Finding Mastery

Finding Mastery
I’ve 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. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives.

Cal Ripken Jr. on Why You Control Your Life’s Narrative
Aug 5 • 98 min
Baseball legend, Cal Ripken Jr., discusses resiliency, agency, and the pursuit of excellence.
Blake Mycoskie on Why External Validation Isn’t The Answer
Jul 29 • 79 min
TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie, shares why none of us have it all figured out, no matter how successful we may appear.
Julie Rice on The Creation of SoulCycle and The Importance of Community
Jul 22 • 64 min
SoulCycle co-founder Julie Rice, shares what inspired her to create SoulCyle and why community is critical to building meaningful relationships.
Duane Brown on Reserving Judgement, Living with Compassion, and Combatting Anxiety
Jul 15 • 60 min
Seattle Seahawks left tackle, Duane Brown, shares a few steps we can all take to make the world a better place — it starts with working to better understand each other, through compassion and empathy.
Shea Serrano on Why It All Comes Down to Grit
Jul 8 • 76 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, bestselling author, Shea Serrano, shares how to push fear aside and go after what you want most.
Kelley O’Hara on Responding to Adversity - On and Off The Field
Jul 1 • 72 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, USWNT soccer star, Kelley O’Hara, shares her insights on how to be more resilient.
Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais on Living and Leading Authentically
Jun 24 • 68 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, ESPN’s Sage Steele interviews Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Michael Gervais about their new book.
Travis Pastrana on Making the Best of Any Situation
Jun 17 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, action sports icon, Travis Pastrana, discusses optimism, taking risks, and embracing challenge.
Soledad O’Brien on Standing Up to Racism
Jun 10 • 75 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien, discusses the role each of us can play in standing up to racism and how to make a difference.
Michael Bennett on Why It’s Time for America to Look in the Mirror
Jun 3 • 56 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, NFL veteran and social justice advocate, Michael Bennett, shares what we can learn from the George Floyd protests.
Dr. Melanie Joy on Cultivating Healthy Relationships
May 27 • 74 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Melanie Joy shares why practicing integrity and honoring dignity are the keys to healthy relationships.
Deepak Chopra on Our Limited Understanding of Reality
May 20 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, integrative medicine pioneer, Deepak Chopra, discusses the nature of reality and consciousness.
Dr. David Fajgenbaum on Living with Urgency —Why Tomorrow Isn’t Promised
May 13 • 72 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. David Fajgenbaum discusses the preciousness of life, why it comes down to having clarity of purpose, and making sure you take the proper actions to back it up.
Decoding Disruptors: Leaders Navigating the Unfolding, Unpredictable Unknown
May 10 • 78 min
Learn how the best leaders in the world are navigating through uncertain times.
George Karl on Getting to The Truth
May 6 • 76 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, George Karl, the 6th winningest coach in NBA basketball history, discusses purpose, leadership, and joy.
Trent Dilfer on Turning Pain Into Passion
Apr 29 • 77 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, former NFL quarterback, Trent Dilfer, shares how enduring significant pain led him to discover his real passion.
Sage Steele on Choosing Happiness
Apr 22 • 102 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, Sage Steele, opens up about having the courage to trust herself, living optimistically, and why she chooses to be happy.
Marc Randolph on The Creation of Netflix
Apr 15 • 63 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Netflix co-founder, Marc Randolph, discusses how he and co-founder Reed Hastings developed the idea for Netflix, how to create a strong organizational culture, and why focus is the key for any entrepreneur.
Dan Quinn on What It Takes to Lead an NFL Franchise
Apr 8 • 62 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Atlanta Falcons head coach, Dan Quinn, discusses leadership, resiliency, and focus.
Scott Barry Kaufman on The New Science of Self-Actualization
Apr 1 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, humanistic psychologist, Scott Barry Kaufman, shares his insights on human potential.
Decoding Disruptors: Theresia Gouw, Founding Partner at Acrew Capital
Mar 28 • 48 min
Theresia Gouw is a founding partner at Acrew Capital and one of the most successful venture capitalists in the world.
Hilaree Nelson on Staying Confident in Life-Threatening Environments
Mar 25 • 68 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, professional adventurer and ski mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson, discusses vulnerability, strength, and courage.
Chip Conley on Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
Mar 17 • 103 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Airbnb Strategic Advisor, Chip Conley, discusses curiosity, wisdom, and courage.
Levi LaVallee on Being a Student of Progression
Mar 11 • 106 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, snowmobiling legend, Levi Lavallee, shares how he overcame a near-death accident and made his dreams come true.
Decoding Disruptors: Shivani Siroya, Founder & CEO of Tala
Mar 8 • 46 min
Shivani Siroya built a near-billion dollar company, Tala, on the foundation of trust.
Garrett McNamara on Leading with Your Heart
Mar 4 • 93 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, big wave surfer, Garrett McNamara, discusses passion, risk, and adventure.
Jeremy Jones on Passion, Risk, and Managing Stress
Feb 26 • 101 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jeremy Jones, a legendary big mountain snowboarder, shares how he’s made a career out of doing what he loves most.
Decoding Disruptors: Cindy Eckert, CEO at The Pink Ceiling
Feb 22 • 51 min
This Decoding Disruptors episode features Cindy Eckert, a self-made serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold two billion dollar pharmaceutical businesses.
Sue Enquist on What Makes a Great Coach
Feb 19 • 86 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, retired UCLA softball coach, Sue Enquist, shares how to be a great coach — across any domain
Chris McNamara on Courage, Risk, and Creative Expression
Feb 12 • 76 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Big Wall Climber and ex-wingsuit BASE jumper, Chris McNamara, discusses courage, risk, and creative expression.
Decoding Disruptors: Bozoma Saint John, CMO at Endeavor
Feb 8 • 70 min
Bozoma’s a marketing rock star who has led some of the world’s biggest brands.
Mark Mathews on The Relationship Between Fear and Inner Drive
Feb 5 • 87 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, big wave surfer Mark Mathews, shares what he’s learned about overcoming fear from surfing some of the biggest waves in the world.
Colin O’Brady on Exploring Human Potential
Jan 29 • 90 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, explorer and elite endurance athlete, Colin O’Brady shares why he continues to explore the edges of human potential.
Tony Blauer on The Art of Managing Fear
Jan 22 • 116 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, coach Tony Blauer, shares how we can change our relationship with fear for the better.
Chase Jarvis on Unlocking Your Creative Potential
Jan 15 • 86 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, entrepreneur and photographer, Chase Jarvis, shares how to realize your creative potential.
Katie Arnold on The Power of Observation and Expression
Jan 9 • 83 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, runner and writer, Katie Arnold, discusses the power of observation, expression, and mindfulness.
