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The Gray Beard Podcast

The Gray Beard Podcast

By Bruce Gillette Buxton
The purpose of The Gray Beard Podcast is to inspire and support life's achievements for those in mid-life and beyond. We all run into roadblocks in our attempts to become the best version of ourselves. On The Gray Beard podcast, Bruce Buxton will show you that being a little older is not your biggest weakness; it is your greatest superpower!
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Season 2 Episode 37 - The Gray Beard Out of abounds - The Gray Beard Challenge 2.0
Bruce talks about The Gray Beard Challenge 2.0, a 5k Spartan Race the end of February 2021 in Jacksonville Florida. Also in this episode The Challenge Mastermind takes shape and you are invited to apply by emailing to
November 20, 2020
Season 2 Episode 36 - How do you know what the Best Version of you is anyway? Part 1
In this episode Bruce starts to answer the question how do I know what the best version of me is? In Part 1 we set up some guardrails or foundational principles that you cannot violate when you’re trying to figure out what the best version of you actually is. This will set you up for success in your efforts to become the best version.
November 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 35 - **Action Needed!! - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds; the challenge 2.0
I need your help! It’s time to come up with the next Gray Beard Challenge! This is the challenge 2.0 - email your vote to or dm me on FB or LI. Your vote is needed!
November 12, 2020
Season 2 Episode 34 - The Hero's Journey; Living your life like an adventure story!
In this episode of The Gray Beard Podcast, Bruce talks about the hero’s journey. First discovered as an archetypal story in 1949, Joseph Campbell showed us how this “monomyth” was the underlying structure of heroic stories of all times and cultures. In this episode Bruce talks about how to use the principles of the hero’s journey to power up our efforts to be the best version of ourselves.
November 9, 2020
Season 2 Episode 33 - The Wagon; we fall off...........we get back on!
In this episode Bruce talks about why we “fall off the wagon” or in other words stop doing things to change for the better. He also offers 3 ways we can get back up on the wagon and keep progressing toward the best version of ourselves.
October 30, 2020
Season 2 Episode 32 - The Podcast, the pivot..........let’s keep movin!
Walking endless trails of mountain laurel the thoughts came fast and furious. How can you do this better? Who are you serving? What do you want to accomplish? Not a huge pivot but let’s keep moving forward!
October 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 31 - Social Media, are you using it or is it using you?
We sometimes have a love/hate relationship with social media. The drama, time drain, not to mention the unreality of the relationships there. However, with the extreme digitalization of our globe brought on by the global COVID pandemic, can we afford not to manage these platforms for our personal an professional benefit? On today's episode Bruce gives you some reasons why we should.
October 13, 2020
Season 2 Episode 30 - The Gray Beard Challenge Day 4 Summary
Rain all night, the steepest downhill in the mud and rocks, encounter with the birds, and the long flat slog to the end. Takeaway from the trip is where there is an obstacle or adversity that’s just a dead giveaway of the reward at the end!
October 8, 2020
Season 2 Episode 29 - The Gray Beard Challenge Day 3 Summary
Runners in the dark, negotiating a swamp, elevated heart rate, and oh the most beautiful vista of the trip!
October 7, 2020
Season 2 Episode 28 - The Gray Beard Challenge Day 2 Summary
What’s the situation after a 15 mile day, the nature of fears and the role of self-talk.
October 6, 2020
Season 1 Episode 27 - The Gray Beard Challenge Day 1 Summary
Quick update on the first day’s activity on The Gray Beard Challenge from the comfort of my hammock after dark.
October 5, 2020
Season 2 Episode 26 - And he’s off! The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania here I come!
In this last episode before he starts The Gray Beard Challenge Bruce talks about his final preparations, fear, and the value of pushing your limits. Also previewing episodes covering maintenance and social media.
October 2, 2020
Season 2 Episode 25 - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds - F.E.A.R. -False Evidence Appearing Real
In this Episode Bruce talks about the final preparations for The Gray Beard Challenge - solo backpacking deep in the wilds of North Central PA. While he prepares he’s talking about fear and strategies for managing real and perceived fears.
