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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

Part 1: Nutrition Scientist Chris Talley on Maximizing Weaknesses and Minimizing Strengths

1/17/2018
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Nutrition scientist Chris Talley is my go-to for all things food science. We've worked together with hundreds of professional athletes and Olympians. We worked together at Red Bull with their high performance program, up at the Seahawks and with handfuls of athletes that live right on the edge of intense risk and danger. I hope you enjoy Chris' mind and world-views as much as I do. This conversation is loaded so we’ve split it up into two parts. In part one, you’ll learn about Chris’...

Duration: 01:02:02


Part 2: Nutrition Scientist Chris Talley on The Mechanics of Nutrition

1/17/2018
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For those of you who care deeply about what you’re putting in your body, you’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to part 1, I highly recommend giving that a listen first so you can get some context for who Chris is and why he’s so good at what he does. I also want to thank our partner Athletic Greens for supporting the podcast and allowing us to keep growing - if you haven’t had a chance yet, go to AthleticGreens.com/FindingMastery and learn more about their...

Duration: 01:02:08


MMA Fighter Vitor Belfort on Belief, Mindset, Overcoming Fear

1/10/2018
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This conversation is with MMA fighter and legend, Vitor Belfort, on belief, mindset, and overcoming fear. I wanted to sit down with Vitor to understand how he has created command of his deep love for people and at the same time has the ability to engage in one of the most brutal and violent sports (mixed martial arts). Vitor grew up in a tough neighborhood in Rio De Janiero and from an early age knew he wanted to be a world champion. He came to the United States to realize that...

Duration: 01:22:53


Rugby Union Coach Stuart Lancaster on Pressure, Resiliency, Culture

12/20/2017
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This conversation is with rugby coach Stuart Lancaster. Stuart is currently coaching in Dublin, Ireland with Leinster Rugby. He was the former Head Coach of the England Rugby team from 2011-2015. Failure is something no one wants to experience but almost everyone has to go through at some point. Those on the razor’s edge, those that push their own boundaries, curious to see how much they’re really capable of, definitely experience those setbacks. For those performing on the world...

Duration: 01:16:49


Mindfulness Expert Sharon Salzberg on Being Present, Letting Go, and Having Faith

12/13/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:06:16


Big Wave Surfer Tom Carroll on Being a Maverick, Honesty, Risk

12/6/2017
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This week’s conversation is with Tom Carroll on being a maverick, honesty, and risk. Tom is best known as one of Australia’s great surfers and sportsmen. I have known of Tom since I was a grom (stoked little kid who flat out loved surfing). With two world professional surfing championships and three wins at Pipeline (one of the heavier waves in the world) under his belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s just a champion athlete. Rather Tom is a maverick -- in many ways. Reaching the...

Duration: 01:25:56


USA Women's Water Polo Coach Adam Krikorian on Competition, Relationships, Sustaining Success

11/29/2017
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This week’s conversation is with Women’s Senior National Team Water Polo head coach Adam Krikorian. Since taking over the Women's Senior National Team, Adam Krikorian has been just about perfect. From his arrival in 2009 Team USA has competed in 18 major FINA Championships and come away with Gold in 15. This includes the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, 2009, 2015, and 2017 FINA World Championships, the 2010 and 2014 FINA World Cups, seven FINA World League Super Final crowns and the 2016...

Duration: 01:19:25


Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner on Courage, Servant Leadership, Imagery

11/22/2017
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This conversation is with Ray Conner, who was responsible for running America's largest manufacturing export, Boeing. If you're not familiar with the company, you've likely put your life in their hands (if you've been in an airplane). Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems. Ray is the Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company, and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. We met when he served as...

Duration: 01:23:18


Coach Anne Parmenter on Resiliency, Mindset, Ethics

11/15/2017
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Imagine being within striking distance of your lifelong dream, only to come to a fork in the road. Continue onward but in doing so, put others lives in danger, or turn back and potentially never have another shot at fulfilling your dream. What would you do? How would you respond? Ethical decision making under duress is a fascinating process. I don’t know anyone that says, “I’m a bad human being. I’m a terrible human being and I do bad things. But some people put up an armor, a shield...

