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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

Kaskade, Multi GRAMMY Award-Nominated Musician

5/23/2018
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This week’s podcast is with Kaskade, a Multi GRAMMY Award-nominated musician who has been a groundbreaking innovator in the dance music world, and a titan in the music industry as a whole. While bridging the gap between old school music purists and a new generation of music lovers, he marries genres and twists labels to stay true to his roots while pushing the boundaries of what’s next. Relentlessly touring the world and playing to millions of people around the globe, Kaskade has been in...

Duration:01:11:19

Rich Roll, Plantpowered Wellness Advocate & Ultra-Athlete

5/16/2018
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This week’s podcast is unique. It’s a follow up with Rich Roll but it’s more of a casual conversation between friends than an interview. I also speak quite a bit more than a typical Finding Mastery podcast. Rich is a friend and each time we have one of these conversations we always seem to end up taking the discussion somewhere new. For those of you unfamiliar with Rich, he’s a plantpowered wellness advocate, bestselling author, ulltra-athlete & podcast host. Rich inspired me to start...

Duration:01:29:52

The Process, Episode 3 ft. Tim Hwang, CEO of Fiscal Note

5/11/2018
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In Episode 3 of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the rollout of one of their companies, CERA, who offer a personalized home-care solution to the aging population, allowing elderly people to live where they are most comfortable and happy. We then get to learn from Tim Hwang, the founder of Fiscal Note, a Kairos company. Tim shares why he cares about making societal impact and how his merging interest in technology and politics was the impetus for Fiscal Note. We discuss his...

Duration:00:39:26

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

5/9/2018
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Satya Nadella needs no introduction. He and his team are guiding one the world's most significant high-tech companies. He's the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and one of only three in their history. The first time I met him (in 2014, when he was just a handful of weeks in as CEO) I was struck by how deeply he listened, his authentic curiosity to learn, and the clarity of how he organized his thoughts. It was apparent that he deeply valued, and was going to thoughtfully design, a...

Duration:00:30:46

Sam Darnold, New York Jets Quarterback

4/30/2018
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This week’s conversation is with quarterback Sam Darnold on leadership, trust, and confidence. Sam was just selected by the New York Jets with the 3rd pick in this year's NFL Draft. Over the last two years, Sam has been one of the top college quarterbacks in the nation, playing at the University of Southern California. I’ve known Sam since he participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp - which features the best of the best quarterbacks coming out of high school. It’s been incredible...

Duration:01:00:40

Chris Ashenden, Athletic Greens Co-Founder

4/25/2018
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This week’s podcast is with Chris Ashenden, the co-founder of Athletic Greens. Now I want to be totally transparent here – Athletic Greens is a partner of the podcast but I wouldn’t be comfortable having Chris on unless I fully believed in the product and their mission. In this conversation, we touch on Chris’ upbringing and how his experiences traveling around the world with his family shaped him -- and ultimately was the impetus for the creation of Athletic Greens. There were times...

Duration:01:11:26

Jim DiMatteo, Retired US Navy Captain

4/18/2018
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This week’s podcast is with Jim DiMatteo. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley in 1986, Jim followed in his father’s and brother’s footsteps and joined the US Navy where he began an unprecedented Naval Aviation career. He retired as a Captain and has amassed nearly 5,000 hours in 5 different fighter aircraft (F/A-18, F-16, F-14, F-5, A-4) in over twenty-five years of service. After extensive combat flight time in Desert Storm, Jim was recruited into the...

Duration:01:35:43

The Process: Episode 2

4/13/2018
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Kairos Managing Partner Alex Fiance shares they’ve made a new investment in a company called iBeat, a smartwatch that continually monitors your heart rate, oxygen levels, and blood flow for life-threatening emergencies. Topics discussed include why they chose to invest, their process for determining if a company is the right fit, what Alex believes are the most important traits for an entrepreneur to have and answers a few questions from the Finding Mastery Tribe. All episodes of "The...

Duration:00:37:56

Ali Smith, Executive Director, Holistic Life Foundation

4/11/2018
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Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He has over 15 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Through his work at the Holistic Life Foundation he has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally. In this conversation...

