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The Best of 2021

I’ve curated a list of eight books and eighteen podcasts that resonated in 2021. Enjoy!



The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim


Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey

Decision-Making & Creativity

Upstream: The Quest to Stop Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin



"Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built."


Ben & Jerry’s: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Whole Foods Market: John Mackey

Impossible Foods: Pat Brown


"Retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine and his SEALFIT Coaching team take on guests with subject matters that follow along with Mark’s 5 mountain training path of developing your Mental, Physical, Emotional, Intuitive, and Kokoro (Heart) self."


Tim Grover (ATTACK Athletics): Infinite Steps to Keep Winning

Brian Johnson (Optimize): Creating a Hero’s Journey

Psychology and Meditation with Dan Brown (Harvard Medical School)


"Finding Mastery takes you inside the minds of the world’s best athletes, business leaders, scientists, doctors, and artists pushing the perception of what’s possible."


#230 Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais on Living and Leading Authentically

#253 Sergey Young on Adding Healthy and Happier Years to Your Life

#265 Morgan Housel on the Psychology of Money


"Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives."


Ian Wright, former Arsenal footballer and broadcaster

Alexei Sayle, comedian

Tim Peake, astronaut


"Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more."


#214 How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman

#490 Dr. Jim Loehr on Mental Toughness, Energy Management, the Power of Journaling, and Olympic Gold Medals

#541 Eric Schmidt — The Promises and Perils of AI, the Future of Warfare, Profound Revolutions on the Horizon, and Exploring the Meaning of Life


"The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life."


#565 Novak Djokovic on Becoming #1 in the World and Overcoming the Odds

#1078 Finding Spiritual Truth, Understanding Identity & Managing Your Inner Mess with Tim Storey

#1217 How to Develop A Peaceful Heart & Warrior Spirit with Dan Millman

So... what's on your list?

Jamie Ramsden is a certified executive leadership coach and founder of Adastra Consulting ( A former Chief Executive, Jamie has been coaching C-Suite and Senior executives around the world for over fifteen years.


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