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Compete Every Day with Jake Thompson | A Show for Driven People

The show for driven people who want to be great. Discover how you can build the mindset + skills required to WIN your career, training + life each week with Compete Every Day's Jake Thompson. Learn what mental, habitual, & physical systems elite performers use to succeed in their professional and personal lives. Our episodes are motivating - but they go beyond a fire that fades by providing actual takeaways listeners can implement to build their own winning mindset to succeed in their career, fitness, relationships, and life. For more information on how you can lead better + achieve more, visit CompeteEveryDay.com.
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Dec 30, 2017

Landing the cover of Oxygen magazine, starting her own Canadian beauty pageant and coaching women around the world has taught Kimberly Castle one crucial lesson: consistency pays off. 

She learned quickly that if she was consistent with her work outs and diet regime, the fitness results that she desired would come quickly. Using her newfound perspective, Kimberly took this life lesson to other aspects of her life. She realized that it didn’t take anybody particularly talented to attain this success, just somebody who was willing to put in the work.

Using this profound knowledge, Kimberly decided it was time to help other women make the same realization. 

Coaching women around the world between ages 25-50 years old, Kimberly’s focus is set on shattering her clients body shaming habits and opening their eyes to their beauty, capabilities and strengths. She gracefully balances her coaching business, a full time job as Vice President of Global Technology at Metlife, Mrs. Canada Globe Pageant and her personal fitness. 

Dec 5, 2017

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim MiLB Pitcher Nathan Smith shares his professional baseball journey & the importance of “The Midnight Rule” to succeeding at every level of his playing career - and personal life. Learn how you can apply this same rule to pursuing your career.

Nov 7, 2017

It's easy to be a dreamer. "Wouldn't it be nice if..." is usually how dreams start. There's zero risk, zero chance of failure, and zero chances of you getting hurt by just dreaming.

And there is zero opportunity for you to ever reach that dream by simply dreaming about it. Like a marathoner – the only way you run a marathon is to actually run a marathon. You can think about running at work. You can imagine running at night while lying in bed. But unless you actually put your shoes on the pavement and start moving forward, you aren’t running. You’re still on the sidelines.
 
You just can’t do BIG things in sports - or life - from the sidelines. It’s not possible.

In this episode, Jake explores the idea of "Dream big, live bigger" and why its crucial to being a Competitor.

Oct 10, 2017

We all get blindsided by something that hurls us into a life of completely different circumstances. If it limits our ability to function as we did before, the frustration alone can crush our drive and determination. As Jake watches full-body workouts from the sidelines with a torn achilles, his path to recovery is finding different ways to challenge him both physically and mentally.

In this episode, Jake tells you about his journey dealing with a leg injury and how it’s impacted his motivation to pursue his goals. He also explains why slowing down and taking the long road leads to more success, plus the mindset shift to get your determination back on track in the midst of challenge.

Oct 3, 2017

Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help us win the battle against distraction. Diagnosed with ADD as a child, he had to find ways to overcome the challenges of digital distraction once he became an entrepreneur. After years of studying the impact of technology on human behavior, he founded FocusWise, a company dedicated to helping professionals reduce distraction and maintain focus for bigger success.

In this episode, Curt shares strategies you can use, both personally and professionally, to prevail over one of life’s toughest adversaries — distraction.

Sep 19, 2017

After spending nearly two decades in the industry as a whole and observing pros like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, Alan learned a few things about creating productive habits and cultivating the right mindset for success. The mental game is just as essential to your overall performance as the physical. Ultimately, it can be the one thing that separates the good from the legendary.

In this episode, Alan Stein Jr. shares what he does to stay competitive, how he challenges himself to stay sharp, the importance of sports in school, and the winning mindset strategies he’s learned both on and off the court that you can use to be better than you were yesterday.

Sep 12, 2017

As a former athlete himself, Chris Smith saw the need to provide an online support structure to the athletic world. The constant push and challenge of an  “Athlete’s Mindset” (AM) can break you if not fueled in an environment of like-minded people. Chris’s determination to help athletes use the better edge of their double-edged sword is his commitment to helping the world be better than they were yesterday. One athlete at a time.

Sep 5, 2017

Ashley and Po Bronson’s book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, discusses the science of competition and reveals why it’s important to experience defeat — on and off the field. Competition allows us to better gauge our abilities by identifying strengths and weaknesses, and reveals what needs improvement. Without the contrast of winning and losing, there’s no motivation to push to maximum potential.

You can find growth and opportunity in every loss if you position your mindset to learn from your mistakes. Listen in as Ashley and Jake discuss some of those powerful mindset shifts and approaches that can help you to be better than you were yesterday.

Aug 29, 2017

Transition Coach Daron Roberts is an expert at helping people ‘jump off the ledge of their doubts’ but only after making some major life shifts of his own. Going from law school to the NFL, to author and lecturer at the University of Texas, Daron’s pivots taught him how to persevere through the hardships of change and take on the challenges of transition.

