The High Performance Podcast
The High Performance Podcast
Om The High Performance Podcast
The High Performance Podcast turns the lived experiences of the planet's high performers into your life lessons. Jake Humphrey (broadcast presenter of 20 years) and Professor Damian Hughes (leading high performance expert), speak to athletes, authors, entertainers and experts about the key to their success. But, Jake and Damian look beyond the guests achievements and encourage guests to share how they developed their mindset, what gives them confidence, how they navigate adversity and much more. Hear from guests as you’ve never heard them before. The High Performance Podcast aims to help listeners navigate their own version of high performance.
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Reflecting on the guests they’ve spoken to in the month of November, Jake and Damian discuss the greatest learnings from each guest and how they can be applied to our everyday lives. Listening back to the conversation they had with Danny Drinkwater, they dive into the biggest lesson he was taught during his career, including those by Sir Alex Ferguson. Author and blogger Shane Parrish was another impactful guest in November; Jake shares with Damian how the conversation with Shane has been impacting every day of his life since, specifically in terms of where he spends his time. Jake and Damian also spoke to Matt Fitzpatrick about his strict method of practise and play. Matt went on to share the story of a text message he received from his personal hero, basketball player Michael Jordan. At the beginning of November, Jake and Damian hosted an exclusive live event with Sarina Wiegman to celebrate the launch of her book. They think back to this special night and listen to the answer Sarina gave to an audience question. The final guest of the month was Alex Albon, a conversation that took place in two halves, from discussing the most difficult moments of his career to how his life has transformed in the last few years. Every month lessons offered by the guest on this podcast are utilised by Jake and Damian in their own lives, including leading with intention, knowing how to spend your time and respecting your teammates. Listen to the episodes mentioned: Danny Drinkwater: https://pod.fo/e/1fcb1b Ole Gunnar Solskjær: https://pod.fo/e/21718 Shane Parrish: https://pod.fo/e/1ff000 Matt Fitzpatrick: https://pod.fo/e/2038f9 Alex Albon: https://pod.fo/e/205b4f Sarina Wiegman: https://pod.fo/e/2013d6 To hear the full episode right now, download The High Performance App at this link: https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Alex Albon is one of the most exciting talents in Formula 1, currently driving for Williams Racing. He has previously raced for Scuderia Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing where he was teammate to the current Drivers Champion, Max Verstappen. This episode was recorded across two occasions, with the first taking place at the Williams Racing headquarters just days after the now infamous Qatar Grand Prix, which saw Alex need medical attention due to the heat in the car. The second half was recorded in London when Alex returned from an early exit in Sao Paulo. The conversations cover Alex’s rise through the ranks of racing, and his struggles when he was dropped by Red Bull, electing to stay with the team and improve the car for his teammates. Alex opens up on the learnings he has taken through difficult periods in his career and his personal life, which he believes have enabled him to develop the mental resilience needed to become a champion. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ahead of the launch of the new High Performance book, ‘How to Change Your Life: Five Steps to Achieving High Performance’, Jake and Damian discuss the waypoints that people should expect to travel through in order to make lasting change. The patern of dream, leap, fight, climb and arrive has shown itself in the journeys of countless high performers and in this episode we discuss each stage, selecting a previous guest who exemplifies it. The book covers these steps in detail, using examples from our conversations with the guests on the podcast to illustrate how to effectively move through these stages. Pre Order 'How to Change Your Life' (Out 7th December): https://linktr.ee/howtochangeyourlife Listen to the first chapter for free NOW on the High Performance App: https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/hp-app Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ahead of the release of our podcast with F1 driver, Alex Albon, this is an exclusive first listen which details Alex’s first ever appearance on an F1 grid, leading to him gaining a seat with the prestigious Red Bull Racing team. The full episode covers Alex’s career to date, his ambitions for the future, and the incidents, struggles and circumstances which have challenged him and helped him to grow. To hear the full episode right now, download The High Performance App at this link: https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This conversation provides a glimpse into the mind of a golfer whose meticulous approach, dedication, and mental resilience has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. Matt Fitzpatrick is a professional golfer, and won his first major championship at the 2022 U.S. Open. In this episode, Jake, Damian and Matt discuss the techniques and skills he employs in his professional and personal life that have shaped his career. Matt shares the transformation that took place in 2018 that took his career to the next level; he reveals the meticulous approach he uses to hone his craft and why being numbers obsessed is the secret to his success. They explore his journey from amateur to professional golfer, and his shift in mindset, including the power of positive self-talk. Matt also shares the life-changing advice his caddy Billy Foster gave him just before winning the U.S Open. In this episode they delve into how he developed his winning mindset in a sport where you lose more than you win. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Returning to the episode with author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson, Jake reflects on the lessons he still thinks about daily. Mark suggested parents should not be telling their children they can do anything, as it may set them up for a fall in the future. Telling them they’re going to be brilliant will ensure they don’t build their resilience muscle. Jake shares with Damian how after this episode he now talks to his children differently. They also reflect on why comparison is killer and Mark’s experience writing Will Smith’s book. And they discuss how saying no makes you a more attractive prospect. Listen to the full episode with Mark: https://pod.fo/e/15bfe7 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this enlightening conversation, Sarina Wiegman offers a profound perspective on what it means to be a successful coach, leader, and advocate for women in football. This conversation was recorded at a sold out High Performance event in Sarina’s only UK appearance. Sarina Wiegman is the coach that took the Lionesses to victory at Euro 2020. During this conversation, Sarina takes Jake and Damian through her career and the biggest lessons she has learnt along the way. From cutting her hair off at six years old so she could play football with the boys, to coaching a Euros winning team. They discuss what good leadership looks like and how personal connection with players and mutual understanding is top priority. Sarina offers her one key piece of advice to coaches, parents and leaders. She delves into the plan she made for the Lionesses that shaped them into a winning team, whilst focusing on her key values; respect, growth and clarity. Not only do they discuss Sarina’s career in football, Jake and Damian also explore the greatest lessons from her personal life, including the benefits of silence and meditation, and her relationship with grief after the loss of her sister. Sarina’s focus on people and her ability to connect and empower others serve as powerful lessons for anyone seeking to excel in their field and create positive change. Listen to the exclusive live audience Q&A with Sarina only on the High Performance App! Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Find Sarina’s book ‘What It Takes: My Playbook on Life and Leadership’ here: https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/what-it-takes-sarina-wiegman/7579177 This interview was recorded in front of a live audience. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Next week (20/11/2023) is Anti-Bullying Week, a scheme created by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to raise awareness and to prevent bullying. Jake and Damian reflect on previous guest conversations they’ve had about bullying and share their own experiences. Author and inspiration speaker, Vex King, opens up about witnessing an assault on his family and the lasting impact it had on him. They also explore how you can be a bully without even knowing it, listening back to the conversation they had with Courtney Black. They also explore the conversations had with Russell Kane, Pippa Grange and Ashley Cain and their experiences with bullying. This conversation asks you to consider how you can change your actions for the better and help others who are suffering with the impacts of bullying. Find more on Anti-Bullying Week here: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week-2023-make-noise-about-bullying Learn more about JAAQ: https://jaaq.org/ Listen to the episodes mentioned: Vex King: https://pod.fo/e/1227f6 Russell Kane: https://pod.fo/e/126451 Courtney Black: https://pod.fo/e/15a903 Ashley Cain: https://pod.fo/e/18aebc Pippa Grange: https://pod.fo/e/10bc10 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This episode explores how by mastering the basics, we can unlock the secrets to living life in ‘easy mode’. Shane Parrish is a former spy, founder of Farnam Street and author of ‘Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results’. Jake, Damian and Shane discuss why it is crucial to do the basics right. By analysing our four default modes; Emotion, Ego, Social and Inertia, Shane studies how we can ensure we are thinking clearly. Positioning is a key focus of Shane’s work; he describes to Jake and Damian how by positioning ourselves, eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising, we can improve our lives. The conversation delves into the core of optimising performance, both individually and in a team setting. Shane shares how he effectively manages a team, especially people who don’t want to do hard work. He explains his motto, "outcome over ego," and why this has transformed his personal and professional life. Whilst discussing how to live a happier life, Shane describes the lessons he’s learnt from people nearing the end of their lives. He explains how we can all lead a life more aligned with our goals, and how to find out what our true motivations are. This is a deep dive into the psychology of high performance and clear thinking, and reveals how small changes can lead to monumental results in life and leadership. Find Clear Thinking here: https://bookshop.org/p/books/clear-thinking-turning-ordinary-moments-into-extraordinary-results-shane-parrish/19635288 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jake and Damian explore the archives as Damian shares his favourite lessons from Norwegian football manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær. They reflect on where Ole’s motivation came from and the biggest lessons his father taught him. Whilst he is now known for his football management skills, Ole was also an elite footballer and talented striker, being regarded as one of the “ultimate finishers”. They discuss how Ole reframed the challenges of being a striker, and the advice he received from Sir Alex Ferguson and Danny Welbeck. Listen to the full episode with Ole: https://pod.fo/e/21718 