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33 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Simon Keith - Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Shares How to Embrace Fear (#16)
This is the story of Simon Keith's Excellence. Simon has survived and thrived as a two-time heart transplant recipient and was the first athlete to play professionally following his first procedure.During this episode, Simon shares:- His definition of Excellence that is similar to that of Tiger Woods - How to embrace fear and what it was like moments before his heart was removed- How to not waste your opportunities- Why motivation is overrated but discipline is underrated.- Who inspired him to create the Simon Keith Foundation and why- Much more from the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame memberJOIN THE FREE MAGNIFYING EXCELLENCE E CLUB NOW
24 minutes | May 18, 2021
Annika Sorenstam - How a Shy Girl Grew Up to Not Fear Excellence (#15)
This is about 23 minutes of candid and exclusive Excellence with Annika Sorenstam, arguably the greatest women's golfer in history. She shares with host Brian Hurlburt amazing insights on how to overcome shyness, simplify golf, not fear Excellence, which golfers she emulated to refine her swing and game, and much more.This is the story of Annika, so take a few moments to be inspired by her Excellence as we share her journey.JOIN THE FREE MAGNIFYING EXCELLENCE E CLUB NOWEpisode HighlightsOvercoming shynessA willingness to never stop learningShooting the only 59 in LPGA tour historyPlaying in a PGA Tour eventHow she put together her golf game by emulating several all-time greatsHow to simplify the game of golfAnd much, much more
38 minutes | May 11, 2021
Sam Schmidt - How and Why Paralysis Led to True Excellence (#14)
It would seem as if being permanently paralyzed in a racing car accident would be the worst day of a person's life.For today's guest, Sam Schmidt, it just might have been one of the best days of his life. Listen now as he take a deep dive of his Excellence journey with us.CLICK TO JOIN THE FREE MAGNIFYING EXCELLENCE CLUB AND GET OUR FREE EBOOKFormer Indy Car champion Sam Schmidt defines true Excellence. This episode explores his amazing story of being an Indy Car champ, paraplegic, a return to racing, successful entrepreneurship, race team owner, philanthropist and more.From Schmidt's episode:"I think one of the more enlightening observations is that when I was young, I was arguing pretty selfish. And I thought I felt satisfaction in only generating excellence with myself, but now I think I find more satisfaction in helping to cultivate the experts and others. And I realized totally that I had professional athlete insurance, and resources and an education and a support system, and that enabled me to continue on post my accident and probably do a heck of a lot more with my life in this situation than I would have out of a wheelchair."Listen to his amazing and inspirational story now.
55 minutes | May 4, 2021
Darren Cahill - Ask, Listen for Excellence Plus What He Learned from Andre Agassi (#13)
During this episode, Darren Cahill (ESPN announcer, tennis player and coach) Shares:His definition of ExcellenceThe 8 most important things you need to do to achieve ExcellenceCoaching memories and what he learned from Andre AgassiWhat makes for a great TV commentatorThe greatest lesson he learned about coaching from his father, the legendary John CahillHow he was inspired the Excellence of Bjorn BorgAnd he describes the greatest match he ever witnessedClick to JOIN OUR FREE E-CLUB and receive FREE E-BookCahill is here to share his journey of Excellence. As always, this isn't a glorification of Excellence, but a deep examination of it.Cahill has achieved his own excellence on the tennis court and in the broadcasting booth, and he’s also been front row to Excellence as a coach of some of the all time greats, including Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Simona Halep.Excerpt from Episode:"I reckon the one quote that I learned that's kind of stuck with me is when I first started with Andre Agassi, I came across Gil Reyes. Gil's a Las Vegas guy here and he was with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels for a bunch of years. And Andre was able to coax him out of that job to become his full-time fitness, strength and fitness trainer. But he's more than that. He's like a second father to Andre. Here's this great saying; it's really simple: It's just 'plan the work, work the plan,' that's it."
