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I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show. 

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions. 

This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together! 

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Nik Hawks

Jun 4, 2015


One of my favorite guests, Roz Savage combines the fierce heart of an adventurer with the ability to describe beautifully the wildest & loneliest places on the planet.

As a Guinness World Record holder (first woman to row solo across 3 oceans), Roz is a shining example of someone following her dream. 

She started out as a money hungry young professional, saying “I was laboring under the illusion that money was going to make me happy.”  Working in London alongside the rest of the sharks (and whales) cured her of that drive; she realized it was an illusion, and in a famous story wrote down two obituaries.  First, the one she was headed for, and second, the one she wanted.

Staring her in the face was her whole future, and it wasn’t one she wanted.  “I realized to my great embarrassment and shame that the dream that I’d been chasing for 11 years was not the right dream.”

She was ““…actually quite terrified of the implications of realizing I was living the wrong dream.  I had to self-sabotage because I didn’t have the courage to change.”

So, cutting ties with job, relationships, and material possessions, she set out to row across the Atlantic and began to live the path she actually wanted.

Along the way she learned when to use the word fail (or really, what to replace it with) as well as what the right questions to ask were.  Having lost her self confidence in her 20s as a management consultant she regained it out in the middle of the ocean.

Listen in to Roz as she describe her most harrowing experience as well as her most beautiful, and revel in the accomplishments of another human in pursuit of excellence.

If you’d like to learn more about Roz, please check out her book “Rowing the Atlantic” or “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”  or www.rozsavage.com or if you’d like to learn more about her coaching check out rozsavagecoaching.com

Enjoy!
NFH