Rob Murgatroyd On Why You Need To Fight For The Life You Want


My friend Rob Murgatroyd is one of the strongest examples in my life of what it looks like to live in alignment and follow your intuition. He’s truly mastered the art of living authentically and chasing what matters most, which for him is quality time with his family and community. 

In our conversation, Rob shares the story of how he and his family moved from Manhattan Beach, California to Florence, Italy and how it completely changed their lifestyle. Like so many Americans, he was fed up with the rat-race environment and felt burnt out from feeling like he was always behind. 

Rob highlights some ways that we can tap into the Italian approach to living, even if becoming an expat isn’t on our bucket list. He also describes simple strategies to balance ambition with enjoyment and adopt the work hard, play hard mindset. 


Episode Timeline & Discussion Questions:

(1:12) Welcome back to The Chris Harder Show. Today, Chris is joined by Rob Murgatroyd. 

(5:43) Rob joins the conversation. 

(7:46) Chris asks Rob, “Is the dream as good as you thought it would be? Describe one of the hurdles you had to overcome to get to this dream life?” 

(13:03) Chris asks Rob, “How different is life now?”

(16:34) Chris asks Rob, “What does your community look like now?”

(23:03) Chris asks Rob, “You didn’t walk over there with millions and millions of dollars, yet you’re living the life that it would have taken millions and millions of dollars here to live. What comes up for you when you hear that or see that?”

(27:20) Chris asks Rob, “Where does America have it wrong? And are we just fucked for life if we stay here?”

(30:26) Chris asks Rob, “How can we build a more Italian-esque life, but stay over here?”

(35:07) Chris asks Rob, “What’s next for you?”

(36:11) Chris asks Rob, “How do you want Sophia to grow up viewing money and life? And what do you want for Demi, your older daughter? Because she’s over here very much living that fast paced American lifestyle.” 

(38:59) Chris asks Rob, “Is there any part of you that wishes Demi would have had the upbringing that Sophia is now getting? Or are you glad that they both got different journeys?”

(39:52) Chris asks Rob, “Do you plan to stay there forever?”

(46:19) Chris asks Rob, “Can you tell that story of what you had to pull off in order to get there?”

(48:58) Chris asks Rob, “Who is the right client for you to coach? How can people reach out and be considered as a client?”

(52:31) Chris asks listeners to share the podcast and leave a 5-star review. 

Get clear on what it is
that you want. The
only way you can do
that is by doing the
work and getting
honest with yourself.

You’re Going To Hear About:

  • The biggest differences that Rob notices about life in Italy vs the US 
  • Challenging the template that you use to design your life 
  • What wisdom Rob hopes to impart on his daughters about life and money 
  • Getting in touch with what really lights you up 
  • Creating more meaningful connections with the people around you

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