Playing The Inner Game

Playing The Inner Game

My guests are entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, and executives. Some famous names and plenty of hidden gems. All have achieved a level of mastery in their field, are gifted communicators, and appreciate the tough introspection required to master their 'inner game'. We discuss what success means to each one of them, try to decode the best parts of their mindset, and gain a deeper understanding of how the stories we tell ourselves affect everything we touch. It is a search for the common threads, principles, and patterns that listeners can apply to their own lives to make themselves healthier, happier, and wiser.... Show More

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March 5, 2021 83 min

"I don't know how many moments of clarity anyone is afforded in life.  But I knew in that moment with 100% clarity that I wanted what they felt. More than what they had. I wanted what they felt, and I would do anything to get it."

An American figure skater, Evan Lysacek reached the absolute pinnacle of sporting achievement, taking gold at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. In 2016, he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skat...

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My guest this week is Joshua Lisec, the International Bestselling, celebrity recommended, #1 Ghostwriter in the world right now. His output is prolific, he’s written 57 books before his 30th birthday. We talk about his journey to becoming a ghostwriter, stepping off the college to career conveyor belt, the life of a soloprenuer, building and thinking in public, and great tips on becoming a more persuasive writer. If you feel like y...

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The best way to introduce Kevin Dahlstrom is in his own words:

"Through hard work and an unfair share of luck, I’ve done some cool “bucket list” things in my career:

- Raised VC from the worlds’ top firms
- Helped build 100’s of millions in revenue from nothing
- Rang the bell at the NYSE
- Met & did deals with billionaires & business icons

These are things I dreamed about when I was young and I treasure some of the memories....

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"So few of us actually spend the time to design our lives. We have this vague idea of what our life might look like. But vague and fuzzy plans, yield vague and fuzzy results."

Simon spent over 25 years in the private banking and investment banking industry, holding senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Citibank in Australia and Singapore. Through all of this, Simon was also honing his skills as a Jeet Kune Do instructor, the...

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"The passion AND the challenge is an important combination. Make sure it's hard enough. Everything rewarding I've done, has been hard."

Malcolm is best known as a leading influence in the F&B industry and cofounded the multi-award winning Maximal Concepts. He has opened over 35 different concepts in his career and is best known for the flagship restaurant brand Mott 32, one of the most awarded Chinese restaurants...

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"Only those who are not afraid to push, will ever see how far they can go"

In 2004 Annabelle Bond became the fourth British woman ever to ascend Mount Everest.  She then went on to scale the ‘Seven Summits’ -  the highest peaks on each continent,  in just 360 days, making her the fastest female climber in the world. 

In her first ever podcast interview she tells me what it’s like to stand on top of the world on all seven cont...

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"It doesn't matter how trying the circumstances, how challenging the environment, how difficult the task. Ultimately, strength is shown through calm"

James Riley is the Chief Executive of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He joined the Board as Group CEO in 2016 and has held a number of senior executive positions within the Jardine Matheson Group. He was Group Finance Director of Jardines from 2005 to 2016, and was a no...

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In 1997, Andy Barrow was playing rugby for his local club when he suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. He was aged just 17.

Following this life-changing injury and many hard months of rehabilitation, his life was transformed when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball”.  Andy’s wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three Wo...

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"When I commit to something, I COMMIT to it. No baby steps. It might be an extreme path for some, but I've always learned the most from trying the extremes and then working backwards"

Isabella Grandic is one of the most interesting teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Ambitious and enthusiastic in equal measure, Izzy is part of The Knowledge Society, a human accelerator for young minds that seeks to produce ...

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"I can say to you hand on heart, almost every single one of my successful entrepreneurial friends has been through depression. Every single one. We're not designed to be on our phones all day. We're not designed to be constantly on airplanes."

Jamie Hunt is one of the co-founders of 2XU, the high-performance sportswear brand worn by many of the world’s top athletes and celebrities, from LeBron James to Kanye West. He...

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"If you have to back someone in your life, surely the starting point is to back yourself"

Born in Scotland and now living in England, David Yarrow is one of the most famous fine-art photographers in the world, known for his striking images of the natural world. He has built a cult following among A-list celebrities and collectors worldwide and deservedly so, with his unique perspective and attention to detail that borders on...

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"You should do what you love, not what you feel you're supposed to do"

Voted the 25th most powerful person in the world of wine in Decanter's 2013 Power List, Jeannie Cho Lee became the first ever Asian Master of Wine in 2008; an exclusive title that fewer than 450 people in the entire world currently hold.

A hedonist and great lover of food and wine, she is an award winning author, founder of Le Pan and has been a c...

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"There will always be someone who has more than you, and someone who has less than you. Deal with it."

Arthur Hayes is the CEO and Co-Founder of the 100x Group, the group behind BitMEX, one of the largest cryptocurrency derivatives trading platforms in the world. 

Never one to mince his words, Arthur is a flamboyant and often provocative figure in the world of crypto. His team created the most traded cryptocurrency product of...

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“It’s a bit of an extreme challenge. I’m sure people think I’m insane and it’s stupid, but it’s not. It’s going to work.”

Jeff Rotmeyer is a special human being. The founder and CEO of two NGO's, he was born and raised on the West Coast of Canada and moved to Hong Kong 15 years ago as a fresh-faced young English teacher. In 2017, reluctant to pay lawyers for two days work instead of one, he registered two new charities on the sa...

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"When you do your first big punchline, and you have a crowd whiplashing and applauding...something happens to you. It's an out of body experience. That particular skillset is a good gift to give back to the world" 

Ben is the Founder & CEO of Quinlan & Associates, an independent strategy consulting firm, specialising in the financial services industry. He set up the firm back in 2016 having paid his dues in the ...

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"We lose people we love, we lose jobs...and we survive, and keep going".

Michaela and I met on the set of Season 1 of 'The Social Movement', a new TV Series soon to be released on Amazon Prime. Whilst on set, "leaving things better than we found them", became our unofficial team motto, and Michaela embodies that spirit as well as anyone I know.

Michaela is a leading voice and Learning Instructor on LinkedIn, a...

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It’s hard to beat the guy that just refuses to give up. 

Jason Tobin is a Hollywood Actor and local Hong Kong boy done good. Growing up between boarding school in Essex, England and Hong Kong, he would ride the school bus dreaming of starring in movies like his idol Bruce Lee. Decades later, he's a lead actor on the critically acclaimed HBO Cinemax Hit Series ‘Warrior’, a show based on the writings of his hero and produced by Br...

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Introducing the most interesting man you've never heard of.

Andrew is an independent filmmaker, videographer and photojournalist. He is extremely private and a wonderfully entertaining storyteller. He recounts fascinating memories of covering the Hong Kong Protests, near death experiences in Chernobyl, his disturbing conversations with a child monk in the holiest place on earth, and a romantic encounter with a very special cactu...

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"I've never considered myself so talented that I could just coast. But I'll outwork you, I'll go into a depth that you aren't willing to go to, and that's just what I know best"

Eugene was the first ever Editorial Director at HYPEBEAST where over the course of 8 years, he helped transform a niche blog for sneaker fans, into the global driving force of men's streetwear and fashion that it is today.

He ...

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