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Mar 9, 2016

In this episode, I chat with Adventurer-Athlete Tarran Kent-Hume.  Tarran is a veteran of a litany of epic adventures – chasing his dream of becoming a professional footballer in England from his native Australia, completing an Ironman triathlon, organising and competing in the world’s longest 5-a-side football match, climbing Mont Blanc, training and competing in Muay Thai in Thailand, and becoming a fitness model.  However, we spend a lot of the show talking how Tarran and his friend Olie Hunter kayaked the length of the Amazon river last year(!) – from its source in the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in Brazil – a total distance of 6,500kms.  Wrap your brain around that!

 

Beyond (or perhaps because of all this), Tarran has a beautiful approach to life that involves tackling his greatest fears.  While I don’t get inspired easily or cheaply (neither should you!), it is hard not only to be inspired by Tarran, but to take away some things from his adventures that you can apply to your own.  While his core is clearly tough-as-nails, he is very humble, introspective and funny.  We have a wide-ranging conversation, heavily anchored in his Amazonian adventure:

 

•His background from footballer to working in the City of London as a financial services headhunter (and how and why he decided to make a lifestyle change and eventually move on from that);
•Ironman triathlon and endurance events, his record-breaking 5-a-side football match, Muay Thai and fitness modelling;
•Kayaking the Amazon - and to borrow the definition of Risk provided by John Morrison in Episode 4, a number of  interesting “sh*t happens moments”:
•A Man United supporting, rifle carrying rondero in Peru;
•Being shot at
•Losing his guide;
•Being taken in countless times by families in Peru and Brazil (including the selfless provision of countless bowls of açaí);
•His reflections on what he took away from the experience
•Thoughts on fear, honest and of course, risk
 

The first I had met Tarran was to do this podcast - and I came away having felt that I had known him for a long time.  It is a great and engaging conversation.  Enjoy!

Show notes:

 You can find Tarran on social media here:

Website: http://www.tarrankenthume.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarran.kent.hume1/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tarran008

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarran008/

  

What is this drink masato, that Tarran mentions?  This is it: http://bit.ly/1Fbjw0k

Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants: http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/

I butcher Timothy Leary’s famous maxim “Turn on, tune in, drop out”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_on,_tune_in,_drop_out

The book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki: http://amzn.to/1W9AbJs

Once again, Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan: http://amzn.to/1UfpIwI

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