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Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais

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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Katie Zaferes, #1 Triathlete in The World

9/11/2019
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This week’s conversation is with 2016 Olympian Katie Zaferes, the #1 ranked triathlete in the world. Katie recently captured her first ITU World Triathlon Series title. The world title is years in the making for Katie, who finished fifth in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2015, fourth in 2016, third in 2017 and second in 2018. A native of Hampstead, Maryland, Katie began her career as a cross country and track and field athlete in high school. Katie competed in track and field and...

Duration:01:18:47

Tero Isokauppila, Four Sigmatic Founder

9/4/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Tero Isokauppila, the founder of Four Sigmatic, a wellness company helping people nourish their bodies inside and out. Tero grew up in Finland working on his family’s farm. He earned a degree in Chemistry, Business, and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition at Cornell. I’m stoked to be partnered with Tero and Four Sigmatic and I think you’ll see why in this podcast-- I can honestly say this was one of the more unique conversations I’ve had since we fired...

Duration:01:49:24

Meb Keflezighi, Long Distance Runner

8/28/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Meb Keflezighi, the only runner in history to win the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon and an Olympic medal. Known all over the world by his first name, Meb is a four-time Olympian and history’s oldest marathoner to qualify for the US Olympic team. Meb was born in the East African nation of Eritrea, a beautiful land torn by war at the time of his birth. He arrived in Southern California at age 12 without knowing a word of English. Through...

Duration:01:05:38

Jemele Hill, Senior Staff Writer for The Atlantic

8/21/2019
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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...

Duration:01:40:54

Nolan Bushnell, Creator of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese

8/14/2019
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This week’s conversation is with inventor and entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell. In 1972 Nolan Bushnell created an industry when he founded Atari and gave the world Pong, the first blockbuster video game. Today his design credo—that games should be “easy to learn and difficult to master”—is inspiring a new generation of developers. A prolific entrepreneur, Bushnell has started more than 20 companies, including Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater, Catalyst Technologies, the first Silicon Valley...

Duration:01:24:38

DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love, NBA Stars on Mental Health

8/7/2019
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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...

Duration:01:06:09

Vicki Golden, Nitro Circus Freestyle Motocross Athlete

7/31/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Vicki Golden, a professional freestyle motocross rider and four-time X Games gold medalist. Vicki is the first female member of the SoCal freestyle motocross team Metal Mulisha and also performs in Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Tour. In 2008, at age 16, she became the Loretta Lynn's AMA Women's Amateur Champion. Three years later, she earned her first gold medal at the Women's Moto X Racing in the Summer X Games and collected her second and third gold...

Duration:01:19:29

Jermaine Jones, German-American Soccer Player

7/24/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Jermaine Jones, a German-American soccer player who played as a defensive midfielder for most of his career. Born in Frankfurt, Germany to an American father and German mother, he came up through the German club system and represented Germany at the U21 and senior level. He later filed for a switch to the United States making his debut in 2010 and played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Playing in multiple countries has given Jermaine a unique perspective on...

Duration:01:15:35

Bethany Hamilton, Professional Surfer and Shark Attack Survivor

7/17/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer and shark attack survivor. Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. One month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water and within two years had won her first national title. Think about that for a second. She was back in...

Duration:01:15:43

Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor and Sleep Expert

7/10/2019
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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...

Duration:01:32:18

Georges St-Pierre, UFC Legend and Two Division Champion

7/3/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Georges "Rush" St-Pierre, also known as “GSP,” a Canadian professional mixed martial artist and UFC world champion who holds black belts in both Kyokushin karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Georges is recognized as one of the planet's best pound-for-pound MMA fighters and all around athlete. He retired from the sport on December 13, 2013, holding the UFC record for most wins in title bouts. Georges then returned to the octagon after a four-year layoff, on...

Duration:00:56:32

Dierdre Wolownick, Oldest Woman to Climb El Capitan and Mother of Free-Soloist Alex Honnold

6/26/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Dierdre Wolownick, the mother of legendary adventure rock climber Alex Honnold. You may recognize him from this year’s Academy Award Winning film, Free Solo, where he became the first person to ever free-solo El Capitan in Yosemite. Alex was a previous guest on this podcast, episode 108. I wanted to speak with his mother Dierdre for a couple of reasons. First, Alex was one of the more challenging interviews I’ve ever had on this podcast. Everything just...

Duration:01:40:58

Matthew Futterman, NY Times Deputy Sports Editor

6/19/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Matthew Futterman, the deputy sports editor of The New York Times. He has previously worked for The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Star-Ledger of New Jersey, where he was a part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2005. Matthew grew up in Larchmont, New York, and eventually found his way to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. One of his deep passions in life is running for long...

Duration:01:32:35

Jonathan Neman, sweetgreen Co-Founder and CEO

6/12/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Jonathan Neman, Co-Founder & CEO of sweetgreen, the destination for simple, seasonal, healthy real food. Jonathan and his co-founders Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet started sweetgreen in 2007, opening their first location in Georgetown, DC, just three months out of college. The mission driven brand's strong food ethos, embodiment of passion and purpose, tech-forward thinking and investment in local communities has enabled sweetgreen to disrupt the fast...

Duration:01:12:56

Akshay Nanavati, Marine Corps Veteran

6/5/2019
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This week’s conversation is Akshay Nanavati, a Marine Corps Veteran, endurance athlete, philanthropist and creator of Fearvana. After overcoming drug addiction, PTSD and depression from fighting the war in Iraq with the US Marines, and alcoholism that pushed him to the brink of suicide, Akshay has since built a global business, run ultramarathons, and explored the most hostile environments on the planet, from mountains to caves to polar icecaps. Combining his life experience with years of...

Duration:01:03:32

Abby Wambach, Olympian, Activist, Author

5/29/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Abby Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. She is an activist for equality and inclusion, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller WOLFPACK as well as the New York Times bestseller Forward: A Memoir. Abby is co-founder of Wolfpack Endeavor, a training program that is revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and...

Duration:01:46:39

Steven Kotler, Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective

5/22/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Steven Kotler. The name may ring a bell because he’s been on the podcast twice before and it’s a joy every time we have a chance to connect. As a refresher, Steven is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. His books include The Rise of Superman, Stealing Fire, Abundance, BOLD, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus. He is also the cofounder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog...

Duration:01:16:34

Jake Olson, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Athlete

5/15/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Jake Olson, an entrepreneur, athlete, speaker and most recently a graduate at the University of Southern California. When Jake was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The disease claimed his left eye at 10 months old and in November 2009, Jake lost his right eye after battling the cancer for 12 years. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate others by authoring two books, creating a non-profit foundation...

Duration:01:04:18

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Trauma Expert

5/8/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress. He has spent his career studying how people adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress. You might be thinking, “Well I don’t have PTSD, how does this conversation apply to me?” What you might be surprised to...

Duration:01:13:09

Julie Foudy, U.S. National Soccer Hall of Famer

5/1/2019
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This week’s conversation is with Julie Foudy, a former Captain of the USA Women’s Soccer Team. Julie had a sensational soccer career while playing on the USA National Team for 17 years. She was a captain for 13 of her 17 years with the team winning two Olympic Gold Medals and two World Cups. Julie finished her National Team career with 45 goals, 59 assists and 273 international appearances (caps) for the USA. Her 273 caps rank fourth in the world all-time, male or female. Julie was...

Duration:01:25:47