Jake Kelfer, Founder of Professional Basketball Combine and Bestselling Author
Is “no” better than “maybe”? Kevin and Lauren chat with Jake Kelfer about his path to creating a secondary combine for the NBA and becoming a bestselling author. He shares what it was like using his own money to fund his startup, the pitfalls of trying to please everyone, and the art of asking the right questions. His episode is full of great advice for everyone.
Lauren Regula, Olympian; Founder of the Strong Mom Movement, and Trak Athletics
What would your goals be if there were no limitations? Kevin and Lauren chat with Lauren Regula about her path from a very small town to becoming an Olympian and professional athlete. She discusses the need to personalize training for what works for you, having conversations with coaches while being coachable, and her struggles with mental health. Her journey of founding the Strong Mom Movement and returning to the mound is full of great advice about handling success, picking yourself up, and not placing limits on yourself.
Have you found your sweet spot? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Elise Holtzman, a former attorney, and now a coach and consultant for lawyers. Elise shares her path to becoming a lawyer and how becoming a parent of a child with special needs led to her becoming a coach. She discusses the impact of environment on one’s path, how impostor syndrome might be a common shared experience that doesn’t often get discussed, and that having a baby really shifted her experience with gender differences in the workplace. Elise shares how she’s learning to be a human being not just a human doing, that it’s okay for your life to be how you want it to be, and the value of self-acceptance.
Is your success yours, or are you chasing someone else’s? In this episode, we speak with Iris Zimmerman and Felicia Zimmerman, sisters who grew up participating and competing in the sport of fencing including a chance to compete with each other at the Olympics. Following their transition out of the sport, they decided to take over and co-own the Rochester Fencing Club where they spent years training for excellence. They discuss their individual and collective paths and experiences as high performing athletes, the realities of being entrepreneurs and owning a business together, managing expectations, and their definitions of success. Iris, now a performance coach with Valor Performance, and Felicia, who splits her time between business consulting in Egypt and owning a business in New York, share many perspectives and takeaways useful for listeners pursuing excellence in sport, business, or any performance domain.
Do you get stuck on the emotional rollercoaster, too high with successes or too low with failures? In this episode Abe Kamarck shares his path from growing up on his family’s Italian cooking, to military officer, to founder and CEO of a successful startup company. He shares what he learned in flight school about preparing for the worst-case scenario, navigating the pressure of starting and growing a business, and how success is a moving target. This episode is full of great information for anyone pursuing their goals, from students to entrepreneurs.
Tracy Tutor, Author, Fear is Just a Four Letter Word, and Star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing LA
Are you able to embrace fear, put it aside, and nail that big opportunity or performance? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with bestselling author and television star, Tracy Tutor. Tracy shares her path of entering the L.A. luxury home real estate market at a young age, and the drive and determination that it required. She also shares what she has learned about what it takes to be successful, how to get into the proper mindset during stressful situations, and the important lessons from failures along the way. This episode is full of great advice including resisting being silenced, being true to yourself, and not striving for perfection.
Justin Causey, Entrepreneur and Music Artist Manager
Are you willing to take the Ls in order to get to the Ws? In this episode we speak with Justin Causey about his experiences as an entrepreneur and artist manager in Nashville’s rising hip-hop music scene. Justin discusses his path in the music business, designing a shoe for Nike, and being named one of Tennessee State University’s 40 under 40. Listen to hear him share how a serious injury solidified his entrepreneurial approach, the rarity of finding a collective of artists moving forward together, and the importance of learning from failure. This episode is packed with motivational advice for anyone striving to live their dreams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.