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S3-31: Adam Dailey: Keep Moving Fast!

“I think I can somehow pay for us to live in Greece for a year… that was kinda how it all started.” ~Adam Dailey

Adam Dailey knows a thing or two about moving FAST. As a five-time All-American sprinter, Dailey ran for the University of Arkansas whose track teams racked up 9 NCAA titles while he was there

A bit later in life, Adam and his wife (also a former track star) did what seemed incomprehensible, if not impossible, traveling around the world on a twelve month sabbatical, with their (at the time) four children!

That journey is at the heart of this episode and interview and it’s what inspired Adam to write his #1 Amazon bestseller, “How to Run Away From Home: And Take Your Family With You.

Adam recounts much of his early struggles in an entrepreneurial venture that stemmed largely from some overly-aggressive growth goals and shares how he was able to overcome what amounted to, at one point, losing about a million dollars in just one month!

Adam shares his best tips and insights about travel and warns the listener not to fall into the trap where travel seems to either be about the past or the future. He insists that NOW is almost always the very best time to travel. So listen up and get packing!

You can find Adam’s bestseller here!

How to Run Away From Home: And Bring Your Family With You

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S02-INT09: Eric Kaufmann: The Making of the Hero’s Journey

“Really, what moved me to write this is, what does it take to exist within a well-lived life?”

Eric Kaufmann has coached and counseled executives since 1999. He has identified common themes and patterns that underlie what he’s identified as “Leadership as a Hero’s Journey.” The essential four traits that he’s written extensively about include:


“Focus is what am I creating… what I create is somewhat related to my focus and somewhat related to ‘stuff’…”

In this engaging interview, Martin and Eric discuss the philosophy that underlies much of Eric’s thinking and writing these days—particularly the four virtues as outlined in his book. The two kick things off as they exchange some fun anecdotes about family life with two daughters of the same ages (13 and 15).

Eric’s book is being re-released by a new publisher under a slightly different name, “The Four Virtues of a Leader.”

In this episode, Eric covers:

  • How he defines a HERO
  • The three things each hero is called to do
  • Who a hero really is and the essential traits
  • How he defines each of the FOUR essential virtues
  • Where to put your attention and focus
  • What co-creation really is
  • The essence of responsibility
  • Why leaving the comfort zone is essential
  • The 3 things, according to EK, that everyone fears
  • The highest form of maturity and why a leader is always one who relies on allies
  • The essence of GRIT and what constitutes GRIT
  • The fundamental impermanence of life
  • The significance of shedding past traits, habits and identities to make room for new roles and identities
  • How he defines “success” (Here’s a hint, see Earl Nightengale)
  • His most important habits
  • How he coaches and cultivates his personal mindset during “tough days”
  • The great Hebrew saying, “When you change your spot you change your perspective”
  • Why ephemerality could be the theme of the episode
  • The ability to shed old habits, skills and identities and why it’s critical for growth
  • And so much more!

“If I am buying into my boss is a jerk, then I am now participating in that narrative.”

“Real leaders work with and through others.”

Eric’s diverse and varied life is a commitment to understanding and teaching wisdom. The crucible of Eric’s journey contains 13 years of leadership consulting, management at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, a quarter century of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, and working as a certified hypnotherapist. Connect with Eric Kaufmann on LinkedIn.



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