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How do you define Excellence? Find out if your definition matches up with some awe-inspiring notables who speak exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence. This just might be the podcast you didn't know you needed.These discussions aren't a glorification of Excellence, but an examination of the entire path, which always includes challenges, successes, failures, inspirations and more. Go along with host Brian Hurlburt as the guests speak like never before about Excellence. Guests have included baseball hall of famer Greg Maddux, best-selling author and former FBI asst. director of counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, former NFL star and Naval Academy graduate Napoleon McCallum, multi-talented performer and business woman Susan Anton, NBA hall of famer Bill Walton and PGA Tour player and philanthropist Charley Hoffman.Hopefully, this podcast motivates humanity to pursue Excellence by magnifying awe-inspiring people, stories, philosophies and performances. A new era of Excellence is here. A common thread of Excellence: it is a journey, not a destination. Est. Vegas 2020, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World.

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How do you define Excellence? Find out if your definition matches up with some awe-inspiring notables who speak exclusively and candidly about their journeys of Excellence. This just might be the podcast you didn't know you needed.These discussions aren't a glorification of Excellence, but an examination of the entire path, which always includes challenges, successes, failures, inspirations and more. Go along with host Brian Hurlburt as the guests speak like never before about Excellence. Guests have included baseball hall of famer Greg Maddux, best-selling author and former FBI asst. director of counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, former NFL star and Naval Academy graduate Napoleon McCallum, multi-talented performer and business woman Susan Anton, NBA hall of famer Bill Walton and PGA Tour player and philanthropist Charley Hoffman.Hopefully, this podcast motivates humanity to pursue Excellence by magnifying awe-inspiring people, stories, philosophies and performances. A new era of Excellence is here. A common thread of Excellence: it is a journey, not a destination. Est. Vegas 2020, the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World.

    Linda Hartough - Following Self Belief to Capture Excellence (#19)

    Linda Hartough - Following Self Belief to Capture Excellence (#19)

    Linda Hartough is a fine artist who followed her beliefs to establish a new genre of golf art.

    Since 1984, she has captured some of the world's most beautiful golf courses through stunningly realistic paintings including Augusta National, Carnoustie, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.

    But her story also includes a deep dive into her business acumen and how that prevented her from being a "starving artist."

    Hartough on Excellence:

    "I think of Excellence as an individual's pursuit of developing their talent. I think everyone has a talent, but some people never realize it, Usually, if a person has passion and they know that's their purpose, then they are going to develop that to Excellence. It's just a natural progression."

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    Hartough is credited as a trailblazer within the golf fine art industry and information about her work is available at Hartough.com. 
    Along the way, Hartough was a founding trustee of The Academy of Golf Art, which brings Excellence to the genre of golf art by attracting world-class artists, who offer their vision of the game to the fine art medium.

    • 33 min
    Dr. Gerald E. Harmon - Why We Should Heed His Advice About Excellence, More (#18)

    Dr. Gerald E. Harmon - Why We Should Heed His Advice About Excellence, More (#18)

    This could be our most important episode to date.

    Dr. Gerald E. Harmon is a practicing family medical specialist and also the president of the American Medical Association. At arguably no time in our history due to Covid-19 and other medical issues, is serving these roles been more important.

    In this episode, Dr. Harmon shares the excellence he witnesses from his colleagues, his definition of Excellence, why taking the advice of medical professionals is a little bit of Excellence, the impact of Covid-19 and why vaccinations are important, and more.

    Dr. Harmon's bio is filled with Excellence, including serving as major general in the Air Force, chief physician for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force. He has also been decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal and other honors.

    "One of the things I've learned with excellence is that my patients can trust me.," Harmon said during the episode. "They can trust their provider, the healthcare provider, whether it's me as a physician, whether it's someone coming in and taking their vital signs, (or anyone in the medical field. ) I've given interviews and people have said, 'what's the most important thing you've learned in medicine? And what's the most valuable thing you've taken away?' I think the most valuable thing I would take away is that people have trusted me. I've earned a patient's trust."

    Dr. Harmon offers terrific advice  throughout the episode, medical and otherwise.

    That's why I dubbed him, Dr. Advice.

    I hope you enjoy the episode. --Brian Hurlburt, host.

