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John Donovan routine

Why I Get Up At 4am

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #143 with AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan, in which he shares why he gets up every morning at 4am.  ...
Michael Rosenbaum mindfulness

Why Mindfulness Matters To Me

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #135 in which actor, producer, and comedian, Michael Rosenbaum, shares why mindfulness matters to him. Michael Rosenbaum: The key is being present. I mean, everyone talks about that and I didn't un...
Tom Bilyeu Decision Making

Indecisiveness Will Cripple You

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #136 with co-founder of Impact Theory and Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu, in which he explains why he believes a lack of de...
Rebecca Rothstein Trust

How I Build Trust and Win Clients

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #124 with top wealth manager Rebecca Rothstein in which she shares how she builds trust and wins over clients. Michael Gervais: How do you build trust with them because this sounds like a relation...
Rich Roll perfectionism

Combatting Perfectionism

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #121 with plant powered wellness advocate Rich Roll in which he discusses how to combat perfectionism and self-critical ...
Luke Walton Mindset

The Mindset Required to Make it to the Pros

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #093 with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, in which he describes the mindset required to make it at the pro level in sports. Michael Gervais: Will you teach your children those same qua...
Finding Mastery Philosophy

Living in Alignment with your Personal Philosophy

People talk about “becoming” and “being” your best.What is someone’s “best?” Seriously, what is your "best?" It's incredibly difficult to get your arms around it, partly because it's a moving target that is influenced by dynamically moving compon...
Gretchen Rubin Habits

The Four Tendencies

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #106 with best-selling author Gretchen Rubin in which she shares her four tendencies framework for how different peo...

Artificial Intelligence: In mind and on time

Thanks to Brad Smith and Harry Shum at Microsoft for this and it got my wheels turning.The most significant change that might take place here, could be our relationship with time.With the automation of mundane tasks, what will you do with you...
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 words that cut to the center of what he understands most. Michael Gervais: Is there...
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.   ...
Varun Soni Success

Redefine Your Metrics For Success

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #096 with USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni in which he explains why he asks his students to redefine their metrics for success. Varun Soni: What I talk to my students about and what I have t...
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.  ...
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. Michael Gervais: How do you manage and help others manage the 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. ...
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 control your emotions when responding to something you disagree with. Michae...
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...
Judson Brewer Curiosity

Curiosity as an Antidote For Fear

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #066 with Dr. Judson Brewer in which he describes why curiosity is an antidote for fear. Michael Gervais: We were talking about fear, like the thought of the fear being the contractor for m...
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 imper...
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...
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 enlightenment in a single breath, if you're aware, if you're present.If you're present, then you...
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 a...
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...

Bringing Out the Best in Others

If you are going to change a person's behavior and their performance, the first thing you have to do is change the way they think.We've got to inspire them, we've got to enhance their vision of themselves, we've got to get them to reach f...
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 the time - certainly didn't have enough to spend night after night in a hotel room. “When I ...
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 ...
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 anxious it was like having a neon sign saying, “Something's up, pay attention.”I woul...
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 ba...
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 very intense 35 minutes because you're emptying the mind. I've been doing it religiously ev...
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 ...
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 was looking at what happens if you randomly give people power or people feel like they're...
Jimmy Smith Nike

Behind the Nike Freestyle Campaign

On my computer, I always have “light bulbs.” Stuff that is written on there that doesn't mean anything at that particular time, but I’ll have an idea and think “yeah that could be something’ so I put it in the “light bulb folder.” "In the l...

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...
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...
David Yeung Animal Diet

The Impact of an Animal-Based Diet

There is an environmental impact that comes with consuming an animal-based diet. The United Nations said over ten years ago that climate change is from carbon footprints.When we think of a carbon footprint we think about the energy sector - f...
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....

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 first step is to understand that flow only happens during moments of uninterrupted con...

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 team's goals with their own, even if they haven't shown that ability in the past. "My expe...
Caroline Leaf Atomization

The Process for Atomizing Thoughts

Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf describes the process for atomizing one’s thoughts and building successful habits.As our mind responds to the incoming and outgoing, we are going to now start thinking about the new information. That new informa...

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 perso...
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 day where it was raining really hard and his guys said we can’t go out today but he said: ...
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 become comfortable with it and they trust and have confidence that they can function. A big pa...
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 going to give you my piece. I’m going to give you my thoughts. And from that I want you t...
Rio Olympics Finding Mastery

Rio Olympics x Finding Mastery

The Summer Olympics kick off in Rio De Janeiro today and Finding Mastery plans on celebrating past and present Olympians over the next two weeks. This week's guest,  Canadian soccer goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbé, helped the Canadians get off to...

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 foun...
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.She believes protecting your heart doesn't get you anywhere. Rather, only when you have ...
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...
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 Space Jam commercial during the Super Bowl that had blown up.Warner Brothers went to Phi...
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 from the things that you say to yourself. “You can shoot a shot 10, 000 times in a row, bu...

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 ...
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...
Moment He Knew He Was Different

The Moment He Knew He Thought Different

Pete Carroll describes the first time he noticed he had a unique approach to coaching football.It was one precise moment.He was an assistant coach at the University of Pacific. He had just finished a night meeting with the defensive...
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 ...

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 totally in the moment." - Pete Carroll In the video, some topics discussed include:Wh...

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 th...

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...

Embracing Adversity + Finding Your Calling

In the conversation with John Donahoe,  he discussed why facing adversity is imperative to growth... That's when you learn,  that's when you grow. That's when you develop character as a person, as a leader, as a team, as an organization." He ...

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 po...

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...

Letting Go of the Uncontrollable

Each week going forward,  Michael will be answering questions on Facebook and Twitter. In the debut session,  there were some great questions asked. One question came from Scott Enyeart.Scott Enyeart:What tips do you have for letting go of...

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 ech...

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 you trouble. "I have a list on a piece of paper that says, shit to understand when every...

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.  ...