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Books that inspired me to start living more wildly.

The War of Art by James Pressfield
The work of an artist CAN be tortuous if you let it get to your head, and if you don’t actually pursue it. James Pressfield teaches you to cut through the B/S and live a creative life now.

The Way of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
I read this book in high school and it’s still one of my favorites on developing a peaceful, warrior mind to achieve your goals.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you listen to the muse, magic often comes.

How Not to Die by Michael Greger
Your health is your wealth. Dr. Greger pours over thousands of nutrition studies every year, and compiles it giving you straight forward advice on what you should eat and what might kill you.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
With a podcast name about living wildly, how can I not like this book!? Cheryl Strayed finds herself and gets over her past walking across the Pacific Crest Trail.

Andre Agassi by J.R. Moehringher
I’m a sucker for sports books. And I am a bigger sucker for stellar writing. J.R. Moehringer, who once spoke at my journalism class at Emory after winning a Pulitzer, penned an incredible book about Andre Agassi’s life that’s impossible to put down and incredibly inspiring. You also get to learn about why Andre rocked a mullet for so long and then dated Brooke Shields and Barbara Streisand.

Saltwater Buddah by Jaimal Yogis
Jaimal Yogis ran away from home in high school to pursue surfing, took up meditation discovered himself along the way.

Unbound by Steph Jagger
You don’t have to hit your bottom to start something wild. Steph at 29, quit her job, skied around the world, fell in love and broke a record

Deep by James Nestor
Did you know there was more life at the bottom of the ocean than there is on land? James takes readers on an incredible journey about the ocean, what’s below the surface and also offers insights into the practice of breathing as well as smart science to back it up.

Gusty Girl by Caroline Paul
Caroline was a firefighter before becoming an author. I gift this book to every teen girl I know.

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway. A classic. Need I say more.

Peace Is Every Step by Tich Nhat Hahn
If you are interested in meditation, this Buddhist monk writes the simplest most beautiful book with simple meditations you can try. Breathing in, I calm by body. Breathing out, I calm my mind.

Do Cool Shit by Miki Agrawal
After college, Miki worked for a bank, then played pro soccer, then launched the first organic pizza shop in New York, managed to get the founder of Zappos to be her partner, got “married” at Burning Man, and now had an underwear company called THINX. She’s a badass. Read it for tips on how to launch dreams and businesses by hustling and being creative.

The Hundred Dollar Startup by Chris Gillebeau
A no-brainer for anyone starting a business on the cheap. With great ideas, advice and actual tips from people who did it.

Born to Run by Chris McDougall
I once traded surf lessons for running barefoot lessons with Mr. McDougall. This book offers incredible writing, a riveting story, and great insight into why and how as humans we were brn to run with a great narrative throughout.

The WAVE by Susan Casey
If you the love the ocean, you will love this book.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This is a great book to gift to anyone stuck in a rut and not knowing what to do with their life.

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
The woman launched a million-dollar business before 30, and penned a hilarious book about it.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Being the number one podcaster, Tim Ferriss is amazing at distilling the best tips from experts into bite-size chunks you can apply to your life. I’ve bought and tried dozens of experiments from Tim’s Show. I’ve been really into fasting. A different way than how Tim does it, but he offers good insight into the science.

I loved joining Shelby on Wild Ideas Worth Living! I can already tell that this is going to be a big hit–Shelby has a unique blend of professional experience and energy to make it a fun and engaging experience for her guests and her audience. I am a big fan, and look forward to listening along!

Pete Kostelnick

Guinness Record Breaker for running across the USA

Shelby has been such a gem to talk with and get to know. What’s nice about Shelby is that she has many real life experiences so she can relate to the ups and downs of pursuing a wild idea. Shelby is fun, curious but also extremely kind hearted. So stoked to have met her & honored to be a part of the WIWL tribe!

Gretchen Bayless & Taylor Hood

Owners, ROAM - Campervan Adventure Rentals

Shelby’s life has been full of wild ideas lived with the same burning passion and dedication that she brings to her podcasts. This allows her to connect with her guests in a deeply personal way that puts them at ease and inspires them to open up and share their lives with raw enthusiasm. When you combine that dynamic with the quality of people she interviews you get one of the most powerful, insightful, entertaining, and downright fun podcasts I’ve ever heard. Wild Ideas Worth Living is a wild idea whose time has come!

Ryan Levinson