32 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Tasha Schwikert Moser– How Excellence Blossoms from Little Margin for Error (# 12)
Tasha Schwikert Moser had to perform under the brightest lights and intense pressure when mere seconds would define her performance and career.Listen now as this Olympic medal winner for Team USA ,turned attorney, shares stories, inspirations and more from her journey of Excellence, which featured challenges (as they all do.)The Magnifying Excellence Podcast is a timeless journey of Excellence, when our guests talk exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. This is not a glorification of excellence, but an examination of the all-encompassing path of Excellence. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.ALSO: CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK by Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationThe multi-talented Schwikert Moser is one of the most notable Team USA gymnasts in history—winning team bronze in 2000—and continues to make a mark as a successful attorney, mother, wife and as an advocate for sexual assault victims. She and many of her teammates were horribly wronged by a team doctor and she has taken power from it to make change.Schwikert describes how there is little margin for error in gymnastics and when practicing the law. Plus, how she found her true passion under the intense heat of the Las Vegas summer sun.She was a 2-time NCAA champion and graduate with a sociology degree from UCLA and is a member of the Team USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame. She is also a graduate of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and corporate attorney for Munck Wilson in Texas.This is the Excellence of Tasha Schwikert Moser.
19 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Special Edition - 10 Most Intriguing Moments of Season 1 - Episode 11
What a journey it has been for the Magnifying Excellence Podcast with Season 1 wrapping up and Season 2 on the way. Our guests proved that this isn't a glorification of Excellence, but a deep examination of it.As your host, Brian Hurlburt, I was continually honored and humbled as each guest so candidly and exclusively shared their journeys of Excellence with us. Because of that, I just had to put together a "best of" for season 1 to tie a bow on it. But it was better to call it "most intriguing."So, please enjoy a behind-the-scenes look back at Season 1 guests Greg and Mike Maddux, Napoleon McCallum, Susan Anton, Bill Walton, Charley Hoffman, Elizabeth Blau, Greg Anthony, Frank Figliuzzi and George Kunz.JOIN THE FREE MAGNIFYING EXCELLENCE E-CLUB NOW and get our free E-book plus receive our weekly X Letter News of Excellence EmailA brief preview of Season 2 is also included.And thanks for listening. Please share and leave a review if you like what you are hearing.
32 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
George Kunz - How Quiet Excellence Leads to Happiness, Success - Episode 10
It's time for another timeless journey of Excellence, when our guests talk exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. This is not a glorification of excellence, but an examination of the all-encompassing path of Excellence. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.The multi-talented George Kunz--you may not readily recognize the name-- has hall of fame credentials … but as with any journey of Excellence, sometimes the path is winding, and his final, rightful destination in Canton is still unattained.If I told you George Kunz was one of the best offensive linemen in Notre Dame history—his 1966 team won a national title—and then he was an NFL all pro 8 times in 9 years with Colts and Falcons … including being voted THE best offensive lineman in 1976 and 1977 … you’d probably think he already had a bust in the hallowed halls of football’s hall of fame in Canton, Ohio. Your thought would be wrong.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationMuch like offensive lineman in football quietly go about their roles on the field, so does Kunz in all facets of his life, probably a contributing factor to why he hasn’t been inducted as of 2021.He didn’t showboat as a player, didn’t as a successful business person owning McDonald’s franchises and learning from the legendary Ray Kroc, and doesn’t now as a practicing attorney in Las Vegas, having entered the UNLV law school at 59 years old.His Excellence is quietly impactful, which sometimes goes unnoticed in a world of super social media and high---and many times misplaced---ego. George shares more about this thought process during this episode, the final of season 1.This is a must listen to learn and be inspired by the one and only George Kunz.
