Life Lessons From A Lion Tracker & How To Find Your Purpose | Boyd Varty on Aubrey Marcus Podcast

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Key Takeaways

  • Land and people share many similarities
    • “Land that is traumatized cannot absorb the rainfall just like a person who’s become traumatized in some way starts to be unavailable to what they actually need” – Boyd Varty
  • In tracking animals or your passion, there’s often a lot of information in a track but you have to teach yourself to see it
    • “Slowly you have to teach yourself to see your track. You have to start tuning into something very specific to you and no one can tell you what your track will be, that is just going to come out of attention”  – Boyd Varty
  • You may have a huge vision for your life, but you have to take a million tiny steps to get there
    • “Realize that sometimes the first action step is going to be miles away from what you know the vision could be…What’s the next tiniest thing we could do towards where we want to go? What’s the next smallest step we can take?” – Boyd Varty
  • Reach past your comfort zone with your goals but keep them realistic
    • “Really reaching beyond what is comfortable and yet also being realistic enough to say like we can get it. It’s going to be a huge push but it’s doable.” – Boyd Varty
  • If you’re lost in life, here are two pieces of advice:
    • Ask yourself what were you doing the last time you felt your life was on track?
    • Start trying different things
  • Tracking your purpose in life is a lot like tracking a lion in the wild
    • It’s exciting but also scary
    • It’s difficult but also rewarding
  • “As we start to heal ourselves, we become a part of the opportunity to reconnect and restore nature” – Boyd Varty
    • “The restoration of the planet will come out of a shift in human consciousness”

Intro

  • Boyd Varty (@BoydVarty) is a lion tracker by trade, for a no-hunt safari operation in South Africa
  • Host: Aubrey Marcus (@aubreymarcus)

Books Mentioned

About Boyd Varty

  • Boyd grew up in South Africa
    • His father and uncle grew up hunting lions 
      • The two of them took a bare plot of land and restored it into a vibrant grassland where they took people on safaris 
      • Boyd was inspired by watching how the land was restored into a beautiful environment
      • “The core of what I’m interested in now is the restoration of wild places but also our restoration, what brings us back to life, what brings us back to a more natural harmony” Boyd Varty

Restoring Land & People

  • Land and people share many similarities
    • “Land that is traumatized cannot absorb the rainfall just like a person who’s become traumatized in some way starts to be unavailable to what they actually need” – Boyd Varty
      • Someone who’s been abused needs connection, but what they feel is most unsafe is connection itself
  • Once Boyd’s family restored the land, people tried to bankrupt them through lawsuits. Boyd and his family spent 10 years fighting lawsuits.
    • Around this time, Boyd was also attacked by a crocodile and held at gunpoint
      • He started to lose faith in life 
      • Fortunately, one day he met a woman and the two connected and she helped Boyd start working on restoring his life
        • “From that moment on, I started to heal” – Boyd Varty
  • “There’s nothing more healing than finding your gift and sharing it” – Boyd Varty
    • Finding what you’re passionate about in life and sharing it with the world is a fantastic way to heal yourself
  • In tracking and life, you won’t always know the exact location to follow but you can use clues to get a good estimate of where to head
    • “The willingness to start without knowing is going to be key” – Boyd Varty

Life Lessons From Tracking

  • In tracking animals or your passion, there’s often a lot of information in a track but you have to teach yourself to see it
    • “Slowly you have to teach yourself to see your track. You have to start tuning into something very specific to you and no one can tell you what your track will be, that is just going to come out of attention”  – Boyd Varty
      • Notice what you’re curious about and what makes you forget about time
      • Tracking animals and your passion is a skill: “You have to develop your track awareness”
  • You may have a huge vision for your life, but you have to take numerous tiny steps to get there
    • “Realize that sometimes the first action step is going to be miles away from what you know the vision could be…What’s the next tiniest thing we could do towards where we want to go? What’s the next smallest step we can take?” – Boyd Varty
      • In tracking, you have to follow one set of tracks that leads to another set of tracks and so on until you find the animal
  • Reach past your comfort zone with your goals but keep them realistic
    • “Really reaching beyond what is comfortable and yet also being realistic enough to say that we can get it. It’s going to be a huge push but it’s doable.” – Boyd Varty
      • In tracking, you have to be realistic as to how old the animal tracks are and if it’s still possible to track it down

How to Get Back on Track in Life

  • Two pieces of advice to get back on track:
    • Ask yourself what were you doing the last time you felt your life was on track?
      • What were you doing?
      • Who were you with?
    • Start trying different things
      • When a tracker loses a track, they start trying different things until they find another clue
      • If you try something and you discover you don’t like it, that’s good because you know what to avoid in the future
      • Failing is part of the path to success. Remember you don’t need a 100% track record to be successful
  • Tracking your purpose in life is a lot like tracking a lion in the wild
    • It’s exciting but also scary
    • It’s difficult but also rewarding

Animals & Body Language

  • Lions are most dangerous on two occasions: When they’re eating or when they have cubs
    • If a lion charges you, you should stand your ground and shout at it. About 99% of the time the lion will shift direction and run away if you do that.
  • Animal body language is similar to human body language
    • You can tell a lot by someone’s eyes, posture, tone of voice, etc.
      • People who’ve had traumatic childhoods are often naturally better at tracking because they had to become aware of cues that signaled danger was nearby 
        • “You teach yourself to see the tracks” – Boyd Varty

Additional Notes

  • Two near-death experiences in Boyd’s life:
    • When he was 18, he and his family were taken by men with guns and tied up
    • About a year later, he was in a shallow body of water when a crocodile bit onto his leg
      • “An early mortality check in your life really ramps up that desire to love”  – Boyd Varty
  • “As we start to heal ourselves, we become a part of the opportunity to reconnect and restore nature” – Boyd Varty
    • “The restoration of the planet will come out of a shift in human consciousness”
      • People who are healed often pursue experiences over stuff, pursue giving over taking, and pursue simplicity over complexity
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