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Growing From Trauma – Shane Snow (E82)

Shane Snow is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and bestselling science and business author. He specializes in studying and writing about human behavior and speaks globally about innovation and teamwork. We discuss his work and personal struggles, as well as the complex moral aspects of human lives that he studies.

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Don’t Let Failure Stop You (Short Hitter #28)

This week I want to talk about success and what it really takes to get there. Oftentimes when we set a goal, we want to see success in a very short time frame. The truth is that most things do not happen like that. They take time. Don’t be afraid of experiencing failure before finding success.

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From Prisoner to Professor – Andre Norman (E81)

As an inmate in the Massachusetts penal system, Andre Norman rose to the top of one of the largest prison gangs in the country before deciding that he wanted to turn his life around. Andre taught himself how to read, earned his GED, and learned to understand the law, all while in prison, which helped him win his appeal. He was released after serving 14 years in prison. Andre is now a spokesperson and regularly travels the country to lead workshops, manage inmate programs, and inspire people to become the best version of themselves they can be.

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Tell Your Truth (Short Hitter #27)

This week I was on Ariel Helwani’s Podcast, and I talked openly about how I live my life with anxiety, among other things. I can’t overemphasize the importance of speaking your truth and being vulnerable. It’s not just about recognizing your truth, however. It’s about taking that truth and putting in the work: I have anxiety, so how do I make sure it doesn’t control my life? Be vulnerable, tell your truth, and get to work.

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Fighting Adversity – Ricardo Almeida (E80)

Ricardo Almeida is a BJJ black belt, an MMA coach, a father, and a former MMA fighter. Ricardo was part of the first generation of Brazilian BJJ practitioners that migrated to the US. Almeida fought in the UFC and medalled multiple times at some of the most important grappling tournaments in the world, including ADCC. We discuss his MMA and BJJ career, how his son’s autism has shaped him as a father, and his take on coaching fighters and training for competition.

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Hard Work is Power (Short Hitter #26)

 

On Sunday we saw one of the greatest athletes of all time, Kobe Bryant, suddenly die along with his daughter and several other people. Regardless of one’s opinion on Kobe, there is no doubt that his work ethic and commitment to the grind are something we should all aspire to follow. Hard work is power. Don’t let anyone take your power away.

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Own the Future – Noah Kagan (E79)

Noah Kagan is an entrepreneur, a marketing expert, and, as of recently, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiast. Noah worked for Facebook and other major companies and eventually decided to start his own projects. We discuss managing anxiety episodes, teaching and coaching techniques, intentional business tactics, and more.

 

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Getting Offended Is A Choice (Short Hitter #25)

I recently encountered a situation in my neighborhood that I could have easily been offended by, but instead it helped me realize how amazing of a neighbor I have. The story itself isn’t the important part, but rather the idea that I can look at one situation in two very different ways and thus CHOOSE how it affects my day.

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Pain Is Inevitable – Amy Fidelis (E78)

Amy Fidelis is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt, an instructor at Easton Training Center, and a full-time public relations executive. Amy started training at 33 and has been on the mats for over ten years. We discussed her coming up in BJJ, developing a growth mindset, listening to one’s body in training, and more.

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