BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach with the mic hot. Highlights include the idea of holding competing emotions (excited and nervous), being in the right place at the right time, and a discussion about the purpose of the pre-performance routine. Keep listening to The Path Distilled Podcast to catch future discussions about the pros and cons of goal setting.
Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist, Former CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, and Performance Coach
Do you focus on and remember more about your start lines or finish lines? In this episode, we speak with Lauren’s Valor Performance colleague, Joe Jacobi, about his sport career, as well as his experiences with leading a national governing body which led him to becoming a performance coach. Joe joins us from Catalonia, Spain, and shares his “outlier” story of getting involved in the sport, his case for a good routine, and how he and his doubles canoe partner implemented deliberate practice, simulation, and visualization leading up to the 1992 Games where they won the first American Gold Medal in whitewater canoe slalom. Joe also tells us about his philosophy on goals, what he views as the real difference maker in high performance, and how he thinks the river is an excellent analogy for life. Whether you are in sport, business, or any other performance domain, Joe shares many applicable stories, takeaways, practices, and lessons.
Learn more about Valor Performance: Website
BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with stand-up comedian and podcaster Brian Bates with the microphone hot. Highlights include their discussion about developing an identity as a comic, comedy as a coping and defense mechanism, and the tremendous amount of work that goes into comedy. Kevin also shares his perspective from having performed stand-up including comedic timing and the pitfall of “my friends think I’m funny.”
Brian Bates, Stand-up Comedian, and Cohost of Nateland Podcast
Would you have what it takes if your dream opportunity came true? In this episode we speak with Brian Bates about his career in comedy, and more recently, podcasting. Brian shares his path from taking a comedy class as a distraction from life events to touring the country and performing in theaters with world-class comedians. We also discuss Brian’s adjustments going from the corporate world to the life of a comic, the work ethic required to make it in comedy, and the attributes he thinks allowed him to succeed. You will also want to listen to hear what autofills when you begin searching for Brian’s name.
Learn more about Nateland Podcast: YouTube
Dr. Emily Pica, Forensic Psychology Researcher and Advocate for Wrongfully Convicted
Would a major life detour derail you or would you defy expectations? In this episode, Dr. Emily Pica discusses her path from having a child at 14, to all of her initial PhD applications being rejected, to becoming a well known researcher and advocate. She also discusses her battles with impostor syndrome, the value of criticism, and how much she loves mentoring students. Her story will inspire students, budding researchers, and anyone who ever has been determined to persevere.
Learn more about Dr. Pica: Instagram
Jeremy Tubbs, Director of Music Entertainment, University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus, Music Recording and Touring Artist
How would your friends and family react to learning that you decided to pursue music as a career instead of continuing the 3rd year of your pre-med track? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jeremy Tubbs shares his path, from hating his first guitar lessons to touring the world. Listen to hear him discuss the encouragement he received to make music his profession, his ultimate decision to become a full-time musician, learning to play multiple instruments, and touring nonstop for almost a decade. You will also want to hear what Carl Perkins shared with Jeremy about Elvis Presley’s pre-performance jitters.
Learn more about Lambuth’s Music Entertainment Program
Jennifer Farmer, Author of First and Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life, Public Relations Executive
Have you remained anchored to your why? In this episode of The Path Distilled, Jennifer Farmer shares with us where her path began, the influences of those early experiences, the lessons she has learned along the way, and what it took for her to start her own business. She also discusses her thoughts on being a black female professional and what led her to want to write her second book which just became available on August 16th. You also won’t want to miss what she thinks is the biggest takeaway from her story.
BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with QB Development Coach Sean McEvoy. Highlights include their discussion that many of the guests have mentioned gratitude as a component of their path, the thin line between success and failure, and how improvement can be messy and require repeated failures. The hosts also discuss how putting in the work sets one up to capitalize when the opportunity comes along.
Sean McEvoy, Quarterback Development Coach with Quarterback Takeover
Would you be willing to scrap the technique that you literally wrote the book about? Sean McEvoy discusses his path from a side gig as a high school coach to working with a roster of well known NFL quarterbacks. We talk with him about the phenomenon of recruiting players at younger ages, his approach to developing a QB’s ability to diagnose plays and self correct, and the importance of performing under pressure for success. Listen for great advice and insight on continuous improvement, the value of making genuine connections with others, and the relevance of understanding the “why” behind anything one does.
Stephanie Quayle, Country Music Recording Artist
When you think about giving up, do you stay focused on yourself or get slowed down by focusing on the people passing you? In this episode, Stephanie shares her path from growing up on a ranch in Montana to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. She shares what Nashville has taught her about the craft of songwriting, what helped her persevere through difficult times, and her refusal to change who she is to fit the mold. This episode is full of great advice and you will never look at mile 19 of a marathon the same way again.
