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September 11, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Katie Zaferes shares her preparation approach leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
September 4, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Four Sigmatic founder Tero Isokauppila shares his process for self-discovery.
August 28, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Meb Keflezighi shares why training for the marathon is a great metaphor for life.
August 21, 2019
This week’s conversation is with Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill. Jemele is the co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a Senior Staff writer for The Atlantic. She was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. Prior to joining The Undefeated, Jemele co-anchored SportsCenter with Michael Smith. In August 2018, the National Association of Black Journalist awarded Jemele with Journalist of the Year Award and in July 2016, Jemele participated in The President and the People: A National Conversation – a one-hour town hall with President Barack Obama on race relations, justice, policing and equality. Jemele also recently debuted a new podcast on Spotify, called Jemele Hill is Unbothered. Unbothered explores the news of the day and the intersectionality between the worlds of sports, politics, music, identity and culture. In this conversation we touched on so many important topics – everything from courage, vulnerability, and honesty to why this world could use more empathy. I loved getting a chance to sit down with Jemele and think you’ll feel the same way after hearing her story.   -------------- Please support our partners! We're able to keep growing and creating content for YOU because of their support. We believe in their mission and would appreciate you supporting them in return!! Click here for all links and codes to take advantage of deals from our partners.
August 14, 2019
Nolan Bushnell shares what’s allowed him to become of the most important technology pioneer’s of our generation.
August 7, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love share their experiences with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. What they reveal about mental health actually reveals much about their mental strength.
July 31, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Vicki Golden discusses overcoming fear and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
July 24, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jermaine Jones shares why embracing pressure was the key to his success and critical for the future of U.S. soccer.
July 17, 2019
Bethany Hamilton shares her process for overcoming adversity and fighting for what you crave most.
July 10, 2019
Matthew Walker shares what you can do to improve your sleep and why it’s critical to your long-term health.
July 3, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Georges St-Pierre shares the mindset required to be a champion and why he surprisingly doesn’t like fighting.
June 26, 2019
Dierdre Wolownick shares her experience raising her son Alex Honnold and why it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.
June 19, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Matthew Futterman shares the parallels between becoming a great long distance runner and excelling in other aspects of life.
June 12, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jonathan Neman shares what drove him to start sweetgreen and the key to their rapid expansion.
June 5, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Akshay Nanavati shares how to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.
May 29, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Abby Wambach shares what drove her to be great and how she's adjusted to life after soccer.
May 22, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Steven Kotler shares his outlook on the future of humanity, counter-cultural evolution, and the rise of empathy.
May 15, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jake Olson shares how to be resilient, adjust, and make the best of any situation.
May 8, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk shares how people adapt to traumatic experiences and what’s at the root of the trauma.
May 1, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Julie Foudy shares what fueled her competitive spirit during her 17 year run with the USA National Team.
April 24, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Harry Gregson-Williams shares what goes into creating an award-winning score for your favorite feature film.
April 17, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Tim Brown shares the keys to having great posture and why it's directly tied to performance.
April 10, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Antonio Damasio discusses how the brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness.
April 3, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Paul Rabil, one of the best to ever play lacrosse, shares how he's now translating those same skills to the business world.
March 27, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Andy Petranek shares how to make better choices each day, outside of the gym, where it really matters.
March 20, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Brenda Tracy shares her story - how to stand up for what's right and strive for change.
March 15, 2019
On the final episode of Season 1 of The Process, Alex and Mike reflect on what they've learned over the course of the past year and discuss which skills will be necessary to succeed in a world where automation could soon be the norm.
March 13, 2019
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Stephen Rollnick shares his strategies for motivating people to change.
March 6, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Cliff Avril shares his search for purpose in a life after football.
February 27, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Kevin Harlan shares how he became one of the best sports announcers in the business.
February 20, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Soren Gordhamer shares how to live with greater mindfulness and purpose, especially in our technology rich age.
February 13, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. John Berardi shares his process for getting better at anything and what motivates people to change.
February 6, 2019
This week’s conversation is with retired U.S. Army Major Matt Brady. Matt is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was ranked #1 of 940 cadets in leadership for 7 consecutive semesters and graduated in the top 5% of his class overall. While serving in the Army on active duty, Matt flew over 2,000 hours in the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior (Reconnaissance), MH- 47D, and MH-47G Chinook helicopters (Army Special Operations). A seasoned combat veteran, he has deployed 12 times to both Iraq and Afghanistan and commanded forces during multiple high stakes/pressure conflicts including the 3rd Infantry Division charge to Baghdad in 2003 and “Operation REDWING,” the tragic SEAL mission depicted in the movie “Lone Survivor.” His awards include the Air Medal for combat Valor in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the Bronze Star Medal. Matt retired from the U.S. Army in late 2016 after two decades of service to the Nation. There is so much to unpack in this conversation. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the “Lone Survivor” story but for those who aren’t, definitely take a moment and look up it. While Matt was fortunate enough to survive that mission, the decisions he faced that day lived with him for years afterwards. And that’s a focal point of this conversation. What was his thought process like in an incredibly hostile situation? One that was near impossible to prepare for? How did he cope with those decisions after the fact and how did it impact his life? You may rethink what you deem as a “difficult decision” and the things that are worth “dwelling on” after listening to this conversation. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 30, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Suzy Whaley discusses embracing pressure, pushing boundaries, and her vision for the PGA of America.
January 23, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Steve Kerr shares how he built the Warriors’ culture, what he’s most hungry for, and his biggest challenge at the moment.
January 16, 2019
This week’s conversation is with Kevin Carroll, an author, speaker and creative catalyst. It is Kevin’s job to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals - from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren - to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth. He has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, Adidas, Walt Disney, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Under Armour, Mattel, the NBA and many others. The focus of this conversation is much more about how Kevin became the man he is today rather than the “what” of his accomplishments so I want to give a quick rundown of Kevin’s stops along the way. Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Kevin spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. His subsequent pursuit of play and his ‘red rubber ball’ took him overseas with the Air Force, where he served as a language interpreter and translator, gaining fluency in Croatian, Czech, Serbian, and German. After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Kevin became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Kevin to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. Although no job “officially” existed at the time, Kevin was directed to create a position at the company that would add value to the overall mission of the brand. Kevin left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst, committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world.   This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 9, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Herbert Wigwe discusses entrepreneurship, risk, and the challenges of building a world leading bank in Nigeria.
January 2, 2019
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast Scott Kriens shares how to be a great leader and get to the center of who you truly are.
December 26, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Annabel Anderson, the world #1 female SUP athlete from 2012-2017. Annabel has won the biggest titles in the sport of stand up paddling multiple times – She’s a 5x world champion, has beaten the best men in the sport, and orchestrated the campaign that resulted for equal pay and opportunities for female athletes globally. She is also an elite cyclist & mountain biker, skier, sailor, and surfer. If there was ever anyone who lived up to the moniker of versatile – Annabel Anderson is it. Career ending injuries curtailed a promising ski racing and triathlon career as a young athlete resulting in 11 major surgeries by the age of 24. Versatility, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit for marginal gains became common themes. But maybe the greatest challenge lies yet. This past year, she's had multiple freak accidents resulting in an extremely broken body. The challenge is now to return to normal function and to face what ever the next chapter holds. This conversation cuts right to the center of how Annabel became the person she is today and what’s been behind her success. It’s not everyday we get to hear from someone who’s won as much as Annabel and I think you’ll be interested to learn her views on it: In Annabel’s words: “Winning is really fun the first or second time and then it becomes normal, and then it becomes expected. How do you raise and elevate and deal with the internal pressure and the expectations of others? When winning becomes the one dependent it’s not exactly a great game to be playing. It has a finite end.” I can't wait for you to learn from Annabel.   This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Get Insight & Analysis into Your Body's Recovery, Strain, & Sleep with WHOOP. Join Now! Waterproof Strap. Monitor Strain. 24/7 Performance Tracking. Your first month of WHOOP FREE with the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: https://www.whoop.com/findingmastery/ Halo Neuroscience: Halo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, uses Neuropriming technology to improve the brain’s response to motor skill training.   $100 off Halo Sport when you purchase via this Finding Mastery link: http://gethalosport.com/findingmastery
December 19, 2018
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Brian Mackenzie shares his tools for optimizing human health and performance.
