Episodes

  • In this episode, Jake and Damian sit down with the remarkable Ronda Rousey, a professional mixed martial artist and former UFC champion, to dive into various aspects of her life and career.


    Ronda Rousey became the first UFC women's champion and a judo Olympic Medalist, earning back-to-back golds at the Pan American Championships and a 2008 Olympic bronze medal. Ronda opens up about her upbringing, including the real impact of her father’s suicide when she was just eight years old.


    Ronda discusses her addiction to winning and the challenges she faced in her career, particularly in navigating relationships with coaches. Offering advice to others facing similar situations, she emphasises the importance of always having a backup plan and not feeling trapped in any situation.


    As the conversation unfolds, Ronda shares insights on the support she received from others, highlighting her strategy of making herself unavoidable in the media, as well as her infamous encounter with Dana White, the CEO of the UFC. She also addresses her experience with concussion symptoms, shedding light on the lack of awareness surrounding CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) during her career.


    This episode delves into the depths of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love, as Ronda Rousey shares her personal journey from tragedy to triumph.


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  • In this episode, Liverpool FC Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe joins Jake and Damian to discuss the secrets of success in football and player development.


    Alex Inglethorpe is a former English footballer, who played forward for Watford, Leyton Orient, Exeter City, and Barnet, before becoming a renowned football coach specialising in nurturing young talent at the academy level.


    Alex shares valuable perspectives on the intricacies of coaching, culture building and nurturing up-and-coming talent. He highlights the importance of trust and faith from a manager, parent, or coach; emphasising the role of empathy and belief in players’ abilities.


    Alex recounts memorable moments whilst coaching players including Harry Kane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, highlighting the role of mentorship and honesty in their success. Reflecting on the transformative belief and leadership installed by Jürgen Klopp, he discusses Klopp's ability to instil confidence and unity within his team as they overcome challenges and strive for success.


    The episode offers a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of a coach dedicated to developing the next generation of talent and fostering a winning mentality, both on and off the field.


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  • In this episode, we dive into the incredible journey of Michail Antonio, the West Ham United striker who rose from non-league football to European glory.


    After almost a decade at West Ham, Michail made history by becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League. In this heart to heart conversation with Jake and Damian, Michail opens up about his time at West Ham, the constant speculation surrounding his future at the club, and the challenges he's faced in proving his worth season after season.


    As West Ham undergoes a transition with the departure of David Moyes and a focus on younger players, Michail openly reflects on the evolving dynamics, where the influx of younger talent signals a potential shift away from seasoned players like himself.


    Michail discloses how he fell in and out of love with football and his struggles with various mental health challenges, including the shocking reality of one of his lowest moments in the hours following West Ham’s Europa Conference League victory. Despite facing criticism and adversity, he maintains a resilient mindset, rooted in unwavering self-belief.


    From stepping onto the Premier League stage to the invaluable lessons learnt from his managers past and present, Michail offers us a raw and insightful glimpse into the highs and lows of a professional footballer in the modern era.


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  • In this captivating episode, business icon Richard Branson joins Jake to share his fascinating stories about life, leadership, and luck.

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    British entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Branson founded the Virgin Group in 1970, branching out from record retailing into multiple industries. Reflecting on significant moments throughout his life, Richard recalls the dramatic experience of an engine failure during a flight four decades ago, and how this changed his perspective on luck.


    He emphasises the importance of optimism and resilience, highlighting his own positive outlook and ability to bounce back from challenges. Touching on the years of the pandemic, Richard opens up about the reality of selling parts of his Virgin Galactic business in order to save jobs, and the personal criticism that followed.


    Discussing his relationship with dyslexia, Richard explains why he views it as a strength that helped him excel, and the importance of focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses. He underscores the importance of delegation, the value of truly knowing your team, and fostering a fun work environment.


    Reflecting on his book, Richard offers insights into entrepreneurship, highlighting its potential to positively impact lives and address global issues. He urges aspiring entrepreneurs to embrace innovation, persistence, and believe in making the world better.


    In this absorbing conversation, Richard Branson’s wisdom and infectious enthusiasm shines through as we explore the resilience, optimism and determination behind one of Britain’s most celebrated entrepreneurs.


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  • In this episode, Jake and Damian team up with acclaimed restaurateur Will Guidara to delve into the world of hospitality.


