Tag Archives: Persistence

Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Joe Jacobi



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.


Ep. 024 – Joe Jacobi



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 Joe: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

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Bonus Episode – Debrief & Analysis: Brian Bates



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.”


Ep. 023 – Brian Bates



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 Brian: Website, Instagram, Twitter

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Ep. 022 – Dr. Emily Pica



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


Ep. 021 – Jeremy Tubbs



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 Jeremy: Instagram, Twitter

Learn more about Lambuth’s Music Entertainment Program


Ep. 020 – Jennifer Farmer



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.

Learn more about Jennifer: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter

Learn more about her books: Extraordinary PR Ordinary Budget, First and Only


Bonus Episode – Analysis: Sean McEvoy



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.


Ep. 019 – Sean McEvoy (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



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.

Learn more about Sean: Instagram, Twitter

Learn more about Quarterback Takeover: Website, Instagram, Twitter


Ep. 018 – Stephanie Quayle



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.

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Bonus Episode – Analysis: Brendon Peel



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. 


Ep. 017 – Brendon Peel



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.

Learn more about Brendon: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Website, YouTube


Bonus Episode – Analysis: Dr. Lisa Orbe’- Austin



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.


Ep 015 – Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin (TPD Developing High Performers Series)



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. 

Learn more about Dr. Orbé-Austin: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Book, TEDx Talk


Ep. 014 – J.T. Compeau



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.

Learn more about J.T. and the Content Interpreter LLC: Website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

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.


Ep. 008 – Logan Mize



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