Mike McDaniel has been called “the most interesting coach in the NFL” and it’s easy to see why. In his second season as the Miami Dolphins head coach, McDaniel has captured the attention of the league. The 40-year-old Yale graduate has earned a reputation as a creative, offensive-minded coach and an authentic leader. He landed his first job in the NFL at age 22, but his journey to head coach didn’t come without struggle. On this episode, Mike opens up about how a drinking problem almost cost him his career—and how going through adversity has made him a better coach. We talk about embracing vulnerability as a leader, showing up authentically, and finding the opportunity in adversity.
The average person experiences 36 major changes in their adult life. Change is constant. So why do we tend to view it as a threat? Brad Stulberg is here to help us shift our mindset around change. His new book Master of Change offers a path for embracing and even growing from life’s constant instability. Brad researches, writes, and coaches on health, well-being, and sustainable excellence. He is the bestselling author of The Practice of Groundedness and co-author of Peak Performance. He also serves as the co-host of The Growth Equation podcast and is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Public Health. On this episode, Brad offers concrete principles to help you navigate change, build resilience and embrace transformation so you can emerge better than before.
You might recognize Lo Bosworth from the hit reality TV series Laguna Beach and The Hills. More than a decade later, Lo is making her mark as the founder of Love Wellness, a women’s total-body care brand that offers a range of supplements, multivitamins and personal care products and is found in stores like Target, Walmart and Ulta. Since launching the company in 2016, Lo has sought to change the narrative around self-care culture and empower women in their wellness journeys. On this episode, we talk about turning challenges into opportunities, how to pivot your career, and write your own story.
If the odds were stacked against you, would you run towards opportunity or from it? Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was never supposed to make it to the NFL, much less star in it. Barely recruited out of high school, Austin starred at Western Colorado University, a Division II school, before signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He’s since established himself as one of the best players in the league, leading the NFL in touchdowns the past two seasons. He’s the founder of Eksperience, a fan engagement platform, and founder of the Austin Ekeler Foundation. On this episode, we talk about going all in on your goals, staying confident when you aren’t getting opportunities, and putting in the work when no one’s watching.
What does it take to build a career you love? Passion, curiosity and relentless drive! Kay Adams has made a name for herself as a sports TV personality by saying yes to opportunities and making the most of them. She is the host of FanDuel TV’s daily morning show Up & Adams, where she is joined by current & former NFL players and other celebrities to talk about the top storylines around the league. Previously, Kay was the host of the NFL Network's Emmy-winning morning show, Good Morning Football and hosted People Magazine’s syndicated TV show. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Kay learned the value of hard work at an early age and turned every job she had- from bartender to radio host—into a bigger opportunity. On this episode, we talk about taking risks in your career, the power of your network, and betting on yourself.
What does it look like to never give up on your dreams? At age 64, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad inspired the world by becoming the first person to swim the 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, accomplishing the “Mount Everest of swims.” It was a dream 35 years in the making and accomplished only after four crushing failures. This fall, Netflix will bring her story to the screen in the feature film Nyad starring Annette Benning and Jodie Foster. In our conversation today, Diana opens up about what it means to commit to big goals, face your fears, and live each day with no regrets.
Gary Keller is the founder and chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise in North America. Gary took his company and his philosophy of “people helping people” nationally, then internationally. He is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. A recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Keller is widely recognized as a top business leader. On this episode, we explore the leadership frameworks that Gary has developed over the years to help you cut through the clutter, be more productive, and master what matters most to you.
What separates the best from the rest? Mike Greenberg has a front row seat to peak performance as one of the signature faces – and voices- of ESPN for more than a quarter century. Mike is the host of Get Up, NBA Countdown, Greeny, and Bettor Days. He previously co-hosted Mike and Mike with Mike Golic, for which the duo has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mike is the author of multiple New York Times best-sellers and his new book Got Your Number dives into the debate of which sports legends “own” which numbers. On this episode, we talk about the characteristics of high performers, stepping into new spaces in your career, and his favorite memories covering Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
A headline in The New York Times declared: “Taylor Rooks gets the interviews that go viral.” Taylor Rooks is an Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist who has built a reputation for asking the bold questions that lead to revelatory conversations with sports’ biggest stars. Taylor is the host and executive producer of Taylor Rooks X, her interview show for Bleacher Report, and a feature reporter for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football. Previously, she worked as a host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten Network and as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. On this episode, we talk about the power in showing up fully yourself, how covering the NBA’s bubble season changed her career, and why she constantly pushes boundaries in her career.
Steve Nash’s Hall of Fame basketball career began with just one college scholarship offer. Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Steve played multiple sports before focusing on basketball. It was his relentless drive that helped him transform from an unheralded recruit out of high school to a college mid-major star to a first round NBA draft pick. Steve went on to play 18 seasons in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers. He earned two MVP awards, eight All-Star selections, and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Steve has served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, consultant to the Golden State Warriors, and General Manager of Canada’s Men’s National Team. Off the court, he continues to deliver assists through the Steve Nash Foundation and is making his mark as an entrepreneur. His new training app BLOCK is centered around enhancing your healthspan through movement and daily routines. On this episode, we talk about the drive to get better, the mindset of the best and maximizing your potential.
