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Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life by mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary roadmap, strategies, tools, and psychology to win this game.

Best Intentions (#175)

A few weeks back, I wrote about the “Varsity Blues” scandal in which some very misguided parents were charged with “helping” their children get into elite universities through fraud and bribes.

Around that same time, I listened to an almost two-hour long podcast between Tim Ferriss and Lebron James. When Ferriss asked James about his parenting philosophy and his kids, one of whom is an aspiring basketball player, James said something that really stuck with me:

“I don’t want the best for my kids. I want the best out of them.

What a great piece of leadership advice – not only for parents, but for anyone who leads. When you want something for someone, it really has more to do with you than them.

I’ve seen this more times than I can count on the sidelines of youth sports games. Parents, who seem riddled with regret about not being a better athlete when they were younger, attempt to transfer their own lamentations to their child through overzealous “encouragement.”

Wanting the best out of someone is more about helping them tap into their innate desires and ambitions and encouraging them. It’s not about passing yours on to them.

Shortly after hearing Ferriss and James’ podcast episode, someone shared an article with me written by Kobe Bryant (another Hall of Fame basketball player) titled, “A Letter to My Younger Self.” In his article, he distinguishes between investing and giving and explains why he’s such a strong advocate for the former:

“You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.”

During my discussion with renowned wealth expert, Garrett Gunderson on the Elevate podcast, he detailed this exact scenario between two of the richest families in American history: the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers.

The Vanderbilt’s approach was to shower their children with money. In turn, they and their children spent it as fast as they received it on houses, cars and failed investments. As such, the family’s wealth was almost wiped out within a generation.

The Rockefellers, on the other hand, chose to teach their kids values and used their wealth to invest in their children rather than on material things. To this day, the Rockefeller fortune remains intact. Many of the Rockefeller heirs have gone on to hold very successful leadership roles and the family remains committed to allocating their vast resources to charitable causes, donating over $50M each year.

Leadership is not about what’s important to you or about making you feel better. It’s about the other person; their desires and dreams. And, perhaps most importantly, real leadership is about providing the support so that others can develop skills that will allow them to be independent, not dependent.

Think about your approach to leadership, be it as a parent or as a boss. Are you a Vanderbilt or a Rockefeller? A Giver or an Investor? Do you want the best for others or do you want the best out of others?

 

Quote of The Week

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”

 

-Tom Peters

 

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Can You Save Your Own Life? l Tiffany Armstrong l Episode #624

Tiffany is on a mission to educate and empower women to have peace of mind in avoiding and handling a physical attack. At 20 years old, she fought off an attacker using the only 3 basic techniques she knew. Her attack lit a fire in her, and she did not stop until she earned her 2 different 2nd-degree black belts in street-smart self-defense. Tiffany has been speaking and educating on both the techniques and the mindset of self-defense for over 20 years. She is also determined to keep the community safe in another way. After realizing her attacker was able to enter the home because it was not secured effectively, she became the Vice President of her family’s locksmith and security company, Pop-A-Lock Locksmiths, as uses that platform to educate the community the best ways to keep burglars and attackers out, and keep themselves, their families, and their possessions safe and sound. Tiffany ultimately seeks to give women the tools they need to help protect themselves in the world we live in today.

 

Connect with Tiffany:

Facebook: @ArmstrongSelfDefense

 

Instagram: Tiffany_d_Armstrong

 

 

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#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.  

 

Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

 

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.

Winning Position (#174)

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to hear Boston Celtics’ President, Rick Gotham, give a presentation about the organization’s strategy and philosophy on winning.

Every professional sports team wants to win, ideally every year, even though they know that’s not realistic or possible.

One of the most interesting insights Gotham shared was that the Celtics realize that there is a certain amount of luck and timing involved with winning. To align with this, their stated goal is to “put themselves in a position to win each year.” This includes, among other factors, recruiting well, building the right team and managing salary caps (finances).

His perspectives got me thinking about how this principle of putting yourself in a position to win each year might look for an individual or an organization. Here are five fairly universal ones that I came up with.

1. Build the Right Team: Success for any organization or individual starts with surrounding yourself with the right people – people who share your values and/or vision and whom you trust. Conversely, people who bring you or your company down are energy vampires and have to go.

2. Practice More: Professional athletes practice at least 10X more than they actually play. This same approach applies to many aspects of business, such as giving a speech. I know from first-hand experience (and a lot of professional training) how much better a speech is when it’s practiced multiple times prior to it being delivered. For example, I practiced my recent TEDX talk over 100 times and even practiced on stage.

3. Maintain Flexibility & Discipline: In sports, there are situations where it’s easy to get impatient and just “go for it,” such as trading for or signing expensive players with long-term contracts. Such decisions can saddle the team with long-term obligations and cost them valuable future draft picks. Similarly, in business and in life, shiny new opportunities will come your way regularly. While exciting, the most disciplined decision might be to stay the course and not mortgage the future for the present so that you have the flexibility to act opportunistically. For example, if you constantly rack up credit card debt and spend more than you earn, you may not be able to buy your dream house when it becomes available at a great price. The key to lucky breaks is often more about being prepared and positioned well than kismet.

4. Stay Healthy: Imagine a basketball team made up of low energy, overweight, exhausted players. How exciting would that be to watch? The same goes for our life and business. To be an A-player, you must first take care of the vehicle that gets you through life: your body. Too many of us are eating poorly, not getting enough exercise, are short on sleep and far too stressed. The data clearly shows that we don’t make great decisions when we are tired and stressed. It’s hard to rise to the occasion in any personal or business situation when you are not feeling 100%.

