The Off the Ropes Podcast

The Off the Ropes podcast is a weekly show bringing you some of the World's most inspiring individuals, but not just those who have achieved enormous success, specifically those who have endured hardship and adversity and overcame their challenges. Plus, interviews with experts in the fields of neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness and personal development, extracting their wisdom on how to optimise your performance, fulfil your potential and learn how to get your life 'off the ropes'.
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Sep 30, 2016

If you had the choice of whom to sit next to on a long train journey, would it be the person who excitedly wants to tell you all about his circumnavigation of the world via pedalo; what he learned about himself, what unexpected hurdles he encountered; and what life-changing adventure he’s considering next? Or, the person who can’t wait to show you his new phone, watch or bag; to fill you in on the minute details of his latest ‘must have’ possession; how much it cost; and how hard he needs to work to be able to acquire such luxuries (yaaaaawn)? Hopefully, you’d opt for travel companion 1! Placing value on experience over vacuous materialism. The subject of our latest Off the Ropes Podcast.

Author & trend-forecaster, James Wallman, believes materialism has had its day and our voracious appetite for wanting ‘more’ to help us define our identity and status is waning. Instead, we’re turning to life-enhancing, soul-enriching experiences. Experiences which fill us up with happiness, love, and fulfilment, and have a long-lasting and profound effect on our life; of those around us and even the planet.

Is it time for you to buy less and do more?

Topics Discussed:

  • What circumstances in James’ life prompted the creation of the stuffocation philosophy.
  • The problem with having too much stuff – for humankind and the planet.
  • Why we pursue stuff in the first place.
  • Death of materialism - what’s next?
  • Why possessions do not make us happy.
  • The connection between materialism and unhappiness & anxiety.
  • The consequences of calorific and material abundance.
  • Why more of us are finding happiness, identity and status through experiences.
  • Why James is not anti stuff.
  • The danger of being destination focused.
  • The importance and ramifications of status.
  • The rise of the experientialist movement.
  • The benefits of experientialism.
  • How to tell whether you’re stuffocated.
  • How to de-stuffocate.
  • Why experiences do not need to be costly or expansive.
Sep 23, 2016

If you’ve ever thought it’s too late for you to achieve something epic, Mimi Anderson will force you to reconsider. Mimi began running when she was 36; to assist in her recovery from anorexia, and to help her re-discover her purpose and identity.

Although, initially, only able to run on a treadmill for a few minutes without heaving for breath, Mimi is now one of the world's most accomplished and decorated long-distance runners. To date, Mimi has run the entire length of Britain and Ireland - achieving two Guinness World Records for her efforts; she's won several ultra-endurance races including the tortuous 6633 Arctic ultra-marathon, the Double Spartathlon (153 miles from Athens to Sparta AND back again) and the 135 mile Cyprus Ultra. Now 54, Mimi is preparing to run 3000 miles across America, hoping to snatch her third mind-blowing World Record. Off the Ropes? We’ll say!

Topics Discussed:

  • How to begin running and overcome embarrassment.
  • How to overcome the intimidation of exercise.
  • The appeal of ultra-running.
  • Mimi’s 15-year battle with anorexia & how running helped.
  • Mimi’s first Marathon des Sables – what went wrong.
  • Why Mimi felt running shaped her identity.
  • Why we shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to do things alone.
  • Mimi’s favourite, and also her most challenging, race.
  • The consequences of her father’s death during the gruelling 6633 Arctic Ultra.
  • The power of visualising success.
  • Who motivates Mimi.
  • Preparing for her 3000-mile race across America.
  • Mimi’s Off the Ropes Challenge!
Sep 16, 2016

Colin O’Brady’s life is teeming with exceptional achievements. A younger-than-average Yale graduate, former Wall Street trader, US triathlete and now a two-times Guinness World Record holding mountaineer, for becoming the fastest person to climb the Seven Summits (seven of the tallest mountains on each continent), plus trekking to the North and South Pole as part of the notoriously tough Explorers Grand Slam. Only 50 other people have achieved the feat, and Colin annihilated all previous records, completing the gruelling challenge in just 139 days. That’s 139 days to summit SEVEN of the world’s tallest mountains and walk to both Poles. 139 days! And to think he was once told he may never walk properly again, following a horrific and life-changing accident in Thailand which severely burned 25% of his body. Oh, and not forgetting his efforts to raise $1 million to tackle childhood obesity. Yep, Colin O’Brady is one super-human!

Topics Discussed:

  • The power and influence of a supportive and nurturing family.
  • How Colin’s natural competitiveness has fuelled a lifetime of achievement and adventure.
  • Why Colin is such a high-achiever.
  • Becoming a professional athlete.
  • Colin’s 4000 mile cycle from Connecticut to Oregon.
  • His desire to see the world before settling into a career on Wall Street.
  • How a severe accident in Thailand altered Colin’s life course for the better.
  • Dealing with the prognosis of never being able to walk again properly.
  • The power of incremental goals.
  • The personal motivation behind accomplishing the Explorers Grand Slam.
  • How to overcome life’s unexpected obstacles.
  • The importance of meditation & nutrition to enhance performance.
  • The worldwide obesity crisis, and how Colin is contributing to the conversation.
  • How to persevere and find the rays of light in any negative situation.
Sep 9, 2016

How does it feel to sky-dive onto a moving car? To land on top of a hot air balloon? Or, sky-dive with the world’s smallest parachute? Find out in this week’s Off the Ropes Podcast with multiple Guinness World Record holder, aerial stunt-man and sky-diving pro, Ernesto Gainza. A man who knows exactly how to live off the ropes!

Topics Discussed:

  • Moving to England from Venezuela.
  • How a fortuitous job working on a ferry lead Ernesto to sky-diving.
  • How it feels to jump out of a plane!
  • Why Ernesto wanted to sky-dive with the world’s smallest parachute.
  • How to mentally prepare for such a challenge.
  • Why world records are merely a pleasant aside to Ernesto’s career.
  • Ernesto’s pre-jump rituals.
  • How sky-diving has strengthened his courage and resilience.
  • How to deal with those who underestimate your potential.
  • Why Ernesto pursues such a risky career, despite seeing others die.
  • What sky-diving has taught him about life.
  • Why he wanted to jump onto a hot air balloon!
  • How it feels to land on a moving car!
  • How family feel about his pursuits.
  • The importance of pursuing goals for happiness.
  • Sky-diving in Everest.
  • How Ernesto relaxes.