Humans Outside
Humans Outside
May 21, 2020
34: How Spending Time Outside Makes You a Better Leader (Mike Erwin)
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When was the last time you were fired-up? We mean really fired-up?

Fired-up-ness is status quo living for Mike Erwin, founder and Executive Director of veteran service organization Team Red, White & Blue, which connects veterans with their communities. Mike is laser-focused building leaders and living a life focused on positivity, and he’s doing it through fitness, community service -- and heading outside. 


Catch Mike in this episode drilling down into how he’s seen heading into nature develop strong leaders, plus tips on keeping that leadership fire burning when the going gets tough.


Mentioned in the show:


Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB)

Team RWB Eagle logo

Team RWB ethos


First Responders

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Addarondacks, New York

Lake of the Pines

University of Michigan

Positive psychology 

Army Special ForcesVA Hospital, Ann Arbor

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Rock climbing



Military transition

Kerri Walsh Jennings


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)



Runners high

Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Mental health 

Spending 20 minutes outside a day

Tommy Caldwell 

Estes Park, Colorado

Fort Polk, Louisiana 

The Village Arboretum, North Carolina

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude 


Solitude vs. isolation


Lake Placid

Appalachian Trail

JFK 50 Miler


Favorite Gear: REI pants

Most Essential Gear: Cowboy boots or ruck


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