Transformation, Trauma, Cancer and Emotions. A Conversation with David Richman

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“If you have no idea who you are, then you haven’t been the best you. Work hard and make up for the time and become the best you.”

– David Richman

David joins me today to discuss transformation, trauma, cancer, and emotions. He describes the wake-up call that made him take ownership of his life’s transformation and what it means to be “response-able.”

He explains how putting himself first helped him transform himself physically and why it took him longer to rewire his brain than to transform his body. He explores mindsets and overcoming years of trauma and bad habits. David also elaborates on why people have difficulties conversing about the emotional side of trauma and offers advice on having difficult conversations about trauma.

This week on The Mindset Zone:

  • David’s transformation from being an overweight smoker to Ironman ultramarathoner
  • What inspired David to write Winning in the Middle of the Pack
  • How long it took for David to physically transform himself
  • Why we need to transform psychologically as well as physically
  • His sister’s battle with brain cancer
  • Why it’s difficult for us to talk about the emotional side of trauma
  • How trauma can be isolating for the people experiencing it
  • Ana’s journey with inflammatory breast cancer
  • What we can learn from children about courage


David Richman is an endurance athlete, financial services professional, and public speaker. By taking lessons he learned from business and sports, David conceptualized the “middle of the pack” principle and other ideas on getting more out of ourselves than we ever imagined. He is the author of several books, including Cycle of Lives: 15 People's Stories, 5,000 Miles, and a Journey Through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer and Winning in the Middle of the Pack: Realizing True Success in Business and in Life.

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