BONUS: Second analysis episode in which the hosts, Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman, discuss the most recent episode of The Path Distilled podcast. In this episode they reflect on their conversation with Mentalist/Magician Brendon peel. Highlights include their discussion about how Brendon and other guests have mentioned that the desire to take these difficult paths could be an inborn component, how difficult it is to find added value in any experience when you don’t know what you are hoping to accomplish, and how success is often not without detours and can require a multi-faceted approach.
Brendon Peel, Mentalist/Magician, and Star on Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera
Would you have had the confidence when you were 18 years old to organize and perform a show at the largest and best known festival in the country? In this episode Brendon shares how he was mesmerized seeing mentalists perform at a very young age, subsequently began putting in hours improving his own skills, and ultimately became the youngest ticketed magician in the history of South Africa. His path includes a decade of tirelessly promoting his shows, to his ever growing number of live shows and television appearances on Britain’s Got Talent and the Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera.
Gordon Domnick, Lead Singer of Ripe & Ruin.
Would you feel a sense of freedom if you thought things could not get any worse? In this episode, Gordon discusses his path in music from a self-described group of teens making noise to a very successful global band. He shares with us the range of emotions he experienced hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time, his take on the perpetual struggle between creating art and making a living from it, and his perspective on the drive necessary to continue in the competitive world of music. Gordon has excellent advice for everyone, including aspiring musicians, artists, and performers alike.
BONUS: First analysis episode in which the hosts, Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman, discuss the most recent episode of The Path Distilled podcast. In this episode they reflect on their conversation with Dr. Lisa Orbe’- Austin. Highlights include their discussion about how surprisingly common impostor syndrome is, the perils of overconfidence, the gift of rejection, and the importance of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone for growth.
Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin, Co-Author of “Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome,” Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Author
Do you own your accomplishments or worry you will be exposed as an impostor? In this episode, Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin speaks with us about her own experiences with impostor syndrome, the factors that make impostor syndrome more likely, how common it is, and how finding your own voice will be messy. You will also want to listen to hear her advice on how to move toward owning your greatness as well as check out her TEDx talk and book.
J.T. Compeau, Founder of the Content Interpreter LLC
Are you willing to persist long enough to allow your failures to evolve into successes? Hear about J.T. Compeau’s path to becoming a consultant who helps thought leaders, C-suite executives, and entrepreneurs share their greatness with others in their speeches and presentations. Listen to his episode to hear about his experience of being an entrepreneur, what he’s learned about high performance throughout his own journey and from the individuals he works with, and what expectation he realized he had to sacrifice.
Also check out this free speechwriting video guide J.T. is offering to all interested listeners; click on the link, provide your email and you’ll receive 2 3-minute videos that describe his process and give you tips and insights that help you think about your speeches and stories.
Alycia Powell, Co-Founder of Champions for Philanthropy
If you realized you weren’t passionate about a goal you already started pursuing, would you keep going or quit? In this episode, we speak with Alycia Powell, Co-Founder of Champions for Philanthropy, a consulting agency that helps professional athletes build, launch, manage and promote their philanthropic interests and goals. Alycia takes us on her journey starting out with her pursuit at an early age of a career in law, to the decision to co-found a company and take the leap to pursue that full-time, through to now where she shares what she’s learning about herself during the pandemic.
Bryce Tully, Mental Performance Coach for Canadian Olympic Teams, and Mike Bawol, Performance Analyst, Co-Founders Innerlogic
What differentiates those who succeed once versus those who are serial winners? In this episode of the TPD High Performers Series, we speak with Bryce Tully and Mike Bawol, who both work in Canada at the highest level of sport. Listen to our conversation with them as they share stories about their own paths and what they’ve learned about themselves and high performance along the way, explore team culture and the role it plays in performance, and discuss their new venture Innerlogic, a tool aimed at helping companies and organizations monitor and measure culture in real-time to predict performance and utilize the data to make impactful and intentional adjustments to drive success.
Garrett Jacobs, Country Recording Artist
If a door opened would you walk through it? In this episode we speak with Garrett Jacobs, who ended up writing his first single the first time he visited Nashville. Garrett’s approach to his songs is to create a connection with the listener, allowing the song to be whatever is needed in their own life. Listen to Garrett’s story to discover how hearing Chris Stapleton for the first time changed his life, how he has matured as a songwriter since arriving in Nashville, and to hear him share his father’s four keys to success that has guided him along his own path.
Learn more about Garrett: Instagram Ep.
Desiree Page, Founder of 318 Management, Actress, and Model
Do you recognize opportunity when it presents itself? In this episode we speak to Desiree, Founder of 318 Management. Desiree’s story takes us on her journey of founding her management company armed with over a decade of experience as an actress, setting goals with her drive to always be moving forward, and her advice for anyone wondering if they should make a change in their own life. You will also want to listen to find out what happens when she is antiquing as a child and happens upon the actress Sandra Bullock.
Chris Killian, Actor, Comedian, and Host of the Daily Distraction on ComicBook.com
If your brief stint as a professional wrestler was stalled by being 5’ 8’’, would you consider a career as a stand-up comic? In this episode we speak to Chris, a multi-faceted performer with a fascinating story. Listen as Chris tells us about facing the proverbial fork in the road when he had to decide to make the leap to being a professional comedian, his drive and singular focus once he made the decision, learning his craft by observing what the best comedians were doing on stage, and not taking “no” as an answer.
