Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the top ultra-runners in the world, Beth Pascall, for a new podcast I will soon be launching (more on that soon). Beth’s typical races are 100+ mile runs across mountainous terrain – something that seems a world away for most of us.

During my research I found 2 new podcasts that featured her, both of which I will listen to again. One being Talk Ultra and the other is from one of my favourite authors, Adharanand Finn (his book, Rise of the Ultra-Runners, was featured in last week’s Friday Footnotes). His podcast ‘The Way of the Runner’ has some great interviews, including the one with Beth.

The ultra-running scene is blossoming, so if you want to find out more, I suggest giving both a try.

What I’ve Been Reading

I have recently finished reading (listening to) ‘Money – A Users Guide’ by Laura Whateley. While many of the concepts are relatively basic, I have yet to find a better foundational book about money.

In my eyes, all school leavers and young adults (perhaps old ones too!) should be forced to read it; which is why it has been featured in my Life Library. Perhaps this book can go some way to offsetting the lack of financial education in our school system.

What I’ve Been Watching

As part of my research for the interview with Beth Pascall I also watched the film Wrath, where Beth and another ultra-runner, Damian Hall, attempt to break the fastest known time on the Cape Wrath Trail (the notoriously tough 230-mile trail in north-west Scotland) which stands at 7 days, 9 hours and 31 minutes and was set in April 2018. More of a trek across wild, mountainous terrain than running, but this film shows you how stunning the North Scotland landscape really is. It took me back to my Duke of Edinburgh expeditions up around Lochinver, whilst showing what the human body really is capable of. A great watch if you can spare 40 minutes and £2.99!

Quote of the Week

“The quality of what human beings do, is based on the quality of the thinking we do first.”

  • Unknown

What I’ve Been Building

A few weeks ago, I talked about building a ‘Life Library’; a series of books that we should read to get a good foundation of knowledge in life’s most important subjects.

The first attempt is now ready, and you can take a look here.

Although not all recommendations will make it into the library, they are all greatly appreciated, so please do get in touch and let me know some of yours!

Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering

Saving for the future is one thing and investing your capital wisely is another, but how do you protect that money? There are so many aspects of life that can erode our hard earned cash; whether it be tax, divorce, illness, death or care fees. Most of them are seriously inconvenient at the time, death particularly, but they can have a monumental impact on our finances. So how can we protect our money better?

We have put together another free online tool called The 1 Minute Wealth Protector that will give you an immediate assessment as to how well you have protected your money. Feel free to give it a try to see how well you score!

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