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We investigate the character traits that drive great achievements and reveal the mindset behind success. Throughout these podcasts we introduce you to remarkable individuals from the world of sport, business, the military, the arts, science & technology, ground breaking explorers, and many more. We shed light on how they behave, what they believe and we discuss their attitude to life.

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We investigate the character traits that drive great achievements and reveal the mindset behind success. Throughout these podcasts we introduce you to remarkable individuals from the world of sport, business, the military, the arts, science & technology, ground breaking explorers, and many more. We shed light on how they behave, what they believe and we discuss their attitude to life.

    Elite performance coach Harvey Hillary

    Elite performance coach Harvey Hillary

    On this podcast we meet elite performance coach Harvey Hillary (@harveyhillary).
     Harvey is known throughout the sailing community for coaching and developing Olympic athletes. Today, Harvey is using his elite performance insight to coach across various sports, and develop future gold medalists.
    Harvey was previously the Head of High Performance for the British Sailing Team over the course of multiple Olympic cycles. Since Sydney 2000, the GB Sailing Team have won a grand total of 23 gold medals, which Harvey was a vital part.
    Harvey now works for Peak Dynamics, an organization that strives to improve human performance in both business and sport.
    In this podcast, Tobias and Harvey discuss elite performance, marginal gains vs. maximal gains, competitive advantage, mindset control, training, performance mapping, goal setting, super strengths, and unacceptable weaknesses.

    • 53 min
    Jaco Van Gass: GB Para-Cycling World Champion

    Jaco Van Gass: GB Para-Cycling World Champion

    On this month’s podcast we meet Jaco van Gass. @jacovangass
    Jaco was born in South Africa. At the age of 20, he flew to England hoping to follow his dream of joining the British Armed Forces. By mid 2007, Jaco had completed his training and he joined the highly regarded Parachute Regiment.
    During Jaco’s second tour of Afghanistan in 2009, he sustained severe life changing injuries. He was struck by an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade). The injuries he sustained included the loss of his left arm at the elbow, a collapsed left lung, shrapnel wounds to his left side, punctured internal organs, blast wounds to upper thigh, a broken tibia and a fractured knee. Jaco had 11 operations and intense rehabilitation and incredibly, he survived.
    His career dream of being in the army was over. Despite the physical and mental trauma he went on to become a member of the record-breaking team of wounded soldiers to trek unsupported to the North Pole.
    More recently, Jaco has been a member of the GB Para-Cycling team, competing at the World Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Jaco narrowly missed out on being selected for the Paralympics but the next Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 are in his sights.  
    On this podcast we talk about the injuries Jaco sustained, adjusting to life after serving in the army, psychological rehabilitation, walking to the North Pole and his obsession and devotion to training as a GB cyclist.

    • 55 min
    Henry Scriven: Director and Screenwriter

    Henry Scriven: Director and Screenwriter

    Meet director and screenwriter Henry Scriven. His short films (To Let, The Babysitter, Divided, The Fox) have amassed over 35 million views online and won awards at film festivals across the world.

    In this podcast we talk about how Henry became a director, films that have influenced him, the feature film he is currently working on, and the creative process.

    • 41 min
    Stephen Catlin: Insurance Entrepreneur

    Stephen Catlin: Insurance Entrepreneur

    Stephen Catlin is the founder of Catlin Insurance Group.
    After 10 years in the insurance industry Stephen Catlin set up his own insurance business in the 1980s. He successfully built a multi-billion dollar underwriting empire from nothing.
    In the early years Catlin’s business didn’t even have a typewriter or a fax machine but by the early 2000s the company had 55 offices worldwide writing insurance for Aviation, Casualty, Energy, Marine, Property and War & Political Risk.
    By the late 2000s Catlin Group had become the largest insurance underwriter in the specialist insurance market called Lloyds of London (where companies price and underwrite insurance policies) and in 2015, Catlin Group was acquired by XL for $4.1bn.
    Stephen is a conviction entrepreneur, who often goes with his gut feeling and openly admits to making mistakes along the way. He is retiring from the insurance industry in December 2017.
    In the podcast we talk about Stephen’s life, his business lessons, his mistakes and his successes and his recently published a book, Risk & Reward.

    • 43 min
    Damian Barr: award-winning author and columnist.

    Damian Barr: award-winning author and columnist.

    Damian’s number 1 bestselling memoir, Maggie & Me, is about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain. It was the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and won the Paddy Power Political Books Satire Award. 
    Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and the Sunday Times and often often appears on Radio 4. The Guardian named him one of the most connected men in publishing. 
    Starting at Shoreditch House in 2008 and now based at the Savoy in London, his sold-out Literary Salon premieres new work from emerging and established writers and guests including David Nicholls, Caitlin Moran and Bret Easton Ellis. www.theliterarysalon.co.uk 
    In this podcast we reflect on his bestselling memoir, Maggie and Me and Damian shares moving insights on the adversity he suffered growing up in Scotland. He also shares insights on the creative process and we get a sneak preview into Damian’s next book You Will Be Safe Here. 
    If you enjoy this podcast you can read our Top 10 Bestseller, GREAT TRAITS available on Amazon

    • 52 min
    Bruce Fordyce: ultramarathon legend

    Bruce Fordyce: ultramarathon legend

    Bruce Fordyce (@BruceFordycerun) is a South African marathon and ultramarathon runner.

    He is best known for having won the worlds largest and oldest ultramarathon, the South African Comrades Marathon (89km or 56 miles) a record nine times. Eight of his wins were consecutive (1979-88). He also won the 100km London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row (1981-83). He is the current world record holder over the distance of 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.

    • 42 min

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