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120: Philip Folsom — The Way Out Is Through, and Your Tribe Will Take You There

By December 16, 2017Podcasts
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philip folsom tribes wolvesPhilip Folsom is America’s most experienced and impactful expert in experiential leadership development, human optimization, and the creation of high performance teams and cultures. Philip is the Tribe Guy.

His work has dramatically improved the lives of over 500,000 individuals over the last 25 years. Philip’s transformational High Performance Tribe program has been successfully implemented at Fortune 50 companies including Sony, Microsoft, Dreamworks, Medtronic, Apple, and Northrop Grumman. He also works regularly with the High Performance Department of Redbull North America.

Philip Folsom’s work is often referred to by his clients as “transformational” and “game-changing.” Fox Pictures called working with Philip, “the best investment we’ve ever made in our organization.” His reputation in the team development world is legendary. Philip’s work has been featured on numerous national television programs including The Biggest Loser, The Letter, For Love or Money, Celebrity Fitcam, and Cholos Try.

If you ever get the feeling that you’re missing something, that your life could be richer, more vibrant, and more fulfilling, then don’t miss this exciting and hopeful conversation. Learn about the tribal bonds that we’ve forgotten and the vital importance of working together for a better life.

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Episode Resources, Mentions, and Moments:

  • Iron John by Robert Bly
  • SpaceX
  • The markers of a high-functioning culture
  • Only 20% of Americans are fully engaged with their work
  • The meaning of the word “just” as a qualifier
  • Would you go to Mars, right now?
  • Common values are the deciders of culture, values are what we use to navigate
  • How to feel great about “everyday” life
  • To decide is to kill off one possibility to gain access to another
  • There is nothing that you can do by yourself
  • How big is a tribe? A band?
  • Collective intentionality is a uniquely human ability
  • Few experiences evoke more anxiety than being in a large group of people
  • What’s your north star? Your tribe’s north star?
  • What ignites you?
  • The benefits of tribes
  • How many tribes can I/should I be in?
  • You know there’s something off. What is it? What’s missing?
  • What does agriculture have to do with where our society is today?
  • How pre-agriculture populations differ from us
  • We are perfectly adapted to the world we’ve created
  • Why does Africa still have its megafauna, while all other continents no longer do?
  • We have an opportunity to upgrade the operating system of our society
  • The size of the largest authentic tribal society
  • The importance of our ability to ask for, and accept, help from others
  • An “honor” operating system vs. a “pride” operating system
  • The lone wolf dies, so we must collaborate
  • A purely transactional life is also a very sad life
  • Where do we get our original “operating system?” Then what happens?
  • The negative and destructive nature of “extractive” people and systems
  • How do we define our tribe?
  • We need to be tested
  • I want to establish a spiritual practice, eat cleanly, etcetera. How can I do it?
  • How to work on the team instead of working on projects with the team.
  • The importance of ritual for our identity
  • Napoleon said, “The leader is a dealer in hope.”
  • Why we avoid conflict, accountability, and shame
  • Wolves don’t bite each other
  • Is it merely convenient to work together, or do we need each other?
  • The Hero’s Journey – we will find our allies on the road of trials
  • Brene Brown
  • The difference between sympathy and compassion, and the ultimate importance of self-compassion
  • Why don’t we freely express our emotions?
  • Don’t think, just get up!
  • Meditation is to achieve dis-identification – to become the witness and choose your own path
  • Bulletproof Coffee – Dave Asprey
  • The Men’s Center – Los Angeles
  • Try saying “yes” to everything
  • How much do our words and actions affect ourselves?
  • If you have shame about your past, and that makes sense to you, then being proud of yourself for overcoming it also makes sense.
  • The Power of Myth by Joeseph Campbell
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
  • Homo Deus, a Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari
  • Eckhart Tolle, author

BIG THANKS to Philip Folsom! If you enjoyed this podcast or have questions, please let him know using his contact form or even joining his newsletter mailing list.

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
113: Lorin Roche — You Might Already Be Meditating
109: Richard Janes — Find Your Passion, Purpose, and Authenticity

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.