Mental Toughness for Mavericks

The Mental Toughness for Mavericks podcast is a playbook for peak performance and mastery. Hosted by performance coach Renita Kalhorn, listen in as master teachers, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and top performers share personal stories, insights and cutting-edge strategies for excellence. Previous guests have included Simon Sinek (“Start With Why”), Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”), former Navy SEAL Mark Divine (“Unbeatable Mind”), entrepreneur Amos Winbush III, Daniel Coyle (“The Talent Code”) and Dr. Sian Beilock. Topics range from self-disruption, resilience and flow to high-velocity learning, mastery and performance under pressure.
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Oct 28, 2016

An entrepreneur who has cofounded and built billion dollar businesses like Hotjobs and TheLadders, Dave Carvajal now advises the leadership of some of the most transformative, disruptive companies in the tech space. We talk about how doing an Ironman race is like building a startup, what it takes to build a team of A players and what many CEOs get wrong about building for culture.

Oct 21, 2016

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, performance coach and co-author of Performing under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, explains We some of the common misconceptions about performing under pressure, why you need to understand the difference between pressure and stress, and how women and men handle pressure differently.

Oct 14, 2016

Art Turock, author of Competent is Not an Option: Build an Elite Leadership Team Following the Talent Development Game Plan of Sports Champions and world class masters pentathlete explains what teams can do to gain a competitive advantage, how to "Practice While Real Work Gets Done," and how he maintained mental toughness to go on and win a silver medal in the pentathlon after his performance unraveled days earlier.

Oct 6, 2016

eff Spencer, an Olympian and advisor to Lance Armstrong, Bono and Tiger Woods, says that much of the conventional advice around success doesn't work. He shares insights into the champion's blueprint and why we can't let human nature run the show.

Sep 13, 2016

Fast-talking (quite literally!) computer hacker turned neuroscientist Moran Cerf takes us on a tour of his research and what he's learned looking into open brains and pushing Red Bull athletes beyond their perceived limits.

Sep 8, 2016

Psychology professor and coauthor of the book Peak: Secrets from the Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson explains the real difference between experts and everyone else. Highlights: Why talent is much less of a factor than we think and what experts do to practice better.

Sep 2, 2016

Veteran jazz pianist Kenny Werner explains the mindset of mastery, why we need to get over our addition to "getting better" and how we can be more improvisational in our daily lives.

Aug 5, 2016

Career coach, recruiter and extreme career changer Caroline Ceniza-Levine shares why evidence of resilience is increasingly important to employers, how to handle both the short and long term pressure of negotiation, interviews and prolonged job search.

Mar 8, 2016

Paralympian and member of the United States wheelchair basketball team, Matt Scott shares his personal story: how he thinks about goals, the importance of humor and responding to adversity.

Mar 7, 2016

Jason Selk, performance coach and mental training director for the St. Louis Cardinals, breaks down his 10-minute training plan for mental toughness. Highlights:

  • Use a performance statement to stay focused and build confidence
  • What is channel capacity and why three is the magic number for focus
  • Why you need both process and product goals
  • The importance of self-assessment and why you’re not doing it
Mar 3, 2016

Former US Army Captain and founder of Mind Fitness Training Institute, Dr. Stanley shares how to train for greater mindfulness. Highlights:

  • How mental toughness also means being agile and flexible
  • The incredible results a group of Marines experienced from mindfulness practice before deployment to Iraq
  • Why mindfulness helps increase working memory and regulate emotions
Mar 1, 2016

Rock star pianist and arts entrepreneur Jade Simmons talks about her evolution as a maverick. Highlights:

  • What it really means to hustle
  • Why experiencing a failure doesn't mean you’re a failure
  • How to handle the pressure of competition and on-stage performance
Feb 20, 2016

Author of Do You QuantumThink®, Dianne Collins presents a new twist to “thought creates reality,” taking it from New Age “woo woo” to intelligent modern necessity. Highlights:

  • How to integrate intuition into decision-making
  • The limits of linear thinking and how to leverage quantum principles
  • What you need to know about the true nature of time to relieve pressure and develop a possibility mindset
Feb 18, 2016