Jim Zorn on Putting Principles Into Action
Dec 26, 2019 • 75 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, former NFL Quarterback and coach, Jim Zorn, shares his journey to the NFL and what mental toughness is all about.
Raja Dhir on How the Microbiome Impacts Your Quality of Life
Dec 18, 2019 • 73 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Seed Co-Founder, Raja Dhir, shares his quest to improve people’s wellbeing using breakthrough scientific innovation.
Dr. Michael Breus on The Key to a Better Night’s Sleep
Dec 11, 2019 • 72 min
On this week’s podcast, clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, aka “The Sleep Doctor,” shares the key to a better night’s sleep.
Missy Franklin on Being a Champion in Victory and Defeat
Dec 4, 2019 • 66 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, five-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin, shares what made her one of the best to ever get in the pool.
Stephan Moccio on Authenticity, Rick, and Adjusting
Nov 27, 2019 • 75 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, producer, composer, and recording artist, Stephan Moccio, discusses authenticity, risk taking, and adjusting.
Ronnie Lott on Exhausting Every Moment
Nov 22, 2019 • 45 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott shares what compelled him to exhaust every moment and commit to excellence.
Mick Fanning on Hard Work, Resiliency, and Sacrifice
Nov 14, 2019 • 98 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, pro surfer Mick Fanning, shares how he became one of the greatest surfers ever.
Angela Naeth on Discovery and Acceptance
Nov 6, 2019 • 85 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, triathlete Angela Naeth shares how sport helps her discover what she’s capable of and accept who she really is.
Brian Volk-Weiss on Following Your Intuition
Oct 30, 2019 • 83 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Comedy Dynamics Founder and President, Brian Volk-Weiss, discusses following your gut instincts and the risk tolerance required to chip all-in.
Tyler Lockett on Living with Alignment
Oct 23, 2019 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Tyler Lockett, shares his framework for being his best and overcoming anxiety.
Corey Rich on Seizing the Moment
Oct 16, 2019 • 77 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, director and photographer Corey Rich, shares his process for seizing the moment and capturing moving art.
Pete Carroll on The Art of Coaching (Live)
Oct 9, 2019 • 79 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shares how to nurture talent and build a high performing culture.
Apolo Ohno on Competition, Olympic Greatness, and Transitions
Oct 2, 2019 • 110 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Apolo Ohno discusses competition, Olympic greatness, and transitions.
Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon on The Essence of Becoming
Sep 25, 2019 • 90 min
Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon shares strategies for getting the most of your life and helping others do the same.
Dr. David Sinclair on Slowing Down the Aging Process
Sep 18, 2019 • 100 min
Harvard’s Dr. David Sinclair shares what he’s discovered about the aging process and why he believes it’s possible to reset your “internal clock.”
Katie Zaferes, #1 Triathlete in The World
Sep 11, 2019 • 71 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Katie Zaferes shares her preparation approach leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Tero Isokauppila, Four Sigmatic Founder
Sep 4, 2019 • 101 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Four Sigmatic founder Tero Isokauppila shares his process for self-discovery.
Meb Keflezighi, Long Distance Runner
Aug 28, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Meb Keflezighi shares why training for the marathon is a great metaphor for life.
Jemele Hill, Senior Staff Writer for The Atlantic
Aug 21, 2019 • 91 min
This week’s conversation is with Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill. Jemele is the co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a Senior Staff writer for The Atlantic. She was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated,…
Nolan Bushnell, Creator of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese
Aug 14, 2019 • 78 min
Nolan Bushnell shares what’s allowed him to become of the most important technology pioneer’s of our generation.
DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love, NBA Stars on Mental Health
Aug 7, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love share their experiences with anxiety, depression, and loneliness. What they reveal about mental health actually reveals much about their mental strength.
Vicki Golden, Nitro Circus Freestyle Motocross Athlete
Jul 31, 2019 • 71 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Vicki Golden discusses overcoming fear and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Jermaine Jones, German-American Soccer Player
Jul 24, 2019 • 67 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jermaine Jones shares why embracing pressure was the key to his success and critical for the future of U.S. soccer.
Bethany Hamilton, Professional Surfer and Shark Attack Survivor
Jul 17, 2019 • 67 min
Bethany Hamilton shares her process for overcoming adversity and fighting for what you crave most.
Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor and Sleep Expert
Jul 10, 2019 • 83 min
Matthew Walker shares what you can do to improve your sleep and why it’s critical to your long-term health.
Georges St-Pierre, UFC Legend and Two Division Champion
Jul 3, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Georges St-Pierre shares the mindset required to be a champion and why he surprisingly doesn’t like fighting.
Dierdre Wolownick, Oldest Woman to Climb El Capitan and Mother of Free-Soloist Alex Honnold
Jun 26, 2019 • 95 min
Dierdre Wolownick shares her experience raising her son Alex Honnold and why it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.
Matthew Futterman, NY Times Deputy Sports Editor
Jun 19, 2019 • 87 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Matthew Futterman shares the parallels between becoming a great long distance runner and excelling in other aspects of life.
Jonathan Neman, sweetgreen Co-Founder and CEO
Jun 12, 2019 • 68 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jonathan Neman shares what drove him to start sweetgreen and the key to their rapid expansion.
Akshay Nanavati, Marine Corps Veteran
Jun 5, 2019 • 58 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Akshay Nanavati shares how to look beyond our own agonizing experiences and find the positive side of our lives.
Abby Wambach, Olympian, Activist, Author
May 29, 2019 • 103 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Abby Wambach shares what drove her to be great and how she’s adjusted to life after soccer.
Steven Kotler, Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective
May 22, 2019 • 74 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Steven Kotler shares his outlook on the future of humanity, counter-cultural evolution, and the rise of empathy.
Jake Olson, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Athlete
May 15, 2019 • 61 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Jake Olson shares how to be resilient, adjust, and make the best of any situation.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Trauma Expert
May 8, 2019 • 69 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk shares how people adapt to traumatic experiences and what’s at the root of the trauma.
Julie Foudy, U.S. National Soccer Hall of Famer
May 1, 2019 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Julie Foudy shares what fueled her competitive spirit during her 17 year run with the USA National Team.
Harry Gregson-Williams, Award-Winning Composer
Apr 24, 2019 • 78 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Harry Gregson-Williams shares what goes into creating an award-winning score for your favorite feature film.
Dr. Tim Brown, IntelliSkin Founder/Creator
Apr 17, 2019 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Tim Brown shares the keys to having great posture and why it’s directly tied to performance.
Dr. Antonio Damasio, Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy
Apr 10, 2019 • 64 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Antonio Damasio discusses how the brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness.
Paul Rabil, Premier Lacrosse League Co-Founder
Apr 3, 2019 • 89 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Paul Rabil, one of the best to ever play lacrosse, shares how he’s now translating those same skills to the business world.
