6 Resources to Build Better Humans

Fitness & Training Tips
By darren

About darren

I am lucky enough to do everyday what I love. Working with motivated passionate coaches and clients who share my vision for a healthy, fit and grateful modern world. Staying abreast of best practices, implementing what I learn in my own life so that I can then teach those around me is what gets me up early on cold dark Winters mornings. I'd be keen to assist you when you are ready.
Sometimes it’s great to have fast actionable information that you can implement straight away.
Like this beauty from PJ from a few weeks ago.
But then sometimes it’s nice to read something a little more chewy that raises more questions than it answers. Something that makes us think about who we are, what we’re doing and what we want in life.
I thought it might be useful to share with you some of what I have been listening too and reading which makes me ask those questions of myself, and I hope that there is something there for you.
Here is a list of just a few of the Podcasts and Books that I believe have helped me on my journey of being a better human.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin (for education)
Gretchen has published multiple books on Happiness and Habit Forming and her newest book is on understanding human behaviour (ours and others) and how best to motivate based on behaviour style.
As a coach this stuff is right up my alley when dealing with people, behaviours and habit formation everyday.
These podcast are anything from 3 minutes to generally 45 minutes.
Easy to listen too, entertaining and super useful.
Rich Roll Podcast (for inspiration)
It took me a while to click with Rich. It wasn’t until I read his book (Finding Ultra) that I resonated with his voice. Rich interviews successful people of all walks of life who are doing amazing things in their fields.
Rich has a great story which I will mention below under “books”.
He and his wife are plant based crusaders and he does promote his plant based diet and products through his podcast.
I will caveat that Rich’s podcast is a little heavy going and can be long. Some are up to 3 hours but most between 1 and 2 hours. Don’t feel bad about starting a podcast of Rich’s and not finishing it – I don’t. Remember it’s there for our inspiration.
The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke McAvery (for grounding)
I’m still getting to know Brooke and her co-host Ben but I love their message – slow living for a fast world. They talk about a slower type of life with less focus on things and more of a focus on experiences.
This podcast helps shape what’s important to me in my world. I suppose it helps shape my values.
Finding Ultra – Rich Roll
I mentioned Rich’s podcast above, however, his book is excellent.
He has an amazing story of being a highly successful teen swimmer then being lost to alcohol in his early 20’s to sobriety, becoming a lawyer and getting a middle age spread. Only to one day in his 40’s having an health awakening after struggling up the stairs.
Highly recommended.
The Greatest Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy
I don’t know what lead me to read Leo Tolstoy. But his stories are compelling and informative.
I loved Ivan the Fool, a story of a greedy peasant that questions ‘how much does a man need?’. They are stories that are of this theme of ‘how much is enough?’ and ‘does more equal better or does it just equal more?’.
The Perfect Day Formula by Craig Ballantyne
I have followed Craig for some time now via his site Early To Rise. He talks about how to design your days and hence your life rather than letting it design you.
He gives practical step by step tips that will assist you to have what it is you want in your life.
It’s a fast useful read but a bit self help so beware. It’s not for everyone.
I know that the above content isn’t for everyone, but if only one person receives benefit from what I have shared then I will feel like my time spent on this piece of writing has been worthwhile.
I hope that’s you.