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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 ...
Alex Honnold Imagery

Using Imagery to Train for El Capitan

This an excerpt from Finding Mastery #108 with adventure rock climber Alex Honnold in which he describes how he used imagery to train for free-solo climbing El Capitan. Michael Gervais: There was an insight that you spent a year doing ...
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...

Hidden (and subtle) dangers of multi-tasking

Long gone are the days where being a multi-tasker is a badge of honor for productivity. There are hidden dangers that can come from multi-tasking that are far greater than the occasional error on a rushed email.Historically, multi-tasking has bee...
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 everyday life scenarios. The things I learned how to do in formal meditation...
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.   ...
Anne Parmenter Mistakes

How I Help My Players Overcome Mistakes

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #097 with coach, mountaineer, and marathoner Anne Parmenter in which she shares how she helps her players recover from mistakes. Michael Gervais: Coach Carroll has a phrase "learn your learner....
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.  ...
Arianna Huffington Electronics

Navigating My Relationship with Electronics

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #094 with Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington in which she shares how she navigates her relationship with electronics. Michael Gervais: Do you have a couple really influential ways that you'...
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. ...
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. Robert Rabbin: If you're not present you can't be functioning really well.Michael ...
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...

How to Identify Potential in Others

This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #089 with Microsoft's EVP of Worldwide Commercial Business, Judson Althoff, in which he shares how to help others find their potential. Michael Gervais: I'd love if you shared the way that ...
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 train confidence? Practicing in different scenarios.One of the things that hurts us the ...
Toto Wolff Self-Reflection

Why Self-Reflection is a Competitive Advantage

When I’m on a plane, if things are running well, I don't listen to music, I don't watch any movies. I'm pretty ok just staring into space.I've had a 20 hour journey back from Australia. I haven't listened to one single song. I haven't loo...
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 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 become real with who the fuck I am.I had to stop lying to myself and hold myself acco...
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 are in your life, no matter how banged up and broken.This includes war trauma, childhoo...
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 ...
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 place that makes them feel really good. The temperature in the house is 72 degrees. They'v...
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 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 choice.A very active choice, which is:I can make every decision in the hope it will wo...
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 ...
Anders Ericsson Memorizing

Learning vs. Memorizing Information

From a young age, I found that I was pretty good at memorizing but it was just seemingly not related to anything that I felt was actually accumulating any knowledge that I could draw on.I was fantasizing about trying to do something that w...
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...
Lee Clow Genius Bar

Why the Apple Genius Bar Was Created

I think the totality of what I do is storytelling. It's the ability to tell a brand story in a way that people will love it, trust it, and be interested in it.All those things may lead to buying something they make, but what's fun about w...

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 then taking a year off to write. It's really about four years of very conscious, goal-dri...
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 opportunity to have learned and practiced from different Wayfinders.A few years ago Elizabeth...

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....

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 important as the crunches people do in the morning – (the physical training) and the dietary ...

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...
Dan Harris Meditation

Surrendering to the process of meditation

During his Finding Mastery conversation, ABC’s Dan Harris described how to best surrender to the process of meditation. Dan explained that you can get into trouble if you expect a certain feeling because it's very hard to conjure that feeling....

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 Saturday, defeating China 25-12, 25-12, 25-18.The gold medal win follows silver medal...
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 ...
Kai Kight Mastery

Why Curiosity and Intent Lead to Mastery

Classical violinist Kai Kight believes mastery comes down to two concepts: curiosity and intention. In Kai’s Finding Mastery conversation, he explained the ways in which he utilizes the two concepts.To him, curiosity means being open minded...
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...
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 why he has a gratitude practice."We’re constantly in the hunt for the next hint of plea...
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...
Karch Kiraly Focus

Thriving in Uncomfortable Environments

Legendary volleyball player Karch Kiraly discusses how he was able to focus deeply and perform in uncomfortable environments.Challenging practices were important for him. He explained that pushing himself when he felt exhausted was imperati...

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 grandfather sharing food with their neighbors,  despite almost starving themselves. This s...
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...
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 comes down mindset and having an even keel whether things are going good or going bad. “If...
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 ...
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 business.Once he came to grips with the meaning behind it,  he understood why he was be...
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 ...
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,  there isn’t a future and there isn’t a past, you’re just there in the moment.” Pete ...
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 that Merges Veterans and Players, helping them live rewarding lives after their time has...

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 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 imagined. Nate remained determined to get there and his refusal to take no for an answer sheds li...

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 do something about it.Time is the one absolute and to give that away is tragic. "When you...

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 hearts this career was not right for me,  and I had to trust that if I had the courage to l...

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 ...

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 music and movement.Watch for the deep understanding and deconstruction of the relationship...

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? W...

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?" Catch the full podcast here  ...

Follow Along the Ultimate Triathlon

Recent guest, Luke Tyburski, completed the Ultimate Triathlon journey from Morocco to Monaco. Every day Luke shared video footage from his adventurers via the app, Periscope. If you click the arrows above, you can scroll through photos he'...

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 compassionate caring person that has a real interest in people growing. That's kind of the center...

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 s...