The Mental Toughness for Mavericks podcast is a playbook for peak performance and mastery. Hosted by performance coach Renita Kalhorn, listen in as master teachers, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and top performers share personal stories, insights and cutting-edge strategies for excellence. Previous guests have included Simon Sinek (“Start With Why”), Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”), former Navy SEAL Mark Divine (“Unbeatable Mind”), entrepreneur Amos Winbush III, Daniel Coyle (“The Talent Code”) and Dr. Sian Beilock. Topics range from self-disruption, resilience and flow to high-velocity learning, mastery and performance under pressure.
What We Can Learn From Intelligent Fanatics About Mastery, Attention to Detail and the Power of Intuition, With Sean Iddings
Today’s guest is Sean Iddings, a micro-cap investor, co-founder of the Intelligent Fanatics brand and a fellow musician. Sean is fascinated by the world’s great business builders — entrepreneurs who may not be household names like Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos but who have built sustainable, long lasting organizations while treating their employees well. They did it through a focus on “win win” and attention to detail and, if we’re aiming for mastery, we need to become “fanatics” too.
Leveraging the Power of Trust, Micro-Recovery and Vulnerability, with Rich Diviney
Rich Diviney is a former Navy SEAL commanding officer with more than 20 years of experience, including 11 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He shared with me what he loved most about being a SEAL, and this led into a discussion about how the SEAL teams create such incredible trust and lifelong bonds, how he uses micro-recovery to stay resilient and his take on why leaders have to show vulnerability.
How To Use Quantum Thinking to Create from Possibility and Become Invincible, with Greg Kuhn
Today’s guest is Greg Kuhn, a professional educator and futurist who has a knack for translating the laws of quantum physics into simple and practical techniques that are easy to apply in everyday life. He's written seven books in his "Why Quantum Physi
Flow Mastery (Not Hacking), with Jiro Taylor
Jiro Taylor is a fellow flow junkie and founder of the Flowstate Collective. Jiro splits his time between Bali and Australia, truly living a life in pursuit of flow, whether it’s surfing, snowboarding, practicing Qi Gong or leading adventure retreats. We talked about the different phases of flow and what keeps us from accessing it, how to use nature to get out of survival mode, and a cool breathing technique to access flow when there’s a crisis at the office.
The Courage to Be Authentic (and Why It's the Secret to Greater Productivity and Speed in Building Your Company), with Andrea Shillington
As an international brand strategist Andrea Shillington built brands for Fortune 500 companies, seven star hotels and governments including the United Arab Emirates. She then pivoted, launching Brands for the Heart to help visionary entrepreneurs develop authentic brands. We talked about her journey to living a more authentic life after she achieved all the markers of success early in her career and found they weren’t satisfying, how it takes courage to show up authentically and, how being authentic — whether with clients, investors or your team — actually helps you be more productive and build your business more quickly.
Becoming Fit and Legit: How an Entrepreneurial Drug Dealer Founded ConBody and Turned His Life Around, with Coss Marte
Starting at the age of 13, Coss Marte built a $2M cocaine-and-marijuana empire in New York City before getting busted. While serving time, he developed a bodyweight exercise program that he could do in a 9'x6′ prison cell — he lost 70 pounds and went on to help his fellow inmates lose a total of 1,000 pounds. Once released, he was determined to build a legitimate business and, with the help of organizations like Defy Ventures, he’s gotten funding through Shark Tank and a successful Kickstarter to open his own gym, ConBody, where he hires formerly incarcerated as trainers. We spoke about his approach to “hustling,” how he stays resilient and the key inflection points in his journey to becoming fit and legit (including the incredible "stamp in the bible” story).
Insightful interviews w multidisciplinary approaches
Super interesting and very applicable to anyone constantly striving for improvement in their life. The variety of guests Renita has on is incredible and unpredictable in the best way. Every episode there is something new to take away about peak performance and as a whole, there's so many commonalities we're able to find in the mindset of the varied disciplines and experiences of her master guests. I've gained a lot of great info and have done further research after listening to many of the episodes.
I've been following Renita for years now and find her to be an inspiration. She's wise and very knowledgable, so glad so share her podcasts with others!
Actionable advice from a wonderful coach and a dear friend
I am one of the fortunate few who has gotten advice from Renita every week 1:1 for more than an year. She is an excellent teacher who a) understands your context very well b) and then follows through with very actionable advice that you can apply right away c) advice that shows results.
What I love about Renita's teachings is that she teaches foundational, core ideas that can develop into keystone habits which in turn can bring about huge changes over time. I am lucky to call her a dear friend who I can count on to ground and center me, whenever life starts getting a bit too overwhelming.