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Sharon Salzberg let go

Learn to Let Go

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #101 with meditation expert Sharon Salzberg in which she explains why formal meditation training is so applicable to...
Adam Krikorian humility confidence

Be Humble & Be Confident

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #099 with USA Women’s Water Polo head coach Adam Krikorian in which he explains why being humble and confident are w...
Ray Conner Courage

What I Look For In A Leader

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #098 with Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner in which he shares the number one factor he looks for in a leader.  Ray Conner: One of the most important things in my mind is, do you have the courage to b...
David Epstein Self-Discovery

Insight on Self-Discovery

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #095 with author David Epstein in which he shares what he’s found to be important for self-discovery. Michael Gervais: What are your insights about the path of discovery? What have you foun...
Jan Singer Inner Dialogue

Managing Your Inner Dialogue

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #090 with Victoria's Secret CEO Jan Singer in which she shares how she helps others manage their inner dialogue....
Luke Walton - Kobe Bryant - Mindset

Kobe Bryant’s Mindset

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #093 with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in which he shares his experience playing with Kobe Bryant. Michael Gervais: Ok how about Kobe, when I say that name what comes up?&n...
Robert Rabbin Present

The Key to Being Present

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #092 with author and speaker Robert Rabbin in which he shares why breathing is the key to being present. ...
Mike Erwin Emotions

How To Control Your Emotions

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #091 with Army Major, Mike Erwin, in which he shares why he believes the most important habit to cultivate is to...
Jan Singer Confidence

How I Build Confidence

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #090 with Victoria's Secret CEO, Jan Singer, in which she shares how she builds confidence. I think I put myself out of my comfort zone all the time. I like to push it so I can see what my ...
Shaka Smart Growth

The Best Way to Grow

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #085 with Texas Men's Basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart in which he explains why being open to feedback is imperative for growth. Michael Gervais: Is there one thing that you do to accelera...
Kai Kight Confidence

How I Train Confidence

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #003 with violinist Kai Kight in which he explains how he trains confidence. Kai Kight: How do I tr...
Lee Clow and Early Jobs

My Experience with a Young Steve Jobs

When I met Steve Jobs, he was 23 years old. He was making the Apple II. He and Wozniak just thought computers could be important someday.We started with, “We want to change the world but we don't have all the money in the world. We just ...
Mark Divine Win

How You Win In Your Mind

One day, one life. I love this saying.The notion is that every day is a lifetime of learning. It’s like the Buddha says, that you can find enlightenm...
Toto Wolff Philosophy

How I Manage Ego & Challenge

How do I manage ego when it doesn't go my way? When it doesn’t go the right way for an engineer or a teammate?I don't think that there is a single answer to that. “How you behave in moments of failure, is in my opinion, how you can see r...
David Goggins Philosophy

What Do You Stand For

Before I started my journey on trying to become hard and all this bullshit about David Goggins, I first had to master one thing, the fact that I had to...

How World Leading Athletes Sleep

World leading athletes are well aware of the importance of sleep as it relates to high performance. Most of us would agree that elite athletes are required to consistently perform in very demanding environments. But that’s true for just about all of ...
Jamie Wheal Ecstasies

On-ramping Ecstasies

Any of these skills or techniques to reach ecstasies can be regressed so that there's an infinitely progressive on-ramp, no matter , no matter where you...
Cal Fussman Trust

Learning to Trust

When I started to travel I was about 23 or 24.I would go to these train stations and buy a ticket to the next destination. I had very little money at th...
Alyssa Roenigk Mastery

Work on Your Weaknesses

The very first sentence on my nerdy notepad under the words finding mastery is “work on your weaknesses.”I think it is the hardest thing to do. I think it’s called “finding mastery” for a reason.I don't think mastery has a destination. I th...
Goggins Uncomfortable

How to Develop Mental Toughness

How you develop mental toughness is becoming hard. How you become hard is doing shit that you don't want to do. "Most people live in this nice comfortable ...
Jewel Self-Doubt

How I Tackled Self-Doubt

I had a decent ability to stay in my body and I'm feeling anxious even if I didn't know the cause of it.I would listen to my body cues and when I got a...
Jannell MacAulay Self-Love

Practicing Self-Love

When I talk about self-love, mindfulness is important but it goes a step further for me. “It includes nutrition – 80% of how you feel on a day-to-day basis is what you put in your mouth and I'm really conscious of that.” Sleep is very big and...
Amy Hood Progression

Perfection vs. Progression

My older daughter is a bit of a perfectionist not unlike her mother was at that age.I still am but less hard on myself about it.You have a choi...
Robert Greene Zen Buddhism

The Allure of Zen Buddhism

I think a lot about Zen Buddhism because I meditate every day.I get up every morning and before I eat or do anything I meditate for 35 minutes. It's a v...
Ryan Holiday Writing Method

My Method for Writing

The first thing I think people overlook when it comes to writing is the distinction between the research and the thinking and then the writing.A lot of people don't take the time to do that.They think, “Ok I'm going to sit down and write....
Dacher Keltner Power

How Power is Acquired

I’ve been studying how people get power.How do you get power in the U.S. Senate or on the basketball court or in social groups?At the same time my lab...
Anne Mills Challenging Environments

Surviving in Challenging Environments

What was it about my youth that set up a way for me to be able to capture the opportunity to become a CEO of an international firm, deal with single motherhood and kick cancer's ass?I think part of it was the hands off parenting style of my...

