Introduction to guest:
Steve Kamb is a fitness instructor, publisher and writer best known for promoting health and wellness via his community, Nerd Fitness.
Steve started Nerd Fitness in 2009 as a simple blog and has been publishing 1-2 articles per week ever since.
He’s also the best-selling author of “Level Up Your Life”.
He started Nerd Fitness to provide a fun place for nerds, average Joes, and desk jockeys to learn about health and fitness, chat about gaming and comics, and live better lives.
Nerd Fitness receives over 2 million unique visitors a month to the site, has over 40,000 paying customers and more than 50 employees.
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Key quotes and takeaways from the show:
Create a strategy guide for your life. Who are the characters that you love? What do you love about them? How can you use them to inspire you to take action?
It’s time to start living!
It costs Steve around $1,500 per month to live on the road for 18 months, using flyer points, hostels and hotel points. He lived very frugally.
Accept the fact that there’s never going to be enough time to do all the things you want to do. Slow down and actually enjoy the thing you are doing. Don’t robotically work through “tasks” to get to the next thing on the list. Enjoy the “task”. It’s okay to not be totally optimised all the time. Be content with now. Don’t live for tomorrow.
What are the things that must get done? How can you do them really well? Just enjoy all the other things.
“I have around 1,850 weeks left on this planet.”
“I have the entire morning blocked off. I don’t have any meetings scheduled before noon [so] I can focus on deep work […] two to three hours on moving something important forward.”
“My day is around 8am until 4pm, with a workout thrown in.”
“Mornings are for making, afternoons are for managing.”
Who do I want to help and how can I help them?
When you laugh at your own jokes whilst you’re creating, you know they’re good.
Smarter not harder.
Steve’s fund pots: pension (IRA) + Vanguard index fund + emergency fund + “my dog ate it” fund + idiot fund + golf fund + charitable giving fund + wedding fund + house fund + fun investing.
Doing something that sucks, helps you appreciate (or move towards) things that are good in your life. For example,
The way you do anything is the way you do everything.
Links to podcast sites:
The full podcast:
For more podcasts on levelling up your life and fitness, check out these related videos…
- 00:00:00 – Film geeks.
- 00:01:15 – How to level-up your life.
- 00:07:57 – Worldwide travel.
- 00:10:59 – Bigfoot.
- 00:11:49 – Book recommendations.
- 00:21:46 – Steve’s daily productivity strategy.
- 00:26:54 – Meals of choice.
- 00:29:37 – Making a major change.
- 00:33:26 – How Nerd Fitness developed.
- 00:40:52 – Personal finance strategies.
- 00:50:37 – A rare recommendation.
- 00:52:27 – Becoming unstuck.
- 00:53:57 – Recommended documentaries.
- 00:57:35 – Most impactful movie.
- 00:58:39 – More from Steve & Nerd Fitness.
- 00:59:39 – Self improvement tips.
People and resources mentioned:
In alphabetical order:
- Captain America
- Cat in the Hat
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
- Daniel Crosby
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- Die with Zero by Bill Perkins
- Dostoevsky (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
- Dr. Seuss
- Effortless by Greg McKeown
- Ernest Hemingway documentary (PBS – Ken Burns)
- Ernest Hemmingway
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
- Forrest Gump
- Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Remit Sethi
- Indiana Jones
- Indistractable by Nir Eyal.
- James Bond
- Jason Bourne
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi
- Ken Burns
- Legend of Zelda
- Metroid (Nintendo game)
- Nir Eyal
- Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames
- Paul Newman
- Star Trek Next Generation
- Steve McQueen
- Super Mario
- The Artists Journey by Kent Nerburn
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
- The Shawshank Redemption
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- World of Warcraft