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    • 40 min
    Lt. Col. Dan Rooney - Going Before You Are Ready Is the DNA of Excellence (#17)

    Lt. Col. Dan Rooney - Going Before You Are Ready Is the DNA of Excellence (#17)

    "Go Before You Are Ready."

    A life mantra and one of the 10 LOE's (lines of effort) of Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, the only person in history to be both a United States Air Force pilot and PGA of America professional.

    During this episode, the uplifting Dan Rooney shares inspiration and conversations about his journey of Excellence, which includes thoughts behind the meaning of the title of his book, "Fly Into the Wind - How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness on Your Ascent to Greatness."

    From Rooney, who also is the founder of Foldsofhonor.org, an organization that has awarded scholarships to 35,000 children of fallen military heroes:

    "Go before you are ready. If I I had an Anthem in my life, that's probably it. I really believe that people who go before they're ready, that's the DNA that ties greatness together."

    Also, he will reveal the life-altering lessons he learned as a fighter pilot that can translate into life for all of us.

    "Being a fighter pilot changed me forever," Rooney said during the episode.  "The number one thing you learn about Excellence is that it's a business of no excuses and very high stakes and being prepared. Number one, being very open and transparent about your mistakes in a world where everybody tries to hide everything. When you make a mistake on a mission, you write it down and you come in and you openly share those with the group in the spirit of humility and getting better."

    Lt. Col. Dan Rooney. Take a few minutes and listen to his message and learn more about his story.

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    • 37 min
    Simon Keith - Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Shares How to Embrace Fear (#16)

    Simon Keith - Two-Time Heart Transplant Recipient Shares How to Embrace Fear (#16)

    This is the story of Simon Keith's Excellence. Simon has survived and thrived as a two-time heart transplant recipient and was the first athlete to play professionally following his first procedure.

    During this episode, Simon shares:

    - His definition of Excellence that is similar to that of Tiger Woods
    - How to embrace fear and what it was like moments before his heart was removed
    - How to not waste your opportunities
    - Why motivation is overrated but discipline is underrated.
    - Who inspired him to create the Simon Keith Foundation and why
    - Much more from the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame member

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    • 33 min
    Annika Sorenstam - How a Shy Girl Grew Up to Not Fear Excellence (#15)

    Annika Sorenstam - How a Shy Girl Grew Up to Not Fear Excellence (#15)

    This is about 23 minutes of candid and exclusive Excellence with Annika Sorenstam, arguably the greatest women's golfer in history.

    She shares with host Brian Hurlburt amazing insights on how to overcome shyness, simplify golf, not fear Excellence, which golfers she emulated to refine her swing and game, and much more.

    This is the story of Annika, so take a few moments to be inspired by her Excellence as we share her journey.

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    Episode Highlights
    Overcoming shynessA willingness to never stop learningShooting the only 59 in LPGA tour historyPlaying in a PGA Tour eventHow she put together her golf game by emulating several all-time greatsHow to simplify the game of golfAnd much, much more

    • 23 min
    Sam Schmidt - How and Why Paralysis Led to True Excellence (#14)

    Sam Schmidt - How and Why Paralysis Led to True Excellence (#14)

    It would seem as if being permanently paralyzed in a racing car accident would be the worst day of a person's life.

    For today's guest, Sam Schmidt, it just might have been one of the best days of his life. Listen now as he take a deep dive of his Excellence journey with us.


    CLICK TO JOIN THE FREE MAGNIFYING EXCELLENCE CLUB AND GET OUR FREE EBOOKFormer Indy Car champion Sam Schmidt defines true  Excellence.  This episode explores his amazing story of being an Indy Car champ, paraplegic, a return to racing, successful entrepreneurship, race team owner, philanthropist and more.
    From Schmidt's episode:
    "I think one of the more enlightening observations is that when I was young, I was arguing pretty selfish. And  I thought I felt satisfaction in only  generating excellence with myself, but now I think I find more satisfaction in helping to cultivate the experts and others. And I realized totally that I had professional athlete insurance, and resources and an education and a support system, and  that enabled me to continue on post my accident and probably do a heck of a lot more with my life in this situation than I would have out of a wheelchair."
    Listen to his amazing and inspirational story now.

    • 37 min

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