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52 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
Life Cycles: The Women’s Tour de France with Documentary Filmmakers Jill Yesko & Ally Davis
In 2022, the women’s Tour de France is back. What most people don’t know is that there was also a women’s Tour de France from 1984-1989. Uphill Climb is a documentary film that tells the story of that race and the legendary cyclists who competed in it.If you enjoy this episode, please give it a five-star rating on Spotify or Apple podcasts, subscribe and share it with a friend. My guests are the filmmakers behind Uphill Climb. Director Jill Yesko is a journalist, author and Fellow at the Center for Sports Communication & Media at The University of Texas. She represented the United States in cycling at the 1983 World University Games and competed in the Olympic trials. Jill’s previous films include Tainted Blood: The Untold Story of the 1984 Olympic Blood Doping Scandal and Broken Trust: Athlete Abuse Exposed. She is the host of the podcast The Bounce: Sports Talk With a Spin on WYPR and NPR. Uphill Climb’s executive producer, Ally Davis, is a life-long serious cyclist, an entrepreneur who has started up three companies and an award-winning veteran of television, sports production, global marketing and brand partnerships, athlete marketing and brand development. Ally has held senior leadership roles at Fox Sports, E!, NBC Universal Sports and Red Bull. Go to www.uphillclimbfilm.com and @uphillclimb.film on Instagram to learn more and support the film. This episode is part of Life Cycles, a new series I’ve launched within Choose the Hard Way. Conversations in this series cover the topics you’ve come to expect from Choose the Hard Way with guests whose lives and careers have been shaped by cycling or whose lives and careers have shaped the world of cycling. To suggest a guest or say hello, hit me at email@example.com or @hardwaypod on Twitter or Instagram. Choose the Hard Way is the podcast where guests share stories about how doing hard things build stronger, more resilient humans. Share it with a friend and subscribe to the newsletter at www.choosethehardway.com.
55 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Special Operations Strength Coaching, Tier One Unit Screening Prep & High Performance Training Tips Everyone Can Apply with Casey Glass
Casey Glass is a strength and conditioning coach who works with special operators in the United States military including special operators preparing to screen for Tier One units, the most elite military units in the world. We talk about training and stress management techniques from the world of special operations that anyone can use to improve mental and physical performance in work, in life and in sport. Normally I would steer you to a guest’s social media or website. While Casey graciously shares her knowledge in this interview, due to the nature of her work, you won’t find her on the internet. Casey got her start working in collegiate strength and conditioning for Olympic sports before shifting to work with tactical athletes. This marks the 50th episode of Choose the Hard Way and I want to say thank you to everyone who listens to the show and shares it with their friends. When I started out three years ago, I had no idea there would be such an overwhelming response to the show or that it would get this big. Thanks for listening, thanks for helping Choose the Hard Way grow, and I’m excited to keep growing it with your help. If you enjoy this episode, please give it a five-star rating on Spotify or Apple podcasts, subscribe and forward it to a friend who likes doing hard things. If you want to suggest a guest or be in touch, hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @hardwaypod on Twitter or Instagram. Links mentioned in this conversation:Casey’s appearance on the Building the Elite podcast.Pavel Tsatsouline’s 2004 essay outlining tactical periodization.
54 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Alex Laws - From Pro Triathlete to Coaching World Champions, World Record Setters, Wimbledon Champions & Executive Teams
Danny Way, Rob Dyrdek, Paul Rodriguez, Laird Hamilton, Gabby Reece, Jeff Emig, Ai Sugiyama and Michellie Jones are some of the world-class pro athletes that human performance coach Alex Laws has worked with in her practice during the past 25 years. Her athletes have won World Championships, Olympic Medals, X-Games gold medals, Ironman Championships, victories at Wimbledon and the French Open and have set numerous World Records. A former pro triathlete who earned four World Championship medals, Alex now coaches executives and corporate teams to reach their full potential using the same high performance techniques and technologies she applied in her work with the world’s best athletes. You can learn more about Alex at https://performancelaws.com.au/ and reach her directly at email@example.com. I met Alex in 2005 when she was revolutionizing the way action sports athletes trained and working with Danny Way as he prepared to jump the Great Wall of China and have been learning from her ever since. If you enjoy this episode, please give it a five-star rating on Spotify or Apple podcasts, subscribe and forward it to a friend. That helps the show surface higher in search so more people can find the inspiring stories of my guests, and I really appreciate the support. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for the newsletter and never miss an episode. To suggest a guest or be in touch, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or DM @hardwaypod on social.
