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
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Dec 23, 2019

As a lifelong athlete, Cassie Weaver learned from an early age the importance of mental toughness. Even before she had words to describe it, she was working to build it. 

Now a volleyball & mental performance coach, Weaver shares tips for developing resiliency and staying on top of your game through whatever transitions you face in sports, business, and life. It’s becoming more common for top athletes to seek out help and guidance from mental performance coaches and sports psychologists than in the past - allowing them more opportunities for growth. Learning to be strong — physically, emotionally, and mentally — can give you the edge you need to reach your fullest potential.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Challenge yourself to be mentally tough
  • Identify what’s between you and your best performance
  • Connection is just as important as knowledge
  • Follow current research and science to stay on top of your game
  • Maintain a positive attitude, even through stress



On this week’s episode, Jake and Cassie mentioned The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Succeed and Lead by Mark Divine and Simon Sinek’s “Performance vs. Trust” video and The Infinite Game book.


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Dec 18, 2019

There’s no one way that works for everyone. It’s up to you to find out the best way for you to reach your goals and stick to it, even when times are tough.

This week, Danny Lehr, gym owner and co-founder of Caffeine and Kilos, joins the show to share his journey from athlete to entrepreneur and the challenges of finding his groove while pursuing new endeavors (like climbing Mount Whitney). 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Develop a system that works for you
  • Stay consistent with practicing healthy habits
  • Try something new even if you might not be good at it
  • Bring expectations and reality into alignment and balance
  • Know what your goals are


Connect with Danny on his website or on Instagram @Danny_Lehr

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Dec 11, 2019

Many of us struggle with the crucial mental skill of positive self-talk.⁣ ⁣

We talk to ourselves worse than the online trolls could ever imagine doing.⁣ ⁣ But it’s not because we were born without some special talent to be positive. Instead, it’s because we haven’t grown it.⁣

Just like building our physical muscles in the gym requires repetition and sometimes, discomfort getting under a heavier weight, we can only build our positive mental skill of self-talk one (sometimes uncomfortable) repetition at a time.⁣

On this week's show, I share how the steps you can take to build positive self-talk and make sure your biggest cheerleader lives between your ears instead of your worst enemy.⁣


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Dec 4, 2019

If there’s one thing every athlete understands, it’s that fear can hold you back. When you find yourself avoiding practices or a challenge at work out of fear, make overcoming it your goal.

This week, author and endurance athlete Matt Fitzgerald shares his story of developing a growth mindset and using his fear to push him to reach his potential.

Fitzgerald says it wasn’t the pressure to succeed that got to him mentally; it was a fear of the suffering it would take to get there. The runs were hard, the races harder, and he had to find a way of shifting how he thought about that path in order to cross the finish line.

Instead of having that suffering — his fear — be a means to an end, he made it the goal itself. He decided he would only consider a race or a run successful if he gave it his all and ended on empty. It didn’t matter if he won or lost, just that he tried his hardest. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Make overcoming your fear the goal
  • Shake off the bad practices
  • Practice conscious intentionality
  • Have a growth mindset and recognize the value of challenges
  • Win the mental battle first


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Nov 27, 2019

Am I good enough? Do I have enough experience to succeed? Do I deserve this opportunity? Are others better than me? These are the nagging questions that follow imposter syndrome — or a feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt even after success.

This week, mental performance coach Paige Tonz talks about overcoming imposter syndrome and coming into confidence and success both on the field and off.

In her work, Tonz helps girls discover their inner motivation at a time in their lives when a lot is changing and they’re only starting to understand their own potential and what it takes to reach it.

She helps them learn to skip the roadblocks that she encountered in her own life, in order to set them on a good path as they come into their own. It all comes down to mindset, accountability, and self-confidence, which are useful tools at any stage of life.


  • Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t
  • Set aside distractions
  • Cultivate intrinsic motivation
  • Practice accountability with your actions
  • Push through imposter syndrome


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Nov 20, 2019

Sometimes, the unexpected happens. You might have a bad play or a bad day at work. It’s important to learn how to readjust and refocus when things don’t go the way you wanted them to. It’s also crucial to reevaluate the routines you have every once in a while and make sure they’re still working for you.

Maybe you need to mix things up to get the most out of your day. This week, Tyler Johnson talks about how to educate, elevate, and rejuvenate your routines to live, work, and play to the max.

It starts with confidence in yourself, he says. By building off your core values, you can center yourself in strength and be able to jump right into the middle of opportunities — or compensate for setbacks — as they arise. With that confidence, you can approach situations with a good attitude, ready to learn, and put that knowledge into practice in your everyday life.


  • Refocus after setbacks
  • Be intentional and consistent in teaching moments
  • Don’t expend energy in a wasteful way
  • Create daily and weekly momentum
  • Rejuvenate your routine


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Nov 13, 2019

Research has shown people are more likely to keep doing something they don’t enjoy in order to justify the investment of time and money they’ve already poured into it. That’s called the sunk cost mindset and this week learn how we can quit the bad cycles, get out of the quicksand, and start doing what we really want to do.


