Resolutions for Rich:

For 2018, Rich is going to write a new book! For other goals, Rich wants to keep cracking down on his own personal development.


Rich habits for Rich Roll:


Training is an active meditation. The physical and spiritual are completely intertwined.



Time management for top priorities of life:

For one week, each day, Rich wrote down how he was spending his time every 15 minutes. This gives perspective on efficiency and priority.

This created restrictions on his time so that he would know exactly what he was doing when.



Morning routines and mantras:

  • Meditation first thing.
  • Being creative.
  • Embracing the day ahead!



Understand what you’re good and what you’re not good at.



We are all here to learn lessons and grow. Rich believes his purposes are:

-To help other recovering addicts

-Put a vibration of resonance in the world that allows people to connect to the work he does.

-Share as openly and as transparently as possible, to help others overcome their struggles.



Understand what’s mission-critical. Know when to say no to the opportunities that aren’t top importance.



There’s no demarkation line between the fun stuff and the business stuff.

Cycling, podcast interviews, etc.

Show Transcription

[00:34] Welcome to The Ziglar Show, where we inspire your true performance. I’m your host Kevin Miller and today we have Rich Roll back with us to dig into his personal, daily habits of success following the 7 spokes of the Ziglar Wheel of Life. Some highlights:

[00:59] For a while, Rich journal what he did over every 15 minutes block to discover where he was wasting time in his life, so he could be more efficient. His morning time starting predawn he feels is his most creative time and sets the stage for the entire day. In his early days as a corporate lawyer he felt like an artist trapped in a lawyer’s body. He believes we are spiritual beings having a human experience and there is little in his life he gets more joy from than a bike ride. You can connect with Rich at and you’ll want to check out his new offering,

[03:00] OK folks, here then I bring your none other than…Rich Roll.

[04:45] 1. Physical: So in looking at these specifics and again the first one we always start off with is physical and you are, you know Mr physical in that aspect. So to ask you what your daily habits are physically would probably be a long list and an extreme list to most people but I maybe if I could ask what are the ones that really feet outside of just you know exercise in the things. I mean you’re an athlete an elite athlete so that’s a given but what are the ones that you do physically that really keep you in check and feed your soul and you.

[05:17] I want to you know go ride my bike and go running, go swimming and I like to go long distances and so that means that I’m spending a lot of time alone. And so you know in many ways for me the training is an active meditation. It’s like this kind of spiritual pilgrimage in certain currents and so I think that you know that is a crucial ingredient in my success equation in terms of feeding my soul like there’s nothing like going out for a long trail run by myself and just nature and the sound of my breath and you know the smells of dawn. As a way to just connect myself with myself and with the planet at large to echo me and to help remind me what is most important.

[08:50] Family: So family we look at family what are the daily habits that you employ to keep your family well. I’m assuming that you probably had to be pretty specific so that you were not an absent husband and father.

[09:04] Yeah absolutely you know there’s an anecdotal phrase called the Iron Man widow. You know like people who get involved in terms sports, quite frequently end up with relationship problems because training for these events can be so time consuming and often teeter into the world of obsessive compulsive for a lot of people. And as an obsessive compulsive person to begin with that was something I had to be very mindful as I got more and more immersed in these races and this training, but I have this background in in recovery and I understood that I have to offer my enthusiasm for this you know world of altering difference against the things that are most important in my life. And if my relationship with my wife and my kids ultimately ended up somehow sacrificed in the pursuit of these very self-serving goals then that’s not worth it, that’s not worth anything. So for me it was really about being very mindful of how I was allocating lights on and the way that I kind of went about that was to spend about a week with a journal writing down what I did every fifteen minutes. Fifteen minute intervals of how I was spending my time to try to identify where I was wasting time and it was kind of amazing to realize how much white space there was like how much time I was using in a very full or wasteful inefficient manner. And so I then once that became apparent made some pretty hard cuts.

[13:43] Mental: So the third spoke then is mental. So are there some daily habits that you do just to retain your own mental edge and growth.

[13:55] Plenty of those you know I have morning routines that I hear too that help me but I think just to kind of prepare myself for the day. I am a strong proponent and having a very intentional mindful way to embrace each day. And so what that means for me is getting out pre-dawn and instead of indulging that impulse to immediately look at your phone and see what’s going on. There is no looking at the phone, I do twenty minutes of meditation and I do some form of journaling I can get into that weeks with you and if you like but I spend about half an hour and various types of journaling and then I spend some time on creative writing. So whether it’s working on a book that I’m working on or other creative endeavours I try to really harness those magical special hours in the morning. When for me personally in my brain seems to be at its creative peak of most productive for the best outcome and once I kind of clear the decks with that and then I can look at my phone and I can you know sort of embrace the day with some intentionality about how I want to spend those hours.

[17:11] Financial: So the next one then is financial. What are the habits that you employ to have financial health and I assume you know in any great story of achievement that they changed you had some back of then that helped you get to the place you are now and they may be different from what you employ now, but share a few of those financial habits for home?

