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I’ve been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives.

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I’ve been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives.

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Came for the surfing, stayed for the mastery

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Was turned on to this treasure trove through a related surf podcast in which MG was a guest. At first, I soaked up the Finding Mastery interviews related to my craft, but have since taken a deep dive into the archive, captivated by the disparate insights found throughout. Not only have I learned tons, but the cumulative knowledge has stoked an interdisciplinary edge in my passions, work, and sense of self. I dare say this podcast might be changing my life. Thank you!

Living it

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Wonderful years of lessons.

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Came for the surfing, stayed for the mastery

By a sight for sore arms - Jul 27 2019
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Was turned on to this treasure trove through a related surf podcast in which MG was a guest. At first, I soaked up the Finding Mastery interviews related to my craft, but have since taken a deep dive into the archive, captivated by the disparate insights found throughout. Not only have I learned tons, but the cumulative knowledge has stoked an interdisciplinary edge in my passions, work, and sense of self. I dare say this podcast might be changing my life. Thank you!

Living it

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Wonderful years of lessons.
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Finding Mastery

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I’ve been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives.

Rank #1: Navy SEAL & Endurance Athlete David Goggins on Being the Hardest Human Alive

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This conversation is with David Goggins.

It's real. This podcast is not for kids -- it's for adults -- who want to understand toughness and authenticity.

David is clear. Very clear. He lives in true alignment. He's figured out who he is -- and he lives accordingly. Period.

The odds were stacked against David ever making anything of himself. He grew up in an abusive household, barely graduated high school, and struggled with serious health issues, to name just a few of the challenges David had to overcome. In spite of all of these obstacles, David never had a “woe is me” mentality.

David is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force tactical air controller training.

David has completed multiple ultra-marathons, triathlons, ultra-triathlons, bike races and arduous mountain ascents, setting new course records and regularly placing in the top five. His achievements made him the subject of a lead feature in Runner’s World, where he was named “Running Hero”, and Outside Magazine named him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.” The Navy SEALs even asked him to be their poster-boy and appear in a recruiting commercial.
Feb 15 2017
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #2: DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love, NBA Stars on Mental Health

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This week’s conversation is with NBA stars DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love and it’s unique.

It comes from a live panel we did at Aspen Ideas Festival a few weeks back.

Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

I was invited to host a panel on mental health in sports.

Earlier this year, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs, each publicly discussed their challenges with mental and emotional well-being.

Their honesty started a national conversation about breaking through the stigma and fear of openly discussing mental health issues in professional sports.

In this very personal conversation, the superstar athletes share their experiences with anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

What they reveal about mental health actually reveals much about their mental strength.

I hope this is only the beginning of an era where athletes and for that matter anyone – across any walk of life – has the courage to be vulnerable and have those difficult conversations.


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Aug 07 2019
56 mins
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Rank #3: Pete Carroll: Competing to Be Your Best

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Coach Pete Carroll has a philosophy. It's clear to him. He's found it to be extremely powerful to help himself and others to become the very best version of themselves:
Always Compete.
He doesn’t talk about past success. He doesn't become consumed with what is yet to come. He lives engaged in maximizing wherever his feet are.
In This Episode:
-Why having a chip on his shoulder helped shape him
-The importance of being present
-How competition fuels him
-Why you can’t be afraid of failure
-Creating your own reality
-Helping others become optimistic
-The moment he knew he had a different vision for coaching
-Relationship-based approach to coaching
-Why he doesn’t need to talk about winning
-Dealing with difficult outcomes
-The moments between the moments
-The importance of the Seahawks culture
-How he instills a risk-taking mentality in his players
-Getting to the truth of what went wrong when mistakes happen
-Why it all comes downs love
Apr 27 2016
45 mins
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Rank #4: Dr. Brené Brown, Research Professor and Author  

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This week’s conversation is with Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and her latest book Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.

The relationship between vulnerability and courage is a focal point of our conversation.

In Brené’s words: “You cannot get to courage without walking right through vulnerability.”

So what is courage all about and when is it the right time to be vulnerable?

Whether it be with a loved one or in the corporate world, do you have the courage to say or do the difficult things?

And if you’re a leader, do you have the courage to create a culture that actually allows for people to fall on their face and get back up?

Brené has an amazing way of putting her researching into action with simple and applied strategies so I can’t wait for you to learn from her.


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Nov 07 2018
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Rank #5: Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf on What's Possible for the Mind

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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.
In This Episode:
-The difference between the mind and the brain
-Why it mattered that people believed in her growing up
-How to increase awareness of thoughts
-The mind as an iceberg: explaining the conscious vs. unconscious parts of your mind
-The process in which one atomizes their thoughts
-Why we are naturally wired for love
-Non-judgmental framework as a component of optimal mindset
-The toxic thoughts that get in people’s way
-The time it takes to form a habit
Sep 28 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #6: Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor and Sleep Expert

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This week’s conversation is with Matthew Walker, a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.