December 12, 2018
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. John Ratey shares his strategies for focusing deeply.
December 5, 2018
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Bobbi Brown shares how she built Bobbi Brown Cosmetics into a billion dollar brand.
November 28, 2018
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Forrest Griffin shares the mental skills he learned along the way to becoming a UFC Hall of Famer.
November 23, 2018
On the 6th episode of "The Process," Alex shares how Mike's interview on the last episode shaped their investment decision and why creating the right culture at a company is vital to its longterm success.
November 21, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Brendan Kane, a business and digital growth strategist for Fortune 500 corporations, brands, and celebrities. Brendan’s greatest strength is unlocking value. He transforms complexity into simplicity with tools and methods that amplify growth and enable execution. He thrives on helping his clients systematically find and engage new audiences. Brendan's success stories include massive global brands like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jason Statham, Katie Couric, MTV, Vice, Lionsgate, and Yahoo. This conversation has something for everyone: whether you own a business, are considering starting one or are just thinking about your personal brand. The power of social media allows you or your organization to impact many, to get your message in front of the right people, but in today’s world capturing someone’s attention is not an easy feat. More than 60 billion online messages are sent into the world every day, and only a select few companies can succeed in the mad scramble for customer attention. This means that the question for anyone who wants to gain mass exposure for their transformative content, business, brand or connect with audiences around the globe is no longer if they should use social media but how to best take advantage of the numerous different platforms. How can you make a significant impact in the digital world and stand out among all the noise? That’s at the core of what we discuss in this conversation. Brendan shares his methods for gaining an authentic, dedicated, and diverse online following from scratch; create personal, unique, and valuable content that will engage your core audience. He just published a book that’s jam-packed with these insights- One Million Followers: How I Built a Massive Social Following in 30 Days. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Get Insight & Analysis into Your Body's Recovery, Strain, & Sleep with WHOOP. Join Now! Waterproof Strap. Monitor Strain. 24/7 Performance Tracking. Your first month of WHOOP FREE with the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: https://www.whoop.com/findingmastery/ Halo Neuroscience: Halo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, uses Neuropriming technology to improve the brain’s response to motor skill training.   $100 off Halo Sport when you purchase via this Finding Mastery link: http://gethalosport.com/findingmastery
November 14, 2018
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Marty Callner shares how he made it in entertainment: dreaming big, taking risks and constantly reinventing himself.
November 7, 2018
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Brené Brown shares why you cannot get to courage without walking right through vulnerability.
October 31, 2018
On this week's Finding Mastery podcast, John Brenkus shares what he's learned from studying and working with some of the greatest athletes in the world.
October 24, 2018
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Daniel Chao shares how electrical stimulation can help the brain more rapidly improve performance, cognitive function, and overall happiness.
October 17, 2018
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, John Donovan joins Dr. Michael Gervais to discuss leadership, humility, and knowing your values.
October 10, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development at Facebook. In this role, he focuses on strategic partnerships that connect people to some of the world's most recognized brands. Facebook may be one of the world’s largest companies today, but it wasn’t when Matt joined as employee number 8 over 13 years ago. He took a leap of faith at the time – he believed in their mission and their founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and began working for no salary, only equity. You could say that bet paid off. What gave Matt the confidence to join Facebook? His intellectual curiosity has been a driving force for him for since he was young. In this conversation, we discuss how that intellectual curiosity has allowed him to stay ahead of the curve, take risks and opened up new opportunities. Matt understands, values, and invests deeply in relationships so it’s no surprise that his philosophy is: “To be the best part of another person’s day.” What a cool thought. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Get Insight & Analysis into Your Body's Recovery, Strain, & Sleep with WHOOP. Join Now! Waterproof Strap. Monitor Strain. 24/7 Performance Tracking. Your first month of WHOOP FREE with the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: https://www.whoop.com/findingmastery/ Halo Neuroscience: Halo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, uses Neuropriming technology to improve the brain’s response to motor skill training.   $100 off Halo Sport when you purchase via this Finding Mastery link: http://gethalosport.com/findingmastery Compete to Create: Our online course, Finding Your Best, includes our world-class High Performance Mindset™ training to help you live in the present moment more often. Previously reserved for our corporate clients, the eight-week online course, Finding Your Best, takes you through the 16 principles of training your mind. $50 off the course when you use the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: http://findingmastery.net/onlinecourse
October 3, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Michael Murphy, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the board of the world famous Esalen Institute, tucked away on the coast of Big Sur, in California. Michael and Esalen have been ground zero for the human potential movement: exploring everything from consciousness, Eastern philosophies meeting Western frameworks, the birth place of Gestalt therapy, to generating scores of mind body interventions. In 1950, Michael was a premed student at Stanford and wandered into a class discussing Eastern and Western philosophies and religions. The miscue changed his life. Soon he was meditating and, after earning a bachelor of arts in psychology and serving in the U.S. Army, he lived on an ashram in India for 18 months. Upon returning to the United States, he and the late Richard Price started Esalen on property the Murphy family owned.  Over its 50-plus years of existence, it has been described as a “personal growth think tank.” The organization is focused on personal growth, meditation, massage, ecology, yoga, psychology, spirituality — there was nothing quite like it at the time. Michael is also an author. His work includes:  ·     The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature, Golf in the Kingdom ·     The Life We Are Given: A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul ·     In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports ·      An End to Ordinary History It's a gift to laugh with him and learn from Michael, and I'm honored to share our conversation. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: The most complete supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health, it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Get Insight & Analysis into Your Body's Recovery, Strain, & Sleep with WHOOP. Join Now! Waterproof Strap. Monitor Strain. 24/7 Performance Tracking. Your first month of WHOOP FREE with the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: https://www.whoop.com/findingmastery/ Halo Neuroscience: Halo Sport, the first product from Halo Neuroscience, uses Neuropriming technology to improve the brain’s response to motor skill training.   $100 off Halo Sport when you purchase via this Finding Mastery link: http://gethalosport.com/findingmastery Compete to Create: Our online course, Finding Your Best, includes our world-class High Performance Mindset™ training to help you live in the present moment more often. Previously reserved for our corporate clients, the eight-week online course, Finding Your Best, takes you through the 16 principles of training your mind. $50 off the course when you use the code FINDINGMASTERY at checkout! Claim here: http://findingmastery.net/onlinecourse
September 26, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Javier Gómez, a Spanish triathlete. Since 2006, Javier has accumulated one of the best records in triathlon history. Javier is a 5x International Triathlete Union (ITU) World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion, a 9 time world ITU number 1, and won a Silver medal for Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men's triathlon. Simply put, he is a legend in the sport. Javier is currently in the final stages of training for the Ironman World Championship, which will take place on October 13 in Kona, Hawaii. You can learn more about Javi's pursuit to win Kona here. For those unfamiliar with the Ironman, it consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon run. No matter how you slice it, this endurance event is rugged, and that’s why I was so excited to talk with Javier about his experience preparing and training for it. Last year’s winner completed the race in just over 8 hours. That’s a lot of time for your mind to wander if you aren’t disciplined - and it’s something we discuss in this conversation. Javi shares how he manages positive and negative thoughts, his process for remaining calm, and how he overcomes intense pain during competition. So much of what goes into training and succeeding in endurance sports is applicable to other aspects of life. It requires persistence, an appreciation for the process, and a willingness to play the long game. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
