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Next Level Guy is a men’s interview, interest and improvement website where I interview the greats from all industries to help others better their lives. Listen to the experts in their respective fields being quizzed and learn something! Listen, embrace, adapt, use and improve!



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Next Level Guy is a men’s interview, interest and improvement website where I interview the greats from all industries to help others better their lives. Listen to the experts in their respective fields being quizzed and learn something! Listen, embrace, adapt, use and improve!



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    Episode #101 Scott Young on learning, developing and mastering skills via Ultralearning

    Episode #101 Scott Young on learning, developing and mastering skills via Ultralearning

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    Today’s guest is Scott Young.



    Scott Young is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. For the last ten years he's been experimenting to find out how to learn and think better. He teaches the key concepts to learn the skills you want faster, quicker and at a deeper level than you thought possible. 



    In this interview, we discuss Ultralearning, practice hacks, consumption vs doing, skill mastery, habit change, productivity and so on

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:



    Who they are

    Was he the type of kid who was interested in learning

    Ultralearning

    Teaching yourself hard skills

    Removing the type of barriers to learning.

    Setting goals - how specific do you need to be

    The importance of true desire when selecting the skills you want to learn.

    The processes you should focus on and use when learning to be effective

    How to use meta-learning

    How do you define when a skill is learnt compared to learning

    Is a learning a physical skill different to a mental skill or are the principles the same regardless of the nature

    What tools are good to use when learning a skill and meta-learning

    Skills, concepts and facts

    The need to have a challenge in your life. Then another. Then another. And repeat!

    Parkinson't Law and how to use it to your advantage

    Do you need a goal/exam/test in the challenge to be able to tell if you have achieved the project?

    What should you do when you are not motivated but need to learn the skill

    How do you source the right information, mentors, methods etc for you to use to succeed

    Are there certain habits, and skills that all men should have?

    How to make learning a habit in your life

    How do you identify bad practice protocols

    How do you 'keep fresh' learnt skills while you are going onto learning new skills?

    How has fatherhood changed him as a person and how will affect his challenges going forward

    How you can connect with them





    KEY POINTS TO REFLECT ON & LINKS MENTIONED

    In this interview, a lot of jewels of self-improvement are discussed. Some of these and their associated thoughts include:



    Anybody can learn a skill, you just need to find your effective style of learning.

    Nothing is impossible, you just need to find a way. The internet has opened up your access to some amazing people, who have taught themselves to do things without formal training, no money etc etc. There is no excuse for not chasing your dreams.

    Just because you couldn't do something before, doesn't mean you can't do it. You just need the right attitude and the right tools.

    Benny Lewis - Fluent in Three Months

    Learning can be fun, learning can be exciting, even if you hated school.

    There is a skill to learning and developing skills.

    You need to have true desire to be successful in learning skills. Learn the skills you truly want to learn, not what your job or someone else suggests you learn.

    Think about the ways you are trying to learn a skill. Consider the activity you are doing to learn the skill, look at the environment you are learning the skills in. You need to dial into the true nature of the skill you are trying to learn and make sure the approach effective to allow you to be successful.

    Understanding what is needed to learn a skill is not always obvious but it is vital to your ability to learn it. It is worth the effort at the start to truly analyse the skill and focus your methods on what is needed to work.

    Break the skill down into skills,

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode #100 Rafael Lovato Jr on how to become a Next Level martial artist

    Episode #100 Rafael Lovato Jr on how to become a Next Level martial artist

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    Today’s guest is Rafael Lovato Jr.Rafael is a legend in the  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) community, as a competitor and coach.  He is a lifetime martial artist and the Owner & Head Instructor of Lovato’s School of BJJ & MMA in Oklahoma City. He has achieved nearly everything that is possible in BJJ and is now showcasing his talents in Professional Mixed Martial Arts, with a record of 10-0 (8 finishes). He is a 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and also holds a Muay Thai Black Belt, as well as being the leader of the Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Association.His bio is amazing, he has been the MMA World Champion in Legacy and Bellator. He has won Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu Titles, been the World Gi Champion, 3x World No-Gi Champion, a 13x IBJJF World Medalist, 3x Pan Champion. Over in Brazil, he went on to become the Brazilian National Champion and the Brazilian National Absolute Champion, and so many more championships and titles.He was the First person to ever win the IBJJF Grand Slam (2007), the First Non-Brazilian to ever win a major IBJJF Absolute Title (2013). He holds the honor of being the first American to win the Pans as a Black Belt, the first American to win the Europeans as a Black Belt, the first Non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian Nationals and his accomplishments keep going on and on. In this interview, we discuss his story, his inspiration and influences, the bond he has with his father, why he has been so successful, competition, developing yourself as a person and as a fighter and so much more. He was a bucket list guest for me and it has been an honor to feature him.  I am very proud of this interview and I hope it helps you on your martial arts journey and hitting that next level in your life.This is my 100th episode and it blows me away to keep attracting amazing guests every week. I would just like to say a massive thank you to you for listening. I don't care if this is your first episode or 100th, I really appreciate you being part of my community, and for joining me on the voyage towards self-development and bettering ourselves compared to who we were yesterday. I couldn't keep doing this without the support of my listeners and their feedback, this podcast has helped and changed my life, and I hope you are getting what you need from it.And now ... Let's get to the interview.