Andy Petranek, Whole Life Challenge Co-Founder
Mar 27, 2019 • 88 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Andy Petranek shares how to make better choices each day, outside of the gym, where it really matters.
Brenda Tracy, Survivor & Activist
Mar 20, 2019 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Brenda Tracy shares her story - how to stand up for what’s right and strive for change.
The Process: The Finale (Ep. 7)
Mar 15, 2019 • 44 min
On the final episode of Season 1 of The Process, Alex and Mike reflect on what they’ve learned over the course of the past year and discuss which skills will be necessary to succeed in a world where automation could soon be the norm.
Dr. Stephen Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing Co-Founder
Mar 13, 2019 • 85 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Stephen Rollnick shares his strategies for motivating people to change.
Cliff Avril, Retired NFL Defensive End
Mar 6, 2019 • 94 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Cliff Avril shares his search for purpose in a life after football.
Kevin Harlan, Sports Play By Play Announcer
Feb 27, 2019 • 87 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Kevin Harlan shares how he became one of the best sports announcers in the business.
Soren Gordhamer, Wisdom 2.0 Founder and Host
Feb 20, 2019 • 68 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Soren Gordhamer shares how to live with greater mindfulness and purpose, especially in our technology rich age.
Dr. John Berardi, Precision Nutrition Co-Founder
Feb 13, 2019 • 103 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. John Berardi shares his process for getting better at anything and what motivates people to change.
Matt Brady, Retired U.S. Army Major
Feb 6, 2019 • 102 min
This week’s conversation is with retired U.S. Army Major Matt Brady. Matt is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was ranked #1 of 940 cadets in leadership for 7 consecutive semesters and graduated in the top 5% of his…
Suzy Whaley, PGA of America President
Jan 30, 2019 • 52 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Suzy Whaley discusses embracing pressure, pushing boundaries, and her vision for the PGA of America.
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Head Coach
Jan 23, 2019 • 50 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Steve Kerr shares how he built the Warriors’ culture, what he’s most hungry for, and his biggest challenge at the moment.
Kevin Carroll, Author, Speaker, Creative Catalyst
Jan 16, 2019 • 98 min
This week’s conversation is with Kevin Carroll, an author, speaker and creative catalyst. It is Kevin’s job to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals - from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren - to embrace their spirit…
Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank CEO and Group Managing Director
Jan 9, 2019 • 72 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Herbert Wigwe discusses entrepreneurship, risk, and the challenges of building a world leading bank in Nigeria.
Scott Kriens, 1440 Multiversity Co-Founder
Jan 2, 2019 • 96 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast Scott Kriens shares how to be a great leader and get to the center of who you truly are.
Annabel Anderson, 5x SUP World Champion
Dec 26, 2018 • 96 min
This week’s conversation is with Annabel Anderson, the world #1 female SUP athlete from 2012-2017. Annabel has won the biggest titles in the sport of stand up paddling multiple times – She’s a 5x world champion, has beaten the best men in the sport, and…
Brian Mackenzie, Human Performance Specialist
Dec 19, 2018 • 84 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Brian Mackenzie shares his tools for optimizing human health and performance.
Dr. John Ratey, Neuropsychiatry Expert
Dec 12, 2018 • 104 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. John Ratey shares his strategies for focusing deeply.
Bobbi Brown, Beauty Industry Titan
Dec 5, 2018 • 53 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Bobbi Brown shares how she built Bobbi Brown Cosmetics into a billion dollar brand.
Forrest Griffin, UFC Hall of Famer
Nov 28, 2018 • 96 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Forrest Griffin shares the mental skills he learned along the way to becoming a UFC Hall of Famer.
The Process: 
Getting Company Culture Right (Ep.6)
Nov 23, 2018 • 46 min
On the 6th episode of “The Process,” Alex shares how Mike’s interview on the last episode shaped their investment decision and why creating the right culture at a company is vital to its longterm success.
Brendan Kane, Business and Digital Growth Strategist
Nov 21, 2018 • 81 min
This week’s conversation is with Brendan Kane, a business and digital growth strategist for Fortune 500 corporations, brands, and celebrities. Brendan’s greatest strength is unlocking value. He transforms complexity into simplicity with tools and methods…
Marty Callner, Award-Winning Filmmaker
Nov 14, 2018 • 82 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Marty Callner shares how he made it in entertainment: dreaming big, taking risks and constantly reinventing himself.
Dr. Brené Brown, Research Professor and Author
Nov 7, 2018 • 57 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Brené Brown shares why you cannot get to courage without walking right through vulnerability.
John Brenkus, Producer, Director, TV Personality
Oct 31, 2018 • 113 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, John Brenkus shares what he’s learned from studying and working with some of the greatest athletes in the world.
Dr. Daniel Chao, Halo Neuroscience Co-Founder
Oct 24, 2018 • 64 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, Dr. Daniel Chao shares how electrical stimulation can help the brain more rapidly improve performance, cognitive function, and overall happiness.
John Donovan, AT&T Communications CEO
Oct 17, 2018 • 89 min
On this week’s Finding Mastery podcast, John Donovan joins Dr. Michael Gervais to discuss leadership, humility, and knowing your values.