Performance psychologist and Juilliard-trained violinist, Dr. Kageyama  talks about how to deal with nerves and perform at your best when the stakes are high. Highlights:

  • How mental toughness is like pizza
  • How to move from an outcome focus and assume success
  • The tiny shift you can make when you feel like giving up
  • How to prepare for a performance and what to do when you trip up
Feb 16, 2016

Retired Navy SEAL turned Inc 500 entrepreneur, Brent Gleeson translates the leadership and decision-making skills he learned in the SEAL teams to building a business. Highlights:

  • Why great leaders never stop learning
  • How to keep moving when your plan hits a snag
  • How to win the battle with ego and maintain emotional control regardless of circumstances
Feb 11, 2016

Author of the book by the same name, Paul Sullivan shares diverse examples from sports, business and military of what it means to be “clutch” and the art of operating in high- stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Highlights:

  • The five key traits of clutch performers
  • What it means to “fight the fight, not the plan”
  • The role of overconfidence in not being clutch
Feb 9, 2016

Psychologist, peak performance coach and Harvard Medical School faculty Pamela Enders explains how to manage pressure so you perform at your best. Highlights:

  • The three components of pressure and why it’s personal
  • The one question that will help you cut through the fog of panic
  • Why a task doesn’t have to be hard or easy
  • How to visualize success in a situation where you have no experience
Feb 3, 2016

One of America’s leading mountaineers – with over 175 international expeditions, including K2 and Mt. Everest -- Chris shares insights on how to create and lead high performance teams. Highlights:

  • Why you need to build a team based on partnership, not accomplishment (it’s not just about getting to the top)
  • The key differences of high-performance teams different and the disproportionate impact of building trust
  • Why behaviors, not tools, are the “killer app”
  • The secret to getting used to failure
Jan 30, 2016

Entrepreneur coach Pamela Slim shares deep wisdom on how to handle self-doubt and stay motivated. Highlights:

  • The two-part equation for developing “grit”
  • “Full-contact living” and the danger of instant success
  • How to use humor as a pressure valve
  • A strong work ethic isn’t enough for success
Jan 28, 2016

Scientist and professor of psychology at George Mason University, Dr. Kashdan says curiosity is a skill that we can cultivate and explains why it’s so powerful. Highlights:

  • How to become comfortable with risk in an unstable, unpredictable world
  • How great leaders use curiosity to their advantage
  • How curiosity can transform difficult relationships and reinforce good ones
Jan 27, 2016

Social psychologist and associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia Business School, Heidi Halvorson speaks about what successful people do differently. Highlights:

  • How to embrace risk when it doesn't come naturally
  • What mentally tough people do (and don't) focus on in achieving their goals
  • The one word leaders can use with their team (and themselves) to encourage grit
  • What is realistic optimism and how to use it
Jan 22, 2016

Former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street and author of "Disrupt Yourself” (ranked a top management thought-leader in 2015 by Thinkers50), translates the concepts of disruptive innovation in business to personal disruption in your career and life.


  • how conventionally successfully people have taken the personal path of self-disruption
  • how to manage the S-curve waves of learning and mastery
  • the power of constraints
Jan 21, 2016

A leading adviser on accelerated business growth who has started more than 40 companies, Les McKeown explains that different kinds of mental toughness are needed for a successful transition through the three growth stages of a business.

• The one habit that every great leader keeps inviolate (and why)
• The three destructive tendencies of wanna-be leaders
• How "strategy yankers" kill motivation and why consistent discipline rules

Jan 20, 2016

A psychology professor at The University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure,” Dr. Beilock explains how to perform better in every arena, from taking exams and giving presentations to playing golf.

  • Working memory and how it’s affected by emotions under stress
  • When less is more and why being too smart gets in the way
  • How stereotypes affect performance, for better or worse
  • How you think about yourself trumps ability when you’re under stress
  • Specific techniques to prevent choking under pressure
Jan 14, 2016

Paralympian gold medalist skier Josh Dueck shares the story of how he faced adversity after being paralyzed from the waist down and went on to become the first person to do a back flip on snow in a sit-ski.

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