—Systemic change begins with personal change—

011: Tanner Gers, Conversation 3, Enjoying responsibility


Tanner's third conversation continues his project beyond just polluting less himself to influencing a store, in fact a whole grocery store chain. You can hear his growing enthusiasm, that the more he works on his project, the more he finds parts of it to love and act on. Do you think because he's a gold medal winner things come easier for him? On the contrary, things don't go his way. But he doesn't give up. If you try projects and they don't work out, which describes me, I think it will help to see that people as successful as Tanner don't succeed on their first tries either. I don't know about you, but when I read their books or see them on TV, their success seems more given. Here Tanner reveals that he had to regroup and restart. From my perspective, he sounds like he holds himself overly accountable, including for things outside of his control, but I also read that he found ways that work for him. Some may look for the positive. Tanner seems to look for the accountable. But listen to how his perspective turns into enthusiasm. I look forward to the next time I feel like giving up on a project that's not going my way. I'm listening to this episode. I hope you can also hear how much fun we have together. Read the full transcript.

009: Tanner Gers, Conversation 2


Do you want to improve your life? ... and enjoy doing it? I usually don't laugh out loud at people talking about the environment, but Tanner made me. Listen to Tanner's second conversation to hear how a master approaches a modest challenge, makes it fun, makes it bigger (if it's fun, why wouldn't you), involves others, and keeps building. He shares what makes him a top athlete, husband, and all-around fun guy. He's no more or less human than anyone. We talk about challenges, successes, Navy SEALS, and what makes a person and life great. It all starts from plastic bags, the awareness that comes from paying attention to how you affect others, and acting with integrity. Where to improve your life If you want to improve your life, you have to act and experiment. Part of the deal is sometimes you mess up. You can't escape messing up. No one can. So practicing in your relationships, your work, or with family can lead to greater repercussions than you can handle. Acting on the environment is a safe place to experiment. You can try changing your diet, using public transportation, bringing bags with you to the store, buying less stuff, and so on without much risk. You still develop integrity, discipline, and so on, which you can then apply everywhere in life. And you still clean the air, land, and water we share. Read the full transcript.

005: Tanner Gers, Conversation 1: Reusing bags


If you want a role model for taking on challenges that you know will improve your life but you aren't sure how, listen and learn from Tanner. Tanner Gers has been through more than you have, almost surely. I wanted his conversation early because whatever most of us have been through, materially speaking, he's had it harder than most of us. I say materially speaking because emotionally and purposefully, the car accident that left him blind doesn't register as a problem. Tanner will help you grab life by the reins and forget your problems, or use them to advance. His personal challenge starts modest in this conversation but grows in later ones, so listen on. Read the full transcript.

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