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Matt Walker: ...that I could do whatever I wanted to do

Nobody Told Me!

On this episode, we welcome adventure entrepreneur and author Matthew Walker to the program.  Matt is a behavioral scientist and adventure expedition leader who works with people to take the lessons learned from adventuring and apply them to the everyday challenges we face.  Matt is the author of Adventure in Everything: How the Five Elements of Adventure Create a Life of Authenticity, Purpose, and Inspiration.  His work has been featured on CBS and NPR and in USA Today and Psychology Today, among others.  In the show, he mentions his free '10 Day Challenge', which you can check out at more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode notes last updated on July 29, 2019 19:53


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Smash Notes summary for this episode

Why is important for everyone to have adventure in their lives?

It’s what brings vitality and engagement in our lives. It’s important to have routines and some normalized behavior. Adventure is what brings out the best in us.

What is considered to be “adventure”?

A classic form of adventures includes storytellers that can catapult us. He believes that the moments that truly define us come from adventures.

What are the five elements of adventure?

High endeavor, uncertain outcome, total commitment, tolerance for adversity, and great companionship. Addressing all five of these is when our values create max internal alignment.

What happens when we choose to remove ourselves from our everyday behavior?

When we force ourselves into new environments, that’s when learning really takes place, and where the patterns of behavior are so obvious.

What’s advice to someone struggling with self-doubt?

Walker suggests for someone to practice small local adventures. There are certain things you pass by that you have never experienced. It starts with having more curiosity to open us up to different ways to look at our communities.

Why should we push the emotional reset button?

It’s easy for humans to go into a place of shame due to those emotional experiences. Hard resets are ways that we can start over with new practices with a clean slate. We give ourselves permission to continually keep trying.

How can we create new habits to stick and incorporate in our daily lives?

There’s a tool that's divided into four elements that Walker recommends for people to incorporate. He urges people to start small by doing one behavior per category each day for 30 days straight.

What’s Walker’s purpose for having people create autobiographies?

He wants people to be super clean and clear by getting all of their verbiage and story out of the way. In doing so, people will be really clear about who they are and what they're doing in the world to help them see if they are aligning their values and life.

What is the adversity plan?

Walker states how easy it is for us to be stuck in patterns. The plan is acknowledge, reflect, and plan. He does not recommend people to do all three in one sitting because it’s better done over time and to work with others so you are held accountable.

What’s more important than an accomplishment?

It’s the way that we move in the world that is far more important than the actual accomplishment that we create.

What is Walker's “nobody told me” lesson?

Nobody told him that he could still do whatever he wanted to do. He grew up where he had to follow a direction in order to move through the world. The space of creation is limitless.