September 19, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Dr. Mark Goulston, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Mark has specialized in psychotherapy for more than thirty years focusing on suicide prevention, death and dying, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD and marital therapy. After a recent string of high-profile suicides in America, death by suicide is a topic that's on a lot of our minds. Most of us are likely to know or love somebody who has been affected by a suicide. Since September is Suicide Prevention Month, this is a good time to seek understanding about these tragic experiences. You might be surprised by the global rate of suicide: According to the World Health Organization, "Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide. For every person who commit suicide, there's another 20 who attempted." My family has been impacted by suicide - I lost my uncle to this way of dying. Everyone who loved him dearly wishes we could have helped, but we couldn't. This conversation is about learning how to better connect with those in need - through listening, empathy and compassion.   This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
September 12, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Mark Healey, a professional big-wave surfer, award-winning spear-fisherman, free-diver, photographer, filmmaker, and part-time Hollywood stuntman. Mark’s made no shortage of major achievements in his career as a waterman. Earning his first surf sponsorship at age 13 and going pro at 17, the 31-year-old has racked up victories at big-wave events like Todos Santos and—in 2008—nabbed the Spearfishing World Cup. While he’s encountered his share of close calls—from shark attacks to blackouts—Mark thrives on the elements of danger inherent to his work. And that is a central part of this conversation. We discuss embracing challenges and why it’s important to face adversity head on rather than run from it. When you get to that edge, that point where you’re uncomfortable, that’s where you really learn what’s possible for yourself. Mark is wise beyond his years and I can’t wait for you to learn from him. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
September 7, 2018
After taking a break for summer, “The Process” is back!  Alex and Mike discuss the latest with Kairos: how their recent investments have fared and what’s in store for their upcoming K50 event in late November. The K50 program is a global recognition of the 50 most-innovative startups from around the world, with young founders tackling global challenges. Companies are awarded at the top of the World Trade Center in front of 100 of the most influential CEOs, investors, media, and leaders of today.  Alex then invites on Michael Wong, founder of Homevest, a company they are considering investing in. Alex wants Mike to get a chance to meet a founder pre-investment and assess whether he has what it takes to execute on his ambitious vision. Homevest is a service helping homebuyers purchase their first home by contributing to the down payment. They don’t lend money - instead they invest with you in a new home, sharing ownership, the mortgage and expenses proportionately.  Homevest creates a halfway point between buying and renting. Partnering with Homevest means you just pay what you can afford for the down payment, and buy part of a home first, instead of waiting and saving for years. Homevest buys the other part of the home and rents it back to you. As a co-investor, you can repurchase home equity at any point, and you alone control when to sell. Listen to more episodes of "The Process" here!
September 5, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Aaron Bruno, best known as the founder and lead singer of AWOLNATION. Formed in 2010, AWOLNATION crafted one of the most influential songs in years with the chart-topping, record-breaking track “Sail.” The first single off the gold-certified full-length debut Megalithic Symphony, “Sail” was certified 6x platinum in the US and holds the record for the most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by an independent artist, the second longest for any artist. Sail had a profound impact on me. We talk about that in the podcast - how his music helped me get the vibe right for a mindset training project that I was working on It’s amazing how music can do that. The same song can mean so many different things to so many different people. Different emotions, feelings, memories - and that’s something we discuss - why music means so much to Aaron and why he’s so passionate about it coming from an authentic place. It’s clear how much Aaron loves music, but he wasn’t always destined for stardom. He was a member of multiple bands that never made it and reached the point where others around him thought he should give it up. Think about that as you listen to this conversation. How well are you connected to what matters most to you - to the inner ache, that burning ache - and if you are - are you willing to give up just about everything else for it?  This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
August 29, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Tom Bilyeu, the co-founder of Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Why did I want to sit down with Tom? Tom is driven to help people develop the skills they need to improve themselves and the world. It’s not every day that we get to learn from someone who created a billion dollar business. I wanted to understand his mindset, his approach to leadership, and what he’s most hungry for. Tom is very clear about what he wants and what he believes in and that definitely is apparent in this conversation. In Tom’s words, “What I do is with a very high degree of intention. I am very much not stumbling my way through life.” I hope Tom’s clarity inspires you to spend your own time getting clear on what you want and what you stand for, if you haven’t done so already. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
August 22, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Michael Rosenbaum, actor, producer, and comedian. The diverse actor has worked in over twenty films, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Hit and Run, Urban Legend, Sweet November, Bringing Down The House, Pool Hall Junkies and Sorority Boys. Michael has worked with everyone from Bradley Cooper and Sylvester Stallone to Christopher Walken and Clint Eastwood. He portrayed Lex Luthor on the smash hit Smallville for seven years and voiced The Flash on the hit animated series The Justice League Unlimited. In this conversation Michael shares the highs and lows of being an actor in Hollywood – how he’s had to work on caring less what others think and focus on getting to the center of who he truly is and what matters most to him. I appreciated Michael willingness to show vulnerability. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
August 15, 2018
This week's conversation is with Erik Vendt - a 3x USA swimming Olympian. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Vendt won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4×200-meter freestyle relay team. This is a fantastic conversation that shines light on some of the core themes that have emerged from Finding Mastery. Erik grew up loving swimming - so much so that he pushed all his chips in - and was determined to become an Olympian. And while he did in fact achieve his "goal" there was a cost to it. When swimming was over he felt void of passion and purpose - something all too familiar for many athletes when they reach the end of their playing days. For anyone who's gone through difficult transitions in life - I'm sure you'll be able to relate and for those currently facing a transition in your life - this is definitely a conversation worth your time. Erik's quest to find a new passion and purpose in life ultimately led him to WHOOP. In his role as Director of Performance, Erik works predominantly with the special forces community, specifically within a program called PTOF (preservation of force and family) focused on building a more resilient and ready war fighter. The idea is to improve their mental health, spiritual framework, and human performance and this is where WHOOP comes in. I think many of you are aware by now that WHOOP is a partner of Finding Mastery. I have been using WHOOP for months now - for me, it is about figuring out how my body responds to everything in life. Whether it is my diet, sleep, training, or other stress, WHOOP breaks it all down into personalized daily Recovery, Strain, and Sleep metrics.  If you haven’t tried out their technology yet – I encourage you to go learn more about their product. They also just created an amazing offer for Finding Mastery listeners. Your first month is now free when you sign up at: WHOOP.com/FindingMastery and use the code “FINDINGMASTERY” … all one word, all caps. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
August 8, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Dr. Marco Cardinale, the Head of Sports Physiology of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar). He started his career in sports science as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and went on to lead the sports science activities for the preparation of Team Great Britain at the Beijing, Vancouver and London Olympic Games. He has been an advisor to various companies (e.g. Polar Electro, Medisport and Technogym), government agencies (e.g. the European Space Agency) and professional sport organizations and national governing bodies in 5 countries (USA, Italy, Spain, Sweden, UK) before working in Qatar. In this episode we discuss making the most of opportunities, how to avoid self-imposter syndrome, and his evidence based approach to coaching. There’s a lot to learn from Marco – he has a unique perspective that only comes from working all over the world, immersing himself in different cultures along the way. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Exclusive offer for the Finding Mastery community -- Get your first month of WHOOP membership FREE with the promo code: "FINDINGMASTERY" at checkout! Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
August 1, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Bob Wright, who served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as president of General Electric Financial Services and before that as president of Cox Cable Communications. Bob’s had a diversified career in law, general management, marketing, and television and has been inducted into the Advertising, Broadcasting and Cable Halls of Fame. He is also the co-founder of Autism Speaks and founder of The Suzanne Wright Foundation Bob’s major focus right now is on The Suzanne Wright Foundation and his CodePurple campaign which are both fighting pancreatic cancer. In this conversation we touch on leadership, passion and accountability. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Exclusive offer for the Finding Mastery community -- Get your first month of WHOOP membership FREE with the promo code: "FINDINGMASTERY" at checkout! Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
