Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson
Chris Wirth on Refusing to Quit

Chris Wirth on Refusing to Quit

October 21, 2020

Chris Wirth is somebody who cares deeply about positivity, resilience, and persistence. He thinks often about the question of “What does it take to be successful?” Chris has a podcast (No Quit Living), has written a book (The Positivity Tribe), and has many speaking engagements. Chris is also somebody who is all about refusing to lose and refusing to quit. Chris and I discuss what quitting is, and also what it’s not and what that distinction really looks like.

In this episode, we discuss Chris’s upbringing (5:00), how his younger sister’s passing away affected him (7:05), what his parents’ messages were to him at this time of loss and grief (8:09), some of the values his parents passed down to him (9:36), how he defines and thinks about love (10:28), how his thoughts on love have changed over time (11:15), what the opposite of love is (13:05), the conversations had in is household growing up about helping others, and also the conversations had about money (18:23), what he wanted to do with his life when he was younger (19:36), what he would do to set his mind before stepping foot on the basketball court, tennis court, or the acting stage in college, and how his mindset would differ depending on what he was performing in (21:10), how those experiences as a performer shaped what he does today (26:20), his parents’ involvements with Broadway productions and how that influenced him (28:18), what allows for the success of performers like the Jersey Boys (32:28), what acting and improv has taught him (39:04), his journey after college and where he’s at now (41:32), what his experience as a High School Varsity Basketball Coach was like (50:23), the transitions away from various things that he loved that have occurred later on in his life (52:20), the balance between taking care of your marriage and taking care of your kids (56:15), the idea that “quitting” is short-term and “changing” is long-term, and what pulled him into the world of self-help/personal development (1:01:52), what his vision is for 3-5 years from now (1:05:43), his new book “The Positivity Tribe”  (1:07:07), and what he does to intentionally set his mind (1:08:50).

You can check out the No Quit Living website here and feel free to send him an email at chris@noquitliving.com as well!

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Carmelina Moscato on Soccer Leadership

Carmelina Moscato on Soccer Leadership

October 14, 2020

Carmelina Moscato is a Canadian soccer player and Olympic bronze-medalist. Today, she’s a coach. She played as a Center Back in professional soccer in the US and all over the world. She is someone who thinks deeply about leadership, soccer and how you can leverage leadership in soccer. She’s incredibly thoughtful and will share her mindset on what it was like playing for the Canadian National Team and how she thinks about coaching and the future of women’s soccer.

In this episode, we discuss the origins of her name (5:07), how she’s similar to her dad (5:50), where she grew up (6:37), what life was like for her growing up (6:55), some of the lessons she took away from her childhood, specifically what she learned from her brother and parents (8:05), what pride has meant to her throughout her life, specifically with her parents being immigrants (11:21), if soccer was something that her parents were passionate about (13:05), what drove her internally as a soccer player growing up (14:28), what her path would’ve been without soccer (16:42), why she decided to go to school in the US (Penn State) (18:12), what her soccer journey was like and what her ultimate dream with soccer was (20:00), what her response was to being told that she couldn’t play at a certain level (22:00), how hard of a decision it was to leave her job with the Louisville Athletic Department to go back to pursuing a career as a player (28:25), the differences between her mindset in preparation as a player and as a coach (29:50) and the differences between her mindset in performance as a player and as a coach (31:50), her relationship with John Herdman (33:00), some things that she noticed with the Canadian National Team with regards to good leadership and communication (37:20), “grow” culture (40:15), what her gameday routine looked like and her relationship with spirituality (43:50), how nervous she was for the 3 World Cups she participated in and what she noticed with regards to how she evolved and approached those games over the years (48:00), sportsmanship (50:00), her experiences as a coach and if her coaching style has evolved over time (53:35), “four corners” and what she learned as a coach in Australia (56:24), her vision for herself going forward and women’s soccer (58:45), if she would rather be the commissioner of a Professional Canadian Soccer League or the head coach of the Canadian National Team (1:00:30), if she misses playing (1:02:15), and what it will take to get a Professional Canadian Soccer League up and running and what that league would look like (1:03:15).

