Episode 1 - Sean Conway

Owner of the worlds most powerful beard, Sean Conway drops knowledge bombs in episode 1 of We Need More Heroes. We hear of how Sean went from being uninspired and lost, to endurance athlete and lover of life. After selling his photography business for £1, he set his sites on adventure and has never looked back. We cover Sean's thoughts on training, life, happiness, and just about everything else in between.




Show notes:

  • Intro
  • Quick response warm up q’s
  • The move to the Lake District
  • Living on a WW2 gun boat
  • He also makes knives? Of course he does...
  • Smuggling weapons
  • How do you answer the question ‘what do you do?’
  • Sean’s typical day
  • Is being a jack of all trades a strength?
  • Sean’s approach to training
  • Sean’s diet
  • Sean’s thoughts on training for ultra
  • Why is Sean so good at endurance events?
  • Advice for endurance event newbs
  • Sean’s 5 elements of athletic performance
  • The adventure Sean’s most proud of
  • Sean’s offer to personally train YOU...please read small print
  • Sean’s most ‘I’m really fucked now’ moment
  • Is the life you have now enough?
  • Sean’s thoughts on happiness
  • His plan for an aged Sean
  • More on happiness
  • Sean Achor’s Ted Talk
  • https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work
  • Deeper happiness
  • Sean’s mum...careful!!!
  • Alan Watt’s - what would you do if money was no object
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khOaAHK7efc
  • To find work you love, don’t follow your passion  - the 80,000 hours organisation
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKlx1DLa9EA
  • Why it may be better to be an investment banker than a volunteer for a charity - the effective altruism movement
  • https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism
  • Sean’s heroes