[17:33] Yeah I think it’s just first of all, it’s hilarious that you’re asking me about financial habits because I don’t consider myself to be a terrible business person. And so for me my tips are about like understanding what you’re good at and what you’re not good at and you know it took me a long time you know and many years as a lawyer to realize like you know what I can kind of will myself into you know I’m smart enough to be able to get through law school and get a job as a lawyer, practice it but it’s not in my heart it is you know fundamentally it’s like I just detested everything about it. And it took me a long time to realize that I’m just you know I’m just like an artist you know I’m an artist trapped in this lawyers body trying to pretend like I can be this business person and when I finally kind of pretend that life I’m not so good at that stuff, maybe I should find people that are really good at it to join my team and to help me that has been the solution, that is help you know solve a lot of financial problems and pitfalls that I’ve gotten myself into over the years. So for me I got a business partner you know how to a guy who was a long time mentor of me that ultimately ended up coming on board to be the C.E.O. of everything that I do and he’s a guy who’s brilliant at business and is very smart about how to manage and handle money and he really allowed me to, he taught me how to get my house in order. And so you know for me it’s been about learning that if I want to grow my business. I want to grow my reach and my influence, I have to let go of me trying to do everything and make room for people that are good at other things to come here and handle certain aspects of what I’m trying to do to elevate it. So that I can scale it and impact most number of people and financially sounds good.

[22:07] Spiritual: You talked about this reference that a good bit in the last as well just the spiritual side of your life but again you’re looking at the daily habits that you put in place for your spiritual life share some of those with us.

[22:25] Yeah I think that. You know we are all spiritual beings having a human experience and the more that I can kind of get in touch with that, the better my life seems to run. And I think that we’re all here to learn lessons and to grow that’s our purpose. And within that I have kind of subcategories of what my purpose is. First and foremost, my you know one of my primary purposes is other alcoholics achieve sobriety and that’s something that I do out you know in my private life but also through some of the work that I do publicly. That’s very important to me and to try to you know put five Gratian of residents out in the world that allows people to you know connect with the work that I do. But I think that you know what water rises to its own level and can transmit something that you have got. So my ability to help and impact other people is directly is a direct function of the extent to which I’m willing to you know do the work to grow myself you know I’m hardly an enlightened perfect person there are plenty of things that I struggle with and continue to struggle with. And you know I try to share about that as openly and as transparently as possible, so that people can kind of emotionally relate and connect with with you know with my journey which I find gives them permission to be open and honest about things that they struggle with which in turn I think is the first tour it’s really wrestling with and overcoming you know obstacles that hold people back.

[24:25] Career: You mentioned just a minute ago that from a business standpoint that you are a great habit is hiring somebody who’s better in that area you know than you are. But as you look at your career, we’ve had a pretty significant morphing from the corporate lawyer to the altar endurance athlete to you know businessmen and influencer, writer as you have as a primary headline for yourself when you look at your career the trajectory that you’re going on now to keep it forming well and evolving well again any any specific daily or ongoing How that it’s that you employ.

[25:06] I think that has become a really salient like relevance daily inquiry for me because I’m in this incredible position where suddenly I have all these amazing opportunities to do really cool stuff and I was not the case for many years. I love what I do I feel so grateful and blessed to have this platform in the ability to talk about things that I’m so passionate about, I could have never imagined in a million years that this would be my life it certainly wasn’t like the goal when I was a corporate lawyer trying to figure out what I was going to do, like I couldn’t have dreamed it up. So I’m so blessed and blown away that I get to do what I get to do but with that comes you know certain responsibilities and expectations that people put on you and I get a lot of e-mails from people saying hey can you do this, can you do that or how about this and it all sounds good to me like I want to do all of it because there are generally fun stuff it involves you know traveling to cool places, talking to people are getting paid to do this or that. And so for me it’s about this is what I’m learning, is how important it is to say no and to be really clear on what’s mission critical what’s most important.

[28:28] Personal: So we really try to confine this to the things you do that are just for you from even a fun standpoint a hobby just play eat and that may not fit in these other categories but you do it just for you just for fun.

[28:49] You know I have to say that I’m in such a blessed place because the things that I would do for fun, I get to do for my job and you know I love there’s nothing more fun for me then to go out my front door here in Santa Monica Mountains and ride my bike not beautiful day like I love that. You know I have a day off that’s what I want to do but that’s actually part of what I do professionally not that I get paid to be to ride my bike but it’s kind of part and parcel of the work that I do. And there’s nothing more of a blessing or more incredible than to get to sit down with an amazing person who inspires you and talk to them for an hour and a half like how cool is that and then you get to share that like so to me there is a there there is no demarcation line between what I do for fun and what I get to do professionally, which is something I always aspired to have and I just can’t believe I get to do this but with that comes you know this thing that can happen, which is the things they love can then you can then start to resent them. If you haven’t created sustainable practices that build in rest and recovery. And that’s something that going into this new year I’ve started to get really bird out, because even though I love what I get to do without building breaks in like you start to choose to run out of the steam. So you know for me I have to take those breaks you know I have to understand why I’m never going to the Inbox Zero, I’m never going to you know like there’s just certain things that cause me a lot of anxiety and stress that are part of what I do aren’t going to get dealt with to the extent that I would like them to get dealt with. And so I’ve got to learn how to let go of a lot of that and just walk away from the computer and enjoy a quiet time.

[34:30] Hey friend’s, I’m wondering what great ideas for your own habits you came up with here. If you got value, thank Rich by leaving a review in iTunes for The Ziglar Show! You can connect with Rich at and you’ll want to check out his new offering, Coming up next in show 530, we are talking about upping your hope, joy, expectations and from that, your behavior and actions. How? By increasing your gratitude. Nothing has to change other than…your awareness of what is happening right in front of your eyes. We’re going to listen to a two minutes clip from the legend himself, Zig Ziglar. The message was from a presentation he called the “Oh Gosh! Attitude”. From that clip, I asked people at my agentkmiller Facebook page, where you are welcome to join if you want to join these discussions, “What is something you often take for granted that you should, in all truth, be wowed about?” I actually made the first comment to kick things off. We got some really heartfelt comments that will make you think deeply. Michelle Prince and I talk through some of them for a truly rich conversation. Till then, thank you for letting me walk with you as we inspire our true performance…together!