Who is Rich Roll?

Rich Roll decided at the age of 40 to break free from the lethargic doldrums of overweight middle age. He rebuilt himself as a worldwide famous ultra-distance endurance athlete, bestselling author, and presenter of the enormously successful Rich Roll Podcast, one of the world’s most listened to podcasts, with over 200 million downloads, after leaving a career in law. 

Rich is an accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, husband, father of four, and inspiration to people all over the world as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living. 


With the release of his inspiring memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, Rich became a #1 bestselling author. 

Rich and his wife Julie Piatt released The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes And Guidance For The Whole Family, a best-selling cookbook and lifestyle guide, in 2014. He has been on CNN, as well as being highlighted in The New York Times, Forbes, ESPN, and several other major media sites. 

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Inspiring Talks by Rich Roll


Notable quotes

  • “Who are you becoming?”
  • “The prize never goes to the fastest guy,” Chris replied. “It goes to the guy who slows down the least.” True in endurance sports. And possibly even truer in life.”
  • “When the mind is controlled and spirit aligned with purpose, the body is capable of so much more than we realize.”
  • “David Goggins quote I’d read years back—the idea that when you believe you’ve reached your absolute limit, you’ve only tapped into about 40 percent of what you’re truly capable of. The barrier isn’t the body. It’s the mind.”
  • “And at the end of the day, there is nothing but the journey. Because the destination is pure illusion.”
  • “Pursue what’s in your heart, and the universe will conspire to support you.”
  • “Our minds are mischievously clever. Time and again, they pull us back to the past and yank us forward into the future. Our perception of the world—and the story we tell ourselves about who we are—is completely colored by half-baked memories and imagined projections. But in truth, this is all illusion… The only objective truth is the present moment—the now.”
  • “You can stand in the light. And you can set a positive example. But you simply cannot make someone change.”
  • “Because she understood what I was only then coming to realize—that safety isn’t just an illusion, it’s a cop-out. I know it sounds trite, but there’s simply nothing like a near-death experience to remind one of the impermanence of everything. And living imprisoned by fear only to die with regret over dreams postponed was a life neither of us was interested in.”
  • “The only thing I knew with clarity was that a voice deep in my heart continued to chant, Keep going. You’re on the right track.”