The Well-Tended Life

Episode 45: Mastering the Art of Becoming with Jim Owen

August 23, 2023 Keri Wilt
The Well-Tended Life
Episode 45: Mastering the Art of Becoming with Jim Owen
Show Notes

I started this interview with Jim, who is 83 years young, thinking that we were going to be chatting mostly about health and aging. But it turned out to be a small masterclass in the art of becoming. 

Here are just a few of the many heart taps I wrote down from this episode: 

  1. We each have a gift and we owe it to the world to discover it and share it. 
  2. We are all faced with challenges. 
  3. Having a disadvantage, can be an advantage. 
  4. Secret to his health success: “I dropped bad habits and picked up good ones.”
  5. Fitness is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.
  6. If fitness is the only goal you are reaching for…you are missing the big picture. 
  7. The key to a healthy garden is the hard work you put into it, but most people aren’t willing to put in the effort. 
  8. There is no secret short cut to get around the hard work. 
  9. 1 hour is only 4% of your day. 
  10. Your best days, whatever your age, are still ahead of you, so choose to stop living in the past. 
  11. You can either give up on life or you can look at it as an adventure. 
  12. The time to take control of your health is now. 
  13. We are who we are because of our own personal struggles! Embrace them! Label them as good for your growth! 

Y’all…The life lessons just streamed out of him!!

BIO: After an incredibly successful run as a Wall Street executive and the author of best-selling book Cowboy Ethics, Jim found a new passion in life when he turned 70. He realized statistically he may only have 15 years left in his life and wasn’t satisfied with that option. 

Jim quickly worked to get in the best shape possible to ensure he had many more years left with his wife of over 50 years, Stanya. Since his fitness journey began, Jim has been working hard to share his wisdom and inspire other aging adults. He authored Just Move: A New Approach to Fitness After 50, produced the film The Art of Aging Well and now at 82 years young is finalizing the launch plans for his next documentary: The Art of Becoming a SuperAger. 

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