September 23, 2020
Season 2 Epidode 24 - Networking can be a game changer! 7 strategies for winning at networking!
In this episode Bruce shares some principles underlying a healthy networking approach. He also goes in depth sharing 7 strategies you can implement right away to power up you effectiveness at creating a powerful personal network.
September 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 23 - This is who I am............this is what I do.
Bruce explores ideas of becoming the best version of ourselves by examining the phrase, “this is who I am..........this is what I do.” Only we have the power to direct our lives in the direction we want to go. How can we harness that power? Bruce gives the listener a foolproof 3 step process; as is, to be, and gap analysis.
September 11, 2020
Season 2 Episode 22 - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds - Does my ambition exceed my preparation?
In this episode Bruce talks about how preparations for the 42 mile Black Forest Trail solo backpacking trip are coming. This is a realistic discussion on which things need to be addressed to make this challenge and not a disaster.
September 8, 2020
Season 2 Episode 21 - I don’t want you to think like me!
How did this idea of age being a superpower take hold in Bruce’s head? What if you don’t feel the same, is there something wrong with you? Should you feel the same way as The Gray Beard?
September 4, 2020
Season 2 Episode 20 - 11,500 ft. Above sea level!
Raw and uncut from the summit of Mt Timpanogos!
August 31, 2020
Season 2 Episode 19 - The inspiring Scotty Schindler - The almost 50 Aussie with a plan!
Scotty Schindler surfed, sold life insurance, started 6 businesses and cashed in by 48. Now what? How do you push for more when you don’t have to?
August 19, 2020
Season 2 Episode 18 - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds - The challenge plans start to take shape!
Sharing details about the OOB challenge. Follow along and enjoy the stretch!
August 17, 2020
Season 2 Episode 17 - OUCH!.............It’s happened what??
Shin splints?! You’ve got to be kidding me?! In this episode Bruce talks about how to handle adversity in the pursuit of the best version of ourselves. It’ still your choice, you are not a victim!
August 12, 2020
Season 2 Episode 16 - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds - From atop Mt. Graham in SE Arizona
Bruce talks a bit more about why push the envelope I’m your middle life, unrealistic fears, and how we got where we are.
August 3, 2020
Season 2 Episode 15 - The Gray Beard - Out of Bounds - The Votes Are In!
The Gray Beard is on his way Out of Bounds! Tune in to this episode of OOB to hear how the votes tallied. What life changing adventure will you the listener send Bruce to do?
July 20, 2020
Season 2 Episode 14 - Leadership, mentoring, and performance, Jobspeakers creator Rob Hendrickson
Rob Hendrickson joins The Gray Beard to talk about their past, his experiences mentoring disadvantaged youth, and why he has gone out on a limb at 51 to start his new Jobspeakers podcast.
July 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 13 - Failure, Judgement, and Recovery.
The Gray Beard talks about the cycle that accompanies all endeavors of accomplishment. We will all fail and when we do we will pass judgement. How can we move on into full recovery? Bruce shows you how to accept the journey of accomplishment without giving in to failure.
July 13, 2020
Season 2 Episode 12 - The Gray Beard Out of Bounds July 6, 2020
The Gray Beard introduces a new episode format that will be posted on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. In the Out of Bounds episodes Bruce will embark on adventures, projects, and initiatives that will stretch him beyond his limits and not only will you get to follow along, you can even participate in the selection of those adventures.
July 6, 2020
Season 2 Episode 11 - What If......?
What If.............what if this were the last day of your life? The Gray Beard tells you the story of his encounter with Satin, a 17h warmblood mare that almost ended his life. What if, is a question that can help us to stock in our lives today. Three questions help to crystallize what is important to leave behind. Who will you leave behind? Who cares about you and will miss you when you are gone? What will you leave undone when you are gone? What will your name mean when you are gone?