35 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Elizabeth Blau - Why Leading By Example and With Heart Means Excellence - Magnifying Excellence #9
It's time for another timeless journey of Excellence, when our guests talk exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. This is not a glorification of excellence, but an examination of the all-encompassing path of Excellence. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.When I asked Magnifying Excellence Season 1, Episode 9 guest Elizabeth Blau--recognized as one of the key people over the last 20 years of Las Vegas evolving into a world class dining destination-- if she had a favorite quote or a piece of advice that she kept at the ready to motivate her, she responded that she didn’t. She said she stays motivated by getting up each day and trying to make the world a little bit better place by the end of it. CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationBut, by the end of our conversation, we mutually determined that “Lead by Example” should probably be her official mantra. She also said that being curious is very important on the path of Excellence, just as fellow guest Susan Anton had included in her definition.“Leading by example is critical,” said Blau, who remained busy during the 2020 and 2021 Covid-19 pandemic helping her clients and also operating her own restaurants. “You can't tell people to do one thing, like, ‘Don't spread COVID and stay home’, and then be a politician who travels out of state to visit their family. “You have to have that level of integrity about what you're doing. At our restaurants, I make sure that we quarterly sessions where there are no managers and I just meet with our teams so that they know that they have direct access to me. While our business is growing and a big business, it's still a family business run by my husband and myself. So, knowing that there's an open-door policy and that if people have a problem, they can feel comfortable to reach out. I think that's an essential part of being a good leader, whether you're on a sports team or, you know, whether your team is a team of employees.”(Some of) Blau's Excellence- Blau was recognized at the prestigious UNLV Vino event with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence.- She helped create From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Leadership for Women in Hospitality, an immersive class at UNLV and Florida International University, along with assistant professor and author Lisa Cain.- Blau is a graduate of the prestigious Cornell School of Hotel Management.- She is a past James Beard Award honoree.- Blau has appeared as a judge on the Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America’ and is also an annual judge for Hotel Magazine’s best restaurants.- Her story has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Martha Stewart Show.- She operates Honey Salt and Buddy V's in Las Vegas
39 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
NBA's Greg Anthony - Perseverance and the Power of No Fear of Failure - Episode 8
It's time for another timeless journey of Excellence, when our guests talk exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. This is not a glorification of excellence, but a deep examination of the all-encompassing path of Excellence. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.Our guest this week is Greg Anthony, an NCAA national champion (UNLV), 11-year NBA veteran, current NBA announcer and business person.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationGreg's Takeaways"Excellence is obviously a powerful word. I think Excellence is the ability to have a high level of consistency. As human beings, we have faults and flaws, and we're not perfect, but Excellence is when you approach the challenge of trying to be perfect and you create a level of consistency." "I think we always want to focus on Excellence being relative to your circumstance""Jerry Tarkanian instilled confidence in me""Pat Riley instilled confidence in the team""It's really important to set markers that you want to aspire to, because that creates an environment where you can go and pursue (Excellence) without fear of failure or fault, and not be worried about being judged.""I think you have to find something you genuinely care about. You want to find something you're passionate about and that passion will create the journey for you. If you truly love something enough, that that should bring about a certain level of focus and discipline that you have to have to be good at anything." Greg's StoryGreg’s path of Excellence has been winding, from growing up without his father’s influence, to being under-recruited out of high school, to playing through a broken jaw during the 1990 UNLV national championship season, to other obstacles hurdled, but through it all, his perseverance has never been in short supply.The city of Las Vegas and the 1990 UNLV team bonded in a special way and the foundation of it all were teammates that played for, and trusted, each other. under legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian. In addition to an 11-year NBA career including on some legendary New York Knicks teams playing for another legendary coach, Pat Riley, Greg has also been my friend since third grade, when we played on the same basketball team for three years. These days, Anthony is a respected NBA television announcer and also president of Altitude International, a company that is bringing a new and innovative Excellence to sports training. He’s also the father of four, including NBA rookie, Cole, of the Orlando Magic, and daughter, Ella, a top-ranked high school player.We invite you take another journey of Excellence with us. Please stay tuned and thanks for listening.
