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Episode 119: Running in the Dark: Akshay Nanavanti on Finding the Gifts in the Struggle

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Today’s guest is sharing his incredible journey, and we can’t wait for you to listen in! Akshay Nanavanti came to America at a young age, overcame drug addiction, and then joined the Marines. He left his corporate job to drag a 190-pound sled 350 miles across the world’s second largest polar icecap, swim through underwater caves, almost get killed by a falling boulder while glacier calving – and a whole lot more!

As you’ll hear, Akshay’s greatest challenge came when he was diagnosed with PTSD and suffered from depression and alcohol addiction, which drove him to the brink of suicide. He spent years studying neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality to figure out not only what would heal his brain, but what it really takes to live a happy, successful, and meaningful life.

Akshay created Fearvana, which he defines as “the bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle.” His book of the same name has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama, with sales from the book going to support his foundation.

A lot of what he talks about in this episode has to do with struggle, and you’ll discover why he actually seeks it out. Akshay shows us how we can all live our lives the way that we want to, and we’re blown away by his enthusiasm and how he’s gone after life, especially after experiencing circumstances that would have stopped so many people.

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Episode 119: Running in the Dark: Akshay Nanavanti on Finding the Gifts in the Struggle

In This Episode

  • Akshay’s amazing journey that has led him to where he is today [9:10]
  • What sharing our struggles with the world will do [12:52]
  • Why he goes to the extreme [15:42]
  • What terrifies Akshay most about stillness [20:17]
  • How to use the darkness we experience for good, and where he brings pleasure into his life [26:37]
  • Askshay’s experiences of war and how they relate to everyday life [38:22]
  • The ways he’s using simplicity in his business [41:56]
  • How to tell which feelings we should be an engaging and an example of this from his life [48:57]
  • His process for helping people navigate today’s world [45:14]
  • What’s next for Akshay and his big vision [58:52]

Selected Links from the Episode

Get On The Origin ® Waitlist!

Origin™ Incubator

Preorder Kate’s New Book!

Fearvana Website & Foundation

Akshay’s Book, FEARVANA

Awakening Giants

Todoist App

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Connect with Kate, Mike & Akshay on Instagram!

People Mentioned

Marie Forleo

The Dalai Lama

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Episode 118: Reclaim Your Time and Energy: Real-Life Stories of Origin® Empresses

Episode 118: Reclaim Your Time and Energy: Real-Life Stories of Origin® Empresses

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! It’s Kate here, and today I have a very special episode for you. I recorded a conversation with four of our incredible Origin® Empresses, and they’ll be sharing some of the ways they’ve reclaimed their time and energy since becoming part of the membership. Want to do the same? These…

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Episode 117: Repositioning Your Product or Business? Behind the Scenes of the Origin® Pivot

Episode 117: Repositioning Your Product or Business? Behind the Scenes of the Origin ® Pivot

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! Do you have a product, service, or a business that you need to pivot or reposition? If so, this episode is for you. We’re going to take you behind the scenes of how we did this for the Origin® Membership in order to make it more relevant for our customers…

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Episode 116: Running a Business Alongside A Life You Love: Our Best Strategies for Having Both

Episode 116: Running a Business Alongside A Life You Love: Our Best Strategies for Having Both

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! Does it sometimes seem impossible to run a business while having the life you want at the same time? Today we’re sharing our strategies and tools around how we’ve been able to make a life while making a living – and not go off the rails with being too busy!…

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Episode 115: Business and Life Goal Setting (and Achieving) Reimagined

Episode 115: Business and Life Goal Setting (and Achieving) Reimagined

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! This past year was hard for us in many ways, and as a result, it taught us lessons that we are so grateful for. In this episode, we’ll be sharing the insights that we gained in the hopes that they will help you in your goal setting and annual planning…

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Episode 114: Emergent Strategy: Adrienne Maree Brown

Episode 114: Emergent Strategy: Adrienne Maree Brown

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! To kick off 2019, we’re so happy to be bringing you the author of Kate’s favorite book of 2018! Adrienne Maree Brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, as well as the upcoming book, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good – we’re so excited to…

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Episode 113: Representation in Fitness, Getting Stronger Every Year, and Being Yourself: Sonja Herbert of Black Girl Pilates

Episode 113: Representation in Fitness, Getting Stronger Every Year, and Being Yourself: Sonja Herbert of Black Girl Pilates

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! Our special guest today is creating a movement by increasing black female representation in the fitness world. Sonja R. Price Herbert is a writer, speaker, Pilates instructor, and the founder of Black Girl Pilates, and she shares the unique challenges she’s faced as well as how she’s changing the conversation…

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Episode 112: How to Not Give Up On Your Dreams, Filmmaking, and Holly Star with Michael Nickles

Episode 112: How to Not Give Up On Your Dreams, Filmmaking, and Holly Star with Michael Nickles

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! Today is a very special holiday episode for you, as our dear friend Michael Nickles joins us on The Kate & Mike Show. Michael is an actor, screenwriter, and director and joins us to share details on his newest film, Holly Star. You’re going to hear how he wrote this…

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Episode 111: Less Phone, More Life: What we’re doing to break the addiction

Episode 111: Less Phone, More Life: What we're doing to break the addiction

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! In today’s world, most people are using their phones daily, and they’re using them a lot. Have you ever stopped to consider what’s your relationship with your phone? Do you use it to numb something, to kill time, or is it simply a tool for your life and/or business? In…

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Episode 110: The Story of Kate’s New Book, Do Less + Preorder Details

Episode 110: The Story of Kate's New Book, Do Less + Preorder Details

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe! Today we are celebrating Kate’s new book, Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time Management for Busy Moms, which is now up for pre-order, and we’re talking all about it today. In this episode, you’ll hear why this book means so much to both of us, who it was written…

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