In the first of a special two-part episode, performance psychologist Gio Valiante calls on his vast experience working with some of the world’s top athletes and entrepreneurs. Shane and Valiante discuss developing discipline and resilience in work and life. Valiante offers his thoughts on the five ways to gain an advantage and win and how to change your habits. He also discusses the role your environment plays in discipline and how you can develop resilience in yourself and your children.
Valiante is regarded as one of the most successful performance coaches in the world. He’s worked extensively with golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours, Olympic athletes, and leading figures in NCAA football and the NFL, where he served as the Head Performance Coach of the Buffalo Bills. He has also logged over 5,000 hours coaching some of the most sophisticated investors in the world, including hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.
Here are a few highlights from the episode:
If you are not one of these people who are just pure talent, one of the ways that you can compete is just through effort, right? Through working harder.
The output of a human life is essentially the expression of our repeated habits.
Where people spend too much time is [that] they try to fix the unfixable.
A lot of times, just changing the environment around the individual changes the behavior. You don’t need willpower.
When you lose the baggage of your identity, of your ego, of yourself, what fills in the space is the freedom to create. And that freedom to create is also the freedom to take risks.