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Danny Drinkwater joins us on High Performance, taking this opportunity to announce his retirement from professional football. After an almost 20 year career, Danny takes some time to look back on his accomplishments, greatest lessons and biggest challenges. After rising through the Youth Academy at Manchester United, Danny played for some of the country’s biggest clubs, including Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Leicester City. He takes Jake and Damian through his football career; from sitting on the bench at Manchester United aged 18, to being a key part of Leicester City’s Premier League winning squad. He shares the emotional rollercoaster of winning the Premier League, as well as the painful moment his Euro's opportunity was taken away. Having worked with legendary figures like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson and Claudio Ranieri, Danny reflects on how they inspired and challenged him, both in his career and personal life. Danny delves into what he believes makes a great football manager, emphasising the significance of personal management to bring out the best in players and build team momentum. They also discuss Danny’s difficult reality with mental health struggles, including dealing with rejection after new offers failed to materialise. Reflecting on his lowest point when he was arrested for drink-driving in 2019, Danny highlights the importance of mental health care and finding practical solutions to unhappiness. This is a conversation about personal growth, overcoming the darkest moments and moving to a brighter future. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In October, Jake and Damian spoke to a wide variety of guests, including a chef, philosopher, and physicist. Jake and Damian take some time to reflect on they key lessons and biggest take-aways from each guest, including why we should embrace being wrong with Professor Brian Cox and why we should aim for averageness with Alain de Botton. With Alain they also discuss parenting, how to have a successful relationship and what high performance really means. Both Professor Brian Cox and Alain de Botton challenged Jake and Damian’s understanding of high performance. Although both known for their work in the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay and Delia Smith offered very different learnings from their episodes. Gordon shares how he has pushed through life’s challenges to reach his best moments. Delia emphasises to Jake and Damian the importance of community building and how connection can improve our lives. Listen to the episodes mentioned: Professor Brian Cox: https://pod.fo/e/1f3c55 Alain de Botton: https://pod.fo/e/1f5db0 Delia Smith: https://pod.fo/e/1f82be Gordon Ramsay: https://pod.fo/e/1fa614 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On this episode: a rare and poignant conversation on the life, aspirations, and motivations of chef and TV icon, Gordon Ramsay. “I don’t want to stay in my lane, I want to own my lane” Gordon Ramsay is a chef, restaurateur and television presenter, known for Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen. In this conversation, Gordon delves deep into what really drives him, how to cultivate a winning mindset and the most crucial lessons from his career so far. He shares with Jake and Damian how growing up in a challenging household, living in 15 different homes and a difficult relationship with his father, instilled in him a sense of purpose. After suffering a career-ending football injury as a teenager, Gordon found his passion for the culinary arts. He discusses how he found the strength and resilience to pick himself back up from such a setback. Alongside his career developments, Gordon also shares the key to strong and successful family relationships. He highlights the importance of commitment and making time, even during the heights of his career. Gordon also speaks candidly about the experience of losing a child and how he and his partner have dealt with the trauma, focusing on the basis of their relationship: friendship. Looking ahead, Gordon considers his future goals, including the pursuit of a third Michelin Star in France, which he regards as his final swan song in the culinary world. Despite his remarkable achievements across a forty-year career, Gordon and his team are far from finished. Warning: There is swearing in this episode. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jake and Damian re-wind the clock to when they spoke to FBI negotiator Chris Voss. In this discussion Chris explains how techniques used in kidnapping negotiations can be used in our everyday lives. Jake shares how Chris’ teachings from this episode helped him to communicate with his wife, children, colleagues and even himself. They reflect on some of the key missions in Chris’ career and how you can become an expert communicator. Listen to the full episode with Chris here: https://pod.fo/e/d5dfb Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Pre-order our new book 'How To Change Your Life' https://linktr.ee/howtochangeyourlife Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