July 1, 2020
Season 2 Episode 10 - Metabolism and Psychology: A stepwise approach to improved health and fitness
I am making progress on my health and fitness journey! What is making the difference for me and how can you benefit? At our age, it is important to realize that our body and mind seeks homeostasis; that is the need to keep the conditions of your physical health in a state of "same old, same old." What has made the difference for me over the last 3 months (about 25 lbs, and better strength and endurance) is a stepwise approach that respects the systems and processes that are part of our physical make up. I'd love to hear how you are progressing!
June 22, 2020
Season 2 Episode 9 - Get what you want! 3 Questions will get you there.
In this episode Bruce digs deeper into the 3 questions we should all live with if we expect to get what we want. 
March 9, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8 - 3 Questions to Live With
I am back in the saddle for the first time in weeks. In this episode we talk about family joy, and 3 questions we should all live with most every day.
February 27, 2020
Season 2 Episode 7 - Quick Hitter Interview with Kerry Buxton!!
The Gray Beard does a quick impromptu Interview about morning routines with second cousin, Kerry Buxton.
January 30, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6 - Morning Routines! What are they and why should I care?
In this solocast episode Bruce talks about the book - Good Habits, Bad Habits - By Wendy Wood. We learn together what makes and breaks habits of all kinds. Bruce goes on to explain about the habit of a morning routine, what the 5 ingredients are, and how we can work together to establish the habit of a morning routine. 
January 27, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5 - The Fantastic Conni Medina chats with The Gray Beard
On today's episode Bruce talks with Conni Medina founder of Clarity Consulting and Coaching. Conni left an executive career in her late 40's to do something of her own and capture the opportunity for time and financial wealth it offered her. In this conversation we talk about her separation, learning to love running, and how she helps business owners to achieve clarity and build effective execution plans to support that clarity. 
January 20, 2020
Season 2 Episode 4 - The Gray Beard and The Incredible Dr. Dave White
In this episode Bruce talks with Dr. Dave White about coaching, gender roles, masculinity and even some basketball reffing. Dave also gives Bruce some coaching about connection, symptoms vs. sickness, and the meaning of food.
January 10, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3 - I’m going to have to dig deeper
In this episode Bruce reveals this week’s failure, his embarrassment about that, and his resolve to dig deeper to see what he needs to change.
January 8, 2020
Season 2 Episode 2 - Stand Out With Your Brand Out; The incredible Lonnee Rey
Learn how to “Stand Out With Your Brand Out.” The Gray Beard welcomes his first guest on this episode. The incredible Lonnee Rey the creator and host of the podcast Mid-life My Ass I’m Just Getting Started podcast. This super positive, incredibly inspirational woman throws out “pithy one-liners” effortlessly as she walks Bruce through the topics of middle age, podcasting, and the genius of life. You can find Lonnee at and on LinkedIn.
January 7, 2020
Season 2 Episode 1 - The Journey Begins in Earnest
Sit with The Gray Beard at the start of this journey. What are his goals, what does success look like, how can this benefit you?
January 2, 2020
Season 1 Episode 6 -It’s Christmas Day! Let’s talk about setting up for success with visualization.
From Colorado’s front range we’re talking accountability and preparing for the year by exploring the concept of visualization.
December 26, 2019
Season 1 Episode 5 - Gratitude, Dopamine, and Serotonin
How does gratitude affect us physically? The autonomic release of more dopamine and seratonin results in more overall happiness and maybe even bliss.
December 20, 2019
Season 1 Episode 4 - Three Tips for a Joyful Holiday Season
What I gained from my week of meditation leads to three tips that can help us to get through the holidays with joy and personal growth.
December 17, 2019
Season 1 Episode 3 - Meditation and Accountability
As promised the Gray Beard follows up on his commitment to meditate daily this week. A conversation about meditation and accountability ensues.
December 13, 2019
Season 1 Episode 2 - The Foundation
Without a firm foundation change will fail. From New York to Philly The Graybeard talks about foundations needed to sustain change.
December 10, 2019
Season 1 Episode 1 - And So It Begins
This is the first ever Gray Beard podcast. Today I’m going to introduce myself - Bruce Buxton - and tell you why this podcast exists.
December 7, 2019