The Anthem of the Adventurer

The Anthem of the Adventurer

There has been a longing in me that recently was awakened by talking with a number of awesome men who have helped breathe a new sense of adventure into my heart. We must stop using the excuse of having kids and a mortgage to hold us back from a life filled with adventure. I want to share their stories (and more) with you, along with weekly challenges with your friends and family! I want to encourage you to live adventurously every day through a mix of casual, critical, and crucial adventures.

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    Life of the Adventurer Episode 2

    This week I'm highlighting a few of the awesome people I'm blessed to have in my life that I'm super grateful for. Check them out and support them in what they're doing, and share who YOU are grateful for this Thanksgiving week!

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    27: Adventure to Change the World w/ Jeff Bonaldi

    Today on the show, we have Jeff Bonaldi, the founder of The Explorer’s Passage! Today we’re going to talk about some incredible moments of transformation in Jeff’s life that were made possible by him embracing adventure in his life.

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    26: Following Where the Road Takes You w/ Dan Grec

    Today on the show we have a guy who decided that his job as a software engineer wasn’t fulfilling his need for adventure in his life, packed up his car and drove to Alaska from his home in Canada. Once there, he discovered an untapped desired to keep exploring from the seat of an overlanding vehicle which kicked off a series of epic journeys from Alaska to Patagonia which he detailed in his book, “The Road Chose Me.” Dan Grec calls in from Zambia as he is working his way AROUND Africa. Yes, I said around. Not across. This journey so far has been almost 37k miles in his trusty off-road Jeep and he’s got many more 10s of thousands to go. Truly epic. In this episode we talk about the lessons he’s learned on the dusty, muddy, rocky, and beautiful roads he’s been travelling for the past few years and all the cultures he’s encountered along the way. You’re going to love this one!

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    25 Clarify Your Filter With Tools and Tactics from the Navy SEALs w/ Larry Yatch

    We have my friend, Larry Yatch. Now Larry is a special breed of guy: he was bound and determined to be a Navy fighter pilot since he saw the movie Top Gun in 3rd grade, but that changed when a friend gave him a Navy SEAL sweatshirt which would redirect the course of his life.

    After graduating from the Naval Academy, he would pass the hardest military training in the world to become a Navy SEAL and serve our country with distinction for 10 years as an officer. His military service ended when he was medically retired, but his service to our country continued in the form of building businesses to help others build and execute in high performing teams at work and at home.

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    24 Overlanding and Re-Discovering the Divine Music with Scott Leuthold

    Today we have an awesome guest with a passion for the wild places of the earth, their protection, and exploring them (especially in kitted out offroad vehicles!). Scott Leuthold is a writer, speaker, and advocate for getting outdoors and re-discovering what Thoreau called “the divine music.”

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    Bonus Call to Action - Team Rubicon

    Today on the show I’m giving you a more direct call to action. This week, tens of thousands of people are preparing to endure the wrath of Hurricane Florence, and a group of tens of thousands more are ready to deploy their skills to be the best part of their worst day and Get (Stuff) Done.

    Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.

    Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and identity, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.

    I’m a proud member of Team Rubicon Region V, and had the privilege of serving alongside my fellow tribe members in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. It was one of the most profoundly positive experiences of my life, and you can have that mix of adventure, purpose, and service too by signing up to deploy on their website. It only takes a few hours of training, and a little bit of gear and you’re good to go.

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    23 How to Grow as a Creative Adventurer in Business with Dan McPherson

    Dan McPherson works with people who have a creative spirit, either one they fully embrace or one they’ve repressed for years in a cubicle. He helps people find clarity, adventure, and prosperity in their creative pursuits. He’s a guy that believes in getting a little better every day, and helping those he serves do that as well. Helping them move into new territory every day in powerful and effective ways. We talk about how to make incredible change in your life and business through seemingly small, incremental changes. He is a lifelong learner and we share many of the same influencers, which was awesome to talk about. One of his big takeaways was that every high performer is passionate about growth, stepping out and doing new things, while keeping all that balanced with fun. In addition to growth, they are huge seekers of adventure. Work hard, and play hard!

