Reboot Podcast Episode #38 – Plant the Seeds of Your Life – with Congressman Tim Ryan

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 38 // April 14, 2016

Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.


Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

U.S. Representative for the 13th District of Ohio

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Episode Description

Congressman Tim Ryan is our guest for Episode 38 of the Reboot Podcast.  Tim is a special guy, and not just because he’s a congressman, and not just because he’s from Ohio – though that’s pretty great too – but because he’s committed to bringing heart, humanity, mindfulness and a long-term focus into a space that doesn’t always welcome it: government.  In this conversation (originally recorded in November), Tim shares his journey to mindfulness, his ongoing practice in noticing his own inner conversation, and his commitment to mindfully planting seeds for the future and having the patience to watching them grow.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Once you learn about mindfulness and the impact it can have, you develop some kind of obligation to try to push it and promote it because it can be so helpful.” – Tim Ryan

“So many of our guests and so many of the people who engage with the podcast are struggling in one form or another.” – Jerry Colonna

“I’m a big proponent of the exploration of mindfulness generally, and the very specific role of mindfulness in leadership.” – Jerry Colonna

“I was 35 and I wasn’t burned out at the time, but I knew I would be burned out by the time I was 40 if I kept working at that pace.” – Tim Ryan

“I spent five days in increasingly more periods of silence, and this blew the top of my head, and changed the way I looked at the world, myself, and my role in it.” – Tim Ryan

“I really don’t feel comfortable unless I start my day with journaling and meditation.” – Jerry Colonna

“There is a comfort in rituals, and the majesty of centuries old contemplative practices of pausing and creating an awareness.” – Jerry Colonna

“I found meditation as a practice, as a consequence of walking away from it all.” – Jerry Colonna

“Everybody has ups, downs, and struggles because it is the nature of being human.” – Tim Ryan

“You can be a Congressman with a nice title and feel very rewarded in your work, and at the same time you can be tired, exhausted, and feel like you aren’t doing enough.” – Tim Ryan

“What you choose to put your attention on is the ultimate awareness.” – Tim Ryan

“There is something very painful that happens when you sit, pause, and meditate, which is that you open yourself up to the fact that there is suffering around us.” – Jerry Colonna

“Violence is what we do when we don’t know what to do with our suffering.” – Jerry quoting Parker Palmer

“If we want to decrease the violence in the world then we need to do something about the suffering.” – Jerry Colonna

“Polarization and hardness of feelings is what we do when we don’t know what to do with our fear.” – Jerry Colonna

“When something like Paris happens, who isn’t afraid?” – Jerry Colonna

“It is okay to be afraid, but the question is if you let the fear control you.” – Tim Ryan

“The most important conversation you have is the conversation you have with yourself.” – Tim Ryan

“The unexamined life is not worth living, but if you choose to live your life in an unexamined way, don’t take a job that involves people.” – Jerry quoting Parker Palmer

“I have a bill that he wants to put a salad bar and a garden in every school.” – Tim Ryan

“Sometimes you can hurry up and get somewhere, and then you forget how you even got there.” – Tim Ryan