Duration: 01:18:07


USC Dean of Religious Life Dr. Varun Soni on Mindfulness, Leadership, Spirituality

11/8/2017
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Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC) and the first Hindu to serve as the chief religious or spiritual leader of an American university. In a time where it feels like we have never been more divided, this conversation is about unity. It’s about empathy. It’s about diversity. It’s about curiosity and regard. There is so much to learn in this conversation. Varun has been personally impacted by some of the most influential thought leaders...

Duration: 01:23:09


Author David Epstein on Sport Gene, Curiosity, Self-Discovery

11/1/2017
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This week’s conversation is with David Epstein. David is author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He is a science writer and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and before that was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he authored or co-authored a number of the magazine’s most highprofile pieces. Despite his success as a writer, David didn’t always know that was what he was meant to do. Prior to becoming a science writer, David was an 800-meter runner and...

Duration: 01:30:33


Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington on Well-Being, High Performance, Habit Development

10/25/2017
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This conversation is with Arianna Huffington. Arianna is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Arianna has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive...

Duration: 00:35:32


Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton on Coaching, Leadership, Relationships

10/11/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:09:19


Author Robert Rabbin on Fighting Cancer, Curiosity, Authenticity

10/4/2017
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In January 2012, Robert Rabbin was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and told he had a few months to live. However, in keeping with his contrarian nature, he took a non-conventional path. Robert began his professional journey in 1985, after spending 10 years living and working with meditation master Swami Muktananda in India. Long before then he was on a pursuit – a pursuit to understand the “why”. The questioning and the wondering, has been the signature characteristic of his...

Duration: 00:59:16


Army Major Mike Erwin on Optimism, Relationships, Transitions

9/27/2017
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This conversation is with Army Major Mike Erwin. Mike served in the US Army for 13 years, including 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the Founder and President of The Positivity Project, a non-profit strengthening leadership and relationships through a deeper understanding of character. Mike is also the board chair of Team Red, White, and Blue, providing a network that helps veterans to combat their tendency to isolate themselves as they go through a difficult transition from...

Duration: 00:51:20


Victoria's Secret CEO Jan Singer on Authenticity, Confidence, Control

9/20/2017
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In this conversation we sit down with Jan Singer. Jan is the Chief Executive Officer for Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, the world’s most recognized and beloved intimate apparel company. There are thousands of apparel companies across the globe. How do the successful one’s stand out? Part of the success is tapping into the psychology and philosophy of their potential customers. The clothes we choose are in many ways a reflection of our personal philosophy. Jan has a clear understanding of...

Duration: 00:55:28


Microsoft EVP Judson Althoff on Striving for Excellence and Finding Balance

9/13/2017
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Judson Althoff is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business organization. He leads the company’s commercial business strategy and over 40k people across the globe in a whole range of functions that need to work closely together in one coherent team for a company in the midst of digitally transforming itself with it’s customers. Leading that many people who have to work that closely is in itself intriguing. Doing that while being part of a leadership team...

Duration: 01:14:56


Executive John Nordstrom on Building Corporate Culture, Relationships, Authenticity

9/6/2017
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This conversation is with John Nordstrom -- of the Nordstrom high-quality fashion retailer in the US -- who's history has gone from a small shoe store, to having over 350 large luxury department stores -- to being publically traded on the NYSE -- to being in the middle of a potential family buy back. This conversation is about a man who cares for others. Cares for his family. Cares for his customers. It's authentic -- and it's one of the reasons the Nordstrom company has been successful....

Duration: 00:42:36


Dr. Albert Bandura on The Theory on Creating Human Results

8/30/2017
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This conversation is with Dr. Albert Bandura. This conversation was an honor. He's literally a living legend in the field of Psychology -- He's an extraordinarily innovative scholar whose work in social cognitive theory has become an incredible resource in academics and for practitioners dedicated to human excellence His theories are part the core pillars with my work with elite teams, athletes, and performers. It was a complete joy to learn from him in this conversation, after I've...

Duration: 01:15:47


English Cricketer Alec Stewart on Authenticity, Work Ethic, and Vision

8/23/2017
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In these conversations, it's my intent to really dig, relentlessly dig, to work to understand the truth. The truth of the nature of the conversation, but also the truth of the person. And opening up is challenging - it's a really hard thing to do, as many of us can recognize, to be authentic and to be vulnerable. But in this conversation with Alec Stewart, it just worked and it was a pleasure. Alec is a former English cricketer, a right-handed batsman-wicketkeeper and former captain of...

Duration: 00:52:52

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