In today’s always on and always connected world, the ability to be indistractable is an invaluable superpower.
We formulate our best ideas and produce our best work when we have uninterrupted times of laser focus.
There has been no time in history when it has been easier to be distracted. Many lay the blame at the door of technology and the internet and some argue that a radical approach of digital minimalism is the only solution.
My guest today argues that there is a better, more practical and realistic way to reclaiming our ability to focus.
Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Nirr has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Design School. He is an active angel investor, has sold two technology companies since 2003 and help teams design more engaging products.
In our discussion Nir explains:
The difference between internal and external distractions
The relationship between traction and distraction
Why technology is not the enemy of focus
Why distraction is in fact pain management
Why satisfaction is necessarily temporary
The importance of identity
Strategies for taking back control and managing distractions
Schedule maker tool: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/
Summary article: https://www.nirandfar.com/skill-of-the-future/
Distraction guide: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/
Habits vs routines: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/
If your listening to this podcast then there’s a good chance you’re interested in improving your performance and achieving your potential. To really be effective at doing so you need a number of things including.
The right strategies, techniques, tools, nutrition and supplements
The ability to monitor progress and measure results; and
A coach to give you feedback and encourage behavioral changes
Until recently the monitoring and measuring has been hit and miss guesswork and a coach is not affordable for many people.
Wearable technology is changing this and enabling people to gain incredible insights into the impact of lifestyle and activities on their physiology and make the necessary changes to be better.
One of the most advanced yet affordable and stylish wearables is the Whoop strap – next generation wearable technology for optimizing human performance.
WHOOP works with professional athletes across every sports league, college athletes across every conference, Olympians and the U.S. military.
I have been wearing the whoop strap for the past year and I am blown away at the usefulness and value of the data that Whoop provides me with on a daily basis.
Amongst its many features are a strain and sleep coach.
There is no one better to interview about all things Whoop than Will Ahmed, the founder and CEO of Whoop.
Will was named a 2011 Harvard College Scholar for finishing in the top 10% of his class, captained the Harvard Men’s Varsity Squash Team and was listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40.
In this interview Will and I discuss:
Since recording this interview, its been publicly announced that Whoop have just raised $55 million dollars from a number of big name investors
This is a major endorsement in Whoop's technology and will no doubt lead to further exciting features and upgrades to the strap.
In this episode, Dr Scott Sherr, explains the power and potential of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Dr Scott is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician specializing in Health Optimization Medicine and Health Optimization Technologies and is one of the world’s leading experts in hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy also known as HBOT.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not just a powerful tool for treating many diseases and health conditions – It’s also proven to increase energy, boost recovery and enhance cognitive function.
In this interview - Dr Scott explains
Dr Scott also talks about nootropics including the pill often referred to as the limitless pill that’s used by the military and world leaders and a nootropic that makes you smarter and gives you a blue tongue.
It’s a fascinating interview and real eye opener which I am sure you’ll enjoy.
In this episode, Scott Nelson, Co-Founder of Joovv explains the science and benefits of of Red Light Therapy
Resilience is something we all need but don't necessarily know how to develop it.
My guest today is Dr. Rick Hanson, one of the world’s leading psychologists.
Dr. Hanson is a New York Times best selling author, guest speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford and Harvard to name a few and the host the very popular Being Well podcast.
Dr. Hanson's most recent book is ‘Resilient – Find Your Inner Strength’ and in today’s episode we do a deep dive into what resilience is, why we all need it and how to develop it.
People often think that developing resilience requires going through extreme hardship and periods of challenge. By contrast, Dr. Hanson's approach to developing resilience is stress free and in many respects enjoyable.
During our conversation we discuss:
You can find out more about Dr. Hanson and his work at https://www.rickhanson.net
Sit back, relax, learn and enjoy.
My guest today is Dan Brule, who is regarded as the world's leading expert and pioneer in the field of breathwork and the author of “Just Breathe: Master Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business and Beyond.”
For thousands of years, people from every corner of the globe have used hundreds of techniques to unlock the tremendous power of the breath - in order to achieve their potential or heal themselves and others.
Our breath is the most powerful asset we have for increasing our performance and reducing stress, is our breath. Zero cost and on demand.
Since 1970 Dan has trained more than 150,000 people in over 60 countries to use their breath for self-improvement, self-healing, and spiritual awakening
Tony Robbins, who wrote the forward to Dan’s most recent book said
“Breath is the ultimate key to your well-being, and if done right, it has the power to transform your life – physical, mental and spiritual. Dan Brulé is the master to show you how. I love his coaching and it’s made a huge impact in my life.”