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CMoscato4.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Brian Levenson on his new book Shift Your Mind

Brian Levenson on his new book Shift Your Mind

October 6, 2020

This episode is a little different. For the first time, Brian has someone interviewing him about his new book, Shift Your Mind, which was released today!

Chick Hernandez, a DC sports media professional, asked Brian all about the writing process, the different shifts, and what he learned along the way.

You can follow Chick on Twitter: @MrChickSports

Brian's new book is available everywhere books are sold including the following places:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2I6YFaB

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2SwYk2J

IndieBound: https://bit.ly/3noBFnp

You can also follow Brian on Twitter: @brianlevenson

If you enjoy today's conversation please write us a review on iTunes and if you like the book please write us a review on Amazon. 

With Gratitude,

The Intentional Performers Team

Jay Triano on Coaching Greatness and Cultivating Mindset

Jay Triano on Coaching Greatness and Cultivating Mindset

September 30, 2020

Jay Triano is a Canadian basketball coach and former professional player, who is currently the lead assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously served as the head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns. A former Canadian national team player who competed in two Olympics, he has also had two stints as head coach of the national team.

In this episode, we discuss the mental part of the game (6:45), things that helped Jay perform as a player from a sport psychology standpoint (8:45), what his childhood was like growing up with his dad as a basketball coach (10:55), the relationship between coaching and sport psychology (13:45), what made Steve Nash special (17:13), where Steve’s belief that he belonged in the NBA came from (22:55), why Jay didn’t wind up being a hockey player (24:00), why he thinks Canada has fallen in love with basketball (25:06), his own basketball journey (26:54), how he went from being a towel-waver to the Canadian National Team’s leading scorer in one year (32:20), if there’s anything he would do on gameday to make sure he had a fearless mind (38:20), the difference between preparation and performance (41:50), what he and his brother had in common playing sports at the professional level (43:34), when he knew he wanted to become a coach (44:55), his transition from college basketball to the pros (46:20), the differences between being an assistant with the US national team and the head coach of the Canadian national team (48:35), what attributes make up a hall-of-fame head coach (50:48) and if those differ from the attributes that make up a hall-of-fame player (51:45), what it was like going from an assistant coach to a head coach in the NBA (52:45), what it was like playing football for a year (54:43), what his basketball coach’s reaction to him going to play football was (56:30), what his tattoos represent and mean to him (59:36), favorite songs (1:04:28), why he wrote his book “Open Look” (1:07:00), and why he thinks Canadians are so proud to be Canadian (1:08:17).

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Professional Soccer Player Tori Huster on Competing and Mindfulness

Professional Soccer Player Tori Huster on Competing and Mindfulness

September 23, 2020

Tori Huster is a professional soccer player for the Washington Spirit in the NWSL, where she served as a captain last season. She is also currently the Players Association president. Tori has been a pro athlete since 2012 after graduating from Florida State University. Tori is extremely competitive and has also leveraged mindfulness to develop herself on and off the field. She is honored to be the St. Jude Champion (ambassador) in the DC area as well.

In this episode, we discuss what life was like for her growing up (5:50), if it ever felt like she was an only child since she has a 7-year age gap with her sister (9:40), what other sports she played in the past (12:07), if faith was a big part of her upbringing (14:18), what some of the values she has taken from Catholicism are (15:45), her relationship with her mother (17:00), what she has communicated to her father about his relationship with her as a kid (18:50), how she would approach being a mom to a 12-year-old knowing what she now does (24:30), when it became apparent she would play soccer at the Division I level (29:42), what she loved, and continues to love, about soccer (33:05), how she created an internal drive (36:38), if she ever has had thoughts of quitting soccer or burning out (39:30), why she plays soccer (41:55), how close she’s been to the national-team level (45:21), what she does to prepare on gameday to make sure she’s at her best (52:35), what her mindset is before and during a training and how it compares to her gameday mindset (55:45), mental health (57:29), and if soccer coaching is in her future (1:06:43).