Matt Jacobson, Facebook Head of Market Development
Oct 10, 2018 • 69 min
This week’s conversation is with Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development at Facebook. In this role, he focuses on strategic partnerships that connect people to some of the world’s most recognized brands. Facebook may be one of the world’s largest…
Michael Murphy, Co-Founder of the Esalen Institute
Oct 3, 2018 • 123 min
This week’s conversation is with Michael Murphy, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the board of the world famous Esalen Institute, tucked away on the coast of Big Sur, in California. Michael and Esalen have been ground zero for the human potential…
Javier Gómez, Champion Triathlete
Sep 26, 2018 • 54 min
This week’s conversation is with Javier Gómez, a Spanish triathlete. Since 2006, Javier has accumulated one of the best records in triathlon history. Javier is a 5x International Triathlete Union (ITU) World Champion, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion, a 9…
Dr. Mark Goulston, Suicide Prevention Expert
Sep 19, 2018 • 51 min
This week’s conversation is with Dr. Mark Goulston, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Mark has specialized in psychotherapy for more than thirty…
Mark Healey, Professional Big Wave Surfer/Waterman
Sep 12, 2018 • 100 min
This week’s conversation is with Mark Healey, a professional big-wave surfer, award-winning spear-fisherman, free-diver, photographer, filmmaker, and part-time Hollywood stuntman. Mark’s made no shortage of major achievements in his career as a waterman.…
The Process: Assessing the Founder/Company Fit (Ep. 5)
Sep 7, 2018 • 52 min
After taking a break for summer, “The Process” is back! Alex and Mike discuss the latest with Kairos: how their recent investments have fared and what’s in store for their upcoming K50 event in late November. The K50 program is a global recognition of the…
Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION Founder and Lead Singer
Sep 5, 2018 • 74 min
This week’s conversation is with Aaron Bruno, best known as the founder and lead singer of AWOLNATION. Formed in 2010, AWOLNATION crafted one of the most influential songs in years with the chart-topping, record-breaking track “Sail.” The first single off…
Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Impact Theory and Quest Nutrition
Aug 29, 2018 • 80 min
This week’s conversation is with Tom Bilyeu, the co-founder of Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Why did I want to sit down with Tom? Tom is driven to help people develop the…
Michael Rosenbaum, Actor, Producer, Comedian
Aug 22, 2018 • 103 min
This week’s conversation is with Michael Rosenbaum, actor, producer, and comedian. The diverse actor has worked in over twenty films, such as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Hit and Run, Urban Legend, Sweet November, Bringing Down The House, Pool Hall…
Erik Vendt, 3x USA Swimming Olympian
Aug 15, 2018 • 68 min
This week’s conversation is with Erik Vendt - a 3x USA swimming Olympian. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Vendt won a gold medal as a member of…
Dr. Marco Cardinale, Head of Sports Physiology, Aspire Academy
Aug 8, 2018 • 82 min
This week’s conversation is with Dr. Marco Cardinale, the Head of Sports Physiology of Aspire Academy in Doha (Qatar). He started his career in sports science as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and went on to lead the sports science activities for the…
Bob Wright, Former Vice Chairman of GE and CEO of NBC
Aug 1, 2018 • 54 min
This week’s conversation is with Bob Wright, who served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as president of General Electric Financial Services and…
Rich Froning Jr., 4x Fittest Man on Earth
Jul 25, 2018 • 70 min
This week’s conversation is with Rich Froning Jr., dubbed the Fittest Man in History after winning four back-to-back individual CrossFit Games championships (2011-2014). He also won the worldwide Open for three consecutive years (2012-2014), and when he…
Bob Hurley, Hurley International Founder
Jul 18, 2018 • 68 min
This week’s conversation is with Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of the global apparel brand, Hurley. Something I love about these Finding Mastery conversations is we get to learn from people at all stages, across unique fields of expertise. And in this…
Andrew Zimmern, Chef and TV Personality
Jul 11, 2018 • 92 min
This week’s conversation is with Andrew Zimmern, a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher. Andrew is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive…
Reid Priddy, 4x Volleyball Olympian
Jul 4, 2018 • 80 min
This week’s conversation is with Reid Priddy, a 4 time Olympian for the USA Men’s indoor volleyball team, winning Gold in 2008 and Bronze in 2016. Over the past 16 years, Reid has competed at the highest level in indoor volleyball - both on the US…
Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Winner
Jun 27, 2018 • 71 min
This week’s podcast is with Des Linden, a 2x Olympian, running the marathon for the U.S. in both the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Her most significant achievement to date happened this year (2018) when she became the first…
Peter Park, Fitness and Wellness Coach
Jun 20, 2018 • 86 min
This week’s conversation is with Peter Park, founder of the Platinum brand and co-owner of the Platinum Fitness Summerland facility in Santa Barbara, California. He brings to this conversation a history rich of stories from the frontier. A blend of his…
The Process: Entrepreneurship Globally (Ep. 4)
Jun 15, 2018 • 47 min
On the 4th episode of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the latest happenings with Kairos and discuses the challenges they are currently facing: having to make investment decisions at a faster rate than ever before and the pressure that comes with…
David, Special Operations Sniper
Jun 13, 2018 • 69 min
This week’s conversation is with David (leaving his last name out for security purposes.) He’s been a top special operations sniper for more than 10 years. David has four combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and one tour in…
Rebecca Rothstein, Top Wealth Advisor
Jun 6, 2018 • 62 min
This week’s conversation is with Rebecca Rothstein, a private wealth advisor focused on helping high-net-worth individuals, families and institutions pursue their financial goals through wealth management, tax minimization strategies and legacy planning…
Brett Campbell, Serial Entrepreneur
May 30, 2018 • 81 min
This week’s conversation is with Brett Campbell, a serial entrepreneur. He’s currently the CEO of Harvey Partners, focused on assisting new innovative businesses move from startup to business ready. Brett knew he wanted to run his own business from an…
Kaskade, Multi GRAMMY Award-Nominated Musician
May 23, 2018 • 69 min
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…
Rich Roll, Plantpowered Wellness Advocate & Ultra-Athlete
May 16, 2018 • 86 min
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…
The Process: The Mindset of an Entrepreneur (Ep.3)
May 11, 2018 • 39 min
In Episode 3 of The Process, Alex Fiance updates us on the recent public launch 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…
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
May 9, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Sam Darnold, New York Jets Quarterback
Apr 30, 2018 • 60 min
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…
Chris Ashenden, Athletic Greens Co-Founder
Apr 25, 2018 • 71 min
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…
Jim DiMatteo, Retired US Navy Captain
Apr 18, 2018 • 93 min
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…
The Process: Avoiding the Hype of Silicon Valley (Ep.2)
Apr 13, 2018 • 37 min
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…
Ali Smith, Executive Director, Holistic Life Foundation
Apr 11, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Cassidy Lichtman, U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team
Apr 4, 2018 • 87 min
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.…
Conor Dwyer, American Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist
