Season 5, Episode 1 – Karen Smyers: In the world of triathlon, Karen Smyers is a force to be reckoned with. In 1995, she etched her name in history as the first American woman to conquer the prestigious Ironman World Championship. Her triumphs continued as she secured titles like the ITU Triathlon World Championship and claimed the U.S. National Champion title three times. She is still the only woman to win the IM World Championship and the ITU World Championship in the same year.
Karen’s journey, however, has not been without hurdles as she faced both accidents and serious illness, yet her fierce determination and unwavering spirit drove her to overcome this adversity and return to the sport she loved.
Beyond physical prowess, Karen embodies the power of mental fortitude and focus. Her ability to navigate setbacks and push through the most challenging moments has been an inspiration to athletes worldwide. Claire and I really wanted to chat to her about dealing with injuries, mental fortitude and her infamous 321 taper.
What I’ve Been Reading
After listening to the episode of The Diary of a CEO that featured Nir Eyal, which gave me so many good ideas on productivity, I knew I had to read his book Indistractable; and I wasn’t disappointed. One of the best books I’ve read in recent times for giving specific takeaways that we can user to improve our work and home life in a world where companies spend their money on taking our attention. If you want to hack back your life and improve the engagement in the real world and with our real relationships, this is a must read. Whether you aim to increase productivity and achieve better results at work or to enjoy a more fulfilling home life and build stronger relationships, there’s a wealth of valuable information here for you.
App I’ve Found Useful
AI can help us in so many ways, and Synthesia is an incredible example of this. It’s a tool that converts text into a person presenting the information. Instead of relying on an operator manual, you can now have a video presenter explain the process, which is far more engaging. You can use it to clarify documents, engage with potential clients, and train your employees. Although it’s not perfectly lip-synced yet, it’s pretty close and an incredibly powerful tool. You can convert text into speech in over 120 languages, choose from more than 140 diverse AI avatars, and no equipment or video editing skills are required. This presents a fascinating opportunity to simplify video production and create more engaging content.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you’re languishing, says organisational psychologist, Adam Grant, in his excellent TED talk How to stop languishing and start finding flow : psychic malaise that has become all too common after many months of the pandemic. He breaks down the key indicators of languishing and presents three ways to escape that “meh” feeling and start finding your flow.
Quote of the Week
“One of the most compelling things you can do after asking a question is to genuinely listen to the answer. Stay curious, my friend.”
– Michael Bungay Stanier
As the adage goes, if you don’t make time for health, you’ll have to make time for illness! Ever since aging was classified as a disease, research into halting and even reversing it has progressed rapidly. While some of these scientific breakthroughs may not be mainstream yet, there are concrete steps you can take today to slow down and potentially reverse aging while significantly improving your health. During the recent Trusted Team workshop, we dedicated part of the day to working on “The Age Reversal Revolution.” This tool provides actionable strategies to bolster your health, decelerate aging, boost your performance, and even reduce your physiological age. We explored the six pillars of aging and devised strategies for improvement in each area. The compound effect of these actions has the potential to make a significant impact on your longevity. With scientific advancements in this field progressing at breakneck speed, the key at the moment is to stay alive long enough to live forever!