Through Daron’s Amazon bestselling book, Call An Audible, his course, “A Gameplan Winning at Life,” and motivational Instagram videos, he knows no bounds when it comes to inspiring others to transition into being the best version of themselves.

Aug 22, 2017

It's easy to obsess over what everyone else is doing, and it’s even easier to use them as a gauge of where or what you should be. But how engaged are you in your own goals and life? Is it more than the time you spend playing the comparison game? More energy than you put into obsessively and anxiously checking your social media accounts? If you’re honest with yourself, the answers might reveal a truth…

You’re the one getting in the way of your success. You have and always will be your biggest competitor.

So how do you compete with yourself so you can make progress toward achieving your goals? All you have to do is be better than you were yesterday.

Aug 15, 2017

A true competitor is determined to excel, even in the face of adversity. But adversity is much more than upsets, unfortunate events, or other external obstacles. Sometimes it’s our own pride that presents the challenge and holds us back from experiencing true growth.

No one wants to go backwards. It feels counterintuitive. Especially when so much effort goes into achieving greatness. But giving yourself the green light to put it in reverse could be exactly what you need to progress forward.

Taking a step back isn’t accepting failure or admitting defeat. It’s a way to gain perspective and clarity on challenging situations in your life. A time to reevaluate where to invest your valuable time, effort, and energy. A way to create space so you can tend to what might’ve been overlooked while pursuing success.

When stepping back might be the answer, fear and pride are the true adversities. Accept the challenge to overcome them so you can ultimately take ten steps forward toward your long-term success.

Jul 25, 2017

“Avoid stress, don’t do anything to physically exert yourself, and if you’re planning on having any children — don’t.” That’s the advice Susan Kovacs’ neurologist gave after diagnosing her with multiple sclerosis in 1985. Not something you want to hear when you’re in your mid-twenties, or at any point in your life at that. Anything she had planned for her future completely shifted. But just as easily as life can shift your plans, so can your mindset.

In her mid-fifties, Susan's strength coach asked her to consider a triathlon. It was a dare that would take her well beyond her comfort zone and “the life doctors prescribed her.” Susan explored the true impact that mindset has on our lives and adopted the mantra "my body achieves what my mind believes." With that, she made the physical and mental transition to being actively involved in athletics.

Combining her superpowers of research and personal experience, Susan has found her path as a performance mindset coach helping athletes, corporate leaders, sales professionals, and entrepreneurs optimize their performance through mindset mastery.

 

Jul 18, 2017

Like so many Americans, Doc Wright wasn’t happy with his job. Fresh out of college, he transitioned into corporate America — spending years in a world he “didn’t really ever quite fit in.”

To deal with the stress from work, Doc found relief in woodworking. After taking on a few small projects from friends and local businesses, others took notice of his unique style and creativity. It wasn’t long before he landed a bid with a large home builder company in Texas. Doc saw the opportunity to carve a different path for his future. And he took it.

Two and a half months from his first table project, Doc quit his job to start his custom furniture company, The Wright Edge. The business narrowed its focus on crafting big slab live edge wood furniture after Doc noticed a serious gap in the market for it. He’s been fortunate enough not to rely on paid marketing or advertising to generate business. And less than a year out, Doc has already added a business partner and an intern to the roster to keep up with the growing clientele.

Here’s Doc’s key insights on making a small business succeed:

Jul 11, 2017

As the founding pastor of Christian City Church, Rob Carman has captured the hearts of Christians everywhere with his leadership skills. By using the art of storytelling in his speeches, he has been able to grow a church from 35 people to 5,000 people, travel to 70 nations, and train over 50,000 national leaders.

Join us in today’s episode as Dr. Rob breaks down the importance of storytelling and how to become a better leader.

Jun 27, 2017

Today features a LIVE recording of the Better Than Yesterday podcast. Ryan ‘Birdman’ Parrott, a Navy SEAL and Founder of Sons of the Flag, joined our June 10 "Smash Goals" workshop in Dallas. His determination and “don’t take no for an answer” attitude has helped him accomplish goal after ridiculous goal throughout his life.

With a tough upbringing and little motivation, Ryan struggled in school as a child. Ryan finally found his spark at 18-years-old when 9/11 hit and he decided joined the military. His ambition drive took him all the way to the Navy SEALs.

Ryan now runs a non-profit organization in Dallas called Sons of the Flag that is committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors. Find out how Ryan overcame the hard times and crushed every goal he put his heart and mind to in this episode.

Jun 20, 2017

Compete to be Mentally Tougher

Coach Jen Rulon of San Antonio is joining us today. She’s an 11-time Ironman triathlete and coach helping triathletes get to the finish line with a smile. She has been an incredible supporter of Compete Everyday and an awesome member of the community since we met years ago.

As a health and fitness expert, Jennifer “Jen” Rulon MS, has inspired, coached and motivated many athletes to get to their first sprint triathlon to their 3rd Ironman Triathlon. Jen guides her athletes to learn about themselves BEYOND the physical aspects of doing an Ironman Triathlon.

