005 – James Swanwick on how cutting out alcohol can change your life, what he learnt from interviewing the greats and why you need swannies in your life right now

August 19, 2016

The Basics

Episode: 005

Who: James Swanwick. James Swanwick is an Australian-American investor and TV & podcast host based in Hollywood, California. Swanwick is the creator of the Swannies blue-light blocking glasses, 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, and 47-Day Habit Hacker.



What we cover:

  • His story
  • Why drinking can be/is a bad thing
  • Why you should take his 30-day drinking challenge
  • His book on socialising without alcohol
  • Ways to reduce your alcohol consumption
  • What happened when he stopped consuming alcohol
  • The importance of habits and how you can ensure your habits are working for you and not causing you problems
  • Who his favourite interviews have been with
  • Who he would love to interview
  • The main difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t
  • What issues are potentially holding us back in life
  • How can you be more like James
  • How he bluffed ESPN into hiring him, without experience, by taking action
  • What is a Swannie and why should you get one
  • His personal favourite books, gym exercise etc
  • His tips for being a better people person
  • Who he looks to as a role model in his life
  • What he thinks all men should do right now



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Something to reflect on:

Do you like to have a few drinks or do you need to have a few drinks? Can you control your drinking? Can you cope without having a drink in the evening, after work or at the weekend? James’s challenge sounds simple but it may open up a lot of questions about your drinking and why you drink. Are you brave enough to try it? 30 days is nothing in the grand scheme of a normal life. It sounds simple but it may end up changing your life. Try it and let me know what happened in the comments below.



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