You can follow her on Twitter @ToriHuster 

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Leveraging Discipline with Josh Pastner

Leveraging Discipline with Josh Pastner

September 16, 2020

After guiding Memphis to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach, Josh Pastner became Georgia Tech’s 14th head basketball coach on April 8, 2016.

Implementing a high-energy style of play and creative offensive and defensive schemes, and building the Jackets’ talent base for the future, Pastner has established the Yellow Jackets as one of the top defensive teams in the nation, while he and his staff have steadily improved the team’s offense to be ranked in the top half of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Pastner has tirelessly promoted the program on campus and throughout the city of Atlanta in an effort to re-create the major homecourt atmosphere that surrounded the Yellow Jackets throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the middle of the 2000s. The result has been numerous wins, high excitement and 13 sellouts in four seasons at McCamish Pavilion.

Five of his players – guards Josh Okogie, Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe, as well as centers Ben Lammers and James Banks III – have earned Atlantic Conference honors during his tenure. Okogie, in particular, developed from an under-the-radar high school prospect into a highly regarded NBA prospect, having been selected 20th in the 2018 NBA Draft, while Lammers has had a successful first two years as a pro in Europe.

In this episode, we discuss how he got into basketball (6:43), his relationship with his dad (8:30), whether or not he was pushed to pursue a career in playing basketball as opposed to coaching (14:30), the difference between inspiration and motivation (19:10), what his drive was, and is, to be a coach (20:30), how to be present (25:56), how he leverages discipline in his life (28:50), if he’s perfectionistic (31:30), why he’s never tried alcohol, soda, or coffee (37:15), if he struggled to connect with his teammates in college because of that (40:46), the relationship between eating and discipline (45:30), when he developed his 3 principles (47:50), what he would’ve done differently at Memphis (50:40), what he learned from John Calipari (53:00), and why he doesn’t allow his players to curse and if he’s experimented with meditation (58:38).

You can follow Josh on Twitter @GTJoshPastner and feel free to send him an email at jpastner@athletics.gatech.edu   

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Living with Adversity with Matt Long

Living with Adversity with Matt Long

September 9, 2020

Matt Long has been a competitive athlete his entire life. As a member of his high school basketball team, he was required to run in the Brooklyn/Queens X-country Championships. With no prior running experience, he finished fifth for his school, completing the race in uncomfortable high top sneakers. At Iona College, he competed in their Division I basketball program for which a high level of fitness was mandatory.

Strength and endurance became especially paramount in his life after college when he became a New York City Firefighter. It was around this time he took up distance running and began competing in Ironman triathlons, finishing his first Ironman race in 2005. He then set his sights on qualifying for the Boston marathon by running the ING NYC marathon later that year. With hard work, dedication and persistence, he trimmed 30 minutes off his personal best to run a 3:13, qualifying for the 2006 Boston event.

On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long’s life changed in an instant. He was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck and run over by a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him to the brink of death. He received 68 units of blood in the first 40 hours after the accident and spent 5 months in the hospital. More than 40 operations later, he finally began a grueling rehabilitation regime. Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process as the physical severities. His doctor had told him he’d be lucky to ever walk again without a cane.

Matt fought through months of fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. His recovery was a miraculous one which included everything from learning to walk again and, a mere three years later, running in the 2008 New York City Marathon. “Running saved my life,” Matt says, and his determination and perseverance has turned him into a symbol of hope and recovery for countless others.

Matt’s story was covered in a wildly popular article in the March 2009 edition of Runner’s World magazine. Matt has since chronicled his life and journey both before and after the accident in his book The Long Run, released in October 2010. Matt has also started the I WILL Foundation which provides coaching, training and financial support to help people overcome adversity and challenges caused by illness or traumatic injury.  

