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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

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    • 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.

    Fit at 98: Lala LaLanne’s Longevity Secrets

    Fit at 98: Lala LaLanne’s Longevity Secrets

    Meet the world's toughest inspiration - 98-year-old Lala LaLanne!
    In this episode, Joe De Sena sits down with the fitness legend to uncover her secrets to breaking records, crushing workouts, and staying motivated well into her 90s.
     
    Listen as Elaine shares incredible stories of her and her late husband Jack's accomplishments over the decades. She'll also give you an inside look at her current mission - rallying people worldwide to shatter her record of 2,251 jumping jacks.
     
    If you want to add years to your life and life to your years, you don't want to miss this rare chance to learn from the woman who proves aging is truly just a mindset. You can connect with Lala through her website jacklalanne.com and listen to more of her valuable advice on the Pass It Along Podcast which she co-hosts with Greg Justice.
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:51 Who is Lala Lalanne?
    04:48 Lala’s books and upcoming movie
    07:54 Jack LaLanne jumping jack challenge
    11:39 ARCH – attitude, resistance, consistency, harmony
    15:06 Aging is like a sport, you have to train for it  
    17:55 If you want something to happen, don’t be a quitter!
    26:18 Learn to like yourself and improve
    28:19 Where can people find Lala?

    • 29 min
    It's Never Too Late to Test Your Limits with Gwendolyn Bounds

    It's Never Too Late to Test Your Limits with Gwendolyn Bounds

    Tired of feeling stuck in a rut? Discover how taking on new challenges can make you feel alive again at any age.
     
    In this empowering episode, Gwendolyn Bounds shares how she conquered self-doubt and found her inner athlete later in life. She discusses her transformation from a sedentary to a competitive obstacle course racer through grit and community support.
    Gwendolyn Bounds is an award-winning journalist and author whose career spans media brands including The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Consumer Reports, CNBC, SmartNews, and more.
    Her latest book “NOT TOO LATE: The Power of Pushing Limits at Any Age” captures the mental and physical benefits of pursuing something hard that you love – a starkly different prescription for wellbeing in a world filled with hacks and shortcuts to find happiness and good health. 
    Anchoring Gwendolyn’s book is the story of her own midlife evolution from an unathletic desk-bound news executive glued to her screens into an age-group medalist and world championship competitor in the daunting sport of obstacle course racing. 
    In NOT TOO LATE, Gwendolyn offers a roadmap for action and realistic change that anyone can use to tap inner reserves, face fear, and push boundaries. You can find Gwendolyn on social media and sign up for her newsletter at gwendolynbounds.com.
    Highlights:

    00:00 Intro
    01:02 The power of pushing limits at any age
    02:46 It’s never too late for sports or Spartan race
    07:01 Lessons from the obstacle course racing
    10:40 Helping people to get moving after the pandemic
    17:12 The Death Race in Vermont
    18:15 How can people find Gwendolyn
    20:09 How to get started and Not Yet mentality
    24:16 The joy of pushing yourself beyond your limits
    28:39 Life is about small choices

    • 30 min
    ​​Too Much Comfort Kills | Joe de Sena and Zackary Paben

    ​​Too Much Comfort Kills | Joe de Sena and Zackary Paben

    Joe and Zackary delve into the powerful symbolism behind carrying a couch through Spartan Races, a tribute to those struggling with addiction and a call to leave comfort for the community. Zach shares his personal story of overcoming addiction and physical challenges, emphasizing the importance of helping others, especially adaptive athletes, to conquer obstacles.
     
    The conversation touches on modern issues like the dangers of fentanyl, the impact of simulated experiences on youth, and the need for real connections. With heartfelt anecdotes and practical wisdom, Joe and Zach inspire listeners to push beyond their limits and support one another in the journey of life.
     
    Highlights:

    00:42 Intro
    02:12 We seek comfort at all costs
    05:57 Crazy trip to Wales and making connections
    10:14 Empowering kids by challenging them
    17:22 The dangers of fentanyl addiction
    21:03 Carrying a couch to raise awareness
    25:23 Race in a wheelchair and the shift in mindset
    29:51 Creating real connections and relationships

    • 31 min
    How to Turn Challeges Into Triumph with Kristin Smedley

    How to Turn Challeges Into Triumph with Kristin Smedley

    When Kristin Smedley's young son was diagnosed as blind, she was devastated. But rather than accepting limits, she became fiercely determined to give him every opportunity. Tapping into creative problem-solving skills from her own athletic past, Kristin empowered her son to navigate life fearlessly.
     