To listen to the full episode right now, download the High Performance App and use code HPAPP: https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Gordon Ramsay, chef and TV presenter, joins the podcast this coming Monday to discuss how he developed a winning mindset, how to grow from adversity and the highs and lows of his career so far. In this exclusive episode preview, Gordon shares his advice for up-and-coming chefs facing challenges in their careers, and why finding your weakness is crucial to developing your skills. He debates with Jake the difference between arrogance and confidence. This episode will be released on all platforms this coming Monday 23rd October, but to listen to the full episode today, download the High Performance App and using the code HPAPP: https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Delia Smith CH CBE is a culinary icon having sold over 21 million cookery books, and is also joint majority shareholder of Norwich City FC. In this conversation, Delia opens up about her spiritual journey, the transformative power of community and her time at Norwich. Her spirituality is a central theme of the episode - now at 82 years of age, she describes how her relationship to community, politics and silence has transformed over time. Delia shares with Jake and Damian how dedicating one hour (she started with just 10 minutes) a day to quiet time has reshaped her perspective on life's challenges. Having been a key member of the Norwich football family for over 27 years, community is central to Delia’s life. Delia discusses how to create, support and maintain communities in a time when everyone feels so disconnected. Her time at Norwich has also brought many challenges, including joining the board when they were days from bankruptcy and dealing with rude fans and cruel chants. She shares what it feels like to find true freedom and how she has come to accept herself and the difficult realities of life. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This episode is a fascinating conversation about self-worth, perspective, and the power of saying no. Dr. Julie Smith is a highly regarded clinical psychologist known for her compassionate approach to mental health care and expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy. With over two decades of experience, she has positively impacted the lives of countless individuals by helping them navigate the complexities of their emotional well-being. In this episode, Dr Julie discusses how our choices today can lead to a better tomorrow, finding merit in balance throughout life, and focusing on what matters to us individuals. She explores how self worth is not based on what others think, but what we truly value. Having worked with some of the most successful people, Dr Julie explains how many of these individuals have had some of the deepest struggles. She unravels our ‘unmet needs’ with Jake and Damian: love, belonging, and safety - and how in adulthood we can reflect on these to give perspective on day-to-day life. - - - - Get your tickets to An Audience with Sarina Wiegman - November 8th, Westminster Chapel: http://hppod.co/sarina-tickets Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This episode encourages us to explore a deeper understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and why we should be seeking fulfilment not happiness. Alain de Botton is an author and philosopher, known for co-founding The School of Life in 2008. The School of Life was created to fill a void in our current education systems with the teaching of emotional intelligence. Alain’s work also focuses on love, parenthood, mental health and the meaning of success. During this episode, Jake, Damian and Alain dive deep into each of these subjects, exploring what a life filled with the constant search for knowledge could look like. Alain shares what we can learn from our mental health struggles and how they can be revealing a deeper truth. This conversation highlights how important it is to lean into uncomfortable emotions to truly understand ourselves. Alain challenges Jake and Damian’s perceptions of what high performance really looks like, debating whether the fight for success actually leads to a good life, and why we should be embracing averageness. Within this conversation they discuss why we’re obsessed with fame, how to be a better parent, the benefits of a breakdown and how we can improve our relationships. Find Alain’s new book ‘A Therapeutic Journey’ here: https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/a-therapeutic-journey-lessons-from-the-school-of-life-alain-de-botton/7388674?ean=9780241642559 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One of Damian’s all-time favourite episodes is the conversation they had with professional boxer, Josh Warrington. Damian reflects out his key take aways from the episode and shares them with Jake. This includes, Josh sharing the techniques he uses to keep his anxieties and fear in control just before going into the ring. And in the event of a mistake, he ensures to take full responsibility, rather than making excuses and blaming others. Jake and Damian also discuss one of the most powerful moments in all of the 200+ episodes that have been recorded; Josh states the power of friendship and the positive impact keeping those relationships strong has. Listen to Josh’s full episode here: https://pod.fo/e/b5aaf Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This is a conversation about science, philosophy, the meaning of life, and the unfathomable size of the universe. Professor Brian Cox is a physicist, known for his astronomy and cosmology series’, including The Universe and Stargazing Live. He has performed on several sell-out arena tours, setting the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling science tour. Before his career in science, at age 18 Brian embarked on a musical career, forming a band with the ex-keyboarder from Thin Lizzy. Brian shares stories of his 5 years as a professional musician; as a keyboard player in the bands Dare and D:Ream. Having achieved in D in Maths A-level, Brian discusses with Jake and Damain how this experience taught him his greatest lesson: the importance of practice. In this episode, Brian imparts invaluable wisdom on the pursuit of greatness and knowledge, and his belief that “very few people are naturally great”. He shares his secrets on summoning the courage to ask difficult questions and the importance of saying “I don’t know”. They discuss the greatest threat to humanity: human stupidity, and Brian offers insights on creating global cooperation in a world with the power to destroy itself. Jake, Damian and Brian tackle life's biggest questions, whilst exploring life's more personal subjects: self-doubt, fear and finding confidence. See Brian on his live tour ‘Horizons’: https://briancoxlive.co.uk/ Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.