In this episode, we discuss what his life was like as a kid (7:22), how he thinks having 8 other siblings has impacted him throughout his life (10:15), what values were passed on to him from his parents (11:05), what his mom was like when he was growing up (12:20), how going to Catholic school shaped him (13:05), why he gravitated towards basketball as a kid (14:30), what it was like getting cut from his college team three straight years before making the team his senior year (16:00), why he thinks he got an opportunity to be on the team his senior year (18:41), what if felt like when he heard he’d made the team (20:15), what he gained from playing basketball in comparison to playing rugby (21:49), what his vision for his career was in college (24:30), whether or not he felt a draw to go into the military (26:05), why he decided to become a firefighter (26:50), why he was originally drawn to Wall Street (28:59), what it was like being a bar owner at 25 (30:00), if he had any fear in being a firefighter (33:10), how his preparation and performance mindsets differed as a firefighter (34:45), if there was a debrief process after fighting a fire (36:40), what it was like for him on 9/11 (39:15) and how it’s shaped his life (41:00), what his dreams were prior to 9/11 (42:22), if there was a watershed moment that led him to seeking help (45:20), what training and competing in triathlons is like (47:15),  what he was doing when he got hit (49:20), what it was like living with adversity in his recovery (51:15), what’s different about his mindset today than 20 years ago (53:15), if his mindset changed on his relationship with life and death after his accident (55:30), and what he does to make sure he’s at his best on a daily basis (1:00:20).

You can learn more about Matt at www.mattlongspeaker.com, and give him a follow on Twitter and Instagram @443Long_Matt.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Prepare like a Pro with Danny Manning

Prepare like a Pro with Danny Manning

September 2, 2020

Danny Manning is known for his passion, honesty, character, positivity and work ethic in helping young people succeed on the court in the game of basketball and off the court in the game of life. He is one of the premier names in the world of basketball.

Danny is an American college/professional basketball coach in transition and retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player who spent 15 years in the league. Most recently, Danny served as the men's head coach at Wake Forest University. After being born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and attending high school at Page High School (Greensboro, NC), and later Lawrence High School (Lawrence, KS), Danny went on to play basketball at the University of Kansas, where has was a part of four final four teams.

At Kansas, he won an NCAA national championship with the Jayhawks in 1988 as a player, and again as an assistant in 2008. Additionally, Danny is the all-time leading scorer in Kansas basketball history with 2,951 points. He was inducted to the college basketball hall of fame in 2008. As a college head basketball coach, Danny took two different programs to the NCAA Tournament in four years (2014 - Tulsa, 2017 - Wake Forest). He was the 2014 Conference USA Coach of the Year and 2017 Skip Prosser Man of the Year. He has coached 15 NBA draft picks, including 10 first-round selections and nine current NBA players. NBA draft picks who played for Danny include big men Wayne Simien, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Cole Aldrich, twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson at Kansas, in addition to John Collins at Wake Forest. 

In this episode, we discuss Danny’s life and upbringing as a kid in a basketball town with a basketball family (4:59), whether or not moving around a lot in his childhood helped him to better navigate the world (6:15), the values his parents passed down to him and his sister (7:40), what he loved about basketball growing up (9:27), his other hobbies outside of basketball (10:30), where he considers “home” to be (11:10), if he knew he wanted to play college basketball at Kansas (12:10), what it was like playing in an intense and pressure-filled environment at Kansas (17:19), the similarities between the championship teams he was a part of in 1988 and 2008 (20:07), his thoughts and feelings during both of those championship runs (21:33), how he was able to interpret the pressure he faced during his career in a positive light (24:30), his mindset as a coach before, during, and after the 2008 championship (26:50), coaching with joy (30:40), how coaching is like parenting (33:25), why he chose to coach in college as opposed to the NBA (36:13), what it’s like navigating Lawrence, Kansas as such a recognizable figure (38:58), the mindset of sticking out as an all-star vs. being a role-player off the bench (41:00), whether he faced pressure to become more “selfish” as a player in the NBA (44:00),  how he navigated recovering from 3 torn ACLs (45:57), what he learned from being coached by legends (49:56), what his coaching philosophy is and the importance of education (52:30), his thoughts on the one-and-done era (55:39), how he would get his mind set on game day as a player (58:00) vs. as a coach (59:50), what it was like for him emotionally to have his jersey retired at Kansas (1:02:20), and the importance of being kind, understanding, and empathetic during these times (1:05:50).

