Flow Genome Project; Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler on altered conscious state and stealing fire

Michael Gervais is a world-class psychologist who has worked with world class athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, and more. In his podcast he interviews some of the best performers in their field to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives. Jamie and Steven together wrote the book Stealing Fire together and have independently written a lot of books on flow, the zone, mindfulness, peak performance, and all other altered conscious states. These guys are really cool as they have taken it upon them to uncover that mystery of these altered states athletes, concert goers, and others have enjoyed. In this conversation together with Michael they begin to talk about their background and how and why they got their lifelong interest in these desired feelings high performing people are looking for and/or already doing.

Maria Sharapova; Mental Performance, Work-Life Balance and the Rise to the Top (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Maria Sharapova is a professional tennis player who won her first Grand Slam at age 17 and has been the highest paid female athlete for the past twelve years. It’s an interest period for Sharapova who has just finished her 15 month suspension after failing a drug test In this podcast Tim and Maria talk about her background, parenting, coaches, tennis (technique and psychology), and her life outside of tennis including her business, book, and personal life. As a tennis enthusiast, I’m curious to see how she will do in the Grand Slams this year!

Cal Newport; How to Become an Elite Cognitive Performance

Niyi Sobo is a former NFL running back who owns Peak Mindset Consulting. Sobo has a sports motivation podcast that does book reviews, has athlete spotlights, provides advice and has interviews with different guest. In this episode host, Niyi Sobo, interviews bestselling author and tenured professor at Georgetown Cal Newport. This episode there is a lot of comparison between elite athletes and elite cognitive performers (such as writers or researchers). Newport provides examples out of his own life and includes research to support some of the methods elite cognitive performers effectively use. Some of the topics discussed are importance of saying no, why you should plan, the issue of focus in today’s world, why following your passion is not good, lag vs lead measures, and more.

I’m Right, You’re Wrong (Podcast)

Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. We all know that person who is so stubborn, hard to convince, and not always easy to be around. This podcast might help you understand those people and how to deal with them. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Tali Sharot and podcast host Shankar discuss, from a scientific perspective, on how people are influenced and why they are willing to defend their opinions regardless of the facts provided. Tali reveals which tactics persuasive people use when they want to provoke action or inaction in others (such as getting people to vote or trying to have people avoid getting the flu shot). Tali and Shankar also talk about examples and solutions on how you can convince or influence someone regardless of the level of stubborness. (Hint, tell a story and elicit emotion to those you speak to). A helpful exercise they explained which I thought was useful is the surprising popular vote exercise; it helps you figure out who in your group might truly be the expert and who is bs’ing. Great podcast and helpful for any parent, professional, or stubborn person who is trying to understand him or herself.

Ray Dalio; the Steve Jobs of Investing (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Ray Dalio is founder and CEO of one of the biggest hedge funds Bridgewater Associates and author of the book Principles. In this podcast Ferriss and Dalio talk about a wide variety of topics. The conversation starts with talking about Dalio’s background growing up in New York and how he was interested in finance from a young age. Part of the conversation is about the book “Principles” Dalio wrote and why it has been crucial for his success. One of the principle Ferriss and Dalio discussed extensively is ‘pain+reflection = progress’. Bridgewater is known for a meticulous and specific culture in which Dalio explains their meritocratic environment and its tools + protocols the 1000+ employees comply and adhere to. The conversation switches into a more personal topic where both Ferriss and Dalio share their experience with depression. The final parts of the conversation center around Dalio’s idea of what generates happiness and his approach to investing.

Sheryl Sandberg; Lead, Lead Again (Podcast)

Masters of Scale is a podcast in which LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how great entrepreneurs take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion. This episode is with COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. During their conversation they talk about Sheryl’s background and how she eventually got to Facebook after working at Google and the US Treasury Department. They discuss the environment of working in a fast-paced environment, what qualities as a leader are important during in such a phase, what you should look for when hiring, being an effective leader with making or braking a plan, importance of repeating the values and mission, and more.

Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais; David Epstein (Podcast)

Michael Gervais is a world-class psychologist who has worked with world class athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, and more. In his podcast he interviews some of the best performers in their field to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives. Interviewee, David Epstein, is a writer on sports science and has worked for companies such as Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and other well-respected publishers/magazines. In this podcast Michael asks David about his childhood, why he got into his job, his book (the Sports Gene), how he approaches his professional life, and more. Topics they address is self-discovery = mastery, the need for tailored learning environment, a coach’s role, work ethic/philosophy, outlook on sports for the next generation, and more.

Eric Ripert; Lessons of Mastery and Mindfulness (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Eric Ripert, world renowned chef, talks in this podcast about a wide range of topics. It begins with how he leads his team and what he looks at if someone has team-player characteristics when hiring. The show continues on the philosophy on Buddhism, how it plays part in Eric’s life, and what mindfulness does for him. Topics include attacking weakness, controlling emotion, and having a routine. The final minutes include some questions and comments about the restaurant and his view on food.

Maslow’s “Basic Human Needs” (Podcast)

NPR Ted Radio Hour combines multiple Ted speakers that talk about their topic and which all relate to each other. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. In this podcast five Ted speakers talk about one (or multiple parts) of Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs: physiological needs, safety needs, belongings and love, esteem, and self-actualization. Topics include why we need sleep, what it takes to feel secure, what war teaches soldiers about love, what defines a person’s sense of self, and what makes a life worth living. This is one of the most popular episodes of NPR’s TED Radio hour.

How to Overcome Anxiety and Stress; Michael Gervais (Podcast)

Tim Ferriss, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas  in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. The well-respected sports psychologist Michael Gervais has worked with Olympians, Super Bowl champions, elite coaches, and more. This podcast Gervais talks about stress and anxiety and the tools he tries to teach to help that are visualization, mindfulness, authenticity, and having strong relationships. Other topics discussed are effective (and less effective) ways to self-talk, behind-the-scenes stories of Michael’s clients, understanding mastery, and much more