104 minutes | May 31, 2022
Life Cycles: Losing the Unbound Gravel 100, Getting 2nd for the 2nd time + Pro Tips for Peter Sagan with @vontz x @blakeoftoday
Pro cycling World Champions, National Champions and World Record holders like Stephen Hyde, Ashton Lambie and past Hard Way guest Rebecca Rusch are among the legendary winners of the Unbound Gravel 100. Held annually in Emporia, Kansas it’s one of the most prestigious and competitive gravel bike races in the world In 2022, multi-time cycling road race World Champion Peter Sagan, who has won 17 stages in cycling Grand Tours and has also won the Green Jersey at the Tour de France seven times, will toe the line. In 2015, I got second at the Unbound 100 for the second year in a row riding with my good friend, training partner, content marketing ace and now rising TikTok star @blakeoftoday. If you’re new to Choose the Hard Way, go back to episode 19 to hear about the first time I got second in the Unbound 100 in 2014. Severe food poisoning, the generous wisdom of Chris Carmichael, a magical tiny screwdriver purchased at Rite Aid wielded in a scene from Game of Thrones in the middle of the race, aerobars, the revelation of the actual physical location in the human body of the Spirit of Gravel--this experience had it all. Losing isn’t fun, but it’s often funny. Sit back and listen to this tale of two humans who did everything to win and lost anyway. This episode is part of Life Cycles, a new series I’ve launched within Choose the Hard Way. Conversations in this series cover the topics you’ve come to expect from Choose the Hard Way with guests whose lives and careers have been shaped by cycling or whose lives and careers have shaped the world of cycling. If you have a great story about losing, I’d love to hear it. Hit me on Twitter or Instagram @hardwaypod. If you enjoy this episode, please give it a five-star rating on Spotify or Apple podcasts, subscribe and forward it to a friend. That helps the show surface higher in search so more people can find the inspiring stories of my guests, and I really appreciate the support. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for the newsletter. To suggest a guest or be in touch, reach out to email@example.com.
94 minutes | May 25, 2022
Saul Martinez - Purple Heart Recipient, Army Veteran, Warriors & Quiet Waters Chief Program Officer
Saul Martinez is a former Army Infantryman, a Purple Heart recipient and the Chief Program Officer for Warriors & Quiet Waters, a nonprofit that empowers post-9/11 combat veterans to find peace, meaning and purpose through outdoor experiences and community. A George W. Bush Institute Veteran Leadership scholar and a subject of President George W. Bush in “Portraits of Courage,” Saul is a fine artist, a husband, a TEDx speaker, a philosopher, an actor and a father. We discuss Saul’s childhood, his service, the EFP IED that took the lives of two of his close friends and both of his legs and explore what he has learned on his journey. You can find Warriors & Quiets Waters at warrriorsandquietwaters.org. If you enjoy this episode, please give it a five-star rating on Spotify or Apple podcasts, subscribe and forward it to a friend. That helps the show surface higher in search so more people can find the inspiring stories of my guests, and I really appreciate the support. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for the newsletter. To suggest a guest or be in touch, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or @hardwaypod.
58 minutes | May 17, 2022
Life Cycles: Bikes, Cars, Cities & Human-centered Transport with West Midlands Cycling & Walking Commissioner Adam Tranter
The relationship between humans, bikes, cars and streets is polarizing, but it shouldn’t be. Humans are the original autonomous vehicles. UK-based Adam Tranter is working to build a world where people can get around safely and efficiently without fear of a vehicle running them over. Adam is the West Midlands' first Cycling & Walking Commissioner. Appointed by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Adam works with policymakers and the government to steer the region’s cycling and walking policies and plans. A former national-level elite cyclist, Adam grew up training and racing with riders who have competed in (and won) the Tour de France. He is the founder of the communications agency Fusion Media and co-host of the Streets Ahead podcast on active travel. Find him on Twitter @adamtranter.