Mar 28, 2018 • 73 min
This week’s conversation is with American Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist 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…
Admiral Bill Owens, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group
Mar 21, 2018 • 107 min
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 Process: Introduction to Kairos (Ep.1)
Mar 16, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA Gymnastics Head Coach
Mar 14, 2018 • 82 min
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…
Daymond John, CEO and Founder of FUBU
Mar 7, 2018 • 67 min
This week’s conversation is with entrepreneur Daymond John on the power of 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…
Bob Bowman, ASU Men’s and Women’s Swimming Head Coach
Feb 28, 2018 • 123 min
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…
Jeremy Bailenson, Founder of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Feb 21, 2018 • 65 min
Jeremy Bailenson is 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…
Adventure Rock Climber Alex Honnold on Mindset, Progression, Pressure
Feb 14, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Snowboarder Jake Blauvelt on Risk, Confidence, Flow
Feb 7, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Author Gretchen Rubin on Happiness, Human Nature, Habits
Jan 31, 2018 • 64 min
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,…
UC Berkeley Rugby Coach Jack Clark on Team Building, Culture, Honesty
Jan 24, 2018 • 103 min
This conversation is with UC Berkeley rugby coach Jack Clark on team, culture, honesty. Jack is the iconic rugby coach at the University of California. His team-building abilities are considered legendary within university circles and throughout the…
Part 1: Nutritional Scientist Chris Talley on Maximizing Weaknesses and Minimizing Strengths
Jan 17, 2018 • 60 min
Nutritional 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…
Part 2: Nutritional Scientist Chris Talley on The Mechanics of Nutrition
Jan 17, 2018 • 62 min
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…
MMA Fighter Vitor Belfort on Belief, Mindset, Overcoming Fear
Jan 10, 2018 • 80 min
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…
Rugby Union Coach Stuart Lancaster on Pressure, Resiliency, Culture
Dec 20, 2017 • 75 min
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…
Meditation Expert Sharon Salzberg on Being Present, Letting Go, and Having Faith
Dec 13, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Big Wave Surfer Tom Carroll on Being a Maverick, Honesty, Risk
Dec 6, 2017 • 83 min
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…
USA Women’s Water Polo Coach Adam Krikorian on Competition, Relationships, Sustaining Success
Nov 29, 2017 • 74 min
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…
Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner on Courage, Servant Leadership, Imagery
Nov 22, 2017 • 83 min
**if you have any issues with a dead spot while listening, redownload the episode and you should be good to go. There was a technical glitch that occurred for a few people on the initial download. This conversation is with Ray Conner, who was responsible…
Coach Anne Parmenter on Resiliency, Mindset, Ethics
Nov 15, 2017 • 78 min
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…
USC Dean of Religious Life Dr. Varun Soni on Mindfulness, Leadership, Spirituality
Nov 8, 2017 • 83 min
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…
Author David Epstein on Sports Gene, Curiosity, Self-Discovery
Nov 1, 2017 • 90 min
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…
Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington on Well-Being, High Performance, Habit Development
Oct 25, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton on Coaching, Leadership, Relationships
Oct 11, 2017 • 69 min
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,…
Author Robert Rabbin on Fighting Cancer, Curiosity, Authenticity
Oct 4, 2017 • 57 min
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…
Army Major Mike Erwin on Optimism, Relationships, Transitions
Sep 27, 2017 • 49 min
Mike Erwin 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.…
Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer on Authenticity, Confidence, Control
Sep 20, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Microsoft EVP Judson Althoff on Striving for Excellence and Finding Balance
Sep 13, 2017 • 74 min
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…
Executive John Nordstrom on Building Corporate Culture, Relationships, Authenticity
Sep 6, 2017 • 42 min
This conversation is with John Nordstrom — of the Nordstrom high-quality fashion retailer in the US — whose history has gone from a small shoe store, to having over 350 large luxury department stores — to being publicly traded on the NYSE — to being in…
Dr. Albert Bandura on The Theory on Creating Human Results
Aug 30, 2017 • 74 min
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…
English Cricketer Alec Stewart on Authenticity, Work Ethic, and Vision
Aug 23, 2017 • 51 min
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…
Texas Basketball Head Coach Shaka Smart on Bringing Out The Best in Others
Aug 16, 2017 • 96 min
Shaka Smart is the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of Texas and he’s got a phenomenal way about himself. It just jumps out of this conversation how much he cares about other people, how invested he is in relationships, how he’s working to be…
Major MJ Hegar on Escaping Death, Remaining Calm, and Trusting Self
Aug 9, 2017 • 89 min
First - real quick if you haven’t heard yet, we are pivoting from an ad-supported model to a crowdfunding model and we really need your support! You can learn more at - it would be greatly appreciated. We’d love to see this…
Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts on Culture, Leadership, Alignment
Jul 24, 2017 • 98 min
This conversation is with Rick Welts. He has 40 years of experience in the NBA and is currently the President & Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors who have just won their second championship in 3 years. He owns the rare distinction of…
Dr. Harry Edwards on Human Rights, Sport and Society
Jul 17, 2017 • 96 min
This conversation is loaded. The center of the conversation is Dr. Harry Edwards journey to impact human rights through the experiences of the African American athlete. Often times when people are asked, what they want most in life, the response„ without…
Siri Co-Founder Adam Cheyer on Having a Vision, Approaching Insurmountable Challenges, and Authenticity
Jul 10, 2017 • 79 min
If you have an iPhone, you know Adam Cheyer’s work. He was the Co-Founder of Siri, Inc. He’s now the Co-Founder and VP of Engineering at Viv Labs. Their mission is to: Radically simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface for everything. He’s…
Author Jon Gordon on Team Building, Relationships, Connection
Jun 26, 2017 • 70 min
Jon Gordon is a best-selling author: including The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Seed, You Win in the Locker Room First and The No Complaining Rule…..and his newest book: the power of positive leadership Jon has been featured on The Today…
Author Wendy Behary on Narcissism and High Performance
Jun 19, 2017 • 70 min
Wendy Behary is a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Aaron T. Beck Institute). Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. She is the author of “Disarming the…
Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman on Authenticity, Creativity, and Confidence
Jun 7, 2017 • 82 min
Scott Barry Kaufman is primarily interested in using solid psychological science to live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. He’s earned his research chops — He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in…
SportsCenter Anchor Lisa Kerney on Growth Mindset, Vision, Being Present
May 31, 2017 • 53 min
Lisa Kerney is an anchor of the evening and night editions of SportsCenter. In this conversation we learn what it’s like to have a childhood dream — and — more importantly how to make decisions that map-onto making that childhood dream come to life. When…
