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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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Now displaying: July, 2020
Jul 29, 2020

From his humble beginnings in Pennsylvania to his successful acting career in Hollywood, Dan Cortese has walked many different paths in life. He worked the graveyard shift at a steel mill to put himself through college and left home to pursue the California dream. He landed a job as the host of MTV Sports and later became a well-known side character on the popular show, Seinfeld. He’s since written a book documenting his journey and looking at the power of positivity. This week, he shares his story of growth and change and reminds us to always be grateful for the opportunities we have.

He recalls a moment at the steel mill when he considered dropping out of college. He wasn’t sure how his future would look or if he’d find success in acting. A coworker reminded him that in going to college, he was already in the process of achieving something others worked hard to get. He took the lesson to heart and moved across the country to reach his goals. After gaining popularity on television, he once again had to reevaluate the direction his life had taken. Now, his goal is simple, but valuable: to be a little bit better each day.

What You’ll Learn:

  • See challenges as chances for growth
  • Don’t play the comparison game
  • Hold yourself accountable to having a healthy mindset
  • Learn to live in the hard moments, as well as the good
  • Find out who you want to be and work toward it

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Jul 22, 2020

The way to success is focus and consistency. You have to put in the work, day in and day out, with clear goals in mind. That’s a lesson from this week’s guest, author, entrepreneur, and Crossfit champ Jason Khalipa. He shares his story of growing a company and becoming one of the fittest men in the world. After his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Khalipa had to re-center himself and his goals and learn to slow down and truly appreciate being focused in the moment.

Being in the moment means concentrating your effort on whatever you are doing. When you find yourself with your feet in too many places at once, you can lose your grounding. By making sure you go all in on one task at a time — even just for 10 minutes a day — you can do that task to the best of your ability and build routines that will last over time. It often means giving up control and learning to delegate responsibilities to others on your team. But by doing that, you also give them the chance to build their own skills and flourish. It’s a win-win.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Recognize other people’s strengths and use them
  • Set expectations in line with goals
  • Stay focused in the moment
  • Build consistency and routine
  • Remember to slow down when you need to

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Jul 15, 2020

How you carry yourself as a leader can affect every facet of your team. Whether you’re a doctor, a manager, a team captain, or in another leadership role, your attitude and approach will shape the way your superiors, employees, and co-workers interact with each other and you. This week, retired CIA intelligence officer Marc Polymeropolous talks about building strong leadership skills and finding clarity in times of uncertainty. It’s about being motivated to work for the collective good and building up trust and accountability over time.

It’s easy to lead the way when the path ahead is clear, Polymeropolous says. But the path is rarely clear. There will be times when you and your team are under stress or facing challenges, both large and small. It’s in those moments that a leader has to show confidence. And it’s in the times leading up to those challenges that a leader has to be honest and take responsibility, so there is cohesion when it’s needed the most. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Have honest conversations
  • Develop relationships based on trust
  • Focus on what is in your control
  • Take it upon yourself to handle problems as they arise
  • Embrace uncertainty and learn from it

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Jul 8, 2020

One of the messages Colin Bado wants everyone to hear is that it’s OK to need help sometimes. Everyone experiences challenging moments in life. For some people, it may come in the form of longstanding mental health issues. For others, it may be a single experience that brings them to their lowest point. Part of learning to build a good relationship with yourself is knowing when you can’t do it on your own. This week, Bado shares his thoughts on making it through the tough times and finding ways to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Several years ago, Bado found himself in one of his darkest moments. At the time, he says he was having suicidal ideation. His loved ones intervened and helped him find the assistance he needed to get back on his feet. Now, he’s working to provide structure and hope to young people who may be in a similar mindset. The coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on everyone and changing lives in unpredictable ways. In this timely conversation, Bado talks about holding onto hope, practicing gratitude, and finding opportunities in unexpected places.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Accept help when you need it
  • Take time to reflect on life
  • Seek out mentorship, or offer it to others
  • Let go of what you can’t control
  • Practice gratitude even in hard times

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Jul 1, 2020

Something that many athletes and top performers have in common is a story of overcoming adversity. For former New York City firefighter and elite athlete Matt Long, personal challenges have shaped the course of his life. In 2005, Long was hit by a bus. He spent weeks in a coma and months in the hospital, where he endured several surgeries. When he got out of the hospital, he found the mental part of recovery was just as challenging.

Long had to find a way to accept the ways in which his life had changed. Prior to the accident, he had been an avid runner. After the accident, his gait was off and his body had changed, so he turned to indoor rowing and other strength exercises. He found a new avenue to elite athleticism through tenacity, perseverance, and mental fortitude. He also had to learn not to let pride get in the way. He asked for help when he needed it, which gave him the support and tools that helped him blaze a new path forward. This week, he shares tips on overcoming challenges and learning from them to be better prepared for tomorrow.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Practice tenacity
  • Learn from past disappointments
  • Persistence leads to outcomes
  • Let go of anger and self-pity
  • Don’t let pride get in the way

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