73 minutes | May 10, 2022
Matt DeCoursey - co-founder Full Scale & Startup Hustle - the Path from Selling Pianos & Scalping Tickets to Serial Entrepreneur
Matt DeCoursey is a serial entrepreneur, podcaster, author and Forbes Next 1000 recipient. He’s the CEO and founder at Full Scale and the Startup Hustle podcast and the author of three books including Million Dollar Bedroom, Balance Me and The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Music Career which he wrote with Umphrey’s McGee member Joel Cummins. Full Scale enables companies to quickly and affordably build their development teams. Find them at fullscale.io. Startup Hustle tells the real stories of startups and entrepreneurs and you can find it at startuphustle.xyz and everywhere you listen to podcasts. To learn more about Matt, his books and his other businesses go to mattdec.com. Matt and I went to high school together in Kansas City, Missouri and I hadn’t seen him in a few decades before I ran into him at an event while I was back home in Kansas City where the heart of rock and roll is still beating. The story of Matt’s rise from piano sales to tech kingpin blew me away, and when I heard it, I knew I had to have him on the show. Please leave us an iTunes review (even one word is great) and subscribe and give the show a five-star rating on Spotify or iTunes. I love bringing you the stories of my guests and I really appreciate you taking a second to support the show which helps more people find it. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for the newsletter and if you have feedback or would like to suggest a guest DM @hardwaypod on Instagram or reach out at email@example.com.
55 minutes | May 3, 2022
Life Cycles: Dr. Gil Blander, Inside Tracker Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, on Healthspan, High Performance and the Role Cycling Plays in his Creative Process
Dr. Gil Blander is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Inside Tracker. Inside Tracker brings together blood biometric data, DNA insights and fitness tracker data to create science-backed action plans for people to manage their health and performance. Dr. Blander has a PhD in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. He’s an expert in nutrition, performance, biochemistry and aging research. You can learn more at www.insidetracker.com and find Dr. Blander on Twitter @gblander1.This episode is part of Life Cycles, a new series I’ve launched within Choose the Hard Way. Conversations in this series cover the territory you’ve come to expect from Choose the Hard Way--lessons learned at the limits of human experience and the obstacles people overcome to do great things--with guests whose lives and careers have been shaped by cycling or whose lives and careers have shaped the world of cycling. Since I launched this podcast in 2018, there have been many episodes that fit into this loose framework and I’ve gotten great feedback from you about them, so it felt like it was time to go deeper in this direction. Cycling has always been an important part of my life as a method of exploration, expression and connection and I’m excited to share these conversations with you. I’ll still have regular episodes that have nothing to do with cycling at all and whether you like bikes or not, I think you’ll find something to love in every episode. Please leave us an iTunes review (even one word is great) and subscribe and give the show a five-star rating on Spotify or iTunes. I love bringing you the stories of my guests and I really appreciate you taking a second to support the show which helps more people find it. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for the newsletter and if you have feedback or would like to suggest a guest DM @hardwaypod on Instagram or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org, all of those links are in the show notes.
80 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Life Cycles: Eric Matthies x Andrew Vontz on the cycling TV pilot that didn't fly
In a land before YouTube and TikTok, a producer I knew introduced me to award-winning filmmaker Eric Matthies who shared my passion for cycling. Together, we created a TV pilot about cycling subcultures in Los Angeles. The show didn't get picked up, but the experience paid dividends we couldn't have imagined at the time. You can view the full pilot episode here. To see The Warriors alleycat film from the Bicycle Film Festival mentioned in this episode, go here. The Beastie Boys, Spike Jonze, Doug Aitken, Public Enemy, Soundgarden, a Tribe Called Quest, the Matrix, Man of Steel, 300, Nike, Converse & Vans are but a few of the artists, films & companies who have leveraged Eric's creative talents. He has made numerous award-winning documentary films with his partner, Tricia Todd including End of Truth, Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, and Agile Mobile Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams. Eric is also the creator of Defy Apathy, a ‘zine and creative movement. You can learn more about Eric at www.ericmatthies.me and access the creative output of Defy Apathy at www.defyapathy.net. Cycling has transformative power for people and the world. Life Cycles is a new series within Choose the Hard Way that explores peak performance and the obstacles people overcome to do great things with guests related to cycling. Please leave us an iTunes review (even one word is great) and give the show a five-star rating on Spotify or iTunes. I do this show because I love bringing you the stories of my guests and I really appreciate you taking a second to support us. Subscribe to this show wherever you listen and go to https://www.choosethehardway.com/newsletter to sign up for the Choose the Hard Way newsletter.
