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What Got You There is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean DeLaney and is all about diving deep and hearing the journey behind some of the worlds most accomplished influencers. Guests include professional athletes, authors, professors, creatives and everyone in between. Find out more at http://whatgotyouthere.com

What Got You There is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean DeLaney and is all about diving deep and hearing the journey behind some of the worlds most accomplished influencers. Guests include professional athletes, authors, professors, creatives and everyone in between. Find out more at http://whatgotyouthere.com
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What Got You There is a weekly podcast hosted by Sean DeLaney and is all about diving deep and hearing the journey behind some of the worlds most accomplished influencers. Guests include professional athletes, authors, professors, creatives and everyone in between. Find out more at http://whatgotyouthere.com






#156 Whitney Johnson- Disrupt Yourself to build an "A" team, find your unique skills and create lasting change

Whitney Johnson is one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world. She’s an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption, a framework codified in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work as well as the award-winning Build an “A” Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, published by Harvard Business Press in 2018. Her proprietary framework and diagnostics were developed after co-founding the...


#155 Solo Episode - Could DISCIPLINE be the missing link on the road to success?

On this solo episode Sean uncovers the importance of discipline and how it can be an invaluable tool on the road to success! "Becoming disciplined starts with a willingness. You can’t become disciplined if you don’t truly want to be. Left to our own vices we will choose ease and comfort every time. Don’t let our human nature get in the way of our dreams. Be willing to embrace the challenge that comes with being the person who says no, who doesn’t make excuses, the person that others look...


#154 Jack Carr- The Mind Inside the Thrills

Exhilarating novels written through the creative lens of a war hero. Jack Carr is an author and former Navy SEAL who led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, Task Unit Commander, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. Jack has taken his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare and is using those real life experiences to write thriller novels! On this episode Jack discusses how his experiences in the SEALs have shaped who he is today, developing his...


#153 Flying jets 500mph within 18 inches of one another: John Foley

On this episode Sean sits down with John Foley to discuss what it’s like flying jets 500mph within 18 inches of one another, lessons on developing performance and what separates good from great leaders! John Foley is a anomaly. Foley is a top leadership keynote speaker and former Blue Angels solo pilot that challenges leaders to build trust, improve performance, and create elite teams. Where to hear from John...


#152 Alec Torelli- Million Dollar Decision Making

Every poker player is faced with numerous decisions in one sitting. Now imagine playing with millions of dollars on the line. On this episode high stakes poke player, Alec Torelli, lets you in on some of his biggest secrets. Alec Torelli has a unique perspective as it relates to decision making based on his career as one of the most successful high stakes poker players in the world. Alec has won millions playing live cash games and some of the biggest tournaments live and online; he has...


#151 Emmy Nominated Director / Producer Brian McGinn on Creativity and Overcoming Self-doubts

Want to know what it takes to be an Emmy Nominated director/producer? On today's episode, Sean dives deep on creativity, creating great work, and overcoming self-doubt while sitting down with a successful producer, Brain McGinn. Brian McGinn is an Emmy-nominated director, writer, and producer. He is best known for directing, writing and producing the Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, executive producing and directing the Netflix series Chef's Table, and co-creating the Netflix series Street...


#150 Solo Episode- Rational Thinking With Ray Dalio. Is Ego and Emotion Blinding us From the Truth?

What principles does someone who manages 160 billion dollars hold dear to themselves? On this solo episode, Sean uncovers some of the key discoveries found in Ray Dalio's best selling book, Principles. Ray Dalio is the founder and chairman of Bridgewater associates and he outlines his guiding principles powering his and Bridgewater's success in this best selling book. Principles is a guide to mastering the art of rational thinking. To make the best decision possible, one must discover the...


#149 WSJ Best Selling Author: Jeff Eggers On Leadership and Overcoming Challenges

Today's episode is one for the books! Sean jumps into an enthralling conversation on leadership and overcoming challenges with Jeff Eggers. Jeff is a former Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs after serving over 20 years as a combat veteran Navy SEAL. Mr. Eggers is the current Executive Director of the prestigious McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. Jeff goes into detail on how a man of his accomplishment continues to push himself. His mindsets may surprise...


#148 Sir Lawrence Freedman- Strategy: A lost art in a modern world

EVERYONE, it seems, is in need of a strategy. That is why Sean was thrilled to talk with today’s guest Sir Lawrence Freedman. Freedman is author of Strategy: A History, where he captures the vast history of strategic thinking in this consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives! In his behemoth of a book Freedman gives a brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David’s use of deception against...


#147 Solo Episode- Ignite Creativity with Lateral Thinking

Edward de Bono came up with the term “lateral thinking’ back in 1967, linking it to humor. We find most jokes funny because they connect unexpected ideas with topics we already know. On this solo episode Sean discusses one of his approaches to often tap into my creative side and that is through LATERAL THINKING. Lateral thinking is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight. Lateral thinking can be learned, practiced and used. Unlike critical thinking, which...