He is also the lead sleep scientist at Google.

Matthew has received numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

His research examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease.

Matthew is also the author of the International Bestseller, Why We Sleep, which has sold over 1½ million copies worldwide, having been translated into 34 different languages.

In this conversation, we focus specifically on Matthew’s deep body of knowledge when it comes to sleep.

I wanted to dig deep and better understand the nuances of sleep… how does it impact our overall health, how can we sleep better, and what can you do if you feel like your suffering from a sleep related disease.

As I’ve mentioned previously, gone are the days in professional sport and business where it’s cool to brag about how little sleep you’re functioning off of and I hope this further brings to light how critical sleep is for just about every facet of life.

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Jul 10 2019
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #7: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Head Coach

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This week’s conversation is with Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Currently in his fifth season as head coach, Steve has guided the club through four of the most prolific seasons in NBA history with a list of accomplishments that includes:

  • Three NBA championships
  • Four-straight NBA Finals appearances
  • The NBA’s single-season wins record (73)
  • An NBA Coach of the Year award (2015-16)
  • Four of the five winningest seasons in franchise history

Steve, who won five NBA championships during a 15-year playing career, now owns eight championships as either a player or coach, becoming the first to win three NBA titles as a player and three as a coach.

So I think it’s clear – Steve understands winning but he’s searching for something beyond that.

He has made it a point to revolve the Warriors’ culture around joy.

In this conversation, we discuss how Steve went about building the Warriors’ culture, what he’s most hungry for, and his biggest challenge at the moment – finding a way to keep the Warriors motivated and playing with joy after they’ve already experienced so much previous success.

Steve is one of the brightest minds in the game of basketball and I think you’re going to love his insights on not just basketball, but life as a whole.


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Jan 23 2019
50 mins
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Rank #8: Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Winner

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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.

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Jun 27 2018
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #9: ABC's Dan Harris on Authenticity, Panic, Mindfulness

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This conversation is with Dan Harris, who most of you know as a co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News -- or 20/20 -- or -- from his New York Times best selling book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works.
Dan has faced the public tension, in a panic attack that happened on live television.
In This Episode:
-Embracing not taking himself too seriously
-Finding love in meditation
-The humbling nature of sharing insight with others
-The difference between pleasure and happiness
-His method for showing gratitude
-Surrendering to the process of meditation
-Learning from his parents via “show, not tell”
-Dealing with not being as smart as his parents and brother
-Risk taking integrated in his DNA
-The moment before and after his panic attack on live TV
-Becoming aware of the triggers for his panic attacks
-Having a pre-disposition for anxiety
-The emotions around not being nominated for an EMMY this year
-External vs. internal rewards
-Approaching his newest venture with an open mind
-Why being honest with yourself is the easiest thing to do
-Inside his meditation practice
Aug 31 2016
2 hours 2 mins
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Rank #10: Angela Duckworth: Passion and Perseverance

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Dr. Angela Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being.
In This Episode:
-The value of process vs. outcome
-How she first came to value grit
-Her definition of grit
-Impact of self-control on grit
-The differences between achievement and mastery
-Sunk-cost fallacy
-Setting a goal at the right level
-Is passion or perseverance harder?
-The 3 kinds of character that are most important
May 18 2016
1 hour
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Rank #11: Finding Mastery: Welcome

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Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments. Throughout the past 15 years, Michael has been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. He’s excited to share the many paths toward mastery and provide very applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our time together.
Aug 01 2015
19 mins
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Rank #12: Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton on Coaching, Leadership, Relationships

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On this podcast, we get to hear from many different vantage points: artists, scientist, elite military, politicians, those who run highly successful businesses, and those who have been on the razor’s edge in the sports arena.

When it comes to elite sport, there’s a rare breed that have succeeded as both player and coach — and winning championships in both roles is almost unheard of.

That is why I wanted to sit down with Luke Walton, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Luke played in the NBA for 10 years, winning 2 championships.

He’s coached for 4 years, winning one NBA title with the Golden State Warriors.

But even more important to his track record, Luke is flat-out a phenomenal human being.

He was hired as the 26th head coach in Lakers franchise history, the eighth individual to both play and coach for the organization, and is the youngest coach in the NBA.

Luke has been around the game of basketball and legends his entire life.

His dad, Bill, played under John Wooden at UCLA, is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. The father/son duo are the only pair in NBA history to both win multiple NBA titles.

Luke’s had the fortune of being coached by and playing with the likes of Lute Olson, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, and the list goes on and on.

