Dr. Dan Stickler

Episode 292


Living A Life of Excellence

In this week’s episode of Stay Grounded, host Raj Jana is joined by Dr. Dan Stickler, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of The Apeiron Center for Human Potential.

Dr. Dan is a pioneer in the field of precision lifestyle medicine, taking a holistic systems-based approach to optimizing human health and performance. As a physician focused on high-achieving executives and entrepreneurs, he combines functional, alternative, and age-management medicine to help patients actualize their fullest potential physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Dr. Dan discovered that lifestyle – not just treating symptoms – holds the key to transformation. His fascination with leveraging genetics, epigenetics, and human systems design led him to develop a personalized approach that empowers people to become architects of their own evolution.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Dan is an author, speaker, and thought leader on topics related to human optimization and longevity. He serves as Chief Science Officer for Apeiron Academy, Medical Director at Neurohacker Collective, and guest lecturer at Stanford University.


In this wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Dan and Raj explore:

  • Navigating the stages of consciousness and integrating new awareness
  • Cultivating curiosity as an antidote to self-consciousness
  • Facing down shame stories and integrating shadow aspects of self
  • The role of spiritual awakening in relationships and community
  • Moving from a deficiency mindset to one of abundance
  • Surrendering the ego to feel emotions fully and authentically
  • How he stays grounded through emotional intelligence and presence

Dr. Dan offers profound wisdom and practical insights culled from his own ongoing journey of growth and self-discovery. Tune in for a fascinating exploration of living a life of excellence.


0:00 – Intro: 

4:00 – Optimizing Your Life 

6:20 – Conscious Relationships 

8:00 – The Stages of Consciousness 

15:44 – Complexity Thinking 

17:17- What is Integration?

21:00 – What does it mean to live a life of excellence? 

23:30 – The Value of Suffering 

24:15 – How useful is meaning making? 

27:00 – Conscious relationships 

29:00 – What is the soul? 

33:00 – What is the value of the ego? 

38:00 – What is “Shadow Work”? 

44:00 – Evolution of the ego. 

51:00 – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 

54:00 – Being seen failing 

58:00 – Devotional Relationships


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