About Your Host

Shelby Stanger has sandboarded down desolate dunes in South Africa, standup paddled a remote portion of the Amazon river, spent a summer reporting about a traveling punk rock concert, and interviewed countless CEOs, entrepreneurs, and athletes on assignment. Aside from her work in journalism, she’s also worked with companies like Nike, Vans, Body Glove and prAna who have hired Shelby to help them tell their stories better, gaining them more customers, fans and sales. Over the years, Shelby’s learned how much a little adventure can cure. She’s also become an expert at taking her own wild ideas and turning them into reality, as well as empowering others to live out their passions. WIWL is her latest project.


Have you ever had a wild idea but were afraid to act on it? Or maybe you started, but then self-doubt crept in, someone told you that it wouldn’t work, or you talked yourself out of it.
It took me three years to quit my job in 2009 and pursue a life with more adventure, but as a journalist who was interviewing others who had taken their own ideas and made them a reality, I started getting the courage to act on my own.

This is the podcast I wish I had listened to when deciding to quit an AWESOME marketing job to pursue freelance journalism. Again when deciding to move to Costa Rica, surf and write from abroad. Again when I fell in love and moved to New Zealand. Again, when launching a new business.

This podcast aims to be fun, informative and helpful. It’s about building a tribe of people who want to make more positive decisions in their lives, from the food they eat to the people they surround themselves by. It’s about taking a wild leap of faith and having meaningful conversations with people who have made it happen. Thank you for subscribing. Thank you for listening. I am excited to embark on this wild journey with you!

Shelby lands incredible interviews with fascinating humans because she walks their walk – over and again, she has turned her own wild ideas into reality. I am as big a fan of Shelby’s as I am of her podcast.

Alyssa Roenigk

Senior Writer and TV reporter, ESPN

You’re so much closer to your dream wild life than you realize. And thanks to Shelby Stanger and “Wild Ideas Worth Living,” you may just find the key that unlocks the wilder, bolder, healthier future you’re been yearning for. Shelby is already living the wild life herself, and on her podcast, she taps into her amazing network of visionaries to hear their stories and learn tips for transforming our wildest ideas into a way of life. Think of Tim Ferris with the testosterone dialed down and the fun dialed up, and you’ve got Wild Ideas Worth Living. Every time I listen, I come away inspired, impressed, and exhilarated.
Christopher McDougall

Author of “Born to Run” and “Natural Born Heroes"

Shelby knows everyone in the outdoor world and knows how to get them to reveal what makes them tick in the most interesting ways. I can’t wait to see who she’s interviewed next!

Mary Turner

Deputy Editor, Outside Magazine