Learn more about Chris: Instagram
Logan Mize, Country Music Recording Artist
If you had been rejected five times by everyone in the music industry, would you reach out for a sixth time? In this episode we talk with Logan Mize, a successful recording and touring artist. Logan’s story takes us from his arrival in Nashville with his truck and $60 in his pocket, to facing rejection before landing a deal with a major label, and finally finding success on his own terms. Logan’s episode is packed full of life advice for everyone pursuing their own goals.
Learn more about Logan: Instagram
Genevieve Custer Weeks, Former Professional Ballet Dancer, Founder & CEO Tutu School Franchise
Do you choose to go all in on something even if it might not work out, or do you play it safe? In this episode we have a conversation with Genevieve, a former professional ballet dancer and now Founder and CEO of a franchise of (to date) 45 boutique ballet schools. Listen to Genevieve’s story to learn about her path to having a career as a dancer, in what ways she felt prepared to be an entrepreneur, and what she has had to learn about being a leader.
Brandon Payne, Founder of Accelerate Basketball, NBA Player Development Specialist, and Personal Development Coach for Stephen Curry
Can you look in the mirror and acknowledge what you don’t do well? In this episode we hear from Brandon Payne, founder of Accelerate Basketball, whose roster includes over $900 million dollars worth of player salaries. Be inspired by his story and approach to high performance development as he tells us about his goal of bridging the talent gap in professional sports, the power of philosophy and aiming for systematic daily improvement, and how Stephen Curry’s meteoric rise cemented the effectiveness of his approach.
Learn more about Brandon: Instagram
Katie Cole, Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, & Touring Artist for The Smashing Pumpkins
After moving across the globe to the US from Australia, would you say “yes” when your producer says Billy Corgan wants you to play bass for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins tour? In this episode, we hear the story of Katie Cole who arrived in Nashville via Australia, with a detour in Los Angeles. Katie’s story is full of inspiration for anyone on their own path — recognizing the fear in your gut for what it is, kicking open a window when a door closes, and what it’s like to take the stage in front of an audience of nearly 100,000.
Learn more about Katie: Instagram
Matt Palazzolo, Golf & Body NYC Performance & Movement Specialist
Do you set goals to have something to strive for or because you need to accomplish something? In this episode we speak with Matt, a performance and movement specialist at Golf & Body NYC who was named one of this year’s 50 Best Golf-Fitness Trainers in America by Golf Digest. Matt’s story about his path to this point in his career highlights the role of autonomy and motivation, how much time he’s spent researching his craft, and other strategies he uses…and how he defines success.
Learn more about Matt: Instagram
Rondal Richardson, Entertainment Philanthropist
Who would you jump out of an airplane with? In this episode, we hear the story of Rondal Richardson, who has spent a lifetime in the music industry and philanthropy, working for household names such as Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, and Vince Gill to name a few. Listen to Rondal share how he defines the path distilled and what role it has played in his journey, how jumping into the pool at age 6 when he didn’t know how to swim serves as a possible theme for his life, and what he has written on a post-it on his wall that serves as his motto during the challenging time we’re all facing with COVID-19.
Inga Stasiulionyte, Olympian & Founders Coach
What would you do if you got pulled out of math class and a man you never met before — turns out was a national team coach — said you were going to be a javelin thrower? Inga is a former NCAA Division I Track & Field athlete and Olympian representing Lithuania in the 2008 Games in Beijing. She leads a startup called Ofounders.com that specializes in mind coaching helping startup founders, teams, and professional athletes achieve superior results by using Olympic-standard mindset development techniques, is a Performance Coach for Valor Performance, and heads the MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Inga’s episode is packed full of useful takeaways from her journey, including the mental shift that propelled her to a world record, what it was like to have to compete in a duel for the last spot on her Olympic team, and how she defines high performance.
Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman
In this introductory episode, the cohosts Dr. Kevin Harris, an award-winning cognitive scientist and recognized global authority on expertise, and Dr. Lauren S. Tashman, a performance coach based in NYC, provide an overview and background of The Path Distilled podcast. The episode includes how the cohosts met, why they created the show, and the types of guests to look forward to. They also discuss a few key features of the show and what they hope listeners get out of hearing the stories of their guests.
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Kevin Rapillo, Musical Director and Drummer for Rodney Atkins; Cohost of “Trey & Kevin Change the World” Podcast
How would you react if you were just about to make it in the music industry at 25, but the door suddenly slammed shut? Kevin is musical director and drummer for country music star Rodney Atkins. In Kevin’s episode he highlights some fascinating aspects of the path towards becoming a musician, but that provide useful insight for anyone pursuing success. Listen to his episode to hear him talk about the rude awakening he experienced when he got to the Berklee College of Music, his fork in the road moment, and how he’s learned to ride the waves throughout his career, including their first #1 hit.