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Episode 169: Amelia Boone – How The Best Obstacle Racer In The World Embraces Pain

 

Episode 169: Amelia Boone – How The Best Obstacle Racer In The World Embraces Pain

Amelia Boone is a full-time corporate attorney and probably the world’s most decorated obstacle racer. Since the sport’s inception five years ago, she’s amassed more than 30 victories and 50 podiums. Career highlights include:

• 3x winner of the World’s Toughest Mudder (2012, 2014, 2015)
• Spartan Race World Champion 2013
• Spartan Race Points Series Champion (2013 & 2015)
• 3x Death Race Finisher (Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Summer 2013)

When Amelia’s not out on an obstacle course, you’ll find her nurturing a budding ultra running obsession, working as a full-time attorney, or watching wrestling pay-per-views. Most likely with a box of Pop-Tarts or a bag of ketchup chips in hand. (Bio from AmeliaBooneRacing.com)

Episode 169: Amelia Boone – How The Best Obstacle Racer In The World Embraces Pain

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“For me, pain is something we shouldn’t be afraid of. I feel most alive doing that.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • High level performers have an innate drive, self-motivated, constantly striving to get better
  • Can it be learned? Yes.  Need to find what it is inside of you that drives you. Cultivate it. Create routines and schedules to sustain excellence
  • How Amelia is able to be a full time attorney working for Apple AND the best obstacle racer in the world
  • The importance of prioritizing and eliminating what doesn’t matter. Set your life up to eliminate time wasters — (ie. She moved very close to her office at Apple in order to avoid wasting time with a long commute)
  • Her morning routine – Wake up at 4:00 am and train: “If I don’t train, then nothing feels right.”
  • How has racing impacted life as an attorney: Why having a full schedule helps her. Creates the need for focus and forces Amelia to do it
  • How Amelia creates the best version of herself
  • The difference between competing with yourself vs competing with others
  • What her relationship is like with other racers? She is friendly but knows she is the target that everyone wants to beat
  • How she’s able to regularly beat everyone in a race (men and women)
  • Dealing with an injury from over-training (broken femur)
  • How the injury has changed her —
    • Creating her ability to be happy for the success of others
    • Dealing with Identity issues
    • Prior to the injury, she found herself caught in the cycle of “What happens if I don’t win?”
    • She’s learned there is more to life than winning and losing
  • How does Amelia deal with the immense pain during a 24 hour race? Compartmentalize (“Make it to the next obstacle… then the next”). If “you’re really in the pain cave, then focus on others. Talk to other racers, volunteers. Get your mind off of it.”
  • People who have sustained excellence have a remarkable ability to pivot. They always find a way to be successful regardless of what they are doing. “What can you be the best at right now?”
  • What is success? What is happiness? What’s the best?
  • The Barkley Marathons – Why Amelia will be the first female to finish the race
  • Why you should not avoid pain. “For me, pain is something we shouldn’t be afraid of. I feel most alive doing that.” We’ve created a world we there is no pain. That’s not healthy.”
  • Her pre race process – Night before there are nerves. The day of: logical and methodical approach to planning everything for the race. Then zone out, be by herself and think. Be thankful, humble, and fortunate to be there.
  • How to enjoy the process and not just focus on the results
  • “There has never been a better time to start something than right now.”
    • Adding something new can make you more efficient. Amelia became a racer at age 28.
  • “The key to life is being a lifelong learner”

“I’ve always wanted to be the best version of myself. If I don’t train, nothing seems right.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

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Episode 168: Mark Sisson – How To Become A Fat Burning Beast

 

Episode 168: Mark Sisson – How To Become A Fat Burning Beast

Mark Sisson is a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness his life’s work. In his younger days, he was on the track toward medical school for a while , but he got detoured by a different track—literally—and a dream of making the US Olympic team for the marathon. As the decades passed, he realized that his calling was as an independent researcher, critical thinker, motivator, and communicator—to get people to take responsibility for their health and fitness.

Mark’s mission is to change the lives of 100 million people with his Primal Blueprint movement and where he blogs at Mark’s Daily Apple. 

