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SNR #114: Ryan Doris – Adapting to Succeed, Self-Responsibility for Failure & What Being Elite Means

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Episode 114: Ryan Doris of De Novo Nutrition discusses adapting to situations to be successful, learning and operating out of necessity, self-responsibility, discipline & confront the brutal facts.

Quotes of the episode:

“I have an absurd amount of self-responsibility. Even if there’s a 1% chance it was my fault, I ask where can I get better.”

“You have to look a little dumb, to get a little smart.”


Guest Bio

Ryan Doris


Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of De Novo Nutrition, running things on both the companies supplement and apparel lines. He also is one of the coaches part of De Novo Consulting, along with Ben Esgro, Mike Zourdos and others.

At the age of 28, Ryan has already had huge successes in several fields. He competed as a pro natural bodybuilder, becoming one of the elite competitors in the world. More recently he has transitioned to powerlifting, in which he recently placed 2nd in the 93kg class at the Arnold Classic.

Academically, Ryan has two masters degrees (MBA & MIM). Personally, he describes himself as an “adapter”.

Powerlifting Competition History:
2016 Arnold Classic NAPF Pro American Powerlifting Championships: 2nd Place 93 kg class
2015 USAPL Raw Nationals: 5th place 93 kg class
2015 USAPL Central Florida: 1st place 93kg class; Raw Open Overall Winner and Best Lifter

 In this episode we discuss:

  • Adapting to situations to be successful
  • Overthinking leading to inaction
  • The Daily Win – early morning strategies
  • A day in the life of Ryan Doris
  • Learning and operating out of necessity, not out of want.
  • Not accepting the standard narrative of “the way it is”
  • The pitfall of depending on the institution
  • Being vulnerable and forming relationships with awesome people
  • The balance between being evidence-based and having conviction in your thinking/ideas
  • Failures, dwelling on them and responding to them
  • Self-Responsibility
  • Good to Great: Discipline and confronting the brutal facts
  • What separates the elite from the rest

Links & Resources:

De Novo Nutrition

De Novo Consulting

Ryan on Instagram: @thenattypro

Facebook – De Novo Nutrition

Jim Collins – Good to Great

Mark Manson: Fuck Yes or No

Finding Wisdom Under a Bar: Powerlifting as a Teacher & Tool for Development

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Related Episodes:

SNR #79: Eric Helms – Nutrition For Powerlifters

SNR #78: Greg Nuckols – “Bulking”, Recovery & How Stress Affects Your Gains

SNR #104: Brad Schoenfeld, PhD – Muscle Hypertrophy Research & Evidence-Based Practice



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