Thank you to Danny for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to follow him on twitter @CoachDManning

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Improve your Sleep with Physician Meeta Singh

Improve your Sleep with Physician Meeta Singh

August 26, 2020

Dr. Meeta Singh joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Dr. Meeta Singh is a board-certified physician focused on the applied science of sleep. Her approach concentrates on improving sleep health with the aim of enhancing physical and mental performance, health, and quality of life. She has a clinical practice where she is a service chief of sleep medicine and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford Sleep Center in Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She also serves as a Consultant for multiple NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams. She has worked with college sports teams, large organizations and CEO’s aiming for success in this world.

In this episode, we discuss setting yourself up for success from a sleep perspective (6:00), how she thinks about sleep (9:00), how everything relates to sleep (12:30), sleep and the medical field (17:00), circadian rhythms (21:20), NBA schedule and sleep (23:50), her life as a kid (25:10), why psychiatry (28:50), what the art of what she does looks like (33:30), how to be an effective sleeper on the road (37:40), setting your schedule (43:00), what she does when working with a sports team (47:20), exposing yourself to light (50:00), darkness at night and brightness in the morning (51:30), what to do if you’re having difficulty sleeping (54:30), working smarter and not harder (58:40), working with sports coaches (1:01:10), why we sometimes feel better when waking up earlier (1:08:30), and what she does to be her best (1:09:30).

Thank you to Meeta for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out her website https://meetasinghmd.com/, and find her on social media on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

What Makes an Effective Leader with Former CIA Clandestine Service, John Sipher

What Makes an Effective Leader with Former CIA Clandestine Service, John Sipher

August 19, 2020

John Sipher joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. John is the Co-Founder of Spy Craft Entertainment which is a production firm providing content and talent to the entertainment industry. John is also a foreign policy and intelligence expert and social media influencer. His articles have been published in the NY Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Politico, and pretty much everywhere you get your news. He retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the CIA, and served many overseas tours. He also served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s Training School and was a regular lecturer in the CIA’s Leadership Development Program. He also has a sports background as he was a Captain of the Lacrosse Team at Hobart College.

In this episode, we discuss how he thinks about pressure (6:10), shifting against your country vs. government (11:30), his upbringing (13:15), education and his parents (19:15), why they were so successful at Hobart Lacrosse (21:30), what he learned as a captain (23:10), the different ways of leadership (27:00), advice he’d give to himself as a captain his senior year (33:40), how you build trust (36:10), what a good mentor does (41:30), level 5 leadership (46:30), what led him to his career (50:30), why the CIA (52:50), what surprised him about being in the CIA (55:30), what it’s like to be undercover (1:01:40), being undercover vs being out front (1:08:00), what he misses about being in the action (1:14:20), what he doesn’t miss about the CIA (1:18:40), what he does to make sure he’s at his best (1:20:00), and what he’s up to now (1:25:10)

Thank you to John for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @john_sipher and go to his company’s website https://spycraftentertainment.com/.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

An Underdog Story with Former NFL Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins

An Underdog Story with Former NFL Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins

August 12, 2020

Andrew Hawkins joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Andrew, who goes by Hawk, is a former NFL Wide Receiver, sports executive, Emmy award winner, Oscar award winner, and he’s somebody who is a life long learner. He’s a former NFL team captain, he got his master’s degree from Columbia University, and he has become synonymous with creating cultural content and digital media that goes well beyond the playing field. After his playing career, he began his media career with ESPN and is incredibly thoughtful and bright when it comes technology. He is currently an on-air talent for NFL Network and Uninterrupted. He has written and produced award winning comedy sketches and was the Executive Producer of Hair Love which won the 2020 Academy Award for best animated short. For the past three years, he has simultaneously served as the Director of Business Development for the media marketing companies of LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (5:40), where he’d be without his brother and grandpa (10:15), his athleticism and self-talk growing up (14:30), his experience at Toledo playing both ways (18:20), how he thinks about adding value (20:10), his mindset in preparation vs. performance (24:30), specialization vs. generalist (30:00), if he’s mentally quick (32:40), his story after graduation (34:10), if he loves football (38:00), his rookie minicamp in Cleveland (45:50), getting on Michael Irvin’s show (48:20), what it was like to not be the underdog (54:30), his desire to go back to school for his masters (56:50), and why he likes entertainment (1:01:40).

