks have been viewed more than 125 million times. And for good reason. I watched his “How to talk so that people want to listen” presentation and was hooked. As someone whose job is communication, I was fascinated to learn about the multitude of variables that help us build rapport, connection, interest, understanding and trust with an audience (of one or one thousand). Enjoy.

#546: A Better Life

Like me, Geoff Jowett helps people to help themselves. Like me, he cares a lot and has a crack. And like me, he’s a bogan. This episode is two chatty, empathic bogans talking about the how, why and when of living our best lives.

 

#545: Keeping Our Sh*t Together

Let’s be honest, there’s plenty of us trying to keep our sh*t together at the moment in one of the most ‘interesting’ times in recent human history. Trying to self-manage in the middle of all the things we can’t control, is our ever-present challenge. It’s not fun, not painless, not familiar, bad things are happening to good people and as a result, lots of us are hurting. Of course, I don’t have a miracle solution but nonetheless, I recently decided to offer some encouragement, support, motivation and good vibes via a ‘Facebook Live’. This episode of TYP is the audio from that session. For those who are long-time CH listeners, there’ll be plenty of familiar messages (and some new ones), so you may want to check back in tomorrow or you might like a little refresher. Enjoy.

#544: Vicarious Trauma

TYP fave Dr. Ingrid Nielsen is back and this time we go deep, talking about her personal journey and it’s fascinating. Among other things, we discuss her husband walking out when her three children were under four years-old, the subsequent challenge of raising those kids while being a full-time Doctor, retraining to be a Medical Examiner and performing over seven thousand autopsies (no, not a typo) in one of the most violent cities on earth at the time (Johannesburg), relocating to the other side of the world (with her kids) and being totally isolated, becoming a Psychiatrist and dealing with traumatised patients daily for thirty-plus years, her (perceived) shortcomings and failures as a mum, finding meaning, purpose and new direction later in life and lots more. Enjoy.

#543: The Thought Detective

Dr. Caroline Leaf has spent the last 30 years researching the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change with directed mind input (neuroplasticity). Throughout her years of clinical practice, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people learn how to use their mind to detox and grow their brain to succeed in every area of their lives including school, university, and the workplace. The good Doc gets on a roll, talks fast and downloads a mountain on information in a short period of time. She also used a few visual props as she spoke, so I’ll upload this episode to my YouTube page in case anyone wants the visual experience.. but please excuse my dopey expression; it wasn’t my original plan to use the video! Enjoy.

#542: Overfed & Undernourished (Part 2)

Exercise Physiologist, Neuroscientist, Nutritionist, Podcaster, Educator, Corporate Speaker and PhD Candidate, Paul Taylor is back on TYP and surprise, surprise, he’s pulling no punches. In this conversational smorgasbord, we discuss the mental, emotional, social and physical impact of lockdown on kids, raising kids 80’s style, self-experimentation to design our optimal health plan, aging well, the potential downside of retirement, quick fixes, playing as we age, brain training, high-calorie-low-nutrition food, Paul’s daughter; the fifteen year-old entrepreneur and plenty more. I’ll warn you that at times, we both climb up on our respective soap boxes. Shocking, I know. Enjoy.

 

#541: Overfed & Undernourished (Part 1)

Exercise Physiologist, Neuroscientist, Nutritionist, Podcaster, Educator, Corporate Speaker and PhD Candidate, Paul Taylor is back on TYP and surprise, surprise, he’s pulling no punches. In this conversational smorgasbord, we discuss the mental, emotional, social and physical impact of lockdown on kids, raising kids 80’s style, self-experimentation to design our optimal health plan, aging well, the potential downside of retirement, quick fixes, playing as we age, brain training, high-calorie-low-nutrition food, Paul’s daughter; the fifteen year-old entrepreneur and plenty more. I’ll warn you that at times, we both climb up on our respective soap boxes. Shocking, I know. Enjoy.

 

#540: Being A Pracademic

So Tiff decided to ask me a bunch of questions and press ‘record’. We spoke about self-awareness vs. self-loathing, when (and if) we should quit, vicarious trauma, external wealth and internal poverty, redefining success, the year I grew the most (mentally and emotionally), lessons from pain, being a ‘pracademic’ and some ‘woo-woo’ messages that recently came my way.

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