64 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Pro Cycling, the Future of Journalism, the Business of Content -- Beyond the Peloton founder Spencer Martin
In the early 2000s one of the freelance journalism gigs I enjoyed the most was writing Tour de France commentary for Fox Sports during the Lance and Floyd Landis eras. I love cycling and cycling journalism, and today my guest is Spencer Martin who is one of the hottest creative and business talents in cycling journalism today. Spencer is the founder of Beyond the Peloton, a freemium substack and podcast that analyzes pro road racing at an unprecedented level of depth. I had a blast appearing on Spencer’s podcast a while back and always enjoy hearing his take on what’s happening in pro cycling. If you love bike racing, too, I highly recommend you buck up and treat yourself to a subscription to his exclusive content at https://beyondthepeloton.substack.com/. You can find that link in the show notes. Whether you’re a pro cycling fan or not, you’re going to dig this conversation. Spencer and I go deep on the business of sports, the future of content, the Tour de France, rim brakes, growing up in the midwest, his journey from elite junior runner to entrepreneur, things that motorists have thrown at us while we’re out riding our bikes and much more. Thank you to everyone who has left us an iTunes review. If you haven’t left us an iTunes review, please go here https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/choose-the-hard-way/id1441900901 and leave a one-word review and hit five stars. I do this show because I love bringing you the stories of my guests and I really appreciate you taking a second to support us. Hit subscribe on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you listen and go to https://www.choosethehardway.com/newsletter to sign up for the Choose the Hard Way newsletter. High performance is for everyone. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
32 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
TCV General Partner Neil Tolaney on Leadership, High-performing Teams and the Power of Staying Hungry
Neil Tolaney is a General Partner at TCV, the storied Silicon Valley investment firm that focuses on private and public high-growth technology companies. Notably, Neil balances his career with being the dad of four young children. With over $24 billion of assets under management, some of TCV’s investments have included NetFlix, Spotify, Zillow, LegalZoom, and Strava. In this conversation, we discuss leadership, building high-performing teams and Neil’s learnings from his vast experience supporting companies through their journeys to become category leaders. You can follow TCV @TCVTech on Twitter. Please hit subscribe / follow wherever you listen and if you listen on Apple podcasts, please take a moment to give this show a 5-star rating. It helps the show rank higher in search so more people can find the powerful lessons my guests share. Thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to subscribe, follow and hit the stars. If you have feedback or want to recommend a guest, email me at email@example.com. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
56 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
From Federal Prison to Building Entrepreneurs & Businesses - A Second U Foundation & Unibody Fitness NYC Founder Hector Guadalupe
Hector Guadalupe is a serial entrepreneur who builds businesses at the intersection of wellness and social justice. Hector is the founder of Unibody Fitness NYC, a fitness and training company that uses wellness to achieve physical transformation, provide second chances and bridge communities. Hector is also the founder of A Second U Foundation, a nonprofit that educates and trains formerly incarcerated people to help them start careers in the fitness industry as certified personal trainers. Hector spent 10 years in federal prison for drug trafficking charges, including 31 months in solitary confinement. While incarcerated, Hector got hooked on working out, lost 120 pounds, became certified as a personal trainer and got passionate about helping other people transform their minds, bodies and lives through fitness and the fitness industry. What he has done since then is nothing short of incredible and has caught the attention of outlets including the New York Times and CNN. In this interview, Hector and I talk about leadership, entrepreneurship, mindset, opportunity, the importance of second chances and much more. A Second U Foundation has trained over 200 formerly incarcerated people with a 0% reoffending rate and Hector has even bigger plans for the future. Also, a heads up that at the time of this recording, Hector had recently welcomed a newborn baby to the family. Congratulations, Hector! Towards the end of the episode you’ll hear some contributions in the background from his new arrival. To support the powerful work Hector and his team are doing, go to https://asecondufoundation.org and find them on Instagram @asecondunfoundation. You can find Unibody at unibodyfitnessnyc.com or @unibodyfitness on Instagram. Please hit subscribe and if you’re on Apple, take a moment to give this show a 5-star rating in Apple podcasts. It helps the show rank higher in search so more people can find the powerful lessons my guests share. Thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to listen and hit the stars. If you’ve got feedback or want to recommend a guest, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
77 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Neil D’Souza - GetSetUp CEO/Founder + Ultra-endurance Athlete
