Run Toward the Roar: Martin Reid - No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep. 39 -

Run Toward the Roar: Martin Reid – No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep. 39

Run Toward the Roar: Martin Reid | No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep. 39

I met Martin Reid at an event in December of 2016, where he was one of a handful of featured speakers. As part of his speech, he told a story of how lions hunt their prey, and how the animal in trouble usually runs away from the lion’s roar, unknowingly dashing straight into trouble, as other clever lions lay in wait for the ambush. He related that much of his personal journey had been like that: when he ran away from the roar, he’d only found more hardship. But if he could have the courage to face up to the challenge in front of him, even if it meant a deep, soul-searching level of personal responsibility, he’d be met with success.

Recipe? Run toward the roar.

When he told that story, I nearly jumped out of my seat. I just knew I had to ask Martin to join me on the podcast, and that we’d have a great discussion. He didn’t disappoint.

Listen to Episode 39 on: iTunes | Soundcloud| YouTube

Martin is the creator of “Personal Victory,” a fitness consulting company developed to help people determine and reach their fitness goals. He is also an Education Specialist at Life Time Athletic. On social media, he calls himself a “Tabata & Pilates Guy!”

In addition, Martin has begun to do some speaking and was featured as a contributing writer to the book “Dreaming Big Being Bold: Inspiring Stories from Trailblazers, Visionaries and Change Makers” by Paula Morand & Victoria Craig.

What’s interesting is that we did not talk much about fitness, or speaking, or writing, in this discussion. Instead, this conversation was very much about:

  • Accountability
  • “Moments of Grace”
  • Relationships
  • Reinvention
  • Self-realization

“As it matured I realized it was more about listening than being able to figure it out and answer their questions.”

– Martin Reid

LionLike me, Martin thought he had it all figured out and, at least initially, couldn’t understand when things started to fall apart at home. As you’ll hear, he’s gone (going) through a personal transformation that is empowering to observe.

I’m not sure which of Martin’s stories I like best. I love the one about the police officer who pulled him over, and what the result was (I actually have since told that story to my first wife’s new husband, who is a Provincial Police Detective here in Ontario, Canada. He agreed: it’s a touching story). I love the tale he told about the young man who came to him in hopes of achieving a “six pack,” what he was willing to do (and give up) to get it, and what resulted from his effort. I also love Martin’s recollections of his trip to Japan, why it brought him so much anxiety at first, and how it turned out. And then, of course, there is the whole middle section of this conversation, during which Martin shares very openly and authentically about the pain and personal transformation that came from going through separation and divorce.

“I don’t have to have a massive effect. But I can make the change in one person who makes the change in one person who makes the change in one person.”

– Martin Reid

This is why I do this podcast. I think people need to hear stories like this, from people like this. Martin Reid is a cheerful, chiseled powerhouse of a human being. He’s the sort of person who, I think, many others look at and just naturally assume he has the world at his fingers. The fact that Martin would be so open as to share the pain and confusion of part of his journey is a testament to the kind of person he is, and a great example for the rest of us.

Some of the key things I took from my time with Martin include:

  1. Embracing Brokenness – He tells the story of a broken bowl, and how the pieces that are glued back together are actually stronger than the other, “non-broken” parts of the bowl. I love the idea of putting flecks of gold in the glue, too.
  2. An Evolving View of Courage – Martin gives a clear account of how his views have changed on what constitutes true nobility, strength and courage. He notes that he used to view transparency as weakness. He now knows better, and I couldn’t agree with him more.
  3. Significance of the Insignificant – This is the ripple effect. And it can work both for you or against you. Little becomes big. Whether it’s a simple kind word or encouragement to someone, or more related to the story he tells of the pebbles building up into a wall, little becomes big.


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Martin views himself as a lion. I’m trying to be a turtle (click here to find out why). What animal’s characteristics resonates most with you? Let us know!

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16 Responses to “Run Toward the Roar: Martin Reid – No Schedule Man Podcast, Ep. 39

  • Great stories Martin has.
    I never thought about running into the roar in that sort of way. It’s a very interesting concept that I’m going to try. When you think about it also makes perfect sense. If we meet our challenges head on, with confidence, instead of running away and hoping that they won’t catch us, then amazing things happen.
    The story about Daniel is also great. It’s amazing how a worthy goal can change our lives by “sacrificing” our old habits. I just love these real life examples.
    Thanks, and keep posting!

    • Thanks Ido! You’re right: the story about Daniel is a good one and thanks for point that out. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
      Best wishes,

  • Summerly
    4 years ago

    I really like the phrase “run toward to roar”, as a way to face your challenges and force yourself to overcome them. I think thats a great attitude to have and could help you better yourself.
    In the podcast, Martin mentions how he wrote in this calendar the day his marriage ended, and he now uses that as a mental check point. That’s interesting to me because most people wouldn’t want to remember negative moments like that but he makes a point to remember and use the date as a way to see how far he has come. I guess that would be an example of running towards the roar.

    • That’s a good point, Summerly, about noting that day his marriage ended. Yes, I think you’re right: it would be a good way to measure how far he’s come.
      Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment. Much appreciated!
      Best wishes,

  • Anubhav
    4 years ago

    That was a great Podcast.

    Very inspiring!

    Thanks Kevin for doing such a great job!

    • Thank Anubhav,
      I appreciate your kind words!
      Best wishes,

  • Hillard
    4 years ago

    I love the idea about running toward the roar and not away from it. I have also found that when I have faced my fears or goals that I thought would be hard, things were now nearly as bad as I thought they would be. It’s like the closer I got to the roar, the quieter the roar became. Just a little insight. Thank you for the article.

    • Great point, Hillard! “The closer I got to the roar, the quieter the roar became.” That’s a really terrific observation and a powerful idea.
      Thanks for visiting!
      Best wishes,

  • I really like the analogy that you start off with. We all need to face our fears and only then will we better stronger for it. It is though easier for us as humans to just to keep to the simple life, to choose the easy road.

    I have come along way in that respect as I have reached many of my goals. Sometimes I think just how far I have come. But also, I think to myself just how far I can get to with this mindset. I wonder where I will be in a year, 5 years, and 10 ten years time?

    • Yeah, Owain, I hear you. I never looked at life long-term (except for worry) when I was younger. But when I view all the little actions I take (or don’t take) today as parts of adding up to a larger whole, I become more bold about taking on new challenges. I believe you and I are both making great progress!
      Thanks for coming by and for your encouragement, Owain!
      Best wishes,

  • Anthony Brook
    4 years ago

    I know Martn personally and have been looking forward to this since I knew of its existence. Can’t wait to spend the next 90 minutes listening to it. Guaranteed it will be a good listen. He is a top man that is very well respected by all that are fortunate to cross his path.
    I will provide an update after I finish!

    • Anthony Brook
      4 years ago

      Didn’t disappoint – great listen!

      • Thanks again, Anthony. Truly appreciate you taking the time to listen and to share those kind words.
        All the best!

    • Hi Anthony,
      Thanks very much for taking the time to drop by and share your thoughts and enthusiasm for Martin, and thanks for listening! I found it to be a fascinating discussion and a really enjoyable and valuable time with him. I’m sure he appreciates your friendship and support!
      Best wishes,

  • I like the idea of embracing brokenness, it is similar to the feeling to accept failure in our life.
    Faced it and move on to the next chapter.

    Thanks for this inspiring post.

    • Well said. And thank you for your kind remarks.
      Be well,

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