July 25, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Rich Froning Jr., dubbed the Fittest Man in History after winning four back-to-back individual CrossFit Games championships (2011-2014). He also won the worldwide Open for three consecutive years (2012-2014), and when he retired from individual competition after the 2014 season, he captained his affiliate’s team, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, to two back-to-back Affiliate Cup championships in 2015 and 2016. When I mentioned to a couple of my friends that Rich was coming on, they raised their eyebrows and nodded, "That’s going to be a great one.” Rich’s point of view comes from being recognized as the best in the world at his craft. It’s clear Rich understands winning – and the costs associated with it. In Rich’s words: “To be the best in the world at anything, you’re not balanced. You can’t be balanced.” So if you knew that ahead of time, would you still pursue it? It’s a great question and why I love these conversations so much. They really make you think about who you are and what you value most – at least they do for me. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Exclusive offer for the Finding Mastery community -- Get your first month of WHOOP membership FREE with the promo code: "FINDINGMASTERY" at checkout! Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
July 18, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of the global apparel brand, Hurley. Something I love about these Finding Mastery conversations is we get to learn from people at all stages, across unique fields of expertise. And in this conversation we get to learn from someone who built a globally recognized brand, which was acquired by Nike in 2002. Bob has made his work his play from the beginning. He started as a surf shop kid in Huntington Beach, shaping surf boards before acquiring the license to Billabong USA in 1982. In 1999, he started his own clothing brand embracing the spirit and creativity of youth. Bob has a phenomenal story to share and he opens up about how he built Hurley into the company that it is today, what his process looks like for making big decisions, and why he has a burning desire to be around “magic.” He remains deeply involved in company operations today, except when “product-testing” in Indo or Fiji. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
July 11, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Andrew Zimmern, a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher. Andrew is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel, The Zimmern List and Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, he has explored culture through food in more than 170 countries. He has built a multi-faceted empire that promotes impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. On the surface Andrew is wildly successful – he’s highly ambitious and has an insatiable curiosity for life but in this conversation he pulls back the curtain and we get to learn about a different side of him. Andrew’s affinity for risk taking led him down a path that almost cost him his life. And that is at the heart of what this conversation is all about. Andrew holds nothing back. The pain he endured, what he ultimately learned about himself, and how it’s impacted the work he does today. We all have challenges we’re dealing with—whether it be issues at work, your personal life, addiction, searching for purpose, and I truly believe this conversation has something to offer for everyone. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
July 4, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Reid Priddy, a 4 time Olympian for the USA Men’s indoor volleyball team, winning Gold in 2008 and Bronze in 2016. Over the past 16 years, Reid has competed at the highest level in indoor volleyball - both on the US National Team as well as on foreign Pro teams in domestic leagues all across the globe. In 2014, Reid suffered a torn ACL during competition, which required double knee surgery. In his late thirties, he defied the odds and worked his way all the way back to the top and helped the US Olympic Team win a Bronze Medal in Rio Reid is looking to defy the odds once more by switching surfaces to the sand – he’s working towards representing the US in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. As someone who has had the fortune of being involved with multiple Olympic Games, most recently with the 2016 women’s indoor and beach volleyball teams I've seen just how challenging the Olympic quad process is... the rigorous hours and dedication required over a 4 year period to even have a shot at making the Olympics once. Now imagine doing that successfully 4 times (16 years, not including the 10-20 years of prior training just to get the world-stage) and still having the hunger to come back and do it one final time. In this conversation we learn how Reid has done it - we discuss everything from how he struggled with confidence in his early playing days, what it means to be clutch, and why he loves putting himself in situations that test his capabilities. There aren’t many people who are able to call themselves a 4x Olympian so I can’t wait for you to learn from Reid.   This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
June 27, 2018
This week’s podcast is with Des Linden, a 2x Olympian, running the marathon for the U.S. in both the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Her most significant achievement to date happened this year (2018) when she became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon. Prior to winning, she came in 4th last year (2017) and finished second by only two seconds in 2011 (a personal record at the time). Two seconds! Think about how crushing that could be. Everything you’ve worked so hard for is in striking distance only to miss by two seconds—if external outcomes are the primary measurement of success. Imagine the persistence and the mental fortitude required just to complete a marathon, then on top of that fight back and win the Boston Marathon seven years after having a PR but coming up just short of first place… That right there sets the tone for what this conversation is all about. We discuss everything from being comfortable with getting vulnerable, why she doesn’t get nervous before races, and how she manages her internal dialog. If there’s one thing I hope you take away from this conversation, it’s that Des is comfortable with who she is. In her words: “The thing I understand most is … myself” And having that understanding, that confidence is a very powerful thing.   This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
June 20, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Peter Park, founder of the Platinum brand and co-owner of the Platinum Fitness Summerland facility in Santa Barbara, California. He brings to this conversation a history rich of stories from the frontier. A blend of his own limit pushing achievements and 23 years of experience training elite athletes, big-screen celebrities, top touring musicians, and recreation folks that are serious about their fitness, mobility, and longevity. Peter has trained the best of the best -- Lance Armstrong, Kelly Slater (11x World Champion surfer), Lakey Peterson (currently #1 in the world right now for professional surfing), 2017 Major League Baseball MVP Giancarlo Stanton, and motocross game changers Chad Reed and Ken Roczen are among the athletes that Peter has nurtured through various stages of their careers. Peter recently authored a book called “Rebound” on Foundation Training, which lengthens and strengthens the back body, equaling out one’s total body strength, posture, flexibility, and overall body awareness. In this conversation we discuss what he’s learned from training the best in the world, why Peter struggles with the idea of balance, and what cancer has taught him about embracing every moment. I hope you can appreciate Peter’s humility and as a friend of Peter's, I hope you get a sense of the man he his, far more than the craft he's mastering…. see if you can dig into what he's searching for, how he goes about it, and why it matters so much to him. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
June 15, 2018
On the 4th episode of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the latest happenings with Kairos and discuses the challenges they are currently facing: having to make investment decisions at a faster rate than ever before and the pressure that comes with it.  We then get to learn from Andres Blumer and Bruno Ocampo-González, co-founders of Mi Águila, a company that is rethinking workforce transportation in Colombia and Latin America. Andres and Bruno believe their technology platform can help solve the transportation issues that plague their local market. They share what they believe are the most important qualities for any entrepreneur: persistence, emotional intelligence and self awareness and also discuss the challenges of building a company in Colombia. Listen to past episodes of The Process here: https://findingmastery.net/kairos/
June 13, 2018
This week’s conversation is with David (leaving his last name out for security purposes.) He's been a top special operations sniper for more than 10 years.  David has four combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the last 21 years he has served in a variety of leadership roles that include; Fire Team Leader, Senior Weapons Sergeant, Tactics and Weapons instructor, Team Sergeant Air Operations NCOIC. David’s won countless awards along the way and just won the USASOC Sniper competition (top completion for snipers in all branches of special ops). He’s been asked multiple times how he won and he attributes it to his mental game! This conversation is a treat. We get to learn from someone truly on the razor’s edge; putting his life on the line. We talk about what goes through his mind in the most pivotal moments, where everything is at stake, including his and others’ lives around him. We discuss the difficulties that come with transitioning back and forth between combat and every day life, his addiction to adrenaline, and how he manages dealing with some of the difficult sights and sounds he’s witnessed. I have the utmost respect for the people who choose to serve our country and put their lives on the line to protect others and I hope this conversation gives you a glimpse into what that sacrifice is really all about. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