Warrior Tu Lam on Warfare, Service, Survival
May 24, 2017 • 90 min
This conversation is with Tu Lam. Tu is a modern day warrior, respected by his peers to have a very special understanding of elite war fighting. Tu shares how he was raised as a warrior. This conversation will challenge you — as his world view, his…
In Remembrance: Tottenham U23 Coach Ugo Ehiogu
May 15, 2017 • 32 min
This conversation is with Ugo Ehiogu, whom I just met in Great Britain. He was a former English professional footballer. If you’re in the states you would call him a soccer player. He had a long career- from 1989 to 2009 and at the time I met him he was…
Stanford Professor Tina Seelig on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
May 11, 2017 • 90 min
Tina Seelig is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and a Faculty Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University School of Engineering. At Stanford, she teaches courses and leads…
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff on Risk, Innovation, and Winning
Apr 26, 2017 • 52 min
This conversation is with Toto Wolff. If you follow Formula One, you know what Toto has helped build over the past handful of years. He’s an owner and the Executive Director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - along with wider responsibilities…
GRAMMY Winner Nile Rodgers on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Music, Collaboration
Apr 12, 2017 • 88 min
This conversation is with Nile Rodgers. If you’ve listened to music in the last 40 years, you’ve heard his work. By trade, he’s a musician and a producer — He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Musical Excellence. He’s done the hard yards to…
Google Pioneer Chade-Meng Tan on Joy at Scale & Global Peace
Apr 5, 2017 • 82 min
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself…
Sleep Expert Pat Byrne on Sleep Science & Leveraging Technology
Mar 29, 2017 • 80 min
This conversation with Pat Byrne is really about the building of an entrepreneurial venture based on sleep technology. The importance of getting quality sleep is a well accepted principle, research based, and on average we need to get somewhere between…
Former Pixar CFO Lawrence Levy on Decision Making & Relationships
Mar 22, 2017 • 77 min
Lawrence Levy is the author of To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. It was named Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Book of 2016 Formerly a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive, Lawrence was hired by…
Part 2: TEDx Creator Krisztina “Z” Holly on Innovation, Impact, and Manufacturing
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
Krisztina “Z” Holly is an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. Z hosts The Art of Manufacturing podcast and is…
Part 1: TEDx Creator Krisztina “Z” Holly on Innovation, Impact, and Manufacturing
Mar 15, 2017 • 71 min
Krisztina Holly is an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. She hosts The Art of Manufacturing podcast and is Chief…
Flow Genome Project’s Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler on Altered States of Consciousness and Stealing Fire
Mar 9, 2017 • 77 min
This conversation is with Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler. Many of you will remember Steven from our conversation about flow state — if you missed that, check out episode 16 on Ultimate Human Performance. Jamie and Steven are the co-founders of the Flow…
Dr. Judson Brewer on Habits, Mindfulness, Addiction
Mar 1, 2017 • 80 min
Dr. Brewer is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. He’s at ground-zero when it…
Part 2: Journalist Cal Fussman on Questions, Storytelling, Adventure
Feb 23, 2017 • 77 min
In part one, Cal took us deep and he took us into many different parts of his life that were wonderful and surprising. We also had a banter back and forth about questions and responses to questions and the art of storytelling. In part two, he just takes…
Part 1: Journalist Cal Fussman on Questions, Storytelling, Adventure
Feb 22, 2017 • 93 min
This conversation, just like Cal Fussman, gets better as it goes. I really enjoy the conversations, that at the end, I walk away saying, man I’d love to spend more time him/her….This was one of those conversations. He’s known for his skill of asking great…
Navy SEAL & Endurance Athlete David Goggins on Being the Hardest Human Alive
Feb 15, 2017 • 72 min
This conversation is with David Goggins. It’s real. This podcast is not for kids — it’s for adults — who want to understand toughness and authenticity. David is clear. Very clear. He lives in true alignment. He’s figured out who he is — and he lives…
Singer-Songwriter Jewel on Music, Insight, Community (ft. Wisdom 2.0’s Soren Gordhamer)
Feb 8, 2017 • 70 min
This conversation is with Soren Gordhamer and singer-songwriter, Jewel. This week’s podcast is a bit unique. It’s with singer-songwriter Jewel and also features a guest appearance from Wisdom 2.0 founder Soren Gordhamer. Soren’s brought tech leaders and…
Microsoft CFO Amy Hood on Purpose and Progression
Feb 1, 2017 • 81 min
Amy Hood is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft Corporation — whose corporate mission is: “Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.” This conversation is so good. It’s about so much more than her…
Author Robert Greene on Mastery & Research
Jan 25, 2017 • 83 min
Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and his fifth book, Mastery, which takes a deep dive into the lives of historical figures such as Charles…
Entrepreneur Anne Devereux-Mills on Leadership, Philanthropy, Parenting
Jan 18, 2017 • 101 min
Anne Devereux-Mills is an incredibly accomplished human. She was the chairman and CEO of a number of ad agencies in New York City – which is a massive undertaking. She then transitioned from the corporate world to non-profit programs such as helping start…
Entrepreneur Mark Divine on SEALFIT & Mindset Training
Jan 11, 2017 • 81 min
This conversation is with Mark Divine. Mark and I first met a number of years ago at a high performance camp (Elite11). Mark served 20 years in the Navy SEALs, retiring in 2011 — and has taken his insights and best practices from the SEAL’s candidate…
Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin on Negotiation, Change, Management
Jan 4, 2017 • 95 min
This conversation is with Peter McLoughlin - the president of the Seattle Seahawks. When most people think of professional franchises, they think of the athletes, coaches, or general managers. I wanted to better understand what goes into running the…
Big Wave Surfer Nic Lamb on Training For Risk, Making Choices, The Ocean
Dec 14, 2016 • 83 min
Nic Lamb surfs very large waves. He’s a professional surfer on the Big Wave Tour, and was ranked number 4 in the world last year. A native to the Santa Cruz area in California, Nic is no stranger to a wave called Mavericks. It’s legendary for how heavy…
Hall of Fame Coach George Raveling on Progression and Being Relevant
Dec 7, 2016 • 97 min
George Raveling, referred to by many as “Coach”, is Nike’s Director of International Basketball and has been inducted into numerous hall of fames, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in…
Lt. Col. Jannell MacAulay on the Air Force, Parenting, Health
Nov 30, 2016 • 86 min
Lieutenant Colonel Jannell MacAulay is currently the Commander of the 305th Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. She leads a joint team responsible for supporting rapid global mobility to missions ranging from…
Author Karan Bajaj on Mindfulness, Marketing, Sabbaticals
Nov 23, 2016 • 66 min
Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indian novelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, both optioned into major films. Karan has also worked in senior executive roles at companies like Procter & Gamble and the Boston Consulting Group and…
Social Psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner on Emotions, Awe, Power
Nov 16, 2016 • 79 min
Dacher Keltner is a social psychologist who focuses on the prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude, and processes such as teasing and flirtation that enhance bonds. He is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center and the author of…
