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The Best of 2021

Updated: Feb 23


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

Books


Philosophy

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


Psychology

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


Memoir

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



Podcasts


How I Built This with Guy Raz


About:

"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."


Episodes:

Ben & Jerry’s: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Whole Foods Market: John Mackey

Impossible Foods: Pat Brown



The Mark Divine Show


About:

"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."


Episodes:

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: High Performance Psychology with Michael Gervais


About:

"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."


Episodes:

#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



Desert Island Discs


About:

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


Episodes:

Ian Wright, former Arsenal footballer and broadcaster

Alexei Sayle, comedian

Tim Peake, astronaut



The Tim Ferriss Show


About:


"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."


Episodes:

#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 with Lewis Howes


About:

"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."


Episodes:

#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 (www.adastraleadership.com). A former Chief Executive, Jamie has been coaching C-Suite and Senior executives around the world for over fifteen years.

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