He’s a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, behavior coach and author. He’s endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live. At the age of 24, he was homeless, addicted to heroin and facing long jail sentences. In the years since, he has found a way to recover from addiction and build a life worth living.
The term 'rock bottom' refers to the moment when you started going back up
Our guest this week on The Secrets to Winning is Eric Zimmer. As mentioned before, Eric currently hosts an award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, which is based on an old parable about two wolves at battle within us.
With over 200 episodes and more than 10 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life worth living. These experts include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus and public figures and all offer practical, actionable wisdom that listeners can readily apply to their lives in order to act their way into a better, more fulfilling life.
He also works as a behavior coach and has done so for the past 20 years. During that time, he has coached hundreds of people from around the world on how to successfully and sustainably make the changes in their lives that they want to make.
2:30 – What it’s like the moment you realize you have hit rock bottom?
6:30 – The moment Eric started to gain insight into how to get through the suffering
8:00 – The story of The Second Arrow
12:15 – Control and choice: Taking a look at POWs and Vietnam Veterans
15:50 – Stuck in Suckville
20:45 – Eric’s philosophies on behavior change
24:00 – Traps people fall into that serve as catalysts for behavior change
29:00 – What are the main struggles Eric sees his coaching clients go through?
33:00 – Does emotion lead to behavior or does behavior lead to emotion?
34:35 – The Rat Park Experiments
37:00 – The story behind The One You Feed
41:20 – Greatest encouragement Eric could give someone who is struggling
Life brings pain. That’s just part of being human. It’s what you do with that pain that makes all the difference.
Sometimes you can’t think your way into right action, you have to act your way into right thinking.