Activist Michealene Risley on Storytelling, Empathy, Sexual Abuse
Nov 10, 2016 • 92 min
Michealene Risley is an award-winning writer, director and human rights activist. In This Episode: -Being a “master” of empathy -Why she’s hesitant to include dominance in the definition of mastery -Growing up with dark secrets that she wasn’t initially…
Just Chill Founder Max Baumann on Millennial Entrepreneurship
Nov 2, 2016 • 42 min
Max Baumann is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Chill Group, Inc., makers of JUST CHILL® beverages as well as the Founder & President of BASEMAKERS, LLC, an outsourced sales management company in the food and beverage industry. In This…
NFL QB Drew Bledsoe on Being a Life Student, Entrepreneurship, Wine
Oct 25, 2016 • 73 min
Drew Bledsoe was a star quarterback at Washington State University before he skipped his senior year to go professional. In 1993, he was the No. 1 NFL draft pick and joined the New England Patriots. After nearly eight years he was traded to the Buffalo…
Coach Vern Gambetta on Movement & Human Development
Oct 20, 2016 • 92 min
Vern Gambetta is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning for sport having worked with world-class athletes and teams in a wide variety of sports. In This Episode: -Learning to control his temper growing up -Being impacted by…
Advertising Legend Lee Clow - Creative Genius, Loving, Listening
Oct 12, 2016 • 145 min
Lee Clow has been making this thing called “advertising” for more than 40 years. He started at Chiat Day in Los Angeles when there were 10 people and 2 accounts and has been there ever since. In This Episode: -Growing up adopted post WWII -Identifying his…
Coach Paul Assaiante on the Longest Winning Streak in NCAA History, Perspective, Courage
Oct 5, 2016 • 88 min
Paul Assaiante, current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College, is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 15 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. In This…
Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf on What’s Possible for the Mind
Sep 28, 2016 • 65 min
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection. In This Episode: -The difference between the mind and…
Psychologist Anders Ericsson on The Science of Expertise
Sep 21, 2016 • 82 min
Anders Ericsson is a Swedish psychologist and Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. In This…
Watermen Kai Lenny on Risk and Innovation
Sep 14, 2016 • 91 min
Kai Lenny is one of the world’s most complete watermen. Be it kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, big-wave surfing, or anything else in the water, Kai does it, and does it well. In This Episode: -His parents leading by example rather than…
Author Ryan Holiday on Ego, Obstacles, Writing
Sep 8, 2016 • 108 min
Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum…
ABC’s Dan Harris on Authenticity, Panic, Mindfulness
Aug 31, 2016 • 122 min
This conversation is with Dan Harris, who most of you know as a co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News — or 20/20 — or — from his New York Times best selling book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My…
Michael Gervais on His Initial Thoughts from Rio
Aug 27, 2016 • 54 min
Michael Gervais gives his initial thoughts from the last three weeks spent at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
Undefeated Founder James Bond on Risk, Creative, Being Real
Aug 25, 2016 • 95 min
James Bond, co-founder of Undefeated, is one of the most recognized and well-curated sneaker boutiques in the world. In This Episode: -Growing up mixed race in a tough Philadelphia neighborhood -The impact his grandpa had on his sense of style -Abusing…
Olympian Swimmer Anthony Ervin - Finding His Authentic Self
Aug 10, 2016 • 98 min
Anthony Ervin is a U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, former world record holder in the 50 freestyle, and former World Champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle. In This Episode: -His relationships with others and the water -Family structure growing up and why he…
Olympian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé on Deep Focus, Soccer, and Mindfulness
Aug 3, 2016 • 68 min
Stephanie Labbe is the goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team and is headed to Rio for the Olympics. In This Episode: -Picking between sports growing up -Why she supports children playing multiple sports -Striving to be a positive…
Movement Maker David Yeung on Green Monday
Jul 28, 2016 • 85 min
David Yeung is a noted environmental advocate and founder of Green Monday, an innovative social venture that takes on on climate change, food insecurity, health issues and animal welfare with a diverse platform that shifts individuals, communities, and…
Colin O’Brady: Explorers Grand Slam
Jul 20, 2016 • 82 min
On May 27th, 2016, Colin broke two mountaineering world records; he claimed the speed records for both the Seven Summits (132 days) and the Explorers Grand Slam (139 days), climbing the tallest mountain on each continent and skiing the last degree of…
Jimmy Smith: Creativity, Authenticity, Growth (Part 2)
Jul 13, 2016 • 60 min
Jimmy Smith, Founder and CEO of Amusement Park Entertainment, is a creator, who has faced down adversity and celebrates both the humanness and spirituality of people. He has earned countless awards for his work as a Writer and Creative Director for Nike…
Jimmy Smith: Creativity, Authenticity, Growth (Part 1)
Jul 7, 2016 • 66 min
Jimmy Smith, Founder and CEO of Amusement Park Entertainment, is a creator, who has faced down adversity and celebrates both the humanness and spirituality of people. He has earned countless awards for his work as a Writer and Creative Director for Nike…
Nicole Davis: Volleyball and Making a Ripple
Jun 29, 2016 • 87 min
This conversation is with Nicole Davis. Nicole represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics and 2012 Olympics, helping USA to a silver medal both times. She was also part of the US team that won the 2014 World Championships. In This Episode:…
Michael Gervais: State of Finding Mastery
Jun 23, 2016 • 16 min
Michael Gervais holds a “State of Finding Mastery” to distill some insights from the podcast so far and explain what’s he’s excited for going forward.
Nicholas McCarthy: Music, Insight, Investing in Craft
Jun 15, 2016 • 90 min
The conversations we have with ourselves either facilitate or slow down the pursuit to understand potential. It is not the external obstacles that determine one’s path, rather, the process of working with the challenges that accompany all of us who want…
Alyssa Roenigk: Writing About and Living Adventure
Jun 8, 2016 • 103 min
Alyssa lives fully – thinks deeply – and captures the point of view and insights from people who have chosen adventure as a way of living. She’s trusted by elite action and adventure sport athletes In This Episode: - What defines action sports athletes…
Pat LaFontaine: Being Ignited and Igniting Others (Part 2)
May 27, 2016 • 43 min
There are no short cuts on the path of mastery and those that carve a path - that has yet be carved - have much to teach us about pushing the accepted norms of what most people think is possible. Pat LaFontaine has done both. In This Episode: -4 ways you…
Pat LaFontaine: Being Ignited and Igniting Others (Part 1)
May 25, 2016 • 52 min
There are no short cuts on the path of mastery and those that carve a path - that has yet be carved - have much to teach us about pushing the accepted norms of what most people think is possible. Pat LaFontaine has done both. In This Episode: -Growing up…
Angela Duckworth: Passion and Perseverance
May 18, 2016 • 60 min
Dr. Angela Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. In This Episode: -The value of process vs. outcome -How she first came to value grit -Her definition of grit…
Ian Walsh: Big Waves, Facing Fear, Giving
May 11, 2016 • 102 min
When humility, passion, risk taking, mother nature and service collide: Ian Walsh. In This Episode: The purpose of surfing etiquette -Importance of persistence -The moment when everything clicked -Why being able to adapt is the key to surfing -How a…