June 6, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Rebecca Rothstein, a private wealth advisor focused on helping high-net-worth individuals, families and institutions pursue their financial goals through wealth management, tax minimization strategies and legacy planning services. In 2017, Forbes named Rebecca one of “America's Top Wealth Advisors" and this year recognized her as the #1 “Top Women’s Wealth Advisor.” What stands out in this conversation is while Rebecca’s area of expertise may appear on the surface to be wealth management, her true gift is her ability to build relationships with her clients, her team, and her family. One of Rebecca's key indicators for success is maintaining a high retention rate -- which she has. When I asked her why her client retention was so high, it of course came down to quality relationships: her ability to listen, communicate, and develop trust with her clients. In Rebecca’s words, “The most important thing that you learn when you’re taking on someone’s money, is that you have to make them explain to you what their point of view is and not give them your point of view.” I think you’ll notice some parallels between Rebecca’s relationship-oriented approach to business and successful coaches that have previously come on the podcast such as Pete Carroll, Luke Walton, and Shaka Smart. This episode is brought to you by WHOOP and Athletic Greens. WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
May 30, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Brett Campbell, a serial entrepreneur. He’s currently the CEO of Harvey Partners, focused on assisting new innovative businesses move from startup to business ready. Brett knew he wanted to run his own business from an early age and this conversation sheds light on his experiences along the way: from learning the ropes working for his uncle, going out on his own, selling his first business, and mentoring others, Brett has seen it all.  Today, Brett has a reached a level of financial security where he need not work another day, but he loves what he does and can’t envision himself waking up without heading into the office. At one point in the conversation I asked Brett what advice he would give someone considering starting their own business. He said: “I get a lot of people coming to me saying, ‘Hey look I’ve got this really good idea and hey here’s an MVP but would you invest in this? I’ve only got part time because I’m still working. I don’t really want to…’ That’s when I turn away. If you’re not totally invested in this, how can I invest in this?”  What I loved about that is it’s the exact same thing Alex Fiance, managing partner at Kairos said on our new audio series, “The Process.” Pretty cool. One who’s much further along his journey, another at the beginning yet both seeing things the same way. If you haven’t had a chance, I hope you’ll check out The Process. We recently released episode 3 and it’s been such a fun learning experience for me. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens and WHOOP. Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/findingmastery
May 23, 2018
This week’s podcast is with Kaskade, a Multi GRAMMY Award-nominated musician who has been a groundbreaking innovator in the dance music world, and a titan in the music industry as a whole. While bridging the gap between old school music purists and a new generation of music lovers, he marries genres and twists labels to stay true to his roots while pushing the boundaries of what’s next. Relentlessly touring the world and playing to millions of people around the globe, Kaskade has been in the trenches for over a decade. His handwriting can be read all over the history of electronic music while his influence maintains an all-time high. Over the past few years I’ve had the fortune of getting to have so many incredible conversations on this podcast. What stands out in this conversation is the challenges of being an artist. The challenge of creating work that comes from a place of authenticity, that is true to who you are, while at the same time wanting to reach as many people as possible and make a living. We talk about innovation and how he balances fans wanting to hear him plays his hits vs. keeping it fresh and playing new music. We also discuss how he manages anxiety when it comes to performing and the demands of touring. For those who are unfamiliar with his music – definitely go check it out! This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens and WHOOP. Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/?utm_source=FindingMastery&utm_medium=Pod https://goo.gl/Gy4hZ6
May 16, 2018
This week’s podcast is unique.  It’s a follow up with Rich Roll but it’s more of a casual conversation between friends than an interview. I also speak quite a bit more than a typical Finding Mastery podcast.  Rich is a friend and each time we have one of these conversations we always seem to end up taking the discussion somewhere new. For those of you unfamiliar with Rich, he’s a plantpowered wellness advocate, bestselling author, ulltra-athlete & podcast host. Rich inspired me to start my own podcast a few years ago after I had such an enjoyable experience being a guest on his podcast.  He was a previous guest on Finding Mastery – episode #018 – where we predominantly discussed how pain was the main catalyst for the positive changes he’s made in his life. In this conversation we share some of our takeaways from guests we’ve both had a chance to interview, discuss how to combat perfectionism and the three pillars of a psychological framework that are really important to pay attention to: optimism, control, and grit. Hope you enjoy it! This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens and WHOOP. Athletic Greens: Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery WHOOP: Starting today you can join WHOOP for $30 a month, six month minimum to begin. The WHOOP membership service includes the WHOOP Strap 2.0, professional analytics via its mobile and web apps, and a powerful community of performance-minded individuals. To find out more about what they’re doing and join their program, click the link below! https://whoop.com/?utm_source=FindingMastery&utm_medium=Pod https://goo.gl/Gy4hZ6
May 11, 2018
In Episode 3 of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the recent public launch of one of their companies, CERA, who offer a personalized home-care solution to the aging population, allowing elderly people to live where they are most comfortable and happy. We then get to learn from Tim Hwang, the founder of FiscalNote, a Kairos company. Tim shares why he cares about making societal impact and how his merging interest in technology and politics was the impetus for Fiscal Note. We discuss his company's values, the biggest mistake he's ever made, and why entrepreneurship is about the intersection of risk and passion. You can find episodes 1 and 2 here: https://findingmastery.net/kairos/
May 9, 2018
Satya Nadella needs no introduction. He and his team are guiding one the world's most significant high-tech companies. He's the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and one of only three in their history.     The first time I met him (in 2014, when he was just a handful of weeks in as CEO) I was struck by how deeply he listened, his authentic curiosity to learn, and the clarity of how he organized his thoughts.  It was apparent that he deeply valued, and was going to thoughtfully design, a culture at Microsoft for people to find and connect to their purpose — to experience their life efforts with deep meaning — while at the same time, holding true to their mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. That is so rich. It's what we all want. To live a life of purpose and meaning — and to really make a difference with what we do, and how we do it. This conversation explores where that comes from for him. As this conversation unfolds, it became amazingly apparent that at the center of his approach is: empathy — the ability to experience what another person is experiencing, from their perspective.  As most of you know, Pete Carroll and I formed the company Compete to Create to share the insights that he and I have come to understand about how to train the mind to amplify culture and performance — and it’s been a privilege to work inside the organization with the people at Microsoft who have in turn taught us so much about what it means to be great.  I'm excited to introduce Satya to this community; one of the brightest minds our world has to offer. I hope you soak it up… This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
April 30, 2018
This week’s conversation is with quarterback Sam Darnold on leadership, trust, and confidence. Sam was just selected by the New York Jets with the 3rd pick in this year's NFL Draft. Over the last two years, Sam has been one of the top college quarterbacks in the nation, playing at the University of Southern California. I’ve known Sam since he participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp - which features the best of the best quarterbacks coming out of high school. It’s been incredible to see how far he’s come since then. You might know him as one of the best rookie quarterbacks, but this conversation shows a different side of him: insight, integrity, humility, and honesty. We discuss everything from his leadership style, why building strong relationships and trusting himself have been fundamental to his success, and how he’s managed the distractions that have come with his quick rise to fame.
April 25, 2018
This week’s podcast is with Chris Ashenden, the co-founder of Athletic Greens. Now I want to be totally transparent here – Athletic Greens is a partner of the podcast but I wouldn’t be comfortable having Chris on unless I fully believed in the product and their mission. In this conversation, we touch on Chris’ upbringing and how his experiences traveling around the world with his family shaped him -- and ultimately was the impetus for the creation of Athletic Greens. There were times where Chris was close to broke – living on a diet of rice and beans just to get by - but Chris never gave up. He refused to alter the quality of the product or the mission of the company even if it meant potentially losing everything. Chris is grateful he stuck to what he believed in and it becomes clear how his philosophy has rubbed off on the company. We discuss how to create a culture that stands for honesty and integrity and how to best develop trust with others. I hope this conversation inspires you – that it’s possible to do things the right way, live with integrity and still succeed in business – and for that matter life in general. And one last thing - support Athletic Greens and their mission while you’re at it!
