Episode 42
Mike Gabour
Falling in Love With the Ocean, Dark Showers, Attention, The Sensorium, and The Contents of his Backpack.
Strategist, investor, community builder, and NGO founder Mike Gabour on mindfulness and attention, meditation and dark showers, the multiplier effect, minimizing time in front of the screen, the contents of his backpack, and falling in love with the ocean.
January 31, 2021
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Episode Notes

Strategist, investor, community builder, and NGO founder Mike Gabour on mindfulness and attention, meditation and dark showers, the multiplier effect, minimizing time in front of the screen, the contents of his backpack, and falling in love with the ocean.

Mike Gabour is a first generation immigrant, born on the Mediterranean ocean in Alexandria, Egypt.

He is Co-founder and Managing Director for Koinonia, a micro-lending organization which empowers marginalized entrepreneurs in Egypt. Leadership Workshop Facilitator for The Littlest Lamb, an orphanage in Cairo which nurtures underprivileged children. Co-founder of Pequod, an app built with blind sailors for all sailors. Supporting blind sailors ability to autonomously navigate the water, and help the rest of us keep their eyes on the water, and ears on Pequod! Co-founder of the WAVE (Wider Access Virtual Expeditions) project, partnering with Harvard Deep-sea ocean exploration dept. and the Nautilus, a deep sea submarine. Co-inventor of Nezso, a fully immersive ambisonics music pod.

Mike is an avid sailor, free-diver, and oceanographic explorer.


Favorite quotes

  • "Attention is love."
  • "It's impossible not to fall in love with someone after you've heard their story."
  • "Always be prepared."
  • "You have your normal, I have mine."
  • "Traveling for me is more about understanding and experiencing other cultures than my own personal enjoyment."
  • "Do everything I tell you while we're on the water, but ignore everything I say when we are inland."
  • "¿Por qué no los dos?"

Links

Books

Contents of Mike's backpack

Podcasts

People mentioned

Special thanks

Couldn't have done any of this without these wonderful people.

  • Joe Bynoe
  • Anup Mankar
  • Grace Olsen
  • Pauline Dowell
  • Mike McManus
  • David Bangsberg
  • Jon Payne

Outline

  • Intro. [0:00]
  • Mike Gabour. [2:28]
  • Your most exciting projects. [3:57]
  • Koinonia. [5:19]
  • Falling in love with the ocean. [13:07]
  • Freediving. [15:41]
  • Sailing. [17:50]
  • Sailing challenges. [19:41]
  • Scary moments on the ocean. [22:06]
  • Travel. [24:38]
  • Traveling with purpose. [25:36]
  • Mindfulness and disconnection. [26:11]
  • Meditation and attention. [28:54]
  • The meditation hammock. [30:22]
  • Dark showers. [30:57]
  • The contents of Mike's backpack. [33:47]
  • Mike's notebook. [40:51]
  • The Sensorium. [44:29]
  • The multiplier effect. [50:31]
  • Getting Simple. [53:19]
  • How does your day-to-day look like? [53:28]
  • What things make your day more complex? [53:53]
  • Daily habits. [54:23]
  • Commute. [55:03]
  • Exercise. [55:14]
  • Media you consume. [55:42]
  • Email. [56:15]
  • Planning and focus. [56:38]
  • Time, attention, and social media [57:14]
  • When do you get your best ideas? [57:59]
  • Disconnection. [58:20]
  • Boredom. [58:38]
  • Minimizing time in front of a screen. [59:09]
  • Success. [1:00:12]
  • What do you say to yourself in the morning? [1:00:33]
  • A successful person. [1:00:38]
  • A message to the world. [1:01:15]
  • What will you tell your 20 or 30 year-old self? [1:01:24]
  • How can people connect with you? [1:01:45]
  • Book recommendations. [1:02:04]
  • The Tao of Pooh. [1:02:10]
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. [1:02:38]
  • Get Real, Get Gone [1:03:00]
  • The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. [1:03:08]
  • The Life of Pi. [1:04:38]
  • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk. [1:04:48]
  • Forest Bathing. [1:04:58]
  • Principles by Ray Dalio. [1:05:15]
  • Podcast recommendations. [1:05:31]
  • Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel. [1:05:58]
  • The Mind Illuminated. [1:06:26]
  • Pequod. [1:06:40]
  • Blindfolding: Teaching People How to Sail. [1:07:22]
  • Outro. [1:11:33]

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