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Episode 46: Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life with Tyler Gage

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Today we have an awesome interview with one of Kate’s friends from college, Tyler Gage. Tyler is the author of the recently released book, Fully Alive, and he uses wisdom from the Amazon and from his start up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations. He’s the founder of RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages out of guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, which improves the livelihoods of 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador.

Tyler shares how he uses shamanic principles in his life and business (with great success!), how he became friends with Channing Tatum, who became an investor and advisor of RUNA, and the experience he faced of almost being fired from the very company that he started.

If you order his new book, Tyler also has a great giveaway for you (with further details on his website, in the links for this episode)!

In This Episode

Selected Links from the Episode

Tyler’s Website (with giveaway)

RUNA’s Website

Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge

People Mentioned

Mark Allen

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Danny Warshay

Yogi Bhajan

José Luis Stevens

Tim Ferriss

Channing Tatum

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Alex Galindez

David Segal (David’s Tea)

Olivia Wilde and Barbara Burchfield (Conscious Commerce)

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  • Thank you so much for this beautiful episode. I loved Tyler’s story and how you guys went deeper with the whole process from idea to plant to bottle. It roused the anthropologist in me for sure and it was the perfect reminder of why I originally became an entrepreneur in the first place – for people, planet, and prosperity.

    • Kate Northrup says:

      Isn’t his story so awesome? I’m so glad you liked the episode, Korynn. Thanks so much for listening in. I think you’ll love his book too!

  • Aleida says:

    The best podcast so far, I listened you most of the time. Inspire, real. Iam Mexican, I born close to the Huichol, amazing people. Thanks for this wonderful work.

  • I loved this podcast with Tyler Gage. I love socially conscious success stories. I am very interested in reading his book and ordering RUNA loose tea from Amazon. One stop shopping!

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