April 18, 2018
This week’s podcast is with Jim DiMatteo. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 1986, Jim followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps and joined the US Navy where he began an unprecedented Naval Aviation career. He retired as a Captain and has amassed nearly 5,000 hours in 5 different fighter aircraft (F/A-18, F-16, F-14, F-5, A-4) in over twenty-five years of service. After extensive combat flight time in Desert Storm, Jim was recruited into the prestigious TOPGUN Adversary squadron. It was there that he accumulated more TOPGUN Adversary flight time than anyone in the history of the US Navy and Marine Corps. He was awarded numerous accolades, including US Navy Fighter Pilot of the Year and US Navy Adversary Pilot of the Year. After retiring, he became the first Race Director in America for Red Bull and the U.S. Director of Aviation for Brietling. Jim was recently inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in aviation. In this conversation, we discuss how he prepares to make decisions under duress, the role visualization has played in his success, and the most dangerous moments for any fighter pilot. Jim has lost many loved ones and peers due to the nature of how dangerous his craft is. He has a refreshing perspective on the things that matter most in life and I hope that rubs off on you in this conversation.   This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
April 13, 2018
Kairos Managing Partner Alex Fiance shares they’ve made a new investment in a company called iBeat, a smartwatch that continually monitors your heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood flow for life-threatening emergencies. Topics discussed include why they chose to invest, their process for determining if a company is the right fit, what Alex believes are the most important traits for an entrepreneur to have and answers a few questions from the Finding Mastery Tribe. All episodes of "The Process" are available here: https://findingmastery.net/kairos/
April 11, 2018
Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He has over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally. In this conversation we discuss how they got schools to buy into their mission, the way in which they’ve made a big impact in many kids lives, and Ali provides some concrete examples of what his mindfulness practice entails. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
April 4, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Cassidy Lichtman, a former member of the United States women’s national volleyball team. At the age of nine, Cassidy developed a chronic pain disorder in one of her legs and was told that she might never walk again. Imagine waking up one day with pain. Pain you didn’t understand. Pain that had no cure, no matter how many doctors you visited. On one side of the spectrum there is the physical pain. Over a short period of time, that is usually more manageable. Observe it, notice it, choose not to respond to it and focus on something else. But what about when you have to wake up with it again the next day and the next day and the day after that. Therein lies the mental pain. How would you respond when it feels like you’ve lost control over everything that once seemed to be such a certainty? Cassidy is a fighter and has persevered her whole life. Despite unsuccessful efforts to treat the pain she re-learned how to walk and then began playing volleyball. She went on to be a two-time All-American for Stanford and spent five years competing with the United States National Team. In this conversation, Cassidy shares her experiences overcoming this pain, making the best of the opportunities given to her, and choosing to live her life doing what she loves, not letting her life be dictated by her suffering. There is so much to learn from Cassidy. She has an incredible spirit, she has perspective on what matters most, and she’s competed at the highest level of her sport. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
March 28, 2018
This week’s conversation is with American Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist Conor Dwyer. You wouldn’t know it looking at him now, with his 6’5”, athletic frame, three Olympic medals and four World Championships titles to his name, but success in the pool didn’t come easily to Conor.  He was a multi-sport athlete throughout his youth, settling into swimming as his main focus late in high school. He was good but never quite great and the self described ‘very late bloomer’ struggled to get any collegiate coach to look his way as graduation approached.  Unlike most of his teammates now on the U.S. National Swim Team there were no red carpet swim scholarships rolled out in his direction. But what Conor may have lacked in head-turning results early in his career he made up for with a gut- wrenching work ethic.  What changed for Conor? His mindset. His environment. His training. In this conversation, we discuss how Conor transformed his swimming career: from unrecruited to winning multiple gold medals  at the Olympic Games,  I hope this conversation reminds you that success doesn’t come early to everyone. Conor is a great example of what happens to those who build up the capacity to persevere until they get where they want. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
March 21, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Admiral Bill Owens on leadership, courage, and relationships. Bill is currently the executive chairman and co-founder of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company which identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, the Middle East, and the United States and creates dynamic partnerships focusing on: natural resources (oil, gas and fertilizer plants), real estate, and information, communication and technology. He was previously chairman the board of CenturyLink Telecom, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and was also on the advisory board at SAP USA. The list goes on and on of important businesses that Bill has been involved with. Bill began his career as a nuclear submariner. He served on four strategic nuclear-powered submarines and three nuclear attack submarines, including tours as commanding officer aboard the USS Sam Houston and USS City of Corpus Christi. Owens spent a total of 4,000 days (more than 10 years) aboard submarines, including duty in Vietnam. He was appointed to vice chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military office in the United States, by Bill Clinton in March 1994. It’s through these experiences – serving both in combat and in Washington that has given Bill a unique perspective on the world. What’s become a common theme in these conversations is the guests have clarity. They know where they came from and what they stand for. Bill sees himself as a utilitarian. A person who seeks the greatest good for the greatest number. In this conversation, Bill discusses how he came to live by those principles and shares some incredible stories from serving abroad and beyond. It takes courage and conviction to make many of the decisions Bill has been faced with and we dive into what being courageous comes down to. We also discuss what it will take for companies to be successful in the rapidly evolving digital world and why having a mindset that embraces change will be vital going forward. It was truly a treat getting to spend time with Bill. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
March 16, 2018
Welcome to “The Process” a new audio series from Dr. Michael Gervais and Finding Mastery. In this series, we’re going to learn about The Process: What really goes on “in the thick of it,” for those on the pursuit of mastery? In this first season, we’re going to follow Kairos and their CEO Alex Fiance. Kairos is a global community of fellows, founders & advisors that work together to identify society’s most pressing challenges and then build and fund new solutions to address them. They focus on areas where outdated industries and governments are failing to meet our communities’ needs. Over the course of the next 6 months, we’re going to learn about young entrepreneurs tackling the worlds biggest problems – what are some of the biggest problems? How do they find the entrepreneurs they believe can solve them?  How do they determine which companies to invest in? And we’ll dig into the mindset of these entrepreneurs. Young people have the ability to make a big difference and we’re going to learn from some of the brightest minds of the next generation. Episode 1 focuses on how Kairos was formed and what to expect over the next 6 months.
