BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, US Olympic Fencers. Highlights include their discussion about the personalized needs of an activity serving to allow one to be seen or remain unseen, the need to customize lessons from others to one’s own needs, and the unpleasant components of all goal attainment pursuits. Kevin and Lauren also discuss the various interpretations of grit, the importance of self-compassion, and building confidence by how you have dealt with past adversity.
Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, US Olympic Fencers
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.
Dr. Mark Williams, Professor, Author – The Best – How Elite Athletes are Made
Do you keep moving forward every day toward your goals? In this episode, Dr. Mark Williams shares his path from international youth footballer to world-renowned expert on human performance. He discusses the tremendous growth in the use of science applied to sport, touches on many of the current debates in the world of coaching, and provides his take on the role of genetics versus environment in the development of elite level performance. Dr. Williams also discusses his newest book on elite athletes for which he and his co-author interviewed dozens of elite athletes including Steph Curry, Marcus Rashford, and Pete Sampras to name a few.
To learn more about Dr. Williams: https://www.markwilliamssportsscience.com
To learn more about The Best – How Elite Athletes are Made: https://www.amazon.com/Best-How-Champions-Are-Made/dp/1529304350
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.
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.