The Ship Must Move Forward

Up until maybe a couple of weeks ago my whole mantra was “Run To The Roar, ” which is the title of my book.It essentially meant go at the problem, deal with the problem, it's never quite as bad as you think it is.Recently, I had open-heart...
Karan Bajaj Sabbatical

The Benefit of a Sabbatical

What’s helped me tremendously is this 4-1-4 model, in which I work for four years and then take a year off.It's not about working for four years and t...
Dacher Keltner Power

Has Power Corrupted You?

During his Finding Mastery conversation, social psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner shared a few specific signals that indicate power has corrupted someone.4 Signs To Watch For:1) When people feel powerful they stop looking at other people wh...

The Power of Stillness

National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Lindsey explains the value in finding stillness on an everyday basis.Over the years she’s had the fortunate oppor...

Do the Hardest Thing First

Author Steven Kotler shares a strategy he recommends for entering the flow state. Kotler insists that it’s not necessary to build your life around flow....

The Heart of Deliberate Practice

Psychologist Anders Ericsson explains that the heart of deliberate practice starts with having an awareness of which activities are catalysts for improvement. “If you just keep doing what you have been doing the argument is that you're going to...

Methods to Train Breathing

Social psychologist Dacher Keltner explains why he believes breathing is the most important things people can do for wellbeing. “I believe is just as imp...

Valuing Culture Over Talent

John Donahoe discusses how he balances talent and culture within an organization. He believes it's possible to get key people to "buy in" and align the te...
Relationship Based Approach

Creating a Relationship-Based Culture

Pete Carroll explains why creating a relationship based culture in Seattle is vital to their success. He believes his job is to help others become their best and a key is to "learn the learner.""To help someone find their best,  I need to fi...

Asking the Right Questions

Leadership executive Liz Wiseman explains some of her favorite questions she asks to identify the "native genius" in others... "What does this person do better than anything else they do?""What do they do better than anything their coll...
Katie Holloway Imagery

The Mechanics of Imagery

On Saturday, September 17, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team completed its historic Paralympic Games with the team’s first-ever gold medal on...
Tim Ryan Grit

What It Takes to Win an Election

Congressman Tim Ryan describes his mindset during the early campaigning days and how it took grit that he learned from playing sports.He remembered one ...
Ryan Holiday Mastery

The Inability to “Turn It Off”

Ryan Holiday explains why the cost of mastery for him is not being able to “turn it off." He thinks it extends to many successful people in their respective crafts. “The thing that makes them so good and focused,  ironically or paradoxically, ...
Take a Shot

Becoming a Better Risk Taker

Pete Carroll discusses how he helps others take a shot.He believes great performers dwell in the moment of risk. They look for it because they have beco...

Minutes on Mastery Introduction

Welcome to Minutes on Mastery -- simple and applied insights from those on the path to Mastery. This has been designed to be an adjunct to the full Finding Mastery Podcast -- where we sit down with those on the path of mastery to better under...
Dan Harris Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

In Dan Harris’ Finding Mastery conversation,  he discussed how it’s easy to take for granted all the good things we have in our respective lives. This is ...
James Bond Philosophy

Importance of Having a Philosophy

James Bond believes in sharing his philosophy up front with his colleagues. The key is both communication and trust.“This is how I need it to be. I’m...

Overcoming Pressure at the Olympics

I am obsessed with watching the Olympics right now – there are so many lessons to learn. It’s funny,  I used to watch the Olympics when I was a kid with admiration and awe, and then I was fortunate and competed in two Olympics. The awe is less ...

Failure is Just Data

Green Monday founder David Yeung believes failure is a very useful and positive thing. He experienced failures and setbacks with the first company he founded yet he didn't let it discourage him. “Failure isn’t in my vocabulary, because to me ...
David Yeung Family Motto

Putting Others First

Green Monday Founder David Yeung's family motto is centered around looking out for others. David describes a story his dad told him about the his g...
Katie Holloway Stress to Grow

Inviting Stress to Grow

In the conversation with Katie Holloway, she discussed how she's been able to turn the pain of being bullied throughout her childhood into a positive....
Clint Bruce Team Tribe

Team vs. Tribe

Former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce made it clear in his Finding Mastery conversation that there are two things he cares deeply about: relationships and having a purpose.With that in mind, it makes a lot of sense how he defines a team verse a trib...
Pat LaFontaine Mindset

Finding Your Optimal Mindset

NHL great Pat LaFontaine speaks to incoming NHL rookies on how to consistently perform at a high level and maintain success in the league. He believes it ...
Jimmy Smith Space Jam

Nike Passing on Space Jam

Advertising legend Jimmy Smith shared a story on the podcast about Nike passing on the Space Jam movie and how it applies to risk taking.Nike had run a ...

