Everyone does it tough at some point in their journey. So what can we learn from those who deal with stress or pressure on a regular basis?
Hosted by Paddy Steinfort, a performance coach to some of the world’s best who Sports Illustrated has called “Master Mind”, this show takes world-class performers from a range of arenas (from athletes to academics, entrepreneurs to entertainers, medicine to military) back through their journey to find their hard earned answers to a simple question: what does toughness look like in action?
Initially recorded exclusively for the US Army & veterans only, the intent behind these talks was to help soldiers and families deal with stressful situations so they dont just survive but thrive. But given the challenges everyone in the broader community faces these days, the full tapes of these exclusive interviews will now be released to the public via the Toughness podcast - so we can all benefit from the toughness of those at the top.
Staying in Sync Under Stress - Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman (Olympic Divers)
When 4 years of work can be undone in one moment, whats tougher than having to deal with your own stress? Having two people's stress combined. This week we dive in the mind of 2 Olympic silver medalists, Michael Hixon (2x silver in 2016 and 2020) and Sam Dorman (1x silver in 2016). The duo of divers represented Team USA in Rio in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard event. By talking about how they deal with the pressure of having only 6 dives to focus on in an interval of 4 years of preparation, we dig into the counterintuitive truth that you can have 2 people who approach their mental game in a very different manner. You don't want to miss this one!
Gaming Your Mind: Using Anger To Level Up - Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido (Esports)
Anyone can choose to be a hero in a videogame, but who has the privilege to be one in the real world as well? Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido is best know as the captain of 5x World Champion e-sports team Dignitas, but she's also a life & death nurse on her day-to-day-job. In this episode she shares why the mental game is crucial on both high stakes areas of her life, how she keeps cool as a leader in the game as well as in the Emergency Room, and the secret way she uses her favorite emotion - ANGER - to level up when the stakes are the highest.
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Olympians Share Their Tips On Toughness
If it wasn't already taken, the Olympic creed could easily be a motto for this show: “The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.” In this special episode to celebrate Tokyo 2021, we pull together the advice of 4 Olympians - 2 summer, 2 winter, with multiple medals and records to their names - around how the Olympic motto can be used for anyone to go higher (goal setting), faster (sticking to long processes) and stronger (focus under pressure) in any walk of life.
The Waiting Game Of War - Margaret Coker (Journalist)
When you could be captured, tortured or killed any moment as a part of your work, only the tough can hang in there and make a career out of it. Margaret Coker lasted two decades as a foreign correspondent across thirty-two countries on four continents, including some of the worst warzones on earth in the Middle East. In this chat she takes us behind the scenes not only of the job but also her inner coping strategies, showing us how she hung in there to shine light on issues that have led to criminal trials of global banks and investigations of corrupt police officers, as well as freedom for three people wrongly convicted and incarcerated - proving that the wait can be worth all the worry in the end.
The Value of Vision - Chasity Melvin (WNBA)
If you had your eye dislocated from its socket during the course of your work, would you go back and do it again? Chasity Melvin is one of the few people who can answer that question definitively, literally damaging her visual system while pursuing her larger purpose in life, playing in the WNBA. While she recovered her physical injuries, the vision for her life never wavered, and here she shares how that vital source of strength has acted as both a motivator and a guide - from her 12 year career as a player in the WNBA, to her journey as an international star, and then a coach for both men's and women's pro teams that has led her back to the league, now on the coaching staff at Phoenix Mercury.
Mission Critical Mindset *Part 2* - Holly Ridings (NASA) + Preston Cline (PhD)
In this episode - the second of a two-part special on NASA and the critical teams that drive Mission Control and the International Space Station - we take it to another level by talking about the leadership of out of this world teams. Join Holly Ridings (Chief Flight Operator at NASA) and Preston Cline (Founder of the Mission Critical Teams Institute) as we dig into how anyone can help build their team up to this standard of vulnerability simply by asking for it, as well as other responsibilities of leader when you're asking for elite performance under extreme duress.
If you’re needing a pick me up this is the podcast to listen to. Talks about some hard hitting topics and gives some great advice. Everyone should listen.
A must listen!
I most recently listened to “Tough Women Make History...” and absolutely LOVED the episode! It was the perfect combination of learning to power through hard times, finding grit, laughing through frustrations, and becoming an inspiration to women world wide. It was great to hear that these women knew the overall impact that their roles play on a larger scale. Also, the glitter locker room story was the perfect example of bringing us into their world!
Thank you for telling these stories of both physical and mental grit. It’s inspiring and I’m looking forward to many more episodes to come!
These are absolutely mind blowing
Paddy has world class skill in really going deep and uncovering amazing insight from these conversations