    Through using all available tools and relentless advocacy, her sons thrived academically against all odds. But Kristin's vision didn't stop there. She now inspires others through her nonprofit, proving disability is no barrier to success with the right mindset and support.
     
    Hear Kristin's incredible story - from the shock of her son's diagnosis to his graduation at the top of his class. Discover practical lessons on nurturing independence, creative accessibility solutions, and transforming challenges into triumphs. Kristin will motivate and inspire you to believe in limitless potential.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    01:01 Kristin’s childhood in Philadelphia
    03:43 Learning about the importance of team
    07:19 The shock of hearing her firstborn was blind
    10:13 Realizing what to do as a parent of a blind child
    14:23 Finding a nonprofit to help the blind community
    18:43 What I Can Be Is Up to Me book
    20:31 Using all available tools and holding the school accountable
    23:22 Things to apply to make your life better
    26:28 Where can people find Kristin?

    • 28 min
    Take Back Control of Your Life Now: Hal Elrod and How to Beat the Odds

    Take Back Control of Your Life Now: Hal Elrod and How to Beat the Odds

    Tired of just getting by each day without making progress toward your goals? Learn how one man used an unconventional morning routine to overcome a near-death experience, beat cancer against all odds, and write a bestselling book impacting millions.
     
    Hal Elrod shares his strategies for developing resilience in the face of adversity, finding peace within through acceptance, and taking back control of your health and wellness. Discover the simple daily practices that comprise Hal's Miracle Morning ritual and how you can start your own ritual today to see positive changes in 90 days.
     
    This inspiring episode with Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena will give you practical tips to develop a growth mindset, overcome obstacles, and finally start living the life you want.
     
    Highlights:

    00:00 Intro
    01:00 Moving from California to Texas
    04:11 Hal’s childhood and his first job
    05:23 A car crash and 6 minutes of death
    07:18 Accepting reality and having faith
    11:22 A cancer diagnosis at 37 and a healing mindset
    13:48 Doing everything in your power to succeed
    16:22 The Miracle Morning book
    18:09 Hal’s decision to run a marathon
    20:07 How can people find Hal?
    22:06 S.A.V.E.R.S - 6 practices of Miracle Morning

    • 25 min
    Spartan Mindset in Modern Business | Joe de Sena and Kevin Kaiser

    Spartan Mindset in Modern Business | Joe de Sena and Kevin Kaiser

    Kevin Kaiser has an unconventional approach to business that was shaped by his roots growing up on a farm in Canada. As a professor at Wharton, one of the top business schools in the world, Kaiser is challenging the status quo.
     
    In this fascinating podcast episode, Kaiser shares the philosophies that have made him an outlier - treating companies like living organisms that must constantly adapt to survive. He believes success breeds complacency if you don't disrupt yourself.
     
    You will learn Kaiser's unique strategies for avoiding complacency and staying motivated through unpredictability. You'll discover why he argues against giving employees clear goals and instead pushes them outside their comfort zones.
     
    Kaiser also dives into mindset, explaining how to "own" your thoughts and emotions rather than identify with them. For business leaders and entrepreneurs, this podcast provides an invigorating fresh perspective on value creation, leadership, and turning assumptions on their heads.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    01:01 Kevin Kaiser’s background
    02:08 Business as a living organism
    03:55 Who decides how to deploy resources?
    06:03 Students at Wharton and fragility
    09:44 How do big companies like Kodak fail?
    13:18 Staying relevant as a company
    15:33 Don’t listen to evolutionary wants
    19:26 Challenges and the example of Toyota
    22:26 Being the manager of your mind, body, and emotions
    24:58 How can people find Kevin?

    • 28 min

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823 Ratings

823 Ratings

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Joe Challenges Us

Episodes make you think of different ways to challenge yourself and prod others to strive !!! Loved Gwendolyn episode a bunch and she’s coming on my Telich Talks pod. ! Great work Joe!!

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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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