Thank you to Andrew for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on all social media @Hawk.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Cultivating Curiosity and Range with NY Times Best Selling Author David Epstein

Cultivating Curiosity and Range with NY Times Best Selling Author David Epstein

August 5, 2020

David Epstein joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. He is the author of 2 books: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, a #1 NY Times best seller, and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athlete Performance, another NY Times best seller. He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He has done amazing work, and has a TedTalk that has been viewed over 8.5 million times.

 

In this episode, we discuss where his curiosity comes from (5:40), his brother (11:40), why he combined his sports and science interest (13:00), how pain predicates behavioral change (14:30), the power of feeling all emotions (17:40), how he thinks about his audience (19:30), how he got over the fear of putting his book out (23:40), if he ever gets imposter syndrome (27:30), preparation vs. performance mindset (29:40), what he does to prepare for speaking (32:40), how he thinks about grit and agility (36:30), the importance of curiosity (44:30), what has allowed him to have conversations with Gladwell and Duckworth (47:00), the value in drilling and playing (53:30), nature vs. nurture in his books (57:10), how we nurture the nature (1:01:20), and what he learned from the Girls Scout CEO (1:04:30).

 

Thank you to David for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his newsletter which you can find at https://davidepstein.com/, and also follow him on Twitter @DavidEpstein.

 

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening,

-Brian

The Power of Relationships with University of Texas Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart

The Power of Relationships with University of Texas Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart

July 29, 2020

Shaka Smart joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Shaka is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Texas. He was previously the Head Coach at VCU where he helped get them to a Final Four. He is an amazing guy and incredible coach, but this conversation is about his life. He will talk about spirituality, culture, leadership, and we go deep in this conversation. He brings an energy to every conversation he is in, and he’s genuine, curious, and a life-long learner.

 

In this episode, we discuss why he’s drawn to relationships (5:30), the people that have impacted him (6:50), what he loves about basketball (9:10), how he thinks about competition (10:30), what he’d be doing if not coaching basketball (12:10), consciousness (17:40), the spiritual teachers he follows (21:10), how he thinks about ego (22:40), what he’s watching during a game (25:05), his sleep schedule (28:10), how he winds down (31:20), his spiritual framework (34:30), awareness and acceptance (39:30), feeling, emotion, and sensitivity (41:40), his biggest daily challenge in trying to achieve greatness (45:20), the power of curiosity (50:40), what goes through his body when telling a story (56:00), the culture he wants (1:00:30), what he looks for when recruiting (1:02:50), and if he cheers for underdogs as a fan (1:06:20).

 

Thank you to Shaka for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @HookEmSmart. We also recommend you check out Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative https://eji.org/bryan-stevenson/.

 

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

 

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Crisis Leadership with Army Veteran Rob Lively

Crisis Leadership with Army Veteran Rob Lively

July 22, 2020

Rob Lively joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Rob recently retired after 28 years of military service as the Command Sergeants Major of a Special Missions Unit within the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. Rob has been at some of the most tense situations that somebody can be at in our military. He is an experienced and proven leader that has operated and led teams and organizations in all kinds of diverse and challenging environments. He was able to lead and influence from the tactical to the strategic, and do so across the boundaries that exist around military services, agencies, and countries. Rob culminated his Army service with the highest enlisted rank in the most competitive non-commission officer position. Rob currently serves on the board of directors of Patriot Defense Group, he’s a consultant for several companies including Tignum, and he founded the Unit Foundation where he serves as President of the Board of Directors.