Pete Carroll: Competing to Be Your Best
Apr 27, 2016 • 45 min
Coach Pete Carroll has a philosophy. It’s clear to him. He’s found it to be extremely powerful to help himself and others to become the very best version of themselves: Always Compete. He doesn’t talk about past success. He doesn’t become consumed with…
Kayt Sukel: Sex, Risk, and the Brain
Apr 20, 2016 • 78 min
As a cultural scientist, passionate traveler and science journalist, Kayt Sukel has no problem tackling interesting (and often risky) subjects spanning love, sex, risk taking, neuroscience, travel and politics. In this episode: -Her fascination with the…
Katie Holloway: Fire in the Eyes
Apr 13, 2016 • 101 min
Fire in the eyes. What does that thought conjure up for you? Katie Holloway describes it as what she feels like when she’s at her best. She outlines how she thinks and trains her mind to advance her abilities to become more resilient in the face of…
Tim Ryan: Congress, Mindfulness, and Real Food
Mar 30, 2016 • 75 min
Congressman Tim Ryan knows how to laugh — and — how to serve. He’s designed his life efforts to help our country be better. I hope you’ll enjoy both in this podcast. In this episode: -Dealing with public skepticism of corruption in politics -How grit…
Nate Boyer: Going for It (Part 2)
Mar 15, 2016 • 47 min
Nate graduated high school unsure about his path in life. Looking for a challenge and to make a difference, he made his way to the Darfur region of Sudan to help in the refugee camps. The experience, coupled with his memories of 9/11, inspired him to…
Nate Boyer: Going For It (Part 1)
Mar 9, 2016 • 73 min
Some people think about adventure — and others make their life a living adventure. Nate graduated high school unsure about his path in life. Looking for a challenge and to make a difference, he made his way to the Darfur region of Sudan to help in the…
John Donahoe: eBay, PayPal, Bain… Leadership
Mar 2, 2016 • 59 min
John Donahoe served as president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc. from 2008-2015. In this role, he was responsible for growing each of the company’s business units, which included eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype. In this episode: -Notion of…
Liz Wiseman: Multiplying Genius
Feb 17, 2016 • 97 min
Liz Wiseman shares her insights and research on the art and science of leadership. She walks us through her journey that has allowed her to understand how leaders can diminish or multiply the genius in others. In this episode: -How her childhood and…
Clint Bruce: On Becoming Tribal - Navy SEALs to Entrepreneurship
Feb 10, 2016 • 102 min
What allows one man to move from elite sport (NFL) to elite special forces (Navy SEALs) to serial entrepreneurship? Clint Bruce shares his approach toward life and performance, and his search for elite. In this episode: -Transitioning from SEAL team to…
Carli Lloyd: Purpose Driven Work
Jan 27, 2016 • 53 min
Imagine there was a global award for what you do, whatever you are most passionate about: parenting, marketing, coaching, law, giving to others, teaching, etc. Imagine being recognized as being THE BEST in the world at that endeavor- the single best. In…
Rich Roll: Change
Jan 20, 2016 • 118 min
If you’ve ever thought, “If I would have known then, what I know now, I’d shift gears in a heartbeat” — or — If you’ve ever wanted to shift gears and blaze a new path, but quickly stepped on the excitement by saying,” It’s just too late now, I’ve got too…
Steven Kotler: Ultimate Performance
Jan 13, 2016 • 85 min
Steven Kotler, a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist, teaches us about “going for it” — and the path through chronic pain that has led him to explore the neurobiology of flow. Kotler is the cofounder and Director of Research…
Jon Gordon: Storytelling
Dec 16, 2015 • 102 min
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if you’ve made the mistake of trading your deepest talents — for the security of a good-paying-gig — I think you’ll appreciate the shift that Jon Gordon made mid-stride on his career path. Gordon’s best-selling…
Elizabeth Lindsey: Elders’ Wisdoms
Dec 9, 2015 • 101 min
Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is the first female and first Polynesian to become an explorer for the National Geographic Society. She has made it her mission to find, preserve and share the knowledge and traditions of indigenous populations before they disappear.…
Kevin Levrone: Strength
Dec 2, 2015 • 117 min
The path toward mastery requires honoring what is true. Often times what is true can be intensely painful. Kevin Levrone walks us through his journey of loss, grief, turmoil, love, commitment, and risk — which eventually lead to being inducted into the…
Ashley Merryman: Science of Competition
Nov 25, 2015 • 109 min
The origin of the word “compete” emphasizes the notion of striving together (as compared to striving against). Author Ashley Merryman takes a deep dive into the science of competition - and reveals practical strategies people can use to “become better.”…
Michael Gervais: Finding Mastery
Nov 20, 2015 • 29 min
As the fable goes — there are three paths for each us, to become: The Old Fool: the person who chased external rewards and pleasures. The Bitter Old Fool: the person who chased external rewards, but didn’t get enough. The Wise: the person who searched for…
Dave Phillips: Golf & Entreprenuership
Oct 21, 2015 • 90 min
One of the accelerants to growth is surrounding ourselves with people that have insight…..another accelerant is going down the path of developing insight within yourself. Dave Phillips has done, and is doing, both of those. He has devoted the past 25…
Ariana Kukors: Swim
Oct 14, 2015 • 98 min
In this conversation we learn from Ariana Kukors, who is a USA Olympic Swimmer, current American Record holder and former World Record holder in the 200-meter individual medley (long course). A 2-Time World Champion, Kukors has won a total of seven medals…
Luke Tyburski: Endurance Adventurer
Oct 7, 2015 • 82 min
Luke Tyburski has designed the past three years of his life to push the limits of what “we” think to be possible. He’s designed an event to test his mental and physical skills over the course of 12 days, which has been named the Ultimate Triathlon. He’s…
Keith Power: High Performance
Sep 30, 2015 • 59 min
Imagine working to optimize the human performance strategies and outcomes for an entire nation’s elite sport efforts. It’s challenging enough to do so for an elite sport franchise, let alone an entire country. In this conversation with Keith Power, he…
Fik-Shun: Dance
Sep 16, 2015 • 76 min
Shownotes: 4:30: Reasoning behind not choreographing his dancing 7:15: Trusting your instincts and creating an organic experience for the audience 11:05: Why instincts are the necessary choices 15:20: Type of legacy he wants to leave 18:00: How dancing is…
Baggio Husidić: Soccer
Sep 9, 2015 • 102 min
Sport is a way to learn more about who we are — how we handle success, failure, pain, loss, friendships, challenges and opportunities. In this upcoming conversation, sport becomes the initial “handshake” that has allowed us to talk about the deeper…
Tom Osborne: Leadership
Sep 2, 2015 • 74 min
While in graduate school, a psychology professor asked the class to draw a line across the middle of the paper. He asked us to write down, above the line, three people that have helped shape who we are — that have helped us feel good about who we are. He…
Kai Kight: Violin
Aug 26, 2015 • 73 min
Some conversations will be with those who summit the pinnacle of their profession —or break molds attempting to scale untold peaks. In this conversation, I was fortunate to sit down with a contemporary composer & innovator, Kai Kight. His background is…
Volleyball Great Karch Kiraly on Leadership, Passion, Risk
Aug 19, 2015 • 61 min
Volleyball legend and three-time Gold Medalist, Karch Kiraly joins the show to discuss his path to Finding Mastery. The ‘winningest’ player in the history of the sport, Karch Kiraly is considered the “Michael Jordan” of pro beach volleyball as he is the…
Finding Mastery: Welcome
Jul 31, 2015 • 19 min
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…