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Learn the Spartan mindset. Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders. It will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life.

The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena Joe De Sena

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 823 Ratings

Learn the Spartan mindset. Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders. It will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life.

    Finding Your Sweet Spot: Leveraging Strengths, Interests, and Values for Success | James King

    Finding Your Sweet Spot: Leveraging Strengths, Interests, and Values for Success | James King

    Tired of being average? Want to take your game to the next level and become unstoppable? This episode will show you how to maximize your innate strengths, tap into your deepest interests, and unleash an unstoppable drive to win.
     
    Former military strategist James King shares his science-backed approach to identifying your "sweet spot" and aligning your goals in a way that ignites your full potential. Spartan CEO Joe De Sena opens up about applying these principles to build an empire and change millions of lives.
     
    Discover the secrets of the world's top performers and leave with an action plan to optimize your body and mind for total excellence.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:42 Who is James King?
    02:45 Studying performance science at the University of Edinburg
    09:26 Key goals to pursue in order to excel
    12:42 Leaning into strengths or fixing the weaknesses?
    15:01 How hard is it to figure out your interests?
    17:41 Just start doing something
    20:22 Finding your sweet spot
    23:13 The University of Better
    For more insights into James King, be sure to explore:
    Social Media Handles-
    Instagram: @jamesaking_
    LinkedIn: @acceleratingexcellence
    Youtube: @acceleratingexcellence
    Twitter: @jamesaking

    Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B15MT2F9?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_WC2SR2T9WSA12ZZCTFDP

    Spotfiy: https://open.spotify.com/show/5LJFspGl7b0e5YuxMfPLpx?si=be50920d345347ea

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-accelerating-excellence-podcast/id1706636304

    • 22 min
    Marketing Mastermind: Seth Godin on Viral Growth and Community Building

    Marketing Mastermind: Seth Godin on Viral Growth and Community Building

    In this episode, marketing pioneer Seth Godin shares his proven strategies for building viral movements and brands. He and the Spartan founder Joe De Sena talk about the power of cultivating small, passionate communities over mass appeal.
     
    Godin draws from his experience helping top brands connect through stories and building a community. He explains how understanding the way ideas spread socially unlocked his viral successes.
     
    Seth points out that the most successful brands are built like "religions" that unite people through shared experiences. He also talks about happiness as a choice and the advantages of the world we live in.
     
    For anyone wanting to inspire a change, this conversation provides valuable lessons on spreading ideas that uplift, becoming a viral phenomenon, and establishing movements that empower lives.
    Episode presented by MudGear
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:42 The world is not your customer
    02:08 Is a small audience enough?
    04:31 The secret to becoming viral
    08:01 The success of Joe’s New York restaurant
    09:10 What would Seth as a head of Spartan?
    13:33 How did Seth find his path?
    14:25 Being happy is a choice
    16:47 Building a brand is building a religion
    18:36 The war in Ukraine from a marketing perspective
    21:12 How can you find Seth?

    • 24 min
    Beyond Stereotypes: Redefining Masculinity Through Authenticity

    Beyond Stereotypes: Redefining Masculinity Through Authenticity

    In this episode, Joe De Sena interviews Michael Holt from Savage and Saint on redefining masculinity through integrity, authenticity and inner strength.
     
    They discuss growing up tough and how it shapes character, plus the importance of discipline and relaxation in achieving goals and relationships.
    Michael shares his daily wellness routine of meditation, breathing, nutrition and movement - practical self-care habits that unlock spiritual growth and sustainable energy.
     
    Discover an empowering blueprint for well-being, success and real relationships - without macho posturing or martyrdom.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    01:15 How can we define masculinity?
    04:40 The balance of challenge and acceptance
    07:51 Going too far in achieving the mission
    12:08 The fear of stopping and relaxing
    15:54 Six pillars of well-being
    19:52 The meditative path is the warrior path

    • 23 min
    Never Quit: Craig Levinson's Story of Pivoting from Failure to Success

    Never Quit: Craig Levinson's Story of Pivoting from Failure to Success

    Craig Levinson has overcome countless obstacles on his journey from South Africa to Silicon Valley. After immigrating as a teen, he chased his basketball dreams in the US only to have a devastating injury end his career. But he refused to quit, pivoting to build supplement brands and manage inspirational clients.
     
    Through it all, 3 principles have guided him: accountability, consistency, and self-care. In this episode, Craig shares gripping tales of his moves across the world, business failures, and backstage encounters that led him to create a very sought-after agency. His story is an inspiration for anyone willing to keep chasing their dreams against all odds.
     
    Highlights:

    00:00 Intro
    00:43 Craig Levinson’s family and background
    02:34 Moving to the United States at 19
    05:13 Playing college basketball and getting injured
    08:18 Creating a supplement brand and failing
    11:31 Pivoting and finding a way through
    13:10 Meeting his faith in the backstage of Ellen DeGeneres show
    15:33 Working with A-list clients
    17:34 Thee things important for success
    20:48 How to find Craig?
    21:54 Final words

    • 23 min
    Getting Kids Moving: Solutions to the Physical Inactivity Crisis | Amy Bantham

    Getting Kids Moving: Solutions to the Physical Inactivity Crisis | Amy Bantham

    Tired of kids glued to screens when they should be running around outside? Frustrated with the lack of PE and recess in schools? Dr. Amy Bantham has had enough - and she's starting a revolution to get our youth active again.
     
    As the founder of Move to Live More, Amy is trying to empower families and schools in a fight against physical inactivity. In this motivating episode, she shares why movement matters for mental and physical health, tips for fun family fitness, and innovative solutions to get kids off devices and onto the field.
     
    Whether you're a parent wanting to role model wellness or a community member passionate about youth sports, this show will energize and inspire you to join Amy's movement. Discover practical ways to weave activity into everyday life and help reverse the inactivity crisis - one kid at a time.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:43 Who is Amy Bantham?
    02:27 The lack of physical activity in kids
    04:59 What can school and parents do?
    08:26 Kids going outside for recess policy
    11:12 What can we do?
    12:32 How can people join the Move to Live More movement?
    14:17 Start with a small activity

    • 15 min
    From the Brink of Death to the Forefront of Healthcare Innovation | Jacob Peters

    From the Brink of Death to the Forefront of Healthcare Innovation | Jacob Peters

    Jacob Peters almost died after a COVID-19 vaccine left him hospitalized. Instead of accepting defeat, he was driven to help others avoid similar struggles. His new company Superpower aims to put people in charge of their health data and connect them to innovative care.
     
    This episode follows Jacob's incredible journey—from building Legos into a six-figure business as a teen to founding a major health tech company after a chance meeting on Wall Street. But it was facing his mortality that lit a fire within Jacob. Now, he's building the future of healthcare, one that ensures no one has to fight for their life alone. Get ready to be inspired to reclaim your health and well-being.
     
    Highlights:
    00:15 Jacob Peters's journey into health space
    05:04 Choosing Entrepreneurship Over Military Career
    07:45 From Lego reselling company to Wall Street
    09:57 A start-up started by solving Microsoft’s problem
    13:28 Lego blocks translated into business building
    17:06 Jacob’s health problems after COVID vaccine
    26:14 The help of holistic physicians
    28:51 Jacob’s current business in health space - Superpower
    33:03 Three things everyone should be doing every day

    • 36 min

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Great Podcast!

I love this show and the guests they bring on. Joe really covers a wide variety of topics. Each episode is a deep dive into a different area of improving your life. Can’t recommend it enough!

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Great show!

Joe, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of finding success, loving life and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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