Compete Every Day

Compete Every Day

The show for people who want to be great. Discover how you can lead better + achieve more each week with Compete Every Day's Jake Thompson as he shares conversations with leaders from business, sports, & psychology. Discover what mental, habitual, & physical systems they use in order to succeed in their professional and personal lives. We share motivation and actual takeaways that listeners can implement to cultivate a winning mindset for success in their career, training, relationships, and life. For more information on how you can win your work, workouts + life, visit CompeteEveryDay.com.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 26 min

Grant Parr defined himself as an athlete. For years, he played every sport he could; he was a quarterback, ran track and field, played baseball, and more. But when he was in college, an injury threw his life off course. He gave up sports and for decades, avoided walking down memory lane. He wanted to keep the past in the past and not revisit the games he felt he couldn’t play anymore. In his late 30s, he had a hip replacement which...

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From his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania to his successful acting career in Hollywood, Dan Cortese has walked many different paths in life. He worked the graveyard shift at a steel mill to put himself through college and left home to pursue the California dream. He landed a job as the host of MTV Sports and later became a well-known side character on the popular show, Seinfeld. He’s since written a book documenting his journey an...

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July 21, 2020 23 min

The way to success is focus and consistency. You have to put in the work, day in and day out, with clear goals in mind. That’s a lesson from this week’s guest, author, entrepreneur, and Crossfit champ Jason Khalipa. He shares his story of growing a company and becoming one of the fittest men in the world. After his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Khalipa had to re-center himself and his goals and learn to slow down and truly ...

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How you carry yourself as a leader can affect every facet of your team. Whether you’re a doctor, a manager, a team captain, or in another leadership role, your attitude and approach will shape the way your superiors, employees, and co-workers interact with each other and you. This week, retired CIA intelligence officer Marc Polymeropolous talks about building strong leadership skills and finding clarity in times of uncertainty. It’...

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One of the messages Colin Bado wants everyone to hear is that it’s OK to need help sometimes. Everyone experiences challenging moments in life. For some people, it may come in the form of longstanding mental health issues. For others, it may be a single experience that brings them to their lowest point. Part of learning to build a good relationship with yourself is knowing when you can’t do it on your own. This week, Bado shares hi...

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Something that many athletes and top performers have in common is a story of overcoming adversity. For former New York City firefighter and elite athlete Matt Long, personal challenges have shaped the course of his life. In 2005, Long was hit by a bus. He spent weeks in a coma and months in the hospital, where he endured several surgeries. When he got out of the hospital, he found the mental part of recovery was just as challenging...

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Learning to recognize the things that are holding you back can be a helpful tool step toward making meaningful change in your life. Even if you have 100 good habits that you practice, just a single bad habit can hinder the effectiveness of all the rest. This week, author and psychology professor Amy Morin shares tips for working through challenges and building the mental strength you need to reach your full potential.

Morin draws o...

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There’s a difference between giving up just because something gets hard and knowing when it’s time to make a change in your life. That’s one of the key messages from this week’s guest, entrepreneur and speaker Christopher J. Wirth. Wirth has built his life around the “No Quit” message, but says that doesn’t mean it’s good to stick with things when they are no longer serving a useful or healthy purpose. On today’s show, he shares ti...

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There are many things that have become unsettled in our world. Our daily routines have changed and some opportunities we may have had a few months ago have been put on hold, while others have arisen through the changes. This week, Arizona Diamondbacks Mental Skills Coordinator Zach Brandon talks about the benefits of practicing mindfulness and intentionality, and shares ideas on how to return to a centered place even when the storm...

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The realm of sports is ripe for teaching young people and athletes important skills they can use and put to work for the rest of their lives. For coaches, it takes being able to turn words like “character” and “competition” into behaviors and traits that athletes can see and feel. Once those ideas become tangible, they can be learned and developed.

This week, author and teacher Dr. Ralph Pim shares ideas for breaking down critical ...

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When you wake up each morning, your life could unfold in a thousand different and unexpected ways. Each day comes with new challenges, some of which you never could have predicted. Now, more than ever, many of us are learning to live within change we didn’t see coming. We are adapting to a new normal, which will continue to fluctuate and be reshaped with every passing day.

This week, author, podcaster, and educator Rick Alexander t...

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It’s important to do things that bring you fulfillment. While people may say it’s bad to quit, it’s critical to know when the time is right for you to step away from something and seek out a new avenue to explore. Likewise, it’s important to consider if you’re doing the best you can or if there are aspects of your life or interactions that could use some improvement.

This week, author, speaker, and mental performance coach Allistai...

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Patrick Allmond is a fan of the phrase, “done is better than perfect.” That’s because actually doing something, even if it’s not done perfectly, is more productive than spending your time worrying it will be wrong.

Allmond calls the tendency we have to get stalled out while trying to make decisions analysis paralysis. This week, he shares tips for overcoming this inability to choose and learning to move forward and make the most of...

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If you want to make real and lasting change in your work environment, you have to start from a place of clarity about your actual situation. You have to understand where you are at relative to your company’s mission and what things are in your control to change for better outcomes.

This week, author and speaker David Burkus shares ideas for finding what your team will fight for, and understanding the stakes that show why that fight...

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Emotional intelligence is key to living a balanced and healthy life. It means learning to understand and manage your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. It takes introspection and space to get in touch with your own needs and pace.

This week, sports management professional, author, and keynote speaker Will Baggett talks about showing up ready to give your best and taking a step back when you need to adjust.

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Even through times of great uncertainty, there are things individuals and businesses can do to ensure they have strong foundations.

This week, business growth, sales, and leadership expert Meridith Elliott Powell talks about the power of people and shares tips for creating a sustainable and growth-oriented platform through investing in the people that drive your business.

Your competition can do what you can do; they can make what ...

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It’s the day-by-day and moment-by-moment changes you make that will ultimately shape your future outcomes.

That’s the key message from this week’s guest, Dr. Paul Arciero. Years of study and research led him to create the PRISE lifestyle, which is based on living a healthy and whole life.

What you eat and how you move and use your body shape the way you live in the world. They influence your emotional and mental wellbeing and even ...

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April 9, 2020 18 min

Times are tough for everyone right now. We’ve had to change our schedules, start working from home or putting in extra hours, and some of us have lost jobs or wages. But even if the challenges are great, the opportunities to overcome them are even greater, if you put your mind to it.

This week on the Compete Every Day podcast, host Jake Thompson talks about hitting the reset button and committing yourself to winning tomorrow’s poss...

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We all have a responsibility to ourselves and others. It’s up to us to put our best foot forward and do what we can to live good lives, both internally and externally.

This week, legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg shares stories of resilience and responsibility and talks about how to use the power and esteem of sports to make change in the world.

Steinberg says it’s important to maintain a sense of hope for the future, and to s...

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April 2, 2020 17 min

What if the hardest time in your life was actually the necessary setback you needed to use as a stepping stone to create an even better path that you’d ever imagined?

I posted this question last week on my personal Facebook page and the responses are some of the most powerful stories I’ve ever read. Click here to read them all.

What if you embraced the mindset that in the midst of this storm, you’re going to plant seeds that will h...

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