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:Who they areWas he always destined to be become a martial artist? Did he feel the pressure of continuing the lineage of his father?His early interest in music, which his father helped him encourageThe exploration to find out your WHY and your passion in life.His motivation to drop out of school and follow an unusual path than the normal 9-5 route.Why he changed from a competitor to a competitor, coach and businessman. How did he deal with the challenges from such a transition?What does he think is the reason he has been and remains being so successful?How has his workings as a coach and competitor, as well as experiences visiting Brazil at a young age affected his development, and has it made him a better martial artist practitioner?The key to being a good teacher and coach.Similarities among the top performers in BJJ, MMA etc.How he remained focused and motivated, with unshakable positivity during his recent illness diagnosis.What has he learnt from martial arts in terms of himself, friendships, martial arts etc.Has he learnt any training hacks or skill-development methods that work for him?Should all martial artists compete?How can we deal with self-comparison, worrying about making a mistake etc - ways to stop over complicating or losing the joy of martial arts?How martial arts can teach you just as much about yourself and life as it can about self-defense and the sport itself!Ways you can develop yourself to help deve

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    Episode #99 Elle Russ on how to be as Confident as f**k: find it, build it and use it!

    Episode #99 Elle Russ on how to be as Confident as f**k: find it, build it and use it!

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    Today’s guest is Elle Russ.Elle Russ is the author of Confident As Fu*k and the best-selling health book, The Paleo Thyroid Solution - which has helped thousands of people around the world reclaim their health. Elle is also a TV/Film writer and the show host for the popular Primal Blueprint Podcast started by NYT’s bestselling author, Mark Sisson. You can learn more about her at ElleRuss.com In this interview, we do a deep dive into confidence, how it is created, how it affects us and how we can rebuild it. We look at how to remove the downers and bad vibes in our life, clean up the problems from the past and how to utilize confidence to live the life you truly want and make our dreams a reality.

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:Who they are Does your upbringing affect your confidence?Is confidence a born-with or taught trait?How confidence affected Brandon in the book How a lack of confidence can affect us and its affect on our life How can you define confidence and what confidence is to us? How do you create more confidence in your life?More Confidence = More self esteem too? Confidence impact on our relationshipsCan you create by acting as if you are confident?How do we find the parts of ourselves that are holding us back and draining our confidence?How to identify the downers in our life and what to do about it?How do you become unavailable to your old selfHow do you stop being jealous and comparing yourself to others?What Elle does when she feels unconfident How do we reason our defeatsCan confidence be shared, can you teach confidence or does it need to be learned?How to build confidence in your children or friends?How confidence is shown in males and females and how it should be commented on from the different gendersWhat factors affect my confidence such as diet etc How medication is affecting us as menThe inspiration behind the podcast and what is has taught her.How you can connect with them 

    KEY POINTS TO REFLECT ON & LINKS MENTIONED

    In this interview, a lot of jewels of self-improvement are discussed. Some of these and their associated thoughts include: We are all born confident, it is a birth-rite. However, we can lose our confidence in a number of different ways, but it can be recovered. All children are born confident, but sadly not all adults are, and they let their lack of confidence dictate their life and how much and how far in life they can go. Confidence is a key factor in your ability and something that should be monitored and worked on as you go to continually improve and try new things.You are not the story that you tell yourself. We all have the ability to change, the story you tell yourself is just that, a story, it is not your identity. If it is just a story, what could you do if you didn't allow your bs limitations to hold you back? However, if you do not deal with your confidence drainers or the affect of them, you are destined to repeat them throughout your life and you deserve better than that. You can make the change you need but you must want to and must act. To understand where your lack of confidence, you must first find the events that caused it. This may be painful to relive and think about but once you have a starting point, you can start working from there and look to fix it. The hardest part is accepting that you have a lack of confidence but the realization that it can be fixed and and you can transform yourself, should be a great motivational tool. Unfortunately, we can lead our live believing we are not good enough due to events from childhood etc. You are not your past and your future can be whatever you want it to be, if you are willing to do the work in the present. Confidence is derived from the thoughts you have and the actions you take. Want more confidence, you nee

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode #98 Stephan Kesting, on BJJ, transplants and challenging yourself

    Episode #98 Stephan Kesting, on BJJ, transplants and challenging yourself

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    Today’s guest is Stephan Kesting, a father, fire-fighter, podcaster, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) legend.