March 14, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Valorie Kondos Field, often referred to as “Miss Val.” She’s the head coach of the six-time NCAA Champion, 21 NCAA Regional Champion and 17-time PAC 12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. Valorie was recently named the Pac-12 “Coach of the Century,” and in 2010, she became one of only two active coaches to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. She considers the late John Wooden, the legendary and most successful collegiate basketball coach of all time, as one of her inspirations, and closest mentor and friend. Countless student-athletes praise Valorie for her guidance during their athletic careers, and after they’ve graduated from UCLA and have entered the next chapter in their lives. Included in the hundreds of athletes she has coached or mentored are Olympic champions Simone Biles, Jordan Wieber, Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Nastia Liukin. For Valorie, life is a grand adventure that all comes down to choices. The moment she found out she had breast cancer is a prime example of the way she chooses to live her life. In essence, she became grateful that her form of cancer was treatable. Grateful that she could go get chemotherapy for it and she’s continued to live her life that way ever since. In this conversation, we discuss why she doesn’t believe in failure, why being a pessimist is the easy way out, and why gratitude is the most important habit to train. Valerie has an infectious personality and this incredible mindset that, “I get to…” rather than “I have to…” and I think it’s something we can all apply to our own lives. I think you’re really going to love learning from her. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
March 7, 2018
This week's conversation is with entrepreneur Daymond John on the power of clarity, vision, and imagery. From street hustle -- to Shark Tank to being a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, he has become globally recognized for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs.  Daymond initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the groundbreaking lifestyle brand, FUBU (which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales). He started a global brand from the basement of his mother’s house. Today, the streetwear market that FUBU pioneered is a $20 billion dollar industry. In this conversation we discuss what has been the driving force behind Daymond’s success, his process for setting goals, and why having clarity is so important to him. In every single of these conversations I ask the guest if they have a guiding philosophy that shapes their life.  Daymond likes to ask people if they can describe themselves in 2-5 words. When you’re able to be that concise, it leads to some serious clarity. In Daymond’s words: “If you don’t know what you stand for, when you walk into a room, you leave it up to us to interpret who you are.” This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
February 28, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Hall of Fame swimming coach Bob Bowman, the maestro behind the illustrious career of Michael Phelps. He’s now the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s programs at Arizona State University. He is a four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team staff, including Head Coach of the Men’s team at Rio 2016. He has guided swimmers to 38 Olympic medals, including 21 individual medals and 19 individual gold medals, and 43 World Records over the course of his illustrious career. Bob comes from a family of teachers and that’s how he views himself: a teacher. He has experienced an incredible amount of success, but it is all about the process for him. When it comes to the process, Bob has four phases to his model: discovery, imagination, challenge, and high performance. This conversation has it all. We cover the common traits of high performers, how he gets the most out of his swimmers, and Bob shares some fantastic stories about his experiences coaching Olympians Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and others. Bob has been by the side of the greatest swimmer to ever do it for 20 years. I can’t wait for you to learn from him in this conversation. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
February 21, 2018
Jeremy Bailenson is the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and a professor at Stanford University. Jeremy studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. When I was up at his lab, he ran me through a fear-inducing protocol that completely hijacked my thinking brain. Right up my alley! In this conversation we discuss Jeremy’s path – why he was almost too early to VR over 20 years ago - and how he dealt with early rejection because of it. Jeremy shares how he prevailed to run a lab at Stanford that is leading the way for technological advancements in virtual reality. He is also the co-founder of STRIVR, a company that has integrated virtual reality into the way sports teams train their players. This is a thought provoking discussion – Jeremy was able to see the future before many of his peers and was able to do the work to carve that path. For those that are intrigued by the applications of VR, check out his new book, Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery Support for Finding Mastery also brought to you by Health IQ: Health IQ uses science & data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people including runners, cyclists, strength trainers, vegans, and more. Learn more and get a free quote at healthiq.com/findingmastery
February 14, 2018
This week’s episode is special. It’s from our first Finding Mastery “Live” recorded at the USC Performance Science Institute. Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, USC Executive Director for Entrepreneurial Studies, David Belasco, and I created the institute to teach, train, and research the science, best practices, and applied processes for a high performing mindset in any domain. That’s our mission. I can't tell you how excited I am for what we're building - it's got all the makings for something very special for the next generation of doers and thinkers. The guest for this first Finding Mastery Live is Alex Honnold, someone I’ve wanted to talk to for a very long time. Alex, in my mind, is one of the most compelling athletes in sport right now. Alex is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. If you're not familiar with free solo climbing, it's literally climbing without using any ropes and harnesses or any protective equipment, relying entirely on the climbers ability, which is just his or her mind, their hands, their feet, and their connection with the mountain. That's it. Alex’s mind is extraordinary. His depth of presence, his curiosity, his confidence, his ability to be calm and to think clearly - they all just jumped out in this conversation. All of those are likely hallmarks of why he's so different than so many other physically talented climbers. Alex recently became the first person to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite, the most iconic wall in the world. To Alex, this project was just a little bit bigger, a little bit harder, than he's attempted in the past and in his words, it was attainable. That’s something to consider for when people are pushing the boundaries of human performance and human limits. Although it looks crazy or reckless to many of us, it is just an incremental step in the direction of growth for them. You've likely heard me talking about ways to dissolve pressure and not just perform with it. One way Alex has done that is by having this incredible balance between being mission minded (meaning why and what he's doing in his life) without compromising his ability to lock in and be present with whatever he’s doing. Alex is a world-class talent and I hope this conversation gives you some perspective on why he’s able to do what he does. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
February 7, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Jake Blauvelt, one of the world’s best all around snowboarders. He’s got a smooth, creative and effortless-looking style and it’s lifted him into an elite group of top athletes in the snowboarding world. Jake’s career started like most other snowboarders: traveling from contest to contest, making a name for himself riding half pipe & slopestyle events, & eventually winning the Burton US Open Slopestyle in 2004, one of the most prestigious events in snowboarding. It wasn’t long before Jake realized that his was a different calling; his style & his capability on a snowboard belonged in the backcountry, in natural terrain where he could let his endless imagination & creativity run wild where he could find his own lines and make use of the features that nature provides. Jake sees himself as an artist, not a stuntman and in this conversation we get into everything from how Jake approaches risk, trains confidence, and aspires to live in the state of flow. Jake is true to himself and I appreciated his willingness to open up. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 31, 2018
This week’s conversation is with Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen has spent the past decade researching and writing about happiness and is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project.  I wanted to talk to Gretchen because happiness is something that every one of us seems to searching for yet some of us have trouble finding. When you ask people on the street or in a casual conversation, "What are you looking for in life? What does it all come down to?" Many people say happiness.  What's been interesting is that on this podcast, many of the interesting thinkers and doers have not said happiness. They are looking for something different than that. I wanted to pull from Gretchen why and how happiness is something that she's spent her life trying to understand. In this conversation, we have a great discussion on how happiness and habits are linked. Gretchen came up with her own personality framework – the idea being that each of us fits into one of four characteristics she calls the four tendencies. These tendencies explain the reasons behind why we do what we do, based on how different people respond to expectations. We even touch on my own tendencies and she’s spot on. When we get to that part of the conversation, definitely take a moment to think about where you / others that you are close to, fit on the scale. Gretchen mentions that, “What’s interesting is that if you don’t understand the tendencies, you might be sabotaging someone else with your advice, even if you have the best intentions.” And this is one of the reasons why I don’t like giving advice.. for more on that.. I did an episode of Tribe Talk on it. I hope this conversation teaches you a little bit more about yourself and what it really means to be happy. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 24, 2018
This conversation is with UC Berkeley rugby coach Jack Clark on team, culture, honesty. Jack is the iconic rugby coach at the University of California. His team-building abilities are considered legendary within university circles and throughout the corporate sector. Since becoming head coach of the Golden Bears in 1984, Clark has led the rugby program to 29 national collegiate championships. In 2000, Clark was chosen as one of Cal’s Ten Most Influential Sports Figures of the 20th Century. Not only has Jack sustained an improbable level of success for nearly 3 decades, but he’s not the slightest bit sick of what he does. In Jack’s words, “I really wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone. I mean anyone.” Jack has so much to share in this conversation. Everything from how he brings out the best in his players to how he scales culture to why his players are getting their unofficial PHD in team. This is a phenomenal conversation and you may have to listen to it multiple times to truly soak up all of Jack’s insights. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 17, 2018
Nutritional scientist Chris Talley is my go-to for all things food science. We've worked together with hundreds of professional athletes and Olympians. We worked together at Red Bull with their high performance program, up at the Seahawks and with handfuls of athletes that live right on the edge of intense risk and danger. I hope you enjoy Chris' mind and world-views as much as I do. This conversation is loaded so we’ve split it up into two parts. In part one, you’ll learn about Chris’ journey, his work with many NFL teams and Olympians, and what’s driven him to work so hard to become the best at what he does. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
January 17, 2018
For those of you who care deeply about what you’re putting in your body, you’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part 1, I highly recommend giving that a listen first so you can get some context for who Chris is and why he’s so good at what he does. I also want to thank our partner Athletic Greens for supporting the podcast and allowing us to keep growing - if you haven’t had a chance yet, go to AthleticGreens.com/FindingMastery and learn more about their product. I love it and they’ve got an amazing offer available right now so take advantage of it before it’s gone!
