I put a lot of effort into curating my social media feeds, to discover great content. By great, I mean things that might spark an idea, and have potential to have a big impact on my life.

Below are five things I’ve read, listened to, or watched recently – that I think are really special:

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono. He owns a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearance, it holds the prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating.

It tells the story of Jiro’s relentless pursuit to master his craft. He has just one goal in life – to cook perfect Sushi.

Inspiring and well worth a watch!

2. Joe Rogan Experience #1212 – David Goggins (podcast) is a masterclass on mental toughness.

David Goggin is an interesting guy. He had an incredibly tough childhood. But, through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, he transformed himself into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes.

The interview is full of crazy stories. From completing 4,025 pull-ups in 17 hours (world record), to running 100 miles in under 19 hours (despite never running a marathon before).

David Goggin’s seems to have no boundary on what’s possible for himself – and he’s learned to love the the process of suffering. That combination has helped him achieve what most of us would think is impossible.

As usual, Joe Rogan makes the interview an easy listen. I loved the whole thing, from beginning to end.

3. Joe Rogan Experience #1037 – Chris Kresser (podcast) is a must watch for anyone who cares about their health and living longer.

Chris talks about how chronic disease is on the rise, and how our healthcare system is broken. He stresses how returning to a diet and lifestyle that is closer to our ancestors (eat real foods and be active) is necessary if we want to avoid chronic diseases.

The interview is mind blowing. And the statistics he shares are stark:

  • 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes or diabetes
  • 86% of our healthcare spending goes toward chronic disease
  • 7 of 10 deaths are caused by chronic disease
  • Today is the first generation of kids expected to live shorter lifespans than their parents

It’s a reminder that the average western lifestyle is literally killing us. Most of us eat processed food and sit down for much of the day. It’s a recipe for chronic disease and I don’t think most people even realise it.

It helped to strengthen my resolve to get as close as I can to eating real foods and being active every day.

4. Chasing Excellence #053: 10 Principles for Better Sleep (podcast) is a great discussion on how to build better sleep habits, and why sleep is so important for our health.

I love Ben Bergeron. He’s super smart and always practical with his advice.

About half way in, they discuss a study that showed the effects of 5 days sleep deprivation. All participants turned pre-diabetic, which highlights just how important sleep is.

It’s really got me thinking about the quality of my sleep. I tend to go to sleep at 10pm and wake at 5am. So, 7 hours feels quite good. It’s the quality of sleep that needs work. I tend to wake up several times throughout the night and then feel tired in the afternoons.

I’ve already started sleeping in a cooler temperature and it’s helping. In the New Year I’m going to upgrade our mattress, duvet, pillows and covers. I’m also going to get some blackout blinds.

Note: The fifth item isn’t technically content, but I’m going to make an exception seeing as it’s a content platform 😉

5. Pocketcasts is a podcast app, and damn it’s good.

I was getting frustrated with the clunky design and user experience of the default Apple podcast app. I started looking for something better, and a friend recommended the Pocketcasts app.

It’s a beautiful design and the user experience is really good. If you listen to podcasts through the native Apple podcast app, I highly recommend switching to Pocketcasts. It has everything you need, plus more. You won’t look back.

I subscribe to about 10 – 15 podcast shows. And I probably listen to a handful of podcast episodes a week. It’s made quite a big difference to my podcast experience!

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