Tunde Oyeneyin is a Peloton instructor, Nike athlete and New York Times bestselling author. After discovering joy and confidence through fitness, Tunde left her 15-year-career as a professional makeup artist for top beauty brands to become a cycling instructor and help others become the best version of themselves. She rose to fame on Peloton’s platform, inspiring a dedicated fan base with her motivational “Tunde-isms.” In her memoir, Speak, she shares how she transformed grief and setbacks into growth and self-confidence. In our conversation today, we talk about how to find your voice, trust your gut, and get from where you are to where you want to be.
Stephen A. Smith is one of America’s most popular sports media figures, known for dishing out his opinions on the hit show First Take. He’s the host of the podcast Know Mercy and the founder of his own production company. But if you think you know Stephen A., you don’t. In his new memoir, Straight Shooter, he shares the unlikely story of how he went from a sports-obsessed kid with dyslexia to the face of ESPN. His story is one of relentless drive, passion and grit. On this episode, we talk about the highs and lows of his career, showing up as your authentic self, and expanding his platform beyond sports.
What if you treated your home as your most important organization? Frustrated by all the unpaid, invisible work she was doing for her family—and recognizing she wasn’t alone—Eve Rodksy set out to change society one partnership at a time. In her bestselling book Fair Play, Eve applies her Harvard-trained background in organizational management to create a system that helps partners rebalance their domestic workload and reimagine their relationship. On this episode, we explore the hidden costs of doing it all, and how to rebalance our home life through boundaries, systems and communication.
Dr. Mark Hyman is leading a health revolution rooted in using food as medicine to support longevity, energy, and happiness. He’s a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and a New York Times bestselling author. He hosts the podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy and is a regular contributor on television shows like Today, Good Morning America, and The View. In his latest book, Young Forever, Dr. Hyman shares the secrets to living your longest, healthiest life. On this episode, we talk about the simple dietary, lifestyle and emerging longevity strategies to help you optimize your health.
The NCAA tournament is underway and University of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has the No.1 seed Cougars ready for a run. In 33 seasons as a head coach, Sampson has established himself as a program builder who wins at every level. He has been named National Coach of the Year six times and is a leading candidate to win this year’s award. He has won more than 700 games in his career and is one of only 16 coaches in NCAA history to lead multiple schools to the Final Four. In nine seasons at Houston, Sampson has led the Cougars to five NCAA tournaments and six conference titles. On this episode, we talk about building a strong culture, coaching your team to manage pressure, and sustaining success.
March Madness is here and I’m kicking it off with a coaching legend, University of Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga. A first-time nominee for the Naismith Hall of Fame, he’s won more than 700 games in his 39 seasons as a head coach which ranks in the Top 10 among active coaches. Larrañaga captured the hearts of basketball fans around the country in 2006 when he led George Mason to the Final Four, becoming the first mid-major semifinalist in 27 years. In 12 seasons with Miami, he’s led the Hurricanes to six NCAA tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance a season ago. On this episode, we talk about the four levels of commitment, leading in alignment with your core values, and how to coach discipline and accountability.
What does it mean to live an urgent life? Bozoma Saint John is a Hall of Fame inducted marketing executive whose career has included high-profile roles at Netflix, Uber, Apple Music, and Pepsi. She was named “The World’s Most Influential CMO” by Forbes. But there’s so much more to Boz’s story. When her husband Peter died of cancer, Boz made one big decision: to live life urgently. In her new memoir The Urgent Life, Boz shares her journey through heartbreak, loss and grief. On this episode, we talk about finding joy again and choosing to live your life to the fullest.
Maya Moore was at the pinnacle of her basketball career when she left it all behind to fight an injustice. That journey for justice turned into a remarkable love story when Maya married the man she helped free from prison after a wrongful conviction, Jonathan Irons. In their new memoir, Love and Justice, Maya and Jonathan open up about the trials and tribulations they faced together and the love that emerged. On this episode, we talk about living out your purpose, anchoring yourself in faith, and finding strength in your connection to others.
Troy Aikman has reached the height of success on the football field and in the broadcast booth. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback and an Emmy-nominated broadcaster who serves as the voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. During his 12-year playing career, Troy was a 6x Pro Bowl selection and led the storied Dallas Cowboys franchise to three Super Bowl rings. A successful entrepreneur off the field, Troy recently announced the launch of EIGHT, a light beer brewed with organic grains. On this episode, we talk about setting high expectations, performing under pressure, and tackling new challenges.
In a world that often feels polarized and disconnected, it’s more important than ever to show up with empathy. Carlos Whittaker is bringing hope to people all over the world. He’s the author of four books, host of the podcast Human Hope and a global speaker. You may recognize Carlos from Instagram, where’s he’s built a tribe of enthusiastic followers who join forces with Carlos to find connection, do good, and be in community. His latest book, How to Human, comes out on January 24 and is available for pre-order now. In our conversation today, we talk about how to step into difficult conversations with love, live up to our full potential, and move beyond what divides us.
Ron Rivera is the head coach of the Washington Commandeers and a two-time NFL Coach of the Year. Shortly after his start in Washington, Ron was diagnosed with cancer. Despite undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments, Ron continued to coach and incredibly never missed a game. In January 2021, he was declared cancer free. Prior to the Commanders, Ron was the head coach for the Carolina Panthers from 2011-2019, leading the team to three consecutive division titles and a Super Bowl appearance. A former NFL player, he played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears including the 1985 Super Bowl team. On this episode, we talk about leading through adversity, building a culture of excellence, and rising to the occasion.