Neil D’Souza is an entrepreneur at the intersection of tech, education and human potential. Neil has lived, traveled and worked in 40 countries and is an Ironman Triathlete. Originally from Mumbai, India, at an early age Neil set an unbelievable swimming record that involved spending 79 hours in a pool and landed him on MTV. Neil started his career in tech at Cisco where he was part of a team that spearheaded the 4G/LTE protocol. During his time at Cisco, Neil developed a strong passion for helping underprivileged communities and sought to bridge the education gap for children in remote regions of the world. Later, Neil was the Founder and CEO of Zaya Learning Labs, a disruptive educational startup that brings affordable education solutions to low-income communities around the world. Most recently, he’s the founder of GetSetUp, a place for active older adults to learn, connect and share with peers in small intimate classes. We recorded this interview during the early days of GetSetUp when everything, including the company’s name, was evolving. You can learn more about GetSetUp at https://www.getsetup.io. We recorded this episode in a WeWork way back in the pre-pandemic times, and you might hear a few footsteps on the creaky boards in the hallway outside our room. One day I'll have a hermetically-sealed, soundproof room for recording, until then, enjoy the amazing lessons that Neil was gracious enough to share. Please hit subscribe and take a moment to give this show a 5-star rating in Apple podcasts. It helps the show rank higher in search so more people can find the powerful lessons my guests share. Thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to listen and hit the stars. If you’ve got feedback or want to recommend a guest, email me at email@example.com. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
124 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Rocket Scientist, Journalist - Tom Taylor
As a journalist, Tom Taylor has covered the intersection of science, technology and sports at Sports Illustrated and SportTechie. He has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. Growing up, he dreamed of being an astronaut before discovering a passion for storytelling that took his life and career in a different direction. Through journalism, Tom has learned and written about topics as varied as disability and data privacy, nutrition and degenerative brain disease, the future of the NFL combine, equality and entrepreneurship, genetics and the Vietnam War. To learn more about Tom, read some of his favorite stories or contact him, go to www.dailytomtaylor.com. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and give us a five-star rating in the iTunes store. If you’d like to suggest a guest or send feedback about something new or different you’d like to hear on the show, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also catch me on Instagram @hardwaypod. See previous episodes and sign up for our newsletter at www.choosethehardway.com. There aren’t shortcuts or hacks on the road to becoming the best. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
44 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Best-Selling Author Michele Wucker: You Are What You Risk
Michele Wucker founded Gray Rhino & Company to help leaders, organizations, and communities to identify and strategize responses to “gray rhino” risks: the term she coined to urge people to face up to challenges that are obvious and probable yet which we are all too likely –but not condemned– to neglect despite, and often because of, their size. The gray rhino metaphor has moved markets, shaped financial policies, inspired lyrics of a global K-pop hit song, made headlines around the world in more than 50 countries and over 30 languages, and shaped high-level debates from Davos to NATO to the Munich Security Conference to the Drucker Forum. What does risk mean to you? How do you manage it? Is your relationship to risk something you can transform? On this episode we discuss those questions and more with Michele Wucker, the author of four books including The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore. Her new book is You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World. Michele is a Guggenheim Fellow and former President of the World Policy Institute. Our conversation covers risk anticipation, management and mitigation strategies for individuals and organizations and much more. You can follow Michele on Twitter @wucker and learn more about her books and business at https://www.wucker.com and thegrayrhino.com.
59 minutes | May 12, 2021
Kristen Holmes - Whoop VP of Performance Science
Breath, Sleep, Stress, Recovery and High Performance. Does mouth taping during sleep improve recovery? How can you use breath to down-regulate stress throughout the day? What is HRV and why does it matter? Kristen Holmes is the Vice President of Performance Science at WHOOP. She works with top researchers and hundreds of the best tactical, pro and collegiate athletes and teams in the world to optimize training, recovery and sleep. Kristen was a 3x All American and 2x Big 10 Athlete of the year at the University of Iowa competing in both Field Hockey and Basketball. She was a 7-year member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team and one of the most successful coaches in Ivy League history, having won 12 league titles in 13 seasons and a National Championship at Princeton University.Kristen is a leading mind in the fields of high performance and recovery. I’ve learned a great deal from her work and the conversations we’ve had, so I’m excited to finally have her on the show and to share this interview with you. The best place to follow Kristen is on LinkedIn.