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Nov 6, 2019

If there’s one thing Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman is no stranger to, it’s transitions. He’s been a wrestler, a professional UFC fighter, and a Spanish teacher and is now a published author, motivational speaker, and podcaster.

Throughout his life, he’s found ways of putting his strengths to good use across many platforms, enabling him to transition from one path to another while carrying his best characteristics with him the whole way.

This week, Brenneman shares tips on becoming a tough and diligent lifelong learner. It’s about maintaining curiosity and having the perseverance to seek out new information. Brenneman’s view is that learning gets you what you want.

With so much information available these days, it’s possible to gain new skills and knowledge very quickly.

If you want to do something, Brenneman says, go out and find a way to do it. The world is full of opportunities; it’s up to you to take advantage of them. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Listen when people you trust and respect challenge your ideas
  • Recognize your strengths and build upon them
  • Find ways to utilize your skill sets across platforms
  • Question your preconceived notions
  • Work to build self-awareness


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Oct 30, 2019

It doesn’t matter if your year began great or got off to a poor start. What matters is how you end it.

This week, Jake discusses the importance of making halftime adjustments -- tweaks to your behavior, habits, and mental space to help you finish strong and start off next year where you want to be. 

You have to build a winning mindset and to do that, it’s important to stop making excuses. It takes a commitment to being honest with yourself and having the dedication you need to make the halftime adjustments in your own life to end on top.

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Oct 23, 2019

Podcaster and teacher Joe Ferraro strives to become a little bit wiser and a little bit better each and every day.

This week, he shares tips on seeing the big picture and working diligently and consistently to reach your goals. It comes down to intentionality, transparency, and commitment. 

Part of teaching others is helping them build an investment in the time you have together. If they can feel your passion for the work and see your commitment to them and their time, you can earn their interest. 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Live with intentionality
  • Improve mindset, language, and behavior every day
  • Develop a big picture mindset
  • Involve kids in your processes so they learn by doing
  • Show students you are passionate and committed


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Oct 16, 2019

If there’s one message Hannah Huesman wants to share, it’s how important it is to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to building mental skills and health.

Hannah is the mental performance coach for the Philadelphia Phillies and on this week’s show, she shares tips for gaining self-awareness and not getting negatively stuck in your own head. 

Discover how doing daily mental check-ins and incorporating thoughtfulness and mindfulness in our everyday lives, we can work to be actively self-aware and evaluate our situations more accurately, which will lead to greater happiness down the road.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Do mental check-ins every day
  • Practice mental workouts along with physical ones
  • Evaluate your self-evaluation
  • Understand the importance of mental health and happiness
  • Be aware of inherent negative bias


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Oct 9, 2019

Sometimes you need to refocus to follow your true calling. That’s at the heart of the message from this week’s guest, Nike Master Trainer, athlete, and personal coach Dennys Lozada. After years working in the corporate world, Lozada gave up stability to return to his athletic roots and pursue his true passion as a personal trainer. 

Through each challenge, Lozada has found moments to learn and grow. He uses those lessons to guide his work today with the adults and kids he trains. 

Listen to this inspiring conversation and you'll learn:

  • Use challenges as opportunities to build character
  • Connect with youth where they are
  • Focus on fitness, not aesthetics
  • Build your career from the ground up
  • Give your passion your all


Connect with Dennys on Instagram @fftstrong

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Oct 2, 2019

Discovering your own competitive advantage is at the heart of this week’s conversation with author and podcaster Cody Royle. His book, Where Others Won’t: Taking People Innovation from the Locker Room into the Boardroom, delves deep into lessons from teams around the world on leadership theory, group dynamics, and talent optimization. This week, he shares what he’s learned about what both individuals and teams can do to find their niche. 

Royle says the big takeaway former athletes have going forward to a new career is their sense of self-awareness. Athletes spend much of their time getting feedback from others, be they coaches or fellow players. That helps them understand their strengths and weaknesses and explore what they enjoy doing and what they don’t. That understanding is a critical asset outside the world of sports, as well, and can help a person find their best fit in business or whatever they ultimately pursue.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Ask questions to build self-awareness
  • Develop a leadership mentality
  • Synthesize different parts of your personality
  • Identify what you enjoy and what you don’t and push for the right position
  • Think outside the box to create a competitive advantage


Learn more about Cody's work here.

Sep 25, 2019

Life has been a series of transitions for David Cuthbert. He played collegiate soccer at the Naval Academy, then went on to join Naval special operations as an explosive ordnance officer, then began a tech startup, and now works in the nonprofit world as the CEO of Wine To Water, which provides clean drinking water to places in need around the world.

Throughout his journey, he’s learned to understand his experiences universally, so he can bring skills from one discipline to the next.

Listen to today's conversation on leadership and building strong teams so you can:

  • Look at experiences universally
  • Find different applications for skills across platforms
  • Focus on internal work that leads to external product
  • Ensure people are sharing their best ideas
  • Focus on building a strong team


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Sep 18, 2019

As a sports psychologist, Dr. Julie Bell is focused on relationships. It’s through the coaching relationship she builds with athletes, entrepreneurs, mothers, and many others that she can tailor her approach to each specific person, and that people can find support through their various endeavors and changes in life.