#146 David Epstein- Why generalists triumph in a specialized world

Have you ever worried that you might have too many interests? Maybe you feel like your'e not on the "right" path. Well, you might just be a generalist! On this episode David uncovers some of the myths behind elite performance. He discovered that in most fields — especially those that are complex and unpredictable — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative,...


#145 Solo Episode- Push your cognitive capabilities to their limit with the Deep Work strategy

Do you ever have those moments where it seems like your brain is running on ROCKET FUEL and your ability to accomplish often complicated tasks is done with ease? It's called Deep Work! On this solo episode, I unpack some of the key strategies I learned from Cal Newport’s bestselling book Deep Work to help be more productive and create meaningful work you’re proud of! If you would like to push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. This episode is for you! Get the Latest from Sean...


#144 Citizen Cope- Reflecting On 2 Decades In The Music Industry

Clarence Greenwood otherwise known as the Citizen Cope grabs the mic before one of his shows to talk about his journey with Sean! Cope talks about tapping into his creative side, what drives him and the self reflection he’s done over the years to continue to produce great work. The success of Citizen Cope’s music has always been a slow burn, rather than a flash in the pan. The single “Let The Drummer Kick” eventually went Platinum without any support from commercial radio. His newest album...


#143 John Gaddis- Pulitzer Prize Winning Author & Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, and was the founding director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. His book On Grand Strategy is what sparked Sean’s desire to feature him! Gaddis defines “grand strategy” as aligning “potentially unlimited aspirations with necessarily limited capabilities” and highlights the persistent error of focusing on the former while ignoring the latter. On this episode John draws on a range of thinkers,...


#142 Brad Thor- #1 Bestselling Thriller Author

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen thrillers including his newest release Backlash! His summer of 2018 release Spymaster was a book Sean couldn’t put down and The Washington Times said “One of the all-time best thriller novels”. Brad has been one of Sean’s favorite authors for over a decade and excited you guys get to hear more about Brad and his journey. Brad has been called and “THE MASTER OF THRILLERS,” and“AMERICA’S FAVORITE AUTHOR.” His bestselling...


#141 Solo Episode - Conquering Fear

Fear… We all experience it, but why are some people able to conquer it while others let it hold them back? On this episode Sean dives deep on some of his processes for handling fear and how we can use it to get more out of life! Because what we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. *Questions for the solo podcast email info@whatgotyouthere.com* Subscribe to the Newsletter- https://bit.ly/2RH3eaD http://whatgotyouthere.com/ NEW SPONSOR TEN THOUSAND- www.tenthousand.cc/wgyt...


#140 Alex Bodman- Spotify's VP & Global Executive Creative Director

Alex Bodman is the VP, Global Executive Creative Director at Spotify. Since joining in 2015,Alex has built an in-house creative team of over 30 people, recognized by Ad Age A-list 2018 as the "In-house Creative Agency of the Year." His team provides consultancy and toolkits for the brand globally, allowing their vision to scale across the world. An Australian who relocated to Brooklyn to follow his digital-first/social-first mindset, he worked with Razorfish New York’s agency side as Group...


#139 Solo Episode- Improving Your Ability To Learn

On this solo episode Sean discusses three learning strategies that can improve learning retention by 2 or even 3 fold! This episode isn’t just for students or teachers looking to improve test scores but anyone trying to better understand new material. *Questions for the solo podcast email info@whatgotyouthere.com* Subscribe to the Newsletter- https://bit.ly/2RH3eaD http://whatgotyouthere.com/ NEW SPONSOR TEN THOUSAND- www.tenthousand.cc/wgyt 20% off with discount code "WGYT" GlobeKick...


#138 Brendon Leach- CEO of Colibri Boutique Hotels

Brendon Leach is the CEO of Colibri Boutique Hotels which have properties in Tulum Mexico and Nicaragua. Sean first stayed at one of their boutique hotels a few years ago and still talks about the food, the drinks and the care that went into his stay which is why he wanted to feature Brendon. This episode dives deep on Brendon’s adventure filled journey from New Zealand to Tulum and some of the crazy travel experiences in-between. They discuss how to build a successful business and why...


#137 Scott Lynn- Masterworks Founder- Reinventing Art as an Investment

Scott Lynn is the founder of Masterworks. Masterworks is an investing platform that for the first time ever, investors can purchase and trade shares in multi-million dollar works of art by artists like Picasso, Monet, and Warhol. Scott’s entrepreneurship journey started when he was just 15 where he built what became the most popular game on the internet during the dot com boom. He didn’t stop there and has founded multiple companies and knows what it takes to built a business. This episode...