Wisdom on Appreciating Time

Elizabeth Lindsey has traveled around the world and learned from some of the wisest elders from indigenous societies.She has gained priceless insights across these journeys - this one in particular speaks to how those in the Western world can...
Jimmy Smith Stresswood

The Concept of Stresswood

In the conversation with advertising legend Jimmy Smith,  he discussed why embracing the concept of "stresswood" helped him endure tough times with his b...
Nicole Davis Confidence

Where Confidence Comes From

In the conversation with Nicole Davis,  she discussed where confidence comes from. She believes confidence doesn't come from preparation, but rather f...

Mindset of a Multiplier Leader

Liz Wiseman explains how she helps leaders bring out the best in other people.The "diminisher mindset" is nobody is going to figure it out without me versus the mindset of a "multiplier leader" who thinks people are smart and they will figu...
Being Present

The Importance of Being Present

Being where your feet are at is a skill. Pete Carroll talks about why being present is vital to the success of the Seattle Seahawks. “When we’re at our best...
Kayt Sukel Risk Taker Banner

Becoming a Better Risk Taker

Kayt Sukel explains how to help a child become a better risk taker. A key is to let them explore and experiment. "We need to let them mess up,  which is sometimes the hardest- especially when you know better and can see from a distance how bad...

Merging Vets and Players

In Part 2 of the conversation with Nate Boyer, he discussed his latest endeavor -"MVP"- in which he teamed up with NFL Insider Jay Glazer to create a program ...

Mastering the Mental Game

Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais recently spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference about "Mastering the Mental Game." "You can't be at your best if you're not to...

Pushing the Mind

Nate Boyer talks about the importance of controlling one's thoughts - while there may be limitations on physical ability, the same cannot be said for the mind. "You can't change your muscle fibers, but for whatever reason I don't know how it ...

Making a Difference

Nate Boyer wanted to make a difference.He decided he wanted to go help people in Darfur, yet getting over there wasn't as easy as he initially imagine...

The Importance of Connection

In this week's edition of "Ask Mike, " previous guest of the show, Jon Gordon, had a question for Mike... Jon Gordon:What did you learn most from our podcast together?Michael Gervais:The importance of connection. We talked about "from cla...

No Place for Shame

Clint Bruce has no place for shame in his life. He measures shame in time- there's the event and then the period of time after where you're unwilling to d...

Refusing to Stay Comfortable

Since Finding Mastery launched in September, a common theme among guests has been a willingness to become uncomfortable in order to grow. Carli Lloyd echoed this same sentiment saying, "If you want to be one of the greats like Tiger Woods or K...

Pain Drives Change

Rich Roll discusses how quitting his corporate law job was one of the most frightening moments in his life...(click for audio) "I knew in my heart of he...

Externalizing Your Database

In the conversation with Steven Kotler, he talks about the value that comes with making lists for both what you've been successful at and what's caused ...

Deep Focus and Challenge Lead to Flow

In my conversation with Steven Kotler, we got right into strategies to enhance both flow (one of the most optimal states a human can be in) and creativity. Below are a few ideas on how to increase flow (more on creativity later). As a starting...

Fik-Shun Takes the Stage

Finding Mastery guest, Fik-Shun, recently took the stage at World of Dance in Las Vegas and his performance was powerful, yet again. He understands mus...

6 Questions with Kevin Levrone

Pressure comes from… The outside world, from the expectations of others. It all comes down to… Me What do you do to cultivate the ability to be present? When I’m by myself,  things become really visual for me mentally, I can see things reall...

Channeling Pain Towards Mastery

A major theme of the conversation with Kevin Levrone, was how he channeled the pain of losing those closest to him- his father, mother,  and aunt - to beco...

What Separates the Elite?

Ashley Merryman on what separates the elite from the rest of the pack.. "Shouldn't everyone perform at the same level if they already have the skills?" Ca...
Importance of Sleep

Importance of Sleep for Recovery

The Huffington Post recently published a video featuring Dr. Michael Gervais and Coach Pete Carroll discussing the importance of sleep for recovery. "The science is really clear," Gervais said. "We've got five cycles of sleep, each one being 90 ...

Staying Confident and Overcoming Failure

Dr. Gervais discusses the value in creating practice environments that welcome "progressively made mistakes." Rather than avoiding failure, it's important to structure opportunities where they might fail, as part of the sting that comes with failure ...

Kai Kight inspires Seahawks

What do people do who are interested in learning? They search for people and experiences that offer different perspectives, sometimes unconventionally so. On ...

How to Be a Great Coach

Coaching is such a powerful role in people's lives. It takes up so much space. And the things that go into making a great coach are first being a really compass...

How to Build Self-Confidence

Michael Gervais, PhD High Performance Psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks, NBA Players, Olympians, and more, shares advice on the best method for building self-confidence.  ...