Adventure Rock Climber Alex Honnold on Mindset, Progression, Pressure
Published February 14, 2018
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    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
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