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    22 Adventures in Wild Ideas w/ Shelby Stanger

    “Starting lines are almost more important than finish lines.” Shelby Stanger is a journalist, surfer, podcaster, and adventurer who enjoys travel and big adventures. She has a great outlook on life and some amazing stories to share from her own life and her podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living where she interviews world-class explorers, athletes, authors, scientists, health experts, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have sailed across the Pacific, to people who have broken records, climbed the tallest peaks, written best-selling books, started outdoor companies you love, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures.

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    21 Building a Life of Gratitude and Adventure w/ Scott Colby

    oday on the show, we have Scott Colby who is creating some amazing things out in Colorado around the space of gratitude and adventure with his company, Say it With Gratitude. He found inspiration for this through an amazing trip to Guatemala that changed his life. He volunteered to help build a school for a poor community, but the outpouring of gratitude and welcoming of the entire community really impacted him. He then took that attitude from the community into his own life and how to help others live that in their own lives.

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    19 Adventures in Becoming a Significant Man with Warren Peterson

    Today on the show we have my good friend, Warren Peterson, the author of “Becoming a Significant Man.” His book is a really great read for any man out there who is looking for more out of life, and is ready to take some action on that. It’s a very readable, actionable book with some great wisdom and questions to reflect and take action on. Warren is a man with a strong faith in God, and a great mission after a powerful moment of change in his life which you’ll really want to listen to in the episode! One of his adventures was moving from IL to CO. He and his wife decided they wanted to live in the mountains and made the decision to pack up their family of four kids and move to Colorado!

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    18 Adventures in Getting Lost with Robert Szmiegel

    Don’t just play tourist, take time to mingle with the locals! Learn the language! Find out about their culture. To Robert Szmiegel, getting lost is a benefit! It’s part of the journey! He does some of his best work outside the office! Taking a ride on a bike and when he came back to the office he came back with some great ideas!

    This week's challenge: Create a travel vision board of at least five places you would like to live and work! Not just going there and hiding in a hotel, but actually going somewhere you can go and live. Pretend as if you’re one of the people the best you can while you’re there! Challenge yourself to think about what it would take to get there! Challenge #2: when you get there, say hello to people! You never know what will come from a simple hello.

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    17 Adventures in Travel with Kevin Huhn

    Kevin Huhn has a passion for travel and talks about how as a human there’s things we can only learn in nature, when we’re surrounded by nature. Signs and logos, that’s all man made, but nature is what brings us together. Through walks in the woods, what we think is important fades into insignificance next to the vastness of the universe. When you experience little things in nature firsthand in an attitude of gratitude, it changes your whole perspective. Life’s not about stuff, it’s about experiences. When you experience people, food, culture, experiences, etc. you realize we don’t need stuff. We need to connect with each other. We need to help each other. That’s what it’s all about! He also talks today about the human condition and how at our core human beings are about giving. Hurt people, hurt people. They don’t know how else to act! In our truest form, we are giving people. We’re kind, we open up to each other, we help each other.

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    14 Adventures in Fitness, Family, Finances, and Faith with Dai Manuel

    Dai Manuel is an award-winning digital thought leader and author, executive performance coach and certified lifestyle mentor who empowers people to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community. Dai models his work based on 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health.

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    13 Adventures in Gaming and the Outdoors with David Rehagen

    What do you get when you combine a passion for board gaming, the outdoors, and adventure with great skills at starting up successful businesses? You get my friend, David Rehagen! He’s started an AMAZING new business called the Gamer’s Ranch which I found out about on one of my favorite blogs, the Dice Tower. He finds board games and the outdoors as a way to get his friends and family together to have fun as well as focusing on making healthier life choices for himself. I couldn’t agree more!

    David's challenge to you this week: share your vacation plans with the Facebook community!