However, despite the differences, the common thread that often runs through these challenges is the need for a mindset shift. After all, while it can be easier to change the small things, it’s often a look inside that’s needed most.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Challenges are both physical and mental
  • Coaches can help at different stages in life
  • Celebrate the path to victory, rather than just the outcome
  • Encourage behaviors you want to see repeated
  • Focus on the relationship process


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Sep 11, 2019

Are you making the mistake that most people do of believing that their success in life will mirror their success in fantasy football?

I love playing the game – but in reality, it’s just a game where all of my successes sit in the hands of someone else.

Who I don’t personally know. Who I have zero control over. And who isn’t playing any better or worse because of me.

Competitors don’t leave their fates in the hands of others. They take action to make their own.

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Sep 6, 2019

Mental toughness is not a trait you're born with - it's a skill you build over time through intentional repetition.

Learn the 5 Ways to build your mental strength for anything life tries to throw at you so you can continue to compete every day.


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Sep 4, 2019

It took just seconds for Keith Mitchell’s life to turn completely upside down. A spinal injury put the former NFL player in the hospital, where he was told he may never walk again.

There, a nurse asked him a profound question. She asked if he knew what happens when a person breathes. So began his journey toward mindfulness.

Now, years later, Mitchell is an accomplished yoga practitioner and influencer who works with adults and kids alike to encourage intentional living.

Learn how to:

  • Give attention to the positive, not the negative
  • Put important concepts into a frame you can understand
  • Practice intentional thought and action
  • Shift to a mindset without limitations
  • Take meditation one step further with mindfulness

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Aug 30, 2019

You don’t talk a big game as a leader – you live it.

The inspiration behind our new release, Leave No Doubt, is an important one in today’s world. It’s easy for us to get caught up in what we see online and on social media, and immediately buy into the idea that what we scroll by is actually true. But it’s not.

Learn the story behind this new release and what two things *actually* define your legacy when all is said and done.

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Aug 28, 2019

We celebrate our 150th (!) podcast episode by flipping the tables and welcoming James Leath of Unleash the Athlete (episode 2 this season!) as he sits down as your host to interview me about what I’ve learned over the last 8 years at Compete Every Day.

We discuss what I’ve learned after 150 episodes on the Compete Podcast, and dive into my journey for the first time. Topics discussed include:

  • My own health journey from overweight to active
  • Why you have to be “SELFISH” to be successful in serving others
  • What does “being a better leader” actually mean
  • Why I use “Competitor” interchangeably when discussing “Leaders”
  • How a loss of identity also ruined my life
  • How I learned to get past comparison – and focus instead on my lane
  • The importance of creating experiences for my community and speaking audiences
  • The only two things that matter in your legacy
  • Why did we start with – and stick with – apparel at Compete Every Day
  • How to batch your marketing and life to better focus on what matters

And mostly, what it means to Compete Every Day! I really enjoyed this conversation and the opportunity to share my passion and what matters most to me, with you. I hope you enjoy the show!

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Aug 23, 2019

There's no magic formula to becoming great. You don't cross your fingers, Click your toes, and suddenly you become your greatest self. It doesn't work that way. There is no quick-fix formula to do it. However, there is a way to do it and today I'll share the five steps you can take to forge your greatness.

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Aug 21, 2019

Lifting up the people around you will benefit you and your entire team in the long run. That’s just one of the messages from this week’s guest, author, speaker, and coach Jamy Bechler. The group mentality drives a team and it’s only by ensuring each and every player is included in the success that it can truly be achieved.


  • Foster relationships with your team
  • Uplift others
  • Be positive with a rationale behind it
  • Get into a player’s heart and head by developing connections
  • Look at reality, not “should have”s


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Aug 14, 2019

In order to reach your full potential, it’s important to practice habits, make choices, and surround yourself with people who will help you get there.

In this week’s episode of the Compete Every Day podcast, host Jake Thompson talks about how to make life changes to get you where you need to go. He shares stories from his own past about times he didn’t make the right choices and how he learned to make those crucial shifts with the support of a good friend.

It’s critical to make sure our inner circle, or our starting five, are people who are impacting our lives in positive and forward-thinking ways. Jake shares the 3 types of people you should avoid - and the 3 you need to have in your life.


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Aug 13, 2019

Science proves that our inherent talents are great – but our effort and what we do with that talent is twice as important.

Great talent is wasted every day by those who rely solely on it. Your future success is not about what you’re born with, but what you choose to build.

Take responsibility. Take action. And outwork your talent every day.


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Aug 7, 2019

Intentionality is a key component of a successful work method. It brings a project from concept to completion and can help you establish a disciplined process you can follow from start to finish.

This week's guest is Sports Illustrated veteran & best-selling author Don Yaeger. He shares stories from his own life and career and tips for developing a working method that can be tailored to meet your needs.

Being intentional about a process or the work you do means setting goals and sticking to them. To reach those goals, it can be important to find people who are already on the path and learn from them.

Listen and learn how to:

  • Test work methods to find what is best for you
  • Define the process you need to follow
  • Practice discipline to meet goals
  • Find mentors to guide you as you learn
  • Set personal targets to meet along the way




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