Everyday stories about extraordinary courage.

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About the podcast – a note from Jodie

In 2010, not long before my father died, a little-known social science researcher by the name of Brené Brown got up onto the stage at Tedx Houston and delivered a talk called The Power of Vulnerability

About 6 months later I was idly browsing social media one day when the link to this talk popped up into my feed and felt incredibly moved and empowered by the important message in this 20 minute video. 

Two years later, she published a book called Daring Greatly, which was centred around a speech from Theodore Roosevelt, widely known as the Man In The Arena speech: 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I have been shaped, inspired and encouraged by those people around me who dare greatly, and I have actively sought to hear their stories, which led to the idea for this podcast a couple of years ago.

I love the stories of champions as much as I love stories of the triumphant underdog, but I sometimes feel that the stories told most widely are the least relatable, because the superhuman feats that they tell of are so out of reach for most people. It’s easy for a story that is supposed to be inspirational to become intimidating instead. Sure, daring greatly can mean achieving feats that nobody else could imagine. Great athletes like Alex Honnold, Serena Williams and Jasmin Paris are among those I admire from a distance, who have put everything possible into achieving their goals. But daring greatly can also be an everyday activity. When I lost my dad, daring greatly meant getting out of bed and making it to the office. 

The People Daring Greatly podcast tells some stories of people we have encountered in real life who dare greatly. They may not all be well-known, but all of them have stories of great courage, grit, vulnerability, leadership and strength that are worth sharing.

Alex, Mark and I hope you enjoy listening as much as we have enjoyed making them. 

Episode 1: Jesse – on walking 100 miles “for fun”

Jesse tells us about his recent walk to and from Brighton: a total of 106 miles in one go. Hallucinations, Brighton on a Saturday night at 3am after 50 miles and mind games to keep going.

Episode 2: Rachel – our reluctant zero waste role model

Rachel emptied her wheelie bin recently.

For the first time in 14 months.

Our minds have been blown.

Some great tips and tricks from Rachel on how to get started in your own personal waste reduction quest as we embrace Zero Waste Week in the UK.

Episode 3: Mark – on being a multipotentialite

Mark, our guest host, talks to Jodie and Alex about his many careers, ultrarunning, being a Gurkha, photography, recovery after being injured in service, mountain guiding and why he describes himself as a multipotentialite.

Episode 4: Be your best self. Really. Anna, on pain management. A masterclass in badassery.

In this incredible conversation with Anna, we take a deep dive into resilience, pain management, vulnerability, strongwoman training, mindset and more.

Credit: Alex Wood

Co-host: Jodie

Jodie is an unashamed Harry Potter geek who has a terrible habit of completing ultramarathons and Ironmans, saying “never again” at the finish line and then promptly hitting the early bird entry button for the following year.

As a Mother of Doggos, her philosophy is “dog hair gives me my edge”. A lifelong vegetarian and environmentalist-in-progress, she embraces the kind of feminism that encourages conversation and connection over blaming and shaming, so it’s no surprise she is moderately obsessed with the work of Brené Brown.

Co-host: Alex

Alex is a devoted geek of technology and audiovisual media who wants to have his perceptions challenge and his eyes opened a little bit more every day. By day Alex works for a Fortune 500 tech company, by night he plays computer games, and at the weekends he takes photos, makes videos and… er… plays more computer games.

Alex’s deadlift is a work in progress.