Rich Roll has had a profound effect on my career and life. I stumbled upon his podcast* because I am always searching for resources to learn. His story, at first glance, seemed compelling. Here was this middle aged guy performing at a high level athletically; I’m a middle aged guy WISHING I could perform at a high level athletically. I thought, “this looks pretty cool”. I’ll learn a couple of pointers on how this guy does it and move on to the next one. Over 200 podcasts later, Rich has been my companion on long bike rides, runs and family vacations. I couldn’t wait for my wife to listen to some of them so we could discuss these new ideas.
Rich’s podcast has ended up being the framework for the curriculum of my new found interest in medicine. Just as one of my favorite bands takes me to new places sonically that I thought I would never go, Rich has done with my interest in so many things. I started with the physicians and scientists that he has interviewed initially. Joel Kahn, Michael Greger, Garth Davis, Michael Klaper, T. Colin Campbell, Robynne Chutkan…listening to these very intelligent people and their different and successful approaches they use to treat patients with truly innovative methods blew my mind. Then I was attracted to listening to the athletes. I wanted their insights on how they achieved excellence in their physical pursuit. Now, I just can’t wait for the next episode to come out to see where Rich and his guest will take me…meditation, free diving, Blue Zones. What’s next?
If you want some insight into many of the ideas incorporated in MD2.0, start listening to the Rich Roll podcast.
* Podcast – a complete racket where one person convinces another person that they already like or admire to sit down and talk to them for a few hours. What a gig! I need to start one of these things. My first guests will be Jeff Tweedy, Atul Gawande and Jerry Seinfeld (Physicians on Bikes getting Coffee).