The 98 Podcast is, like the gym, driven by performance. Achievement in any field or endeavour requires habits, dedication and a goal oriented mindset. Each episode we will interview people that have achieved a level of success in their field and find out what habits, ideas and they have cultivated to get there. Success leaves clues.
24. Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski is an Australian MMA fighter and World Featherweight Champion who has transformed from a 96kg high-speed bowling ball to the greatest 145lb (65.8kg) high octane athlete on the globe.
First announced to the world in 2016 when he made his UFC debut in Melbourne, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski, is creating an unrivalled legacy in the world of MMA, a sport he only decided to take up at the age of 22.
In less than ten years he worked his way to World Champ of the featherweight division, is one of the highest-ranked pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and has left a long list of big names in his wake.
From humble beginnings to the top of the UFC rankings, Alex’s is a story of hard work, dedication and commitment rivalled by few.
Despite the tough exterior, Alex is a true family man, married to his high school sweetheart with two young daughters, his driving force behind the motivation, sacrifice and success.
23. Nathan Katz
Having won three straight national junior titles between 2012-14, Nathan Katz won the junior Oceania Championship in 2014. He finished ninth at the Junior World Championships in 2015 before winning both the 2015 and 2016 -66kg Oceania Championships to secure his spot on his debut Olympic Team. Leading his opening match in the dying stages, Morocco's Imad Bassou eventually got the better of Katz to progress in the Rio 2016 tournament.
From a family that lives and breathes the sport, Nathan lined up alongside his younger brother Josh in Rio as the duo became the first brothers to compete in judo at the same Games for Australia. Their mother Kerrye competed at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, when judo was a demonstration sport for women, while their father Robert was a coach on that team as well as the Rio 2016 team.
Following Rio, Nathan went on to win the 2017 Oceania Championships and finished runner up at the 2017 Taipai Asian Open. He was also crowned the 2018 and 2019 national champion in the -66kg division. In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics, Nathan finished in fifth at the 2021 Asia-Oceania Senior Championships.
Janay "Hollowpoint" Harding is a New Zealand born professional Mixed Martial Artist fighting out of Sydney Australia. At 26 years old is 6 - 5 in her professional MMA record with competition experience in Muay Thai, professional Boxing and Jiu Jitsu and currently fighting for the Bellator promotion, ranked #7 in the female featherweight rankings.
Janay is a professional in every sense of the word, she is intelligent with the way she fights, thinks and acts in all aspects of her life. We cover off on her fighting, training and mindset as well as her targeted approach to marketing herself for now and later on in life. I loved this conversation!
21. Jake Friend
Jake Friend (born 1 February 1990) is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played as a hooker. He spent his entire first-grade career, spanning 2008 to 2021, with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL; at the time of his retirement, he was the club's co-captain. Friend won three premierships with the Roosters,in 2013, 2018 and 2019.
Internationally, Friend represented Australia in a Test in 2016.
Friend also represented the Prime Minister's XIII, World All Stars and Queensland. With the latter, he won the 2020 State of Origin series, playing in all three games, in what would be the final full season of his playing career.
Jake is actions over words, he has said on many occasions that he'd rather his playing speak for him. I've witnessed it countless times as he walks the halls of Roosters HQ, people are better because he is there, his presence commands respect. He is first and foremost a friend, brother, husband and father, who played Rugby League. Enjoy!
20. Michael Puhle
Michael Puhle’s career path reads like a typical early-adopter ‘millennial’, having had four career changes before the age of thirty. Most recently, Michael pursued a career in law with a focus on courtroom advocacy, the specific part he enjoyed – being trained in persuasion, rhetoric and emotive speech.
In 2011 tragedy struck Michael’s family, having lost his father and his sister in the same year Michael found himself in a prolonged period of turmoil. Tragedy causes one to review life from a fresh perspective. Michael realised that life is too short to pursue a path we are half-hearted about. He realised that talent and money are not the only factors in deciding one’s life’s direction.
People must also, do what they love to do.
Now, after studying a Masters in Psychology of Coaching Michael helps highly-functioning professionals (Executives, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers, Bankers, Traders, etc), who want to
• live passionately through what they do,
• create more time for their families & partners, and
• do the work that actually moves the needle on their careers.
Purpose? - eightweeklifehack.com Executive & Performance Coaching - CandourCoaching.Com
19. Paul De Gelder
IMPROVISE... ADAPT... OVERCOME...
These three words – a mantra of the Australian Army – always resonated with Paul de Gelder. But they would take on new meaning after he was attacked by a shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as an elite navy clearance diver was flung into jeopardy.
Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him – from his wild teen years to his haul up the ranks of the defence forces – Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery.
He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.
This was a lovely, relaxed and very informative interview with Sam Burgess. The only problem I had was the need for a 'translator'. Thanks so much for sharing this conversation.