About this Episode

“What Will You Regret When You Look Back?”

Ben Austin joins us this week and shares how habits helped him escape years of regret and inaction. He has taken his love of habits to the next level, launching www.stopstartdo.com, a blog that explores the science of mastering new habits.

Ben has also been described as the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye, finding some of the most intriguing ways to combine his engineering background with his love of fitness and health. Check him out here:


Ben Austin


The conversation takes some surprising turns, but we don’t regret a minute of it. Enjoy!

Additional topics include:

+ Rocking Chair Test and what will you regret when looking back.
+ Low moments that were catalysts for change.
+ Struggling with the “how” part of your goals, aka “execution”.
+ Overcoming the “Quarter Life Crisis” and getting back to the teenage outlook on life.
+ Surrounding yourself with supportive people that push you to change.
+ Regrets from college and the over-under on partying.
+ Reconnecting with teachers, (not writing love letters), and exploring personality types.
+ Learning from genocide...or regret? 
+ FOMO, or the fear of missing out, paired with the paralysis of choice.
+ How facebook can either increase our personal regrets, or motivate us to change.
+ Thinking vs. Doing!
+ How advertising clouds our understanding of ourselves.
+ Being so bombarded with advertising that we don’t know ourselves
+ How to use math to figure out your love life.
+ How I Met Your Mother & Seinfeld’s view on dating. 
+ How online dating is the new-age arranged marriage.
+ Inaction, and how it causes us to live in present and future fear. 
+ How the things we “should” do, stop up from doing anything.
+ How Happy Hour destroys your productivity.
+ The 5 Regrets of the Dying.
+ Having more fun with your goals.
+ How to flip our perspective on this question and ask, “How do you live a life full of regrets.”

Keep an ear out for the next episode of Discover Your Inner Awesome as we continue to take on life's important questions in order to help multi-passionate people understand themselves and their presence in the world.

Show Notes & Links:

Stop Start Do

Ben Austin Blog

5 Stages of Loss & Grief

Spartz Media

Batman Snuggie

Matt Wilson

3,000 Advertisements a day 

Save the Bros

“The Mathematics of Love” on Brain Pickings with Hannah Fry - 

The Cracked Podcast

Raj’s “Being Busy” blog

Four Pillars of the Good Life “Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness”

5 Regrets of the Dying

Charlie Munger’s Book, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” - 

Skee-Lo “I Wish”

Drake, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” 

How I Met Your Mother Theme Song

Chris Leamy “The Start”