     

     Stephan operates Grapplearts.com and Beginning BJJ.com. Through his online instructionals, videos, DVDs, articles, and newsletters, he has helped tens of thousands of grapplers all over the world improve their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling skills. I in particular owe him for his ones on sweeps and subs, I learned more of these apps, not just technique pointers but key concepts and movement fixes than I had in some classes to that point. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has been training martial arts for over 30 years where he has achieved belts in and is certified training in a number of other martial arts. In my opinion, he has been a legend in the BJJ coaching scene and his instructionals and articles are a must read for anyone serious about improving their BJJ. In this interview, we discuss multiple areas such as his views on BJJ as a martial art, his amazing 1000 Miles by Canoe trip in the Arctic, alone, his kidney transplant, and the importance of working towards your goals. I seriously consider him one of the most interesting people in BJJ and someone you need to follow to take your BJJ to the next level!

     

    *For Transparency, this was recorded in late 2019 but due to some scheduling, travel, lockdown, and work matters, it is only being published now. 

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:Who they are Competitors vs coaching and the role he is leaning towards moreLearning concepts vs techniques - which gives the most benefit to the studentWhy he chose to focus on BJJ rather than many other arts he studiedHow BJJ is arguably the most effective self-defense martial artModern day rituals to manhoodHis kidney condition and transplantThe importance of Organ DonationHis trip - 1000 Miles by Canoe in the Arctic, alone - a little appetizer to his mammoth journey and stunning achievementThe importance of having a large goal in your lifeHow training is vital and skill development hacksWhy you need to find a challenge in your lifeWhat he wants you to rememberHow you can connect with them

    KEY POINTS TO REFLECT ON & LINKS MENTIONED

    In this interview, a lot of jewels of self-improvement are discussed. Some of these and their associated thoughts include:Putting yourself into the experience that you feel fear of is a quick way of losing the fear you hold for it. Scared of competing, sign up for a comp. Scared of learning a new skill, sign up today and pay for a year so you have no chance to back out. Fear is a good thing, it stops you hurting yourself but don't let it hold you back from getting what you want out of life.Cross training allowed Stephan to see similarities and key concepts in the martial arts. How could trying different styles of your sport help you learn and develop your skills and learn new techniques that your current training would never allow you to be exposed to. Martial arts provide a way to express your masculinity and provide a challenge and 'fight' in a man's life, that we no longer have in today's society. It is one of the few opportunities for men to activate the primal feelings of danger, failure and challenge, that today's 'easier' society removes the chance for.There are many side-effects of martial arts that are not seen but can help you in ways unforseen. Stephan's training assisted his strength and fight while he was going through his condition. Training in martial arts helps builds your mental toughness and resilience as much as your physical upgrades.Your words and experience of an event may be horrible, but they can help others - talking helps you and others, who are going through similar events.Please consider being an organ donor. Your death will be a terrible loss to the

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode #97 Dan Dworkis, MD on thriving under pressure and performing when it matters with the Emergency Mind

    Episode #97 Dan Dworkis, MD on thriving under pressure and performing when it matters with the Emergency Mind

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    Today’s guest is Dan Dworkis.Dan Dworkis, MD PhD, is a board-certified emergency physician and the founder of The Emergency Mind, which brings together lessons from experts in the emergency department and beyond on developing the tools it takes to succeed during times of crisis and apply knowledge under pressure. Dr. Dworkis received his MD and a PhD in molecular medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency training in emergency medicine with Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham Health. He has worked in some of the largest and busiest emergency departments in the country and is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.In this interview, we discuss his story, the Emergency mind, how to utilise the mindset of an ER doctor to complete your goals, overcoming fear, skill development and how to use the habits and tactics of the Emergency Mind to thrive under pressure and perform at the next level when it truly matters.

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:Who they areThe Emergency Mind and it's associated podcastIs the Emergency Mind something we are born with or can it be taught?How do we build a growth mindset and allow ourselve to believe we can learn new skillsHow his Dad learnt martial arts from Chuck Norris!Dan's routine when he is about to enter a high pressure emergency situation and how he prepares himself ... and how he can down-shift after an emergency to return to normal mind-setHow you can trial and find an anchor method that lets you enter the Emergency Mind when the shit hits the fanThe 4 pillars of the Emergency MindHow to make peace with the fact that you will not be able to control everythingHow to review after an emergency to learn and grow from itHow can you keep loose and tight when dealing with long shifts, constant demands and the threat of cognitively depletedHow to utilise food and other resources to keep motivated and energised for the dayThe Cone of Focus and the art of Project ManagementCompassion and empathyTraining progression for future Doctors etc so they can utilise the Emergency MindThe Stoic PhilosophyIs repetition enough to learn a skillPandemic planning and medical systemsHabits he would suggest we adopt to start leading healthier lives and avoid needing emergency medicine where possibleHow you can connect with them I've interviewed both of these guys ... great guys with brilliant ideas for betterment, and it's a great epsiode! 