    A leading figure in the culinary world, Will Guidara is a renowned restaurateur and co-owner of New York City's Eleven Madison Park restaurant. His dedication to innovation, exceptional service, and culinary excellence has earned him widespread acclaim, including the prestigious accolade of three Michelin Stars.


    Will offers insights into the essence of hospitality, emphasising the importance of creating memorable experiences and nurturing relationships. He shares anecdotes, like the impactful reaction from a fine dining customer he served a New York hot dog, highlighting the profound impact of making people feel seen and valued and how small gestures can create lasting memories.


    Will explores practical tips for enhancing experiences, such as attentiveness and understanding the love languages of those we serve. Drawing from personal experiences, like caring for his mother with cancer, Will underscores the significance of empathy and resilience in hospitality. He also discusses the crucial process of hiring and firing in building a cohesive team, advocating for deliberate choices to foster a culture of dedication and growth.


    Through engaging conversation and insightful stories, this conversation emphasises hospitality is both an art and a science, essential for success in any endeavour.


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  • In this episode, Chris Williamson joins Jake and Damian to delve deep into the realms of connection and embracing authenticity.


    Chris Williamson is an English podcaster, YouTuber and former television personality; appearing on the first series of Love Island in 2015. Since 2018 he has hosted the highly regarded Modern Wisdom podcast, surpassing a staggering 400 million downloads.


    Chris boldly talks about fighting feelings of not being enough, showing how chasing success can sometimes mean giving up happiness. He chats openly about his childhood and upbringing, craving validation after growing up feeling lonely.


    Despite his success, Chris acknowledges his ongoing pursuit for self-improvement through journaling, meditation, and therapy; emphasising the importance of these exercises for continuous growth.


    From his podcasting success to his latest venture with ‘Neutonic’, a thoughtfully crafted productivity drink, Chris highlights the power of curiosity, consistency, and intentionalism. He shares the importance of defining our desires and taking action to fulfil them.


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    This episode digs into the twists and turns of human connections, striving for real success, and finding out who we are.


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  • Iconic ice dancing duo Torvill and Dean sit down with Jake and Damian to reflect on their illustrious career spanning over 50 years.


    Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are a lengendary former British ice skating duo and 1984 Winter Olympics Champions. In this episode, they reflect on their early days, recalling the pivotal moment when they realised their potential as a duo. They highlight how their shared passion for skating and unwavering commitment to improvement bound them together for over five decades.


    Delving into their creative process, Torvill and Dean recount the discovery of ‘Bolero’, the routine that would later become iconic for their 1984 Olympic success. They emphasise the dedication and discipline required for success, the challenges they faced, and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of their sport.


    Looking back on their illustrious careers, the pair reveal their decision to retire after 50 years on the ice. With wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of skating, they embrace the idea of leaving the stage on their own terms, ready to embark on new adventures.


    This conversation explores the insights behind Torvill and Dean’s dynamic partnership, and how they navigated tensions and dealt with failure to become two of Great Britain’s most celebrated Olympians.


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  • In this absorbing conversation, Jake sits down with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, delving into the renowned actor and former bodybuilder's remarkable journey to becoming a global icon.


    Arnold Schwarzenegger is an actor, businessman, former Governor of California, and legendary professional bodybuilder, among many more accolades. In this episode, Arnie opens up about his humble beginnings, confessing he never could have imagined the extraordinary path his life has taken. He shares the story of when he first visited London in 1966 as a 19 year old, to compete in the Mr. Universe competition, and reflects on how his life has transformed since. Arnold shares his unwavering belief in setting goals and passionately pursuing them, claiming he doesn’t need discipline, rather he is fueled by the pure joy of chasing goals.


    Arnold reflects on pivotal moments in his life and challenges he has encountered, from being labeled a narcissist by his father for his focus on physical appearance, to dealing with self-doubt whilst pursuing his wildest dreams. Throughout this, he emphasises the importance of having a clear vision, unwavering faith, and a supportive community. Arnold also acknowledges the contributions of others to his success, rejecting the idea of being a self-made man and highlighting the significance of building and maintaining a community.


    With his timeless wisdom and infectious optimism, Arnold inspires listeners to embrace their goals, cultivate resilience and work together towards creating a brighter future for generations to come.


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  • In this episode, Jake sits down with Robin Sharma to uncover the depths of true wealth, exploring the eight hidden habits to live your richest life.