In this episode, we discuss his childhood (7:40), how football played a role in his life (10:00), his mother (14:40), what it was like playing football at Virginia Tech (17:30), what he’d say to his 14-year-old self (21:20), his hike (24:30), preparation and confidence (29:40), when he began to think about the military (32:40), how hard it was to walk away from football (36:40), why you don’t have to be phenomenally successful every day (41:00), what he noticed being around elite performers (45:00), teamwork in the military (47:40), what makes a good leader (51:00), what 9/11 was like for him (53:00), his perspective on death and loss (56:05), why he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress (59:10), the transition out of the army (1:01:40), what he missed most when he retired (1:06:00), what he does to be the best version of himself (1:07:00), what he’s up to now (1:11:10), and crisis leadership (1:15:00).

Thank you to Rob for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out https://roblivelyspeaking.com/ if you are interested in a keynote.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Building Culture with Furman University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Richey

Building Culture with Furman University Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Richey

July 16, 2020

Bob Richey joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Bob is the head men’s basketball coach at Furman University and you will learn quickly that he is sharp, with it, and extremely intentional as he thinks about culture. He recently completed his third season as the head coach at Furman and it’s his ninth overall as he served as an assistant for his first six years. Coach Richey has had a lot of success during his time at Furman and his overall record is 73-26 with a record of 41-13 in the Southern Conference. He is currently ranked ninth in winning percentage among Division 1 head coaches.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (6:00), his brothers (10:00), the values in his family (12:10), who influenced him (17:10), his parents (18:40), why basketball (20:00), switching schools at a young age (22:15), resilience (25:30), what he does to make sure his blind spots aren’t derailing him (27:30), remote leadership (33:40), the power of pausing (38:20) , his experience as Director of Basketball Operations (45:20), if you can be great at everything (49:00), his routines/habits (51:00), what he was like at 27 (55:20), how he shows up now as a head coach (1:05:00), his mindset as a coach (1:09:00), how he gets the right people on the bus (1:13:30), how to find someone special that isn’t in a winning organization (1:19:30), how he thinks about bringing Freshmen in (1:22:40), how he gets feedback from players (1:25:00), committed vs. compelled (1:32:00), and sports psychology and what he does for his staff (1:35:40).

Thank you to Bob Richey for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter @CoachRichey and check out his team @FurmanHoops.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Player and Human Development with Toronto Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro

Player and Human Development with Toronto Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro

July 8, 2020

Mark Shapiro joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Mark has really been at the forefront when it comes to player development, human development, and baseball. He has been at it for over 25 years, and he worked for the Cleveland Indians organization for 24 years and has been with the Toronto Blue Jays for the last 5 years as the President and CEO. He has worked at the highest level with both the Indians and the Blue Jays, and Marks thinks about and studies leadership development and human development unlike many other people in this world. He understands the value of the mental side and he cares deeply about developing the holistic side of people.

In this episode, we discuss his life growing up (8:10), what he observed from Cal Ripken Jr. (10:30), what he focuses on to get better (14:30), how to manage load management (17:00), how he thought about his relationship with his dad and baseball (20:00), what is different about the son of a big leaguer (25:20), the three-legged stool (31:00), why he’s invested in full-time sports psychologists (33:20), coaching the front office (35:40), the balance between strength and being humble (43:00), what he does to work on blind spots (46:10), what happened to him as a Junior in college (49:45), values inside an organization (54:30), how he focuses on being and becoming (1:00:50), and analytics and sports psychology in baseball (1:04:10)

Thank you to Mark for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to follow him @MarkShapiro.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

The Power of Little Moments with Congressman Max Rose

The Power of Little Moments with Congressman Max Rose

July 1, 2020

Max Rose joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Max is a Congressman and Army Veteran where he has won all kinds of awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantry Badge. Max has done a lot in his 33 years and continues to try to leave a legacy and make an impact on this country. He represents South Brooklyn, Staten Island, and is a proud US Army Veteran that serves on the House Committee of Veteran Affairs as well as the House Committee of Homeland Security. He is in the weeds as someone that is making a difference in the security of our nation.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (7:30), regret vs. failure (15:40), being present (20:00), powerful conversations (24:20), not being introspective (28:20), the importance of self-awareness (31:20), being a fighter growing up (38:20), what he wanted to be at 16 (40:00), why he wants to be in service (45:00), “thank you for your service” (48:30), what it was like being in NYC on 9/11 (55:40), when the military idea came into his life (59:00), what he learned from the military (1:01:00), what he did after he left the military (1:05:20). what it’s like navigating congress (1:06:50), his thoughts on fame (1:09:00), normalcy and human fragility (1:18:50), and what he does to set himself up to be successful (1:19:50)