Episode 168: Mark Sisson – How To Become A Fat Burning Beast

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“Your body will learn to burn fat if the glucose (sugar) is not there. Your body doesn’t know if it’s eaten bread or skittles.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes in people who sustain excellence: Their ability to deal with stress
  • Mark’s health philosophy:
    • Fresh, nutrient dense, high antioxidant, preferably locally grown/naturally raised food choices
    • Daily activity—whether it’s the gym or a walk along the beach, it all counts
    • Plenty of quality sleep, sun exposure, play, and intellectual stimulation
    • Avoid all sweets and sweetened beverages. Once you break free, they lose their allure
    • Time for fun—don’t take anything too seriously
    • Ethical behavior—because what goes around comes around
    • Taking responsibility for yourself and your life—openness to new things and ideas
  • The importance of gaining muscle mass
  • How we screw up our diet at birth
    • We must get away from a sugar based life
    • Eat meat, fish, seeds, nuts — You’ll be better at burning fat
  • Have walking meetings, use a stand up desk, use a treadmill desk
  • It is imperative that we get sunlight on a regular basis
  • How do you become a fat burning beast? Carbohydrates create glucose, body burns it and stores fat. Don’t eat pasta, cereal, bread, or crackers
    • The body will burn fat if glucose is not there
  • Why Mark is never hungry for breakfast
  • Why you should get rid of grains
  • Sugar is evil
  • Mark’s thought on “cheat days”
  • The NY Times story discussing the scientist who were paid to say that fat was bad and sugar was okay
  • How to maintain this lifestyle if you regularly travel
  • Discussing vegans — The success comes from what you give up more than what you eat
  • A typical day in the life of Mark – Food eaten, workouts done, business meetings
  • The 10 Primal Blueprint Laws

“I will teach you how to become a fat burning beast.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design – Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

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Episode 167: Robert Cialdini – The Godfather of Influence

 

Episode 167: Robert Cialdini – The Godfather of Influence

Harvard Business Review lists Dr. Cialdini’s research in “Breakthrough Ideas for Today’s Business Agenda.” Influence has been listed on the “New York Times Business Best Seller List.” Fortune Magazine lists Influence in their “75 Smartest Business Books.”CEO Read lists Influence in their “100 Best Business Books of All Time.”

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation.

His books including, Influence: Science & Practice, are the result of decades of peer-reviewed research on why people comply with requests.Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 languages. His new book, Pre-Suasion:  A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, published by Simon & Schuster, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller.

Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”

Episode 167: Robert Cialdini – The Godfather of Influence

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“Give people a reputation to live up to.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Empathy is one of the most important characteristics of a great leader (Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger)
  • A 20 year gap in books written… Why? Dr. Cialdini wanted to have sufficient research for Pre-Suasion
  • How the process of “Pre-Suading” happens — A story shared
  • Story of a business partner who screwed up — How he primed him by saying “I hate when this happens to nice guys like you”
  • When you receive a job offer, ask for advice from your mentors — Their response might surprise you
  • When you ask for advice, you develop a partnership  and you collaborate.  That person becomes part of your and your success
  • The proper way to start every interview (when you are being interviewed): “I would like for you to answer a couple questions for me before we start… Why did you want me here? Why am I great for this role?”  This will prime the interviewer to share positives about you. They will work to prove themselves right (about what they said of you) throughout the rest of the interview.
  • The art of priming  — People want to prove themselves right
  • How to get a raise or a promotion? When people are uncertain or fear they will lose you (assuming you provide value), they likely fear losses more than achieving gains.  It benefits the organization to hold on to (and it’s cheaper) great talent.
  • Reciprocity – Why should a man give flowers at the beginning of a date?
  • Unity – Donald Trump claims to be an outsider — “We’re in this together as outsiders. We are the same group.” It resonates with people and creates unity.
  • The Beijing Restaurant experiment
  • The profession of selling — The new way of thinking: How to create trust = Start with a weakness of your product. Warren Buffett does this better than anyone
  • Great leaders need to be effective inside an organization
  • Learn the power of asking for advice

“We are in this together. We are of the same group.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design – Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

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Episode 166: Charles Duhigg – How To Create Habits Using Mental Models

 

Episode 166: Charles Duhigg – How To Create Habits Using Mental Models

Charles Duhigg, is a reporter for The New York Times, and the best selling author of multiple books, including  The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better. They about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.