    KEY POINTS TO REFLECT ON & LINKS MENTIONED

    In this interview, a lot of jewels of self-improvement are discussed. Some of these and their associated thoughts include:The Emergency Mind can be learnt, you are not born with it, or cursed without it. But you need to believe that you can learn it!We are all going to face emergencies in our lives, and we will always revert back to the level of our training in those situations, so we should build up a quality skillset to deal with high pressure, and intense situations, and Dan's material is top notch information on this.New challenges and situations will be nerve-wracking and fearful, and the fear will always be there but it can be overcome. You need to take opportunities to experience situations  in your training and in less critical situations that mimic real emergencies but with with a reduced intensity to practice your emotional control, critical thinking etc in situations like this. So when you enter a proper emergency, you can revert back to the level of your training and know that you will be able to perform at your best. You have the choice on how you will react, the emergency will happen anyway, you have the opportunity to shine and adopt the Emergency mind to succeed.Approach your development the Kaizen way,

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode #96 Bobby Holland Hanton on stunt-work, skills and success

    Episode #96 Bobby Holland Hanton on stunt-work, skills and success

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    Today’s guest is Bobby Holland Hanton.Bobby is a stunt-man who has completed some of the most inconic stunt-work in a long list of some of my favourite films. He is known for his work in Inception (2010), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Skyfall (2012). His recent stunning work for Chris Hemworth in Netflix's 'Extraction' was a prime reason, that Chris now uses Bobby for all his stunt work and working exclusively together.Bobby started his career as a Gymnast, and climbed through the ranks to compete as a National Squad Member and National Gold Medalist for Great Britain. Bobby retired from Gymnastics at 17 and turned his attention to football, becoming a semi-professional footballer for Fareham Town FC at the age of 19. With his huge appetite for performing unabated, he started to perform in Live Action Shows, Pantomimes, various TV Shows and worldwide modelling campaigns & commercials for major brands. Bobby then trained in all the disciplines needed to achieve the goal of becoming a Stuntman, which took the best part of 4 years (training full time). This meant qualifying in skills such as Kickboxing, Swimming, 10m High Diving, Gymnastics, Trampolining, and Scuba Diving. Since then Bobby has performed in 44 full feature movies that will be on your most-loved list, alongside a who's who of A-list star actors. In this interview, we discuss his story, how he overcomes fear, similarities he sees in the top performers he works with, his training, working on a film set and so much more.

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    WHAT IS DISCUSSED

    In this interview, we discuss gems like:



    Who they are

    What an average day on set is like

    How are the stunts setup

    How much involvement does he have in what is involved

    How does he prepare for them and how are they rehearsed so they can be completed safely, controlled and at the level and quality that is needed for the film

    Similarities in the top performers that he works with

    How stunts are rehearsed

    How does he keep developing his skills, and keep them at a high-performance level so he can utilize them when required

    What is his training regime like

    Tips on building relationships and friendships

    His take on the use of Computer-generated imagery (CGI) in films

    How does he control fear when he is about to undertake a high-pressure stunt

    Does he still enjoy films, do they still hold that attraction now he has worked on so many films?

    Where did his love of films come from

    His back surgery and the positives he could take from it

    His recent entry into acting

    How you can connect with them



     



    KEY POINTS TO REFLECT ON & LINKS MENTIONED

    In this interview, a lot of jewels of self-improvement are discussed. Some of these and their associated thoughts include:



    Bobby has been the stunt double for a high number of A-list celebrities, using his core skill-set to act for various people, mimicking their look and actions in addition to performing dangerous stunts. What transferable skills do you have, that you could use to go into a new role, ask for a promotion, start a business etc and mimic the top performers in that industry and become a success like Bobby?

    Bobby works with a support team covering all the techniques and equipment are using. He relies on these team members to keep him safe and able to complete the repeat shots that the films needs. Stop trying to do everything yourself, there is no need to. Find a support team or network to assist you towards your goals.

    Bobby rehearses the moves and actions he will do in a stunt repeatedly, well before he is recorded on camera doing the stunt. It is this preparation, rehearsal and skill development that works so well, Bobby ensures that he has mastered the performance before the cameras are there,

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RobinScott ,

Great work!

The interview with Jack Donovan was excellent, informative and inspiring!

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Kevindmackay ,

Really good interviews and some great guests

This is a great podcast on self development for men and themes related to positive masculinity.

If you are interested in improving as a man then there is lots of actionable advice, recommedations, and interesting ideas to chew on.

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