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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

Matt Jacobson, Facebook Head of Market Development

10/10/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:57

Michael Murphy, Co-Founder of the Esalen Institute

10/3/2018
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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...

Duration:02:08:29

Javier Gómez, Champion Triathlete

9/26/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:59:21

Dr. Mark Goulston, Suicide Prevention Expert

9/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:55:29

Mark Healey, Professional Big Wave Surfer/Waterman

9/12/2018
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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...

Duration:01:43:20

The Process: Assessing the Founder/Company Fit (Ep. 5)

9/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:52:38

Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION Founder and Lead Singer

9/5/2018
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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...

Duration:01:17:54

Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Impact Theory and Quest Nutrition

8/29/2018
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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...

Duration:01:24:59

Michael Rosenbaum, Actor, Producer, Comedian

8/22/2018
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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...

Duration:01:47:06

Erik Vendt, 3x USA Swimming Olympian

8/15/2018
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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 -...

Duration:01:11:13

Dr. Marco Cardinale, Head of Sports Physiology, Aspire Academy

8/8/2018
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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...

Duration:01:26:42

Bob Wright, Former Vice Chairman of GE and CEO of NBC

8/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:58:29

Rich Froning Jr., 4x Fittest Man on Earth

7/25/2018
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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...

Duration:01:15:00

Bob Hurley, Hurley International Founder

7/18/2018
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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...

Duration:01:12:05

Andrew Zimmern, Chef and TV Personality

7/11/2018
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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...

Duration:01:35:24

Reid Priddy, 4x Volleyball Olympian

7/4/2018
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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...

Duration:01:23:20

Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Winner

6/27/2018
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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....

Duration:01:16:23

Peter Park, Fitness and Wellness Coach

6/20/2018
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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...

Duration:01:29:46

The Process: Entrepreneurship Globally (Ep. 4)

6/15/2018
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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...

Duration:00:47:38

David, Special Operations Sniper

6/13/2018
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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...

Duration:01:13:51