Jen joined me to discuss what she’s created as a coach, her personal development as an athlete, and her TED talk on the mental side of performance. It’s a deep conversation, but I think it’s one you’re going to be enriched by.

 

Jun 13, 2017

Combining Cancer and CrossFit

Sami Mansfield is a Cancer Exercise Specialist and runs an incredible program she calls, Build. It’s a functional fitness program for cancer survivors designed to reduce both the physical and emotional side effects from cancer diagnosis and treatments.

In the world of cancer fighters, competing daily is everything. Sami works on a clinical team during the day and runs Build in the evenings, devoting her life to the encouragement and rehabilitation of cancer patients.

We talk about how Sami came to work with cancer survivors, her plans for growing the program, the community of cancer survivors she’s built, and why you have no excuse but t

Jun 6, 2017

Leave the World Better

How do you leave the world a better place than you found it? That’s what we’re talking about on this episode with the great, Dr. Daren Martin. We were connected through a mutual friend, I’ve been a guest on his show, and now I’m excited to have him on Better Than Yesterday.

Known as the Culture Architect, Dr. Daren Martin is author of the bestselling book, A Company of Owners and that’s only the beginning of his literary accomplishments. After 20 years of running his own company, Daren consulted for Fortune 500 companies on leadership, company culture, and sales psychology.

Daren shares his perspective on grinding out new books, understanding how to leave the world a better place, why we must keep growing, and other thought-provoking points.

May 30, 2017

Side Hustle Fuel

Compete Every Day Ambassador, Paige Martindell is joining us on the podcast today. I asked her on specifically to share her story of side hustling while working full time.

Paige followed her passion into creative design and took a job at Fossil after college while she started building up her side hustle. She later left Fossil to join StudioHop, a startup in Dallas, and has continued to build her personal brand.

Our discussion focuses on an alternative to the ‘burn all your bridges’ approach to entrepreneurship and how Paige instead hustled her way to develop a business. Paige goes into side hustling, pushing back perfectionism, finding creative inspiration, and so much more.

May 23, 2017

Pour into Your Passion

Ben Kenyon from the Portland Trail Blazers and YOUnique Podcast joins us today. He’s an inspired leader and advocate of purposeful movement.

From playing basketball to working as a performance coach, Ben has been on an incredible journey. In this episode, he shares what it was like to go from athlete to desiring to be the best trainer he could be.

Ben shares his thoughts on how to get to the highest level of success, finding satisfaction in your career and passion, and life.

May 16, 2017

Taking on New Challenges

Today, I’m joined by former NFL cornerback Terrence Wheatley. Terrence works as a Camp Director with the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Academy camps.

Terrence knows how easy it is to get our identities wrapped up in our performance. As an NFL player who transitioned out of the league, he has advice for anyone going through a similar transition whether it be having to retire from competition or a chaotic career. Terrance shares his wisdom on moving into a new chapter with us.

In this episode we talk about how Terrence got to where he is today, what he teaches kids at the Dallas Cowboys Academy, and preparing for a transition.

May 9, 2017

Steph Gaudreau was a high school teacher for 12 years before she started her blog, Stupid Easy Paleo. It began as a way to share her recipes and soon took off as she taught people to modify their diets and implement strength training.

Today, Steph goes by strength trainer, nutritionist and zombie slayer. She hosts the Harder to Kill Radio podcast and leads the Women’s Strength Summit which runs this year from May 15-21.

Steph shares what inspired her to create the Women’s Strength Summit and what she wants for women around the world. We talk about finding your own way to health and happiness, body image, and how we show up in the world.

May 2, 2017

What’s it going to be?

Too often our words and actions speak of "one day," when things are better or timing is perfect. In today's episode, Jake Thompson talks about the idea of "one day" and the downfalls that thinking can lead to. You'll be encouraged in your journey and challenged to consider making today "Day One," and start taking action now.

One day or Day One. You choose.

Apr 25, 2017

The Long Game

James Fitzgerald is the Founder of OPEX and The International Center For Fitness. When not coaching, he’s a full time husband, father and fitness athlete. He was crowned the “Fittest on Earth” when he won the CrossFit Games in 2007.

His 20+ years of experience and service as a strength coach/technician, tireless practice on refining energy system work, nutritional and lifestyle balancing techniques and training of other coaches has made OPEX a sought after method of bringing fitness to a Higher Order.

We talk about enjoying the process when the goal is down the road, his philosophy for coaching, and what the winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games does to be better than yesterday.

 

Apr 18, 2017

The Right Frame of Mind

When Ed Molitor published an article about competing every day, it immediately caught my attention. I was impressed with him and his business and I’m excited to have him on the show.

Ed is the Founder of the Molitor Group, a leadership development and personal growth organization. Ed’s leadership skills, traits and behaviors are the reasons he has realized such great success as a college basketball coach, Chicago mortgage broker, motivational speaker who talked about the invaluable life lessons provided in competitive athletics and as VP of Operations for a successful recruiting firm.

In this episode, Ed shares his career story and how we might be losing focus of the right perspective on competition. He gives his insight into mindset, abundance, and success as a team.

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