Retired Navy Seal Commander, Mark Divine, who was also a guest on this show describes Dan as
“a true master who is deeply inspiring”
In today’s episode Dan explain why the breath is so powerful, how it can transform our lives and he walk us through several easy to implement practical breath techniques.
My guest today is Steve Glaveski who among other achievements is the author of Employee to Entrepreneur – How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that matters.
Steve is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus, a corporate innovation and startup accelerator based in Melbourne, Australia with clients across the world, including many corporate giants.
In addition to already having authored two other books Steve is the host of podcast show, Future Squared – which is a really great show with some fascinating guests.
Now Steve is not typical of my guests who have included several Navy SEALs and experts in meditation, neuroscience and performance. So when Steve approached me my initial thoughts were that he was not the right fit for the show.
His book, which I strongly recommend, changed my mind as it made clear that Steve not only has great insight into a range of performance strategies but that he puts them into practice in order to achieve so much across so many fields in such a short space of time.
In our discussion, we cover a number of Steve's performance strategies including
I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed talking to Steve.
In this episode I discuss looking at strategies used elite performers, including Special Forces operators and Olympic athletes to stay on target no matter what obstacles they face, handle extreme pressure and mentally prepare for challenges.
In today’s episode I discuss the critical importance of the right mindset and how to upgrade it.
In today’s episode Scott Mautz explains the power of inspiration and how people can rediscover it in their work.
Today’s episode is a solocast where I discuss the problem of pressure and outline 3 effective strategies for managing it.
In this episode former Navy SEAL Sniper and New York Times Bestselling Author, Brandon Webb, discusses his latest book ’Total Focus - Making Decisions Under Pressure’
In this episode Dan reveals the mental preparation secrets of how athletes and top performers including Seinfeld and Carly Simon prepare for their big events.
Clyde Brolin is author of ‘In the Zone ‘ How Champions Think and Win Big’. Knowing how to get in the zone the most powerful thing you can do to outperform in any area of your life and in this episode Clyde explains how the champions do it.
Alden Mills is a retired Navy SEAL Commander and author of ‘Be Unstoppable- The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything’. In this interview Alden explains the numerous challenges he has faced, his many achievements across a number of fields and some of the mental tools he used in order to consistently outperform.
Today’s guest is Caroline Webb, CEO of Sevenshift, Senior Advisor to McKinsey and author of How to Have a Good Day.
“There are really only a few things you need in your toolkit at the end of the day, you just need to find the ones that really work for you.” - Caroline Webb
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/16
Today’s guest is Dr. Dave Alred MBE, coach to top international athletes, sports teams and businesses. Dave is an expert in performance under pressure and shares his experience and insights.
“The issue with pressure is, it’s a sort of tug of war between the outcome and the process.” - Dr. Dave Alred
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/15
Today’s guest is Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of ‘Rest - Why You Get More Done When You Work Less’, who explains how we can use the power of rest and play for performance and productivity.
"Deliberate rest is a kind of spectrum of practices that you can do on a daily level.” - Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/14
Today’s guest is an author and executive coach Scott Eblin who explains how to move from a state of being overworked and overwhelmed to one of high performance while leading a more fulfilling life.
"I don’t think our brains have caught up with the technology that’s feeding our brains." - Scott Eblin
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/13
Today, I'm talking to award winning author and investigative journalist Scott Carney who discusses his journey into the extremes of human performance.
"We are outsourcing our body’s ability to adapt to the technology that we create." - Scott Carney.
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/12
Today’s episode is a solocast where I explain why an ability to Focus is our most important asset and how we can easily develop it.
“It’s critical that we understand that having more choices, stuff, commitments, and decisions to make does not lead to fulfillment or progress.” - Martin Soorjoo
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/11
Today’s guest is Dr Jason Selk, who coaches professional and Olympic athletes as well as Fortune 100 executives and organizations on how to develop the mental toughness necessary for achieving high-level success.
“If we can train our brain to focus on solutions, we will actually have more solutions.” - Dr. Jason Selk
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/10
Today’s guest is Dr. Josh Davis, Director of Research at the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of the international bestseller ‘Two Awesome Hours’.
“Even if you decide, actually that was the right task, it’s an opportunity to think about, how do I want to approach that task? Was I working on it in the most effective way?” - Dr. Josh Davis
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/09
Today’s guest is retired Navy Seal, author and corporate coach, Jeff Boss who explains how we can embrace uncertainty and use chaos to our advantage.
“Once you’re clear on what success looks like, what competencies you need to build relative to which ones you have, and over time the more competent you become at something the more confident you become.” - Jeff Boss
Learn more about this episode of Inside Mastery at www.martinsoorjoo.com/08