Duration:00:57:30

Cassidy Lichtman, U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team

4/4/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Cassidy Lichtman, a former member of the United States women’s national volleyball team. At the age of nine, Cassidy developed a chronic pain disorder in one of her legs and was told that she might never walk again. Imagine waking up one day with pain. Pain you didn’t understand. Pain that had no cure, no matter how many doctors you visited. On one side of the spectrum there is the physical pain. Over a short period of time, that is usually more...

Duration:01:29:49

Conor Dwyer: 2x USA Swimming Olympic Gold Medalist

3/28/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Olympian swimmer Conor Dwyer. You wouldn’t know it looking at him now, with his 6’5”, athletic frame, three Olympic medals and four World Championships titles to his name, but success in the pool didn’t come easily to Conor. He was a multi-sport athlete throughout his youth, settling into swimming as his main focus late in high school. He was good but never quite great and the self described ‘very late bloomer’ struggled to get any collegiate coach to...

Duration:01:16:29

Admiral Bill Owens, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group

3/21/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Admiral Bill Owens on leadership, courage, and relationships. Bill is currently the executive chairman and co-founder of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company which identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, the Middle East, and the United States and creates dynamic partnerships focusing on: natural resources (oil, gas and fertilizer plants), real estate, and information, communication and technology. He was previously chairman the board of...

Duration:02:21:22

The Process: Episode 1

3/16/2018
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Welcome to “The Process” a new audio series from Dr. Michael Gervais and Finding Mastery. In this series, we’re going to learn about The Process: What really goes on “in the thick of it,” for those on the pursuit of mastery? In this first season, we’re going to follow Kairos and their CEO Alex Fiance. Kairos is a global community of fellows, founders & advisors that work together to identify society’s most pressing challenges and then build and fund new solutions to address them. They...

Duration:01:06:00

Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA Gymnastics Head Coach

3/14/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Valorie Kondos Field, often referred to as “Miss Val.” She’s the head coach of the six-time NCAA Champion, 21 NCAA Regional Champion and 17-time PAC 12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. Valorie was recently named the Pac-12 “Coach of the Century,” and in 2010, she became one of only two active coaches to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. She considers the late John Wooden, the legendary and most successful collegiate basketball coach...

Duration:01:26:11

Daymond John, CEO and Founder of FUBU

3/7/2018
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This week's conversation is with entrepreneur Daymond John on clarity, vision, and imagery. From street hustle -- to Shark Tank to being a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, he has become globally recognized for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs. Daymond initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the groundbreaking lifestyle brand, FUBU (which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales). He started...

Duration:01:09:56

Bob Bowman, ASU Men's and Women's Swimming Head Coach

2/28/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Hall of Fame swimming coach Bob Bowman, the maestro behind the illustrious career of Michael Phelps. He’s now the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s programs at Arizona State University. He is a four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team staff, including Head Coach of the Men’s team at Rio 2016. He has guided swimmers to 38 Olympic medals, including 21 individual medals and 19 individual gold medals, and 43 World Records over the course of his...

Duration:02:06:20

Jeremy Bailenson, Founder of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab

2/21/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Jeremy Bailenson, the founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and a professor at Stanford University. Jeremy studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. When I was up at his lab, he ran me through a fear-inducing protocol that completely hijacked my thinking brain. Right up my ally! In this conversation we discuss Jeremy’s path –...

Duration:01:08:08

Adventure Rock Climber Alex Honnold on Mindset, Progression, Pressure

2/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:57:33

Snowboarder Jake Blauvelt on Risk, Confidence, Flow

2/7/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Jake Blauvelt, one of the world’s best all around snowboarders. He’s got a smooth, creative and effortless-looking style and it’s lifted him into an elite group of top athletes in the snowboarding world. Jake’s career started like most other snowboarders: traveling from contest to contest, making a name for himself riding half pipe & slopestyle events, & eventually winning the Burton US Open Slopestyle in 2004, one of the most prestigious events in...

Duration:00:58:27

Author Gretchen Rubin on Happiness, Human Nature, Habits

1/31/2018
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This week’s conversation is with Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen has spent the past decade researching and writing about happiness and is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. I wanted to talk to Gretchen because happiness is something that every one of us seems to searching for yet some of us have trouble finding. When you ask people on the street or in a casual conversation, "What...

Duration:01:06:20

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