Thank you to Max for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check him out on Twitter, Facebook, and his website https://www.maxroseforcongress.com/.

I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Culture and Connection with Louis Joseph

Culture and Connection with Louis Joseph

June 24, 2020

Louis Joseph joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Louis is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Alps & Meters which expresses a deep appreciation for the rich, memorable mountain experiences through the design of first-class performance outerwear that is tailored, technical and timely. Lou has been at the clothing brand game for quite a while as he has worked at Puma, New Balance, and K-Swiss. He is a value-driven human that cares deeply about culture and connection.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (4:20), twins in his family (7:40), his parents (14:40), being a creator (20:20), what he loved about soccer (25:20), the roles he and his brother took on (28:30), the first time he experienced creating (31:20), what allowed New Balance and Puma to grow (36:30), when Alps & Meters came to be (41:30), the name of his company (45:20), his journey starting a company (49:30), and what he does to make sure he’s sharp (54:20)

Thank you to Louis Joseph for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out https://www.alpsandmeters.com/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Bringing Together Investment Opportunities and Athletes with Rudy Cline-Thomas

Bringing Together Investment Opportunities and Athletes with Rudy Cline-Thomas

June 17, 2020

Rudy Cline Thomas joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Rudy is the Founder and Managing Partner of a company called Mastery, Inc. which brings together world class athletes, leading technology, media and consumer product companies as well as entrepreneurs and investors to create top tier platform building companies. When we say top tier platform building companies, we are talking about companies like Zoom which was used to put together this podcast. Most recently Rudy was an Executive Producer in the documentary The Scheme which was on HBO and was about College Basketball. In 2007, Rudy founded the Annual Players Technology Summit and now they have Bloomberg as a partner, and they bring together top tier athletes with some of the best thought leaders in technology and venture capital. He currently works as a strategic advisor and resides in New York City.

In this episode, we discuss his childhood (5:45), basketball in his life (9:40), what he wanted to do in life (11:20), his relationship with money (12:30), his college experience (13:40), his internship with the NBA (16:20), his biggest failure (19:40), where his persistence comes from (25:30), what he learned from 3 different mentors (28:30), being an alpha (31:00), when he pivoted out of being an agent (35:10), his mission (36:00), his habits (38:40), Players Technology Summit (39:40), what makes him feel most alive (40:30), and where he likes to get information (42:10).

Thank you to Rudy for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out the documentary “The Scheme” on HBO which Rudy was involved in.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

Team Coaching and State of Mind Research with Alexander Caillet

Team Coaching and State of Mind Research with Alexander Caillet

June 10, 2020

Alexander Caillet joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Alexander is an organizational psychologist, consultant, and a coach that is internationally known for his pioneering approach to team coaching and state of mind research with organizational leaders. He is also an active professor at the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, guest lecturer at American University, and a frequent international speaker on the subjects of change, teams, coaching, and leadership.

In this episode, we discuss his upbringing (5:20), his family (10:50), the benefits of moving around a lot (12:20), the values his parents passed down to him (14:20), state of mind work (22:40), if he would do anything differently as a 28-year-old (28:20), three up and three down (35:00), how to get people to notice their state of mind (37:00), the course that woke him up (43:50), team development (51:30), what makes an effective meeting (55:20), and what he does to make sure he’s at his best day to day (59:20)

Thank you to Alexander for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his website https://corentus.com/. For listening to this podcast, if you go to https://corentus.com/heartandresults and put in the password heart&results you can get a lot of great free content.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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