What Creates Lasting Transformation? From Homeless Heroin Addict to Prolific Podcaster + Behaviour Change Coach with Eric Zimmer

"At the age of 24, I was homeless, addicted to heroin, and facing long jail sentences. In the years since I not only found a way to overcome these obstacles to create a life worth living, but I now also help others to do the same." – Eric Zimmer

🎙️  Episode Overview

You might have come across Eric through his award-winning podcast ‘The One You Feed’ where he has interviewed hundreds of the wisest and most inspiring humans on the planet.

He's also a father, serial entrepreneur, behaviour coach, and author on a quest to understand how we might live more intentional lives.

And we get into the impact that these conversations has had on his life and perspective over the last decade, but we begin with the chapters of his life before the podcast — at age 24 Eric was living out the back of a van, spending $300 a day on his heroin addiction and up to 50 years in jail.

We dive into this transformational journey of recovery—the gifts and challenges inherent in the AA program as well as his thoughts on what created the conditions for both his addiction and the sobriety that followed.

It was interesting to see how Eric and I share a mutual fascination for questions around how to take insights and apply them to everyday life—and the parallels between the Spiritual Habits group program that Eric hosts with the work that I’ve been involved with around resilience and researching the nervous system.


🫁  Episode Sponsor // Nervous System Mastery

This podcast has its first official sponsor — it’s a 5-week program called Nervous System Mastery designed and hosted by myself. The course is designed to share research-backed protocols to cultivate calm, agency + resilience in everyday life. We've had incredible feedback from the first version that ran in October last year, one previous student wrote to me and said: “Nervous system mastery was supportive, grounding, expansive, interesting, delivered with integrity and true passion. Science + practical evidence.”

Building and teaching this course is now my primary obsession and the income that comes from this course, directly enables me to put my time & money into these episodes. If this sounds interesting at all, you can find more details here >> nsmastery.com <<


🔗  Show Notes + Links

🎙️   Subscribe to the 'One You Feed' podcast on Spotify
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Learn more about Eric's 8-week Spiritual Habits Program
🖥️   Watch his superb TEDx talk on the battle of changing your behaviour

What Creates Lasting Transformation? From Homeless Heroin Addict to Prolific Podcaster + Behaviour Change Coach with Eric Zimmer
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