In this conversation, we talk about the impact these people have had on the way he looks at life and how he thinks about improvement.

We discuss how relationships impact performance.

We talk about the mindset that is required to make it at the professional level and why he believes mindfulness is an important part of that equation.

I hope this conversation gives you some wonderful insight into how Luke approaches learning, living, growing and being in relationships to bring the best out of each other.


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Oct 11 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #13: Volleyball Great Karch Kiraly on Leadership, Passion, Risk

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Volleyball legend and three-time Gold Medalist, Karch Kiraly joins the show to discuss his path to Finding Mastery.
The ‘winningest’ player in the history of the sport, Karch Kiraly is considered the “Michael Jordan” of pro beach volleyball as he is the oldest player to compete in the sport and continues to perform at the highest level — beating competitors literally half his age.
He has won at least one tournament in 24 of the 28 seasons he has played, spanning four different decades.
Aug 19 2015
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #14: Dr. Antonio Damasio, Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy

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This week’s conversation is with Dr. Antonio Damasio, a Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Antonio has brilliantly captured the complicated Interplay b/t biology and psychology and culture — and doing it in a way that provides the highest dignity between each discipline, through a structurally artistic and rigorously scientific process.

His work is built on deep curiosity, deep thinking, and deep contribution to humanity.

Antonio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness.

His work on the role of affect in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of several hundred scientific articles and is one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era.

His most recent work addresses the evolutionary development of mind and especially the role of life regulation in the generation of cultures.


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Apr 10 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #15: Author Ryan Holiday on Ego, Obstacles, Writing

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Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians.
In This Episode:
-The concept of parent-child fit and why it was missing for him
-Finding the people who understood him in college
-Learning under Robert Greene
-His method for ideating and organizing thoughts
Why his work can be exhilarating and exhausting
-The on-going journey to find inner peace
The destructiveness of one's “ego”
-How his experience at American Apparel create an intersection of his intellectual work and personal life
-His love for stoicism
Sep 08 2016
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #16: Rich Roll: Change

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If you've ever thought, “If I would have known then, what I know now, I’d shift gears in a heartbeat” — or — If you've ever wanted to shift gears and blaze a new path, but quickly stepped on the excitement by saying," It's just too late now, I've got too many responsibilities” -- or — if you've ever wanted to make a radical shift in your business, but were afraid of what others might think -- you're going to flat out love Rich, and I hope this conversation.
Rich set out to figure out his place in the world, and ultra-endurance sport was a way for him to do just that.
In this episode:
-Using sport as a means to discover true purpose
-How work ethic helped bridge the talent gap
-The effect of growing up in an achievement oriented household
-Coping with social awkwardness and low self-esteem
-Fighting an addiction to alcohol & drugs
-Living a double life
-Becoming vulnerable
-Quitting a corporate job and listening to the voices inside
-Pushing boundaries
-Righteousness and its relation to mastery
-Finding one's authentic self
-Being in touch with one's character defects
-Seeing a journey through
Jan 20 2016
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #17: Texas Basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart on Bringing Out The Best in Others

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Shaka Smart is the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of Texas and he's got a phenomenal way about himself.

It just jumps out of this conversation how much he cares about other people, how invested he is in relationships, how he's working to be the most authentic person he can be — and at the same time pull that out of other people.

He's definitely a relationship-based coach, which is obvious in this conversation, and he's got a real crisp point of view about how to help others become their best.

I hope you enjoy learning from Shaka as much as I did and that we're doing justice in these conversations to highlight the brilliance and the genius within people.

I also want to thank Ryan Holiday, a former guest on the podcast, for introducing me to Coach Smart.

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Aug 16 2017
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #18: Dr. John Ratey, Neuropsychiatry Expert

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This week’s conversation is with bestselling author, Dr. John Ratey, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry.

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 17 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell.

With the publication of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection.

His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as "Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year" for advancing the field.

John is an expert in human focus and especially in this day and age, it’s one of the most valuable skills we can train.

For those of you who are longtime Finding Mastery listeners, you may have noticed a question I like to ask is: “Where do you feel it in your body?”

That’s one of John’s favorite questions and it highlights what this conversation is really about: attention.

It starts with paying attention to your internal states of arousal.

We discuss how arousal states, motivations, and the prefrontal cortex all play a role in making someone an expert at focusing.

Being skilled at focusing goes hand-in-hand with being present and John shares some of his strategies for being present more often.

This conversation is rich with insight and I hope it makes you more aware of your triggers for focusing deeply.

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Dec 12 2018
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #19: Meditation Expert Sharon Salzberg on Being Present, Letting Go, and Having Faith

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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.


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Dec 13 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #20: Rich Froning Jr., 4x Fittest Man on Earth

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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.


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Jul 25 2018
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