47 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Frank Figliuzzi - Inside the FBI's Code of Excellence - Best-Selling Author - Episode 7
It's time for another timeless journey of Excellence, when our guests talk exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence like never before. This is not a glorification of excellence, but an examination of the all-encompassing path of Excellence. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.This episode features Frank Figliuzzi, a best-selling author and former FBI assistant director of counter intelligence. He gives us insights into the writing of his book, The FBI Way - Inside the Bureau's Code of Excellence , and goes into gritty details about the book and his FBI experiences.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationHe also shares the 7 c's from the book, and why he believes Excellence is a path. He also reveals his personal definition of Excellence in addition to the FBI's definition.All that and much more, so we hope you enjoy and are inspired by this episode with Frank Figliuzzi.Be sure to visit xlete.com and join our FREE Magnifying Excellence Club to receive the new E-Book, 10 Business and Life Lessons Learned from Season 1 Podcast Guests.The FBI Way - Inside the Bureau's Code of Excellence is “A must read for serious leaders at every level.” —General Barry R. McCaffrey (Ret.).
38 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
PGA Tour's Charley Hoffman - This Is How Powerful Self Belief Is - Epidose 6
How do you define Excellence? Well, during this episode find out how PGA Tour player and philanthropist Charley Hoffman does and you can listen now and see if his thoughts are similar to yours. Hosted by Brian Hurlburt.Our guests--like Hoffman--speak exclusively about their journeys of Excellence like they never have before, providing insights and inspirations. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.Hear never-heard-before comments and exclusive perspectives about Excellence, life, golf, charity, and more, in this thorough and intriguing interview with PGA Tour veteran Hoffman who has won four PGA Tour events and more than $30 million in earnings.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationPlus, take the insights from Hoffman and apply them to your everyday life, business and career.Hoffman Gems from Podcast Episode:- You have to have self-belief. Without it, you are going nowhere.- From college coach Dwaine Knight - "I learned to be on time because that shows the ultimate respect for the people you are meeting with."- Embrace the challenge of pressure.- Don't chase perfectionism because nobody is perfect. But do pursue Excellence and self-evaluate as you evolve, learning from mistakes.- Tiger Woods is a "born leader."- Skateboarder Tony Hawk and golfer Greg Norman inspired Hoffman because of their mindsets in and out of their fields.Charley Hoffman, and his wife, Stacy, along with Charley Hoffman Foundation supporters, have raised more than $3 million for charity. Find out why Hoffman believes empathy and giving back is a big part of a journey of Excellence.Visit www.CharleyHoffmanFoundation.org to donate or support their efforts with children's charities.
35 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Greg Maddux - How Good Can I Be? Was His Driving Motivation to Excellence - Episode 1
How do you define Excellence? Well, here's how hall of Famer Greg Maddux does and you can listen now and see if his thoughts are similar to yours.Our guests--like Maddux--speak exclusively about their journeys of Excellence like they never have before, providing insights and inspirations. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.Hear never-heard-before comments and exclusive perspectives about Excellence, life, baseball, overcoming challenges, and more, in this thorough and intriguing interview with one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, Greg Maddux.Upon hearing it, Greg's brother, Mike, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach and a guest during episode 5, said, "That is one of the most interesting interviews with Greg I have ever heard."CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationMagnifying Excellence Host - Brian HurlburtGreg Maddux Magnifying Excellence Podcast Highlights.Maddux shares ...His definition of ExcellenceHow a fortune cookie inspired his ExcellenceHow he "Owned" and overcame playoff challengesWhy winning a world series title was exactly like winning a high school state titleMore exclusive, never-heard-before InsightsPlenty of extremely candid comments and much, much more. Thanks for sharing, Greg!This is a new Era of Excellence. This is THE Magnifying Excellence Podcast.
40 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Bill Walton - Don't Sit on the Sidelines - Basketball Hall of Famer - Episode 4
How do you define Excellence? We all answer differently and you will be amazed by Bill Walton's 16-minute answer!We can safely say that there probably has never been another 16-minute definition of Excellence in history, but Walton's is worth the listen for every second and every minute. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.Besides that intriguing answer, he also shares John Wooden's inspirational teachings word for word, why humanity is so important, how he overcame 38 surgeries plus a severe stutter and much, much more.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationMagnifying Excellence Podcast Host - Brian HurlburtWalton Podcast HighlightsWalton Shares ...- His 16-minute, compelling definition of Excellence- Why Humanity is important about info about BikeforHumanity.com- Memories of Chic Hearn's excellence and Grateful Dead shows- Word for word the teachings of John Wooden- Who his best teammate wasThe former 3-time NCAA champion, two-time NBA champion and top 50 broadcaster is one-of-a-kind and also shares memories of his best teammate ever (and that's saying something), how the Excellence of Chick Hearn inspired him and why he loves Grateful Dead shows so much.This is a New Era of Excellence. This is THE Magnifying Excellence podcast.