He’s worked at the Times since 2006. His latest series focused on Apple and was named “The iEconomy.” It won a Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2013.

He studied history at Yale and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. He’s appeared on This American Life, N.P.R., The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Frontline.  Details on his newest book, Smarter Faster Better: a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life.
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.

Episode 166: Charles Duhigg – How To Create Habits Using Mental Models

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“Lorne Michaels creates psychological safety.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of sustained excellence = Creating a habit of thinking deeply
    • It’s possible to be busy all the time and never accomplish anything
  • Having “contemplative routines” — Habits, priorities.  Michael Lewis is a great example — He’s always finding great stories
  • There is a diversity in how people succeed
  • It’s very easy to be reactive — The brain prefers this
  • The most successful people take time to think — Needs in life change
  • The art of pairing stretch goals with SMART goals.  Structure.  Write this down
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Realistic
    • Timeline
  • Every morning creates a new to do list — Stretch goals are most important
  • There are practices in order to be productive and practices to be happy
  • 2 Categories
    • What you have
    • What is going to happen
  • Mentals Models — The stories we tell ourselves prior to the event happening “what are all the things that could possibly go wrong on this flight?”
  • Nurses in a NICU — Very easy to be overcome with details
  • Saturday Night Live
    • Everyone gets to speak in equal proportion
    • People show each other who is listening
    • There is a psychological safety in their approach
  • Lorne Michaels forces this safety
  • The power of story telling

“There is a diversity in how people succeed.  That’s why thinking is so important.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design – Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

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Episode 165: Chris Voss – Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

 

Episode 165: Chris Voss – Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Chris Voss is the Founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group Ltd and author of Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. He has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world.

Prior to 2008, Chris was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. During his government career, he also represented the U.S. Government at two international conferences sponsored by the G-8 as an expert in kidnapping. He was the case agent on such cases as TERRSTOP (the Blind Sheikh Case – Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman), the TWA Flight 800 catastrophe and negotiated the surrender of the first hostage taker to give up in the Chase Manhattan bank robbery hostage taking.

During Chris’s 24 year tenure in the Bureau, he was trained in the art of negotiation by not only the FBI but Scotland Yard and Harvard Law School. He is also a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service.

Chris currently teaches business negotiation in the MBA program as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  He has taught business negotiation at Harvard University, guest lectured at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and The Goethe School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2009 Christopher has also worked with Insite Security as their Managing Director of the Kidnapping Resolution Practice.

Episode 165: Chris Voss – Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

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“Every single question you ask will trigger an emotional response on the other side.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • “Active Listening” leads to being a great negotiator
    • “In a 2 hour conversation, there will be solid gold”
  • There is always a difference in the literal truth and the actual truth
  • Why you cannot be scared to look stupid by not asking clarifying questions
  • How spending 24 years in the FBI, and negotiating over 150 kidnappings have developed his incredible ability
    • International kidnappings are bargaining… Commodities
  • “Leaders and Learners ask and they follow through”
  • When closing a big business deal, terms and conditions are typically more important than the price: Try not to talk dollars until the very end.  Satisfaction and peace of mind is what closes most deals
  • How to develop trust and peace of mind — Predictability with trust
  • “Be a mirror” — How to quickly establish rapport: 1 to 3 words repeating what the other says
  • Why Howard Stern is one of the best interviewers in the world… He gets people to share things they would never normally say
  • How to negotiate better terms when discussing a job offer — Thinking long term vs. short term — Insist on being part of projects that help the long term success of the company. Create your value
  • “What makes you ask?” What’s the question behind the question?
  • The Jeff Schilling kidnapping — A $10m pricetage — Using “That’s right” to create a bonding moment and get Jeff back
  • The D.C. Snipers – Chris shares his involvement with that negotiation
  • How to spot liars… How to guarantee execution, what questions to use at what times
  • Liars use more words (typically) than people telling the truth to justify their story (their lie)
  • The 7-38-55 percent rule
  • When should you use the other persons first name and when it’s too much
  • How to coach emotional intelligence skills

“Leaders and Learners ask and they follow through”

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Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Chris Voss on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design – Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

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