56 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Hybrid War, Terrorism, Violence, Metallica and Human Nature with Dr. Samir Puri
Dr. Samir Puri is a defense policy and counterterrorism expert. He has worked in government and in academia, including as assistant head of research at the British Ministry of Defense’s think tank. Samir was raised in 1980s London in a family that had traversed three continents in three generations, from Asia to Africa to Europe. He later completed a PhD at Cambridge University in International Relations, worked at RAND, and then the Foreign Office, where his assignments covered counter terrorism, and a year in east Ukraine monitoring the onset of war in 2014. After government service, Dr. Puri became a lecturer in War Studies at King's College London, and also taught at Cambridge and Johns Hopkins. He has since left academia and in 2020 was appointed Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore. His previous books include: Pakistan’s War on Terrorism and Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups. His latest book is Shadows of Empire: How Imperial History Shapes Our World. In this interview we cover a wide variety of topics including hybrid warfare, theories of conflict, violence, human nature, creativity, sport and Metallica. Go to www.samirpuri.com to learn more and follow him on Twitter @purisamir1. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and give us a five-star rating in the iTunes store. If you’d like to suggest a guest or send feedback about something new or different you’d like to hear on the show, please email me at email@example.com and you can also catch me on Instagram @hardwaypod. There aren’t shortcuts or hacks on the road to becoming the best. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
68 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
National Geographic Explorer, Aquanaut & Ocean Engineer Grace C. Young
National Geographic Explorer Grace C. Young is an aquanaut, sailor, diver and ocean engineer. Currently, she’s a lead scientist at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory where her team is creating radical new technologies to protect the ocean while feeding humanity sustainably. Grace is a former ballerina and studied Mechanical & Ocean Engineering at MIT and did her PhD at Oxford as a Marshal Scholar. In 2014, she lived underwater for 15 days as part of Fabian Cousteau’s Mission 31. You can learn more about Grace at www.graceunderthesea.com and follow her on Instagram @gracecalvertyoung and twitter @grace_h20. A special thank you to my friend Brian Ferguson from Arena Labs and the Liminal Collective for first introducing me to Grace. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and give us a five-star rating in the iTunes store. If you’d like to suggest a guest or send feedback about something new or different you’d like to hear on the show, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also catch me on Instagram @hardwaypod. You are what you overcome. Choose the Hard Way.
72 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Craig Weller -- Naval Special Warfare Combat Crewman (SWCC) Vet, Co-author of Building the Elite
How do you cultivate stress inoculation, resilience and an internal locus of control? Are they learnable skills? Are they situationally dependent? I explore these questions and more on this episode with Craig Weller. Craig made many mistakes on a bumpy path into the special operations community, but he made it and worked as a SWCC and in high-threat protection and diplomatic security. Since then, Craig spent the past decade studying and teaching peak performance. With Jonathan Pope, he’s the co-author of Building the Elite: The Complete Guide to Building Resilient Special Operators. Their students have gone on to become Navy SEALs, Green Berets, SWCCs and members of the SAS and numerous other elite special operations units around the globe. If you dig this episode, please share it with a friend, hit subscribe and rate the show. Go to www.choosethehardway.com to sign up for The Hard Way newsletter and get cool stuff worth knowing + updates on new episodes.
72 minutes | May 13, 2020
David Brinton - Olympian, World Champion, Hollywood stuntman, black belt, former pro cyclist, cycling coach and expert witness
David Brinton is an Olympian, World Champion, Hollywood stuntman, black belt, former pro cyclist, cycling coach and expert witness. The bicycle has taken David to some amazing and unlikely places as a human and professional. He has stunt doubled Mario Lopez, won national and world championships as a masters cyclist and could probably break an oak tree in half with a roundhouse kick. We talk about gut instincts, coming up from nothing and the power of why not. You are what you overcome. Choose the hard way.
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