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    12 Adventures of the Wild Heart with John Eldredge

    Today on the show we have the man who inspired this whole thing through one conversation about taking on a mission that has been deep within me, talking to God about it, and following what He says. From that one short conversation, the trajectory of my life and the lives of many other men have been changed and there has been a spiritual awakening in our souls. His book “Wild at Heart” has inspired thousands of men to reexamine their lives and what it means to be a man created by God for an adventure to live, a battle to fight, and a beauty to rescue. Today on the show: John Eldredge.

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    11 Adventures in Deep Conversations with Jan Keck

    Today on the show we have an awesome guy who has found a passion for adventure, growth, and fostering deep connections with people through vulnerable conversations. He is a man of many talents from video production to outdoor skills and has overcome a lot of adversity from moving to Canada from Germany and starting his own business. Jan Keck is the creator of Ask Deep Questions, a line of products and tactics to help you grow deeper relationships through real conversations in a safe and fun setting.

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    10 Adventures in Woodworking with Mike Konas of Dog Might Games

    On this episode, we have the co-founder, CEO, and Viking lumberjack from Dog Might Games: Mike Konas! We talk to about how the process of creating functional pieces from natural materials is an adventure, from that first pass on the milling machines where you discover the grain pattern of a piece of wood, to when you have a finished dice tower to play your favorite games with your friends.

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    09 Adventures in Freelancing and Financial Freedom with Vincent Pugliese

    Today on the show we have a very good friend of mine that I highly value in my life for his mentorship, challenge, and council. He’s a husband, father, an award winning photographer, best selling author of the book Freelance to Freedom and just an epic human being. Today we have Vincent Pugliese! Vincent is one of those guys that every time we get a chance to talk my life takes a new direction for the better, even if what he says might hurt at the time. He’s got some timeless wisdom to share with you today about the power of financial freedom and what that can do in your life to spur you to adventure.

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    08 Adventures in Personal Growth with Drew Tupper

    Today on the show, we have my good friend from the Dad Edge Alliance, Drew Tupper. Drew is a facilitator for growth, an educator, a committed father and husband and is on an adventure with his family in Grenada. He’s helping men and their families grow into an empowered life of adventure and growth, and living it out through world travel and daily adventures through fatherhood.

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    07 Adventures in Personal Fitness with Alex Vanhouten

    Today on the show, we have the host of the Defining Dad Bod podcast and a good friend of mine from the Dad Edge Alliance, Alex Vanhouten! He’s working to help us dads create a legacy of health and fitness for our kids, and he has some great stories about solo adventures as well as how to adventure with toddlers!

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    06 Adventures in Leaving a Legacy with Armando Cruz

    Today on the show, we have the bestselling author of The Legacy Code: Modern Man's Guide To Escape Obscurity & Live A Life Unleashed, Armando Cruz. Armando is one of those guys that lives life to the fullest and designs his life to be full of adventurous experiences for himself and his family.

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    05 Adventures in World Travel from Costa Rica with Ricky Shetty

    Do you tend to think “my kids are so young, there’s no way we can travel with them! We’ll go insane!” Today on the show we’ll hear about how one man takes his young family with him around the world and shares his adventures on a blog, podcast, and social media. Joining us all the way from a hostel in Costa Rica, is Ricky Shetty of DaddyBlogger.com!

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    04 Adventuring in Financial Freedom with Brad Barrett

    If you’re anything like me, you’ve got obligations all over the place, from a family, to the mortgage and other bills to pay, and sometimes you feel like especially those financial obligations can keep you from living a life full of adventure. Today we’re going to talk about how with some discipline, creativity, and going against social norms can lead to a life of adventure through financial freedom. Today we talk with Brad Barrett of the ChooseFI Podcast. Enjoy the show!

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    Bonus Episode: Hunting Hurricanes with Commander Justin Kibbey

    Do you ever wonder how meteorologists get their hurricane data? On today’s show, host Dan Zehner gets the answers from Commander Justin Kibbey, one of NOAA’s “hurricane hunter” pilots. Kibbey flies NOAA’s P-3 Orion aircraft missions straight into hurricanes, multiple times, while a crew of weather experts and technicians gather data to predict the path and strength of the storm.

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    01 The Call to Adventure

    Intro to what the show is all about and how you can start your journey to adventure!

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