36 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Susan Anton - Be Curious and Be a Human "BE"-ing - Episode 3
How do you define Excellence? Susan Anton things part of it is being curious, but she shares so much more with her answer. Listen now to be inspired, intrigued and impressed. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.Anton is an entertainment legend who during this episode shares personal stories from her times with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Kenny Rogers, George Burns plus also how Barbra Streisand, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others inspired her. Some of these legends even gave her personal advice that she will share.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationSusan is a dancer, performer, singer, actress and more, and is now an accomplished business woman who is a key part of SheAngels.com, a group that helps empower women entrepreneurs.Magnifying Excellence Podcast Host - Brian HurlburtAnton Podcast HighlightsAnton Shares ...- Her Definition of Excellence- Why being curious is a key to success, excellence- How Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired her- What SheAngels.com for women entrepreneurs is all about- The funny jokes George Burns used to tellShe also shares her definition of Excellence--a key is always being curious--and how we should all strive to be human BE-ings and kindness and humanity counts.This is THE Magnifying Excellence podcast. This is a New Era of Excellence.
40 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
NFL and Navy's Napoleon McCallum - Know What Excellence Looks Like -Episode #2
How do you define Excellence? We all answer differently and Napoleon McCallum has one of the most unique perspectives to give his opinion on Excellence. Listen now for his incredible life story and more. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.McCallum, a college football hall of famer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, shares his definition of excellence and also how Captain Kirk inspired him in addition to Roger Staubach and Bo Jackson.The former Oakland Raiders star also shares how he was a key figure in helping the team move to Las Vegas, Napoleon's adopted hometown. He also takes us behind-the-scenes of the annual Army vs. Navy football game and shares why team sports are a mirror of life.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationMagnifying Excellence Podcast Host - Brian HurlburtNapoleon McCallum Podcast HighlightsMcCallum shares ...- His Definition of Excellence- Why team sports are a mirror of life- How Captain Kirk inspired him- How he overcame a devastating knee injury by finding "THE door"- How he helped the Oakland Raiders move to Las VegasAs McCallum told us, "Anytime to talk about Excellence is a great time to talk about Excellence."This is a new Era of Excellence. This is THE Magnifying Excellence Podcast.
37 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Baseball's Mike Maddux - Overachiever Is Ultimate Recognition - Episode 5
How do you define Excellence? Everyone answers differently and listen to how Mike Maddux does right now. Our timeless episodes aren't a glorification of Excellence but deep examinations of it.His baseball wisdom is coveted by teammates and respected by opponents and during this episode, Mike Maddux shares his definition of excellence, how he went ALL IN to forge a 30-year career in baseball and other inspiring words.Maddux is the St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach and also helped lead the Texas Rangers to the World Series twice.CLAIM YOUR FREE 10 LIFE & BUSINESS LESSONS FROM SEASON 1 GUESTS E-BOOK By Host Brian Hurlburt NOW.Click and enter email - NO ObligationMagnifying Excellence Podcast Host - Brian HurlburtMike Maddux Podcast HighlightsMaddux Shares ...- His Definition of Excellence- How he went All-In to forge a 30-year baseball career- How his book helped him secure a coaching job- How he had the strike zone of his "little bro" during his final game- Why being an overachiever is the ultimate complimentHe takes us down memory lane when the strike zone for his final game was huge--the ultimate sign of respect from the umpire--and how you have to play and live life with conviction if you want to be successful.This is a New Era of Excellence. This is THE Magnifying Excellence podcast.
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