5. Focus: A team needs to decide which direction it wants to go in their season. Is it rebuilding to win in the future or trying to win now? Similarly, people who spread their energy across a dozen different directions rarely find themselves winning in any one of them. Success or winning is not about being busy. It’s about defining what is most important and pointing 80% of your individual or company’s energy toward that direction. Big winners aren’t usually hedgers; they tend to be laser-focused on a given strategy or direction.

Like professional sports teams, we don’t always win in life or business, despite our best efforts. However, I would venture to guess that the people and companies you know who have the right teams, practice often, are financially responsible, focus on health and have a laser-like focus tend to win more than others.

 

Quote of The Week

“The key is not the will to win…everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

 

-Bobby Knight

 

 

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Winning Position (#174)

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to hear Boston Celtics’ President, Rick Gotham, give a presentation about the organization’s strategy and philosophy on winning.

Every professional sports team wants to win, ideally every year, even though they know that’s not realistic or possible.

One of the most interesting insights Gotham shared was that the Celtics realize that there is a certain amount of luck and timing involved with winning. To align with this, their stated goal is to “put themselves in a position to win each year.” This includes, among other factors, recruiting well, building the right team and managing salary caps (finances).

His perspectives got me thinking about how this principle of putting yourself in a position to win each year might look for an individual or an organization. Here are five fairly universal ones that I came up with.

1. Build the Right Team: Success for any organization or individual starts with surrounding yourself with the right people – people who share your values and/or vision and whom you trust. Conversely, people who bring you or your company down are energy vampires and have to go.

2. Practice More: Professional athletes practice at least 10X more than they actually play. This same approach applies to many aspects of business, such as giving a speech. I know from first-hand experience (and a lot of professional training) how much better a speech is when it’s practiced multiple times prior to it being delivered. For example, I practiced my recent TEDX talk over 100 times and even practiced on stage.

3. Maintain Flexibility & Discipline: In sports, there are situations where it’s easy to get impatient and just “go for it,” such as trading for or signing expensive players with long-term contracts. Such decisions can saddle the team with long-term obligations and cost them valuable future draft picks. Similarly, in business and in life, shiny new opportunities will come your way regularly. While exciting, the most disciplined decision might be to stay the course and not mortgage the future for the present so that you have the flexibility to act opportunistically. For example, if you constantly rack up credit card debt and spend more than you earn, you may not be able to buy your dream house when it becomes available at a great price. The key to lucky breaks is often more about being prepared and positioned well than kismet.

4. Stay Healthy: Imagine a basketball team made up of low energy, overweight, exhausted players. How exciting would that be to watch? The same goes for our life and business. To be an A-player, you must first take care of the vehicle that gets you through life: your body. Too many of us are eating poorly, not getting enough exercise, are short on sleep and far too stressed. The data clearly shows that we don’t make great decisions when we are tired and stressed. It’s hard to rise to the occasion in any personal or business situation when you are not feeling 100%.

5. Focus: A team needs to decide which direction it wants to go in their season. Is it rebuilding to win in the future or trying to win now? Similarly, people who spread their energy across a dozen different directions rarely find themselves winning in any one of them. Success or winning is not about being busy. It’s about defining what is most important and pointing 80% of your individual or company’s energy toward that direction. Big winners aren’t usually hedgers; they tend to be laser-focused on a given strategy or direction.

Like professional sports teams, we don’t always win in life or business, despite our best efforts. However, I would venture to guess that the people and companies you know who have the right teams, practice often, are financially responsible, focus on health and have a laser-like focus tend to win more than others.

 

Quote of The Week

“The key is not the will to win…everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

 

-Bobby Knight

 

 

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How to Beat the Giants at Business l Prentice Howe l Episode #623

Prentice Howe has always believed in underdogs. Now, as Owner and Chief Creative Officer of Door Number 3, a full-service advertising agency based in Austin, Texas, he’s helping brands embrace their challenger-ability and topple their giants.

Specializing in challenger brands—rising brands that may not have the resources of the top dogs in their industries but do have the bold ambition to go toe-to-toe with them and steal market share—Door Number 3 is changing the face of marketing and advertising. With features in The New York Times, AdWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Communication Arts, as well as recognition from shows like Cannes Lion and the Webby Awards, Prentice has written the book on the challenger space. Literally. An Amazon best-seller, The Empowered Challenger Playbook: How Brands Can Change the Game, Steal Market Share, and Topple Giants describes his strategies in detail and backs them up with case studies.

It helps that Prentice practices what he preaches. He has fire-walked on hot coals at a Tony Robbins event, for one, a feat he credits for shaping his mind-over-matter outlook. In 2015, he made another bold move when he bought Door Number 3 from its founder, and his friend, MP Mueller. Having spent seven years as its Executive Creative Director earlier in his career, he knew the agency inside and out. As a creative person buying the company from a friend, he knew the risks, too. In fact, Door Number 3 is now one of the few agencies in the country owned solely by a creative.

 

Connect with Prentice:

Website: https://www.dn3austin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dn3austin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doornumber3/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prentice-howe-54163b4/

 

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Peak Performers Podcast

Peak Performance Nation

 

#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.  

 

Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

 

Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.