Summary: The Rich Roll Podcast – David Clark: When an Audacious Goal Becomes an Obsessive Addiction.

The Rich Roll Podcast is the genesis of my personal growth through podcast and the cornerstone of this rewarding journey. His book Finding Ultra sparked my interest in reading books in my early 30’s. His transformation from a alcoholic lawyer to an ultra endurance athlete has inspired countless people to reevaluate their lives and find a lasting purpose to personal health, happiness and beyond. Please visit his website, learn about his story and support his work.


In this episode, Rich sat down with David Clark, who broke free from the bondage of alcohol addiction and find his true identity. His transformation is a testimony of human discovery and the deep power of relenting will to be the best version of oneself. Please enjoy this summary and be sure you read the last quote; it will rock your socks off!


Once you start searching for happiness, you’ve lost it. – D. Clark (13:04).  

If your eyes are looking outwardly in search of happiness, you will never find it because the source rests within yourself. Clark tipped the scale at 320 at his heaviest and his life was spiraling out of control, drowning in booze and junk food, despite being a successful businessperson. This quote substantiates the idea that true happiness does not depend on material stuff. Instead, it must be excavated from within. That is why I believe self-awareness is essential to a happy life.


Recovery, the initial stages of finding how to be happy internally without looking to something outside of me are the skills that kept me in the game at Badwater. – D. Clark.  

Clark dropped 150 pounds while training for his first marathon and eventually conquered numbers ultra-endurance races. He recalls his experience in participating in the Badwater race, covering 135 miles on foot in over 50 hours of running. Though I am not fit to run in the toughest race in the world, I, like everyone, am living the ultimate endurance race called life. we train for a race and involves both physical and mental aspect, how much more physical and mental toughness are required in running the race of life?


Identity… we match our behavior with the concept of who we are. When they are not in alignment, there’s conflict. – D. Clark (40:14).  

Clark explains how he wanted to stop drinking and change who he is by casting off his old, drunken self and entertaining the identity of runner.  Once he assumed that role, his identity guided his actions of training, diet, habits and thinking. Rich Roll expanded on that idea by saying don’t let the results of your actions dictating your identity. Find your true identity and your action will fall in line of who you are.


I never want to be the type of person that’s afraid to fail. I want to do what’s just on the outside of what I’m capable of. – D. Clark (47:04).  

Living out this quote takes deliberate action with intentional drive to explore the fullest potential that a life can offer. I want to be free from fear.


When the pain of staying where you are becomes greater than the pain of moving forward, that’s when you change. – D. Clark (1:41:03).  

Clark joked that when people asked why they can’t stop drinking, his reply is brutally honest, “Because your life is not bad enough yet.” How bad does your life have to get in order to force you to change? How low is rock bottom where the pain is too much to bear? For me, this line brought the house down and worth the whole one-hour-and-forty-five-minutes leading up to it! It is so profound.


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