The Path Distilled features conversations with the world’s best performers and leaders, such as athletes, artists, coaches, CEOs, scientists, and thought leaders. The podcast features both an exploration of the shared human experience of striving for success and usable strategies for the aspirational listener. The result is a wildly entertaining and enlightening insight into the lives, stories, and minds of high performers. Meet the hosts.
Dr. David Eccles, Professor of Sport Psychology
Florida State University
Do you have the patience to slow down enough in the midst of a high stakes situation to cultivate the best next move? Across two episodes we speak with Dr. Dave Eccles about his 20+ years of research on expert performance in a variety of domains. He describes research findings on how athletes plan ahead and simulate the competitive environment, his fascinating work on team coordination, and the impressive amounts of knowledge that orienteering athletes possess about navigating terrain. In Part 2, we explore his latest research into the role of rest in optimal performance, and discuss how not getting enough rest has been glamorized. This first installment of the Science of High Performance Series is packed with useful tips for everyone. Learn more about Dr. Eccles: Twitter
Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist,
Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach
Do you focus on and remember more about your start lines or finish lines? In this episode, we speak with Lauren’s Valor Performance colleague, Joe Jacobi, about his sport career, as well as his experiences with leading a national governing body which led him to becoming a performance coach. Joe joins us from Catalonia, Spain, and shares his “outlier” story of getting involved in the sport, his case for a good routine, and how he and his doubles canoe partner implemented deliberate practice, simulation, and visualization leading up to the 1992 Games where they won the first American Gold Medal in whitewater canoe slalom. Joe also tells us about his philosophy on goals, what he views as the real difference maker in high performance, and how he thinks the river is an excellent analogy for life. Whether you are in sport, business, or any other performance domain, Joe shares many applicable stories, takeaways, practices, and lessons.
Learn more about Joe: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
Learn more about Valor Performance
Bonus Debrief & Analysis – September 23
Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach with the mic hot. Highlights include the idea of holding competing emotions (excited and nervous), being in the right place at the right time, and a discussion about the purpose of the pre-performance routine. Keep listening to The Path Distilled Podcast to catch future discussions about the pros and cons of goal setting.
Brian Bates, Stand-up Comedian, and Co-host of Nateland Podcast
Would you have what it takes if your dream opportunity came true? In this episode we speak with Brian Bates about his career in comedy, and more recently, podcasting. Brian shares his path from taking a comedy class as a distraction from life events to touring the country and performing in theaters with world-class comedians. We also discuss Brian’s adjustments going from the corporate world to the life of a comic, the work ethic required to make it in comedy, and the attributes he thinks allowed him to succeed. You will also want to listen to hear what autofills when you begin searching for Brian’s name. Learn more about Brian: Website, Instagram, Twitter
Learn more about Nateland Podcast: YouTube
Bonus Debrief & Analysis – September 16
Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with stand-up comedian and podcaster Brian Bates. Highlights include their discussion about developing an identity as a comic, comedy as a coping and defense mechanism, and the tremendous amount of work that goes into comedy. Kevin also shares his perspective from having performed stand-up including comedic timing and the pitfall of “my friends think I’m funny.”
Dr. Emily Pica, Forensic Psychology Researcher and
Advocate for Wrongfully Convicted
Would a major life detour derail you, or would you defy expectations? In this episode, Dr. Emily Pica discusses her path from having a child at 14, to all of her initial PhD applications being rejected, to becoming a well-known researcher and advocate. She also discusses her battles with impostor syndrome, the value of criticism, and how much she loves mentoring students. Her story will inspire students, budding researchers, and anyone who ever has been determined to persevere.
Learn more about Dr. Pica: Instagram
Jeremy Tubbs, Director of Music Entertainment, University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus; Music Recording and Touring Artist
How would your friends and family react to learning that you decided to pursue music as a career instead of continuing the 3rd year of your pre-med track? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jeremy Tubbs shares his path, from hating his first guitar lessons to touring the world. Listen to hear him discuss the encouragement he received to make music his profession, his ultimate decision to become a full-time musician, learning to play multiple instruments, and touring nonstop for almost a decade. You will also want to hear what Carl Perkins shared with Jeremy about Elvis Presley’s pre-performance jitters. Learn more about Jeremy: Instagram, Twitter
Learn more about Lambuth’s Music Entertainment Program
Jennifer Farmer, Author, First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life, Public Relations Executive
Have you remained anchored to your why? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jennifer Farmer shares with us where her path began, the influences of those early experiences, the lessons she has learned along the way, and what it took for her to start her own business. She also discusses her thoughts on being a black female professional and what led her to want to write her second book which just became available on August 16th. You also won’t want to miss what she thinks is the biggest takeaway from her story.
Learn more about Jennifer: LinkedIn, Twitter
Learn more about her books: Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget, First and Only
TPD DEVELOPING HIGH PERFORMERS SERIES
Sean McEvoy, Quarterback Development Coach
with Quarterback Takeover
Would you be willing to scrap the technique that you literally wrote the book about? Sean McEvoy discusses his path from a side gig as a high school coach to working with a roster of well known NFL quarterbacks. We talk with him about the phenomenon of recruiting players at younger ages, his approach to developing a QB’s ability to diagnose plays and self correct, and the importance of performing under pressure for success. Listen for great advice and insight on continuous improvement, the value of making genuine connections with others, and the relevance of understanding the “why” behind anything one does. Learn more about Sean: Instagram, Twitter
Learn more about Quarterback Takeover: Instagram, Twitter
Bonus Analysis Episode: August 19
Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman revisit their conversation with QB Development Coach Sean McEvoy. Highlights include their discussion that many of the guests have mentioned gratitude as a component of their path, the thin line between success and failure, and how improvement can be messy and require repeated failures. The hosts also discuss how putting in the work sets one up to capitalize when the opportunity comes along.
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