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The Adversity Advantage with Doug Bopst

Dec 28, 2020

For this last week of 2020, each day we will re-release one of the most popular episodes of the past year. We will resume our regular schedule with a new episode on 1/4/2021. Have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!


Best of 2020 #4: Rich Roll - Take Small Steps to Change Your Life (Originally released 11/09/20)


Are you are someone who is in pain, stuck in a "rut," struggling with fear or uncertainty?


Congratulations, you are in the right place.  Today's guest says that you MUST use your pain as a motivator to take the small steps to change your life.


Today is a special treat. I have been tracking down this guy to get this interview for quite some time and after hearing who it is you will understand why. Many of you will recognize today's guest from his highly acclaimed podcast. Some of you have may have read his books or just heard of his incredible accomplishments online.


He hosts one of the most popular podcasts out there and his show was the first major podcast to feature my story.  I am so blessed that the tables have turned and I’m now able to pay it forward and have him as a guest on my podcast.


He is also one of the fittest humans alive. Just to give you an idea he completed 5 ironman distance triathlons on 5 different islands of Hawaii in less than a week. He is also a recovery warrior, having over 20 years of sobriety.  Today we get into some parts of his journey that you may not be familiar with.


I am very excited that Rich Roll joins me on the show today. Rich is the host of the highly popular, Rich Roll podcast. His memoir "Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself” was a best seller.  His newest book "Voicing Change" is available for sale tomorrow and will undoubtedly be equally successful.


In addition to being a podcast host and author, he is also a plant based nutrition advocate and ultra endurance athlete.  He is a beacon of light to people worldwide as an inspiring  example of transformation, courage and healthy living. He is the epitome of using Adversity to his Advantage!


“Change is not only possible, it's freely available to you.”

-Rich Roll


Get ready to have your mind blown by the incredible wisdom and inspiration he's gained from his personal and professional experiences.


We chat about the following topics and so much more:


  • Rich’s effective way of dealing with anything he’s struggling with


  • Why surrendering and letting go of what you can't control is so important to get yourself out of a hole


  • How staying connected to people that inspire you is helpful for your recovery


  • How can someone go from being in such a fear-based mindset to living more with faith


  • Developing such incredible conversational skills despite being shy in younger years is possible


  • Why is it so important to play the long game when it comes to trying to achieve your goals


  • How Rich uses his podcast as a healthy outlet and a major act of service


  • The steps you can take for someone who's struggling


  • Some of the biggest actions Rich personally takes that gets  his mood up


Rich’s advice for someone who wants to change the way they talk to themselves and create lasting change in their life:


  • "Change is not only possible, it's freely available." -Rich Roll


  • He shares that it starts with taking one very small action and building off of that. It's not going to happen overnight.


  • "If you are in pain, congratulations, that's the best place to start. Use that pain as a motivator, as a lever to actually get you up off the couch. Whether that's literal or figurative and start to manifest in very small nuggets, the life that you would like to lead." -Rich Roll


  • He talks about beginning with very basic actions. It could just start with simple steps such as writing down the things you are struggling with in your life and jotting down the things you want to give more attention to. Another "first step" example can be putting your shoes on to go for a walk because you have aspirations to run a marathon. 


  • "It's not about quitting your job overnight and making some broad dramatic statement. It really is about these tiny things that you commit yourself to." -Rich Roll


  • Rich shares that If you are having trouble staying committed or on track, find an accountability partner that you can trust.


  • "Ask yourself, how committed are you to change and are you willing to take some uncomfortable actions in order to shift your reality?" -Rich Roll


Rich’s Latest Book: Voicing Change


It's an aesthetic compilation of wisdom that showcases many of the life changing conversations between Rich and many of his guests.


The inspiration for this book is really a desire to canonize some of the wisdom and inspiration that Rich received as a result of hosting his podcast.


It's also a way of honoring the many guests that he had on the show, and also honoring the audience.


He wanted to do it in an aesthetically pleasing way. Which is why they decided to go with a coffee table book format.


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