January 10, 2018
This conversation is with MMA fighter and legend, Vitor Belfort, on belief, mindset, and overcoming fear. I wanted to sit down with Vitor to understand how he has created command of his deep love for people and at the same time has the ability to engage in one of the most brutal and violent sports (mixed martial arts). Vitor grew up in a tough neighborhood in Rio De Janeiro and from an early age knew he wanted to be a world champion. He came to the United States to realize that dream. For Vitor, it all comes down to belief. One of Vitor’s favorite phrases is: “Learn to love what you’ve been taught to fear,” and in this conversation, we have a great discussion on what it really means to fear something and how to overcome it. Vitor has a deep sense of clarity - of who he is and what he is after in life - and I hope his clarity challenges you to do the same for yourself. And for those that listen to this podcast this week - Vitor is singing his swan song on UFC Fight Night 124 - January 14 will be his last fight before he retires. He's a legend and this could be the last time we get to see him approach mastery in the one of the most ancient and intimate arts of war.   This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
December 20, 2017
This conversation is with rugby coach Stuart Lancaster. Stuart is currently coaching in Dublin, Ireland with Leinster Rugby. He was the former Head Coach of the England Rugby team from 2011-2015.  Failure is something no one wants to experience but almost everyone has to go through at some point.  Those on the razor’s edge, those that push their own boundaries, curious to see how much they’re really capable of, definitely experience those setbacks.  For those performing on the world stage, those setbacks occur under a magnifying lens. Every move critiqued, scrutinized, and debated. In this conversation, Stuart opens up to us and shares a tough moment in his life that he could have let define him. Stuart had an impressive rise to head coach of the English Rugby team only to experience some unfortunate shortcomings during the 2015 World Cup, which was hosted on their home soil. Stuart was let go soon there after. Stuart takes us through the pressure he felt in the lead up to the games and what he felt what wrong. He has some incredible insight on building culture, developing resiliency, and becoming a better leader of men and ultimately becoming a better man himself. Stuart has lived his life on the edge – seizing opportunities when they come his way – and I hope this conversation makes you think about what you’re willing to risk. What scares you the most? Where does pressure come from for you?  What type of value system guides your thoughts? These are some great things to think about as we head into the New Year. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
December 13, 2017
This conversation is with Sharon Salzberg on Being Present, Letting Go, and Having Faith If you know her name, you know where this conversation will go: Mindfulness. Sharon has played a crucial role in bringing mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture. She first began teaching mindfulness in 1974. (Note: be careful who teaches you about mindfulness — it’s a very, very “in” thing to talk about, and just like most skills in any field, the nuances that come with a deep commitment to understanding and living in alignment are imperative for anyone you’re going to trust in the process of progression.) In 1971, in Bodh Gaya, India, Sharon attended her first meditation course. She spent the next three-and-a-half years engaged in intensive practice and study with highly respected teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. In 1976, she established, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. In this conversation you’ll hear depth. You’ll hear the sensitivities that come with a life commitment to the nuances. We explore how Sharon discovered mindfulness and how it can serve as a toolbox for managing suffering. When Sharon first encountered mindfulness, she was fascinated that there were actual mental tools available to anyone who wants to practice them. Sharon’s definition of faith is not about dogma or adherence to dogma, but getting off the sidelines and moving right to the center of possibility, offering your heart to something even though you don’t know how it’s going to work out. And that’s precisely what she did once she had her first taste of meditation. For Sharon one of the most important things she learned is the ability to “let go.” To come back to your intention, to come back to the now, without being disheartened, without blaming or hating yourself, for what occurred in the past. It’s the eloquent returning to now that is the hallmark of world-class doers and thinkers. This is a skill. And mindfulness is one of the many skills that can accelerate the ability to stitch together moments of full engagement. We also explore how practicing compassion doesn’t mean you can’t still compete and can still have a mindset that allows you to progress and achieve. Sharon has great insight – for both the seasoned and those just getting into mindfulness/meditation world. We are living in a highly digital world that is challenging our ancient brain in ways that we are not fully prepared. I hope this conversation stimulates you to step back and remember what matters most: time — and how we live “on-time” with our self, with others, with nature. It’s through relationships that we become — and that depth only happens in the present moment. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens! Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
December 6, 2017
This week’s conversation is with Tom Carroll on being a maverick, honesty, and risk. Tom is best known as one of Australia’s great surfers and sportsmen.  I have known of Tom since I was a grom (stoked little kid who flat out loved surfing). With two world professional surfing championships and three wins at Pipeline (one of the heavier waves in the world) under his belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s just a champion athlete. Rather Tom is a maverick -- in many ways. Reaching the professional level of any sport has its fair share of challenges, but in the modern era, there is generally some sort of path or map to follow -- like in baseball, gymnastics, or soccer -- there's a variety of developmental clubs / teams / or university systems that help cultivate and weed out those that have "it" and those that don't. Coaching and feedback along the way and physical training would be assumed, Tom emerged in an era where none of this existed and essentially had to figure it out as he went. He was part of the beginnings of the action sport and surf industry, before it was an industry. He was making the map, or at least looking for the bread crumbs that other legends before him left behind.  Tom won 2 titles before he ever saw footage of himself surfing. That is just hard to conceive in the world we live in today. This conversation is with a man who fell in love with the water at age 7 and has lived it ever since. Tom has a relaxed and engaging way of sharing his experiences: as a kid falling for the wild elegance of the waves, as a pro surfer ripping and partying his way around the globe with a bunch of like minded maniacs in the days before social media, as a big wave charger hunting down unridden mountains of water, and as a man who fell into heavy drug use and almost tore it all to bits, before embracing sobriety and re-discovering his better self in the process. For Tom, rediscovering his better self, came down to honesty. Once he was able to be honest with himself, he could start working on being a better man. When we think about mastery, I think we are learning there are many paths, many triggers for what drives each of these unique people to go the distance for what they want most.  What I love so much about Tom and this conversation is it’s raw authenticity -- his humility -- his vulnerability -- his ability to take risks (some to progress his skill, others on the darker side of humanness) -- and his track record of going big on the world-stage. He's earned and is still earning his insights. It’s easy to get caught up in what you should or shouldn’t be doing. The norms of society: how much money you should make, when you should get married, whether you should do this or that. Tom has carved his own path. In this conversation it feels like we get to go back to a simpler time where we get to learn about a journey of a man engaging in the purest forms of life. Tom is authentic, he’s genuine, and he has an incredible story to share. I hope you enjoy this conversation. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Receive a free 20-count travel pack of Athletic Greens (valued at $99) with any purchase! Claim here: athleticgreens.com/findingmastery
November 29, 2017
This week’s conversation is with Women’s Senior National Team Water Polo head coach Adam Krikorian. Since taking over the Women's Senior National Team, Adam Krikorian has been just about perfect. From his arrival in 2009 Team USA has competed in 18 major FINA Championships and come away with Gold in 15. This includes the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, 2009, 2015, and 2017 FINA World Championships, the 2010 and 2014 FINA World Cups, seven FINA World League Super Final crowns and the 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament. He's helped the United States maintain a number-one world ranking for the majority of his tenure. Following the 2016 Olympic Games, Krikorian was named Coach of the Games by the USOC at the Team USA Awards. And in early 2017, Krikorian was also honored by the Los Angeles Sports Council and the LA Sports Awards by receiving the first ever "Extraordinary Achievement In Olympic Sport" honors. Based on Adam’s impressive resume, you might expect Adam’s definition of success to align with winning, but this isn’t the case. In Adam’s first year coaching the national team, they won gold at the world championships yet Adam described it as one of his most frustrating and least satisfying moments as a coach because the culture and relationships weren’t right. For Adam, it’s not about selecting the best athletes but it’s about selecting the best team and there’s so many variables that go into that. Building great relationships is at the core of Adam’s coaching philosophy and in this conversation we learn about the factors that impact these relationships, how Adam goes about selecting players and creates an environment where people can be honest with others and themselves. We also discuss why Adam’s competitive fire, which has driven him his whole life, can be both a blessing and a curse. There is so much packed into this conversation – in Adam’s words, “Mastery is the journey of trying to become the best version of yourself.” And I hope this conversation helps you get a little bit further on your own journey. This episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens. Athletic Greens is the Most Complete Supplement for a better you. With 75 ingredients covering 11 areas of health it gives you the optimum nutrition you need to perform your best, everyday. Here is an exclusive Athletic Greens offer for Finding Mastery fans only - Click here to learn more.
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