    Robin Sharma is an international author and speaker, renowned for his insights on personal development and leadership. Drawing on topics from his latest book, Robin discusses the eight forms of wealth, including health, personal growth, and relationships. He stresses the importance of prioritising holistic well-being over pursuing financial gain alone.


    Robin delves into the power of habits, and shares how forgiveness and continuous learning can cultivate a successful and meaningful life. He also introduces Jake to concepts like the "30-day challenge" and highlights the importance of dopamine detox to break free from digital distractions.


    Throughout the episode, Robin shares practical insights and anecdotes from his interactions with billionaires and entrepreneurs. He emphasises the value of helping others and being of service as essential to true fulfilment in life.


    This conversation offers a refreshing perspective on high performance and success, reminding us that true wealth encompasses more than financial prosperity.


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  • Welcoming the incredibly talented Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker to High Performance, sharing his journey from breakout success to navigating fame and self-care.


    In this episode, Tom Walker joins Jake and Damian to share insights into his life as a successful singer and songwriter. From the highs of winning the BRIT Awards to the lows of overworking himself into a breakdown, Tom opens up about the importance of setting boundaries, especially with management and labels. He recounts on the pivotal moments that shaped his career, from being inspired by ACDC at just nine years old to creating hit songs born out of personal loss and struggles.


    With two million albums sold worldwide, Tom doesn't shy away from discussing the challenges of fame, admitting his discomfort with TV appearances and selling his music. Yet, he offers practical advice on coping mechanisms and the importance of reaching out for support during tough times.


    As he discusses navigating through the challenges of COVID-19 and teasing his upcoming album, we gain a glimpse into the evolution of Tom Walker, both as an artist and as a person.


    This episode dives into the importance of self-care, setting boundaries, and seizing opportunities in order to navigate success and maintain mental well-being in the creative industry.


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  • For the first time ever, High Performance turns to the animal kingdom to unlock the secrets of mammals’ remarkable survival strategies.


    Jake and Damian are joined by the producers of BBC Earth’s “Mammals”, Roger Webb and Harry Lawrence; who share behind-the-scenes challenges and exciting moments from the development of the series. Roger, with 25+ years of experience in crafting mesmerising natural history content, and Harry, whose early career was shaped by the enthralling episodes of Mammals, bring a wealth of insights to the table.


    Roger and Harry recount their extraordinary interactions with legendary British Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, highlighting his humility, passion for nature, and timeless energy. They share the valuable lessons they learned from Sir David, emphasising the importance of staying grounded and finding joy in their work.


    The producers also delve into why mammals dominate Earth and what humans can learn from their exceptional parenting and teamwork. We hear captivating tales from their wild filming experiences, and the important role of storytelling in connecting audiences with nature. Roger and Harry also provide a glimpse into how crews prepare meticulously to seize breathtaking moments with mammals without missing opportunities.


    This episode is an exciting exploration into wildlife filmmaking, packed with insights into the wonders of nature and the art of capturing it on camera.


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  • In this episode, we explore a journey of resilience and transformation; the evolution of a promising basketball player to a celebrated bodybuilding champion.


    Phil Heath is an American IFBB Pro League professional bodybuilder, who clinched the Mr. Olympia title seven times consecutively from 2011 to 2017. His latest victory tied him with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the second-most wins in history, following Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney.


    From battling suicidal thoughts to finding his light in the darkness, Phil talks candidly about the pivotal moments that led him to reevaluate his life's direction. Reflecting on his basketball days, he recounts the realisation that it was time to pivot when he felt overlooked on the court. He describes the struggle of facing adversity without a support system, battling with loneliness and despair.


    Throughout the episode, Phil emphasises the importance of perseverance and seeking support during tough times. He credits influential figures like his gym teacher and coach Tim Grover for guiding him through adversity and teaching him valuable lessons in managing emotion.


    Offering advice for navigating through darkness, Phil reminds us that even in our darkest moments, there is always a glimmer of hope waiting to be ignited. This episode explores resilience, hope and self-discovery.


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  • In this episode, sponsored by BT, Jake sits down with Clement, Alice, Maggie and Ed - four real life business owners, with wildly varied experiences across the UK business sector. 


    We explore what it’s really like being the boss.The key attributes you need to lead a business, and the big lessons they’ve learned over the years. 


    Clement, Alice, Maggie and Ed reflect on the highest highs along their journeys, and also the most challenging moments, and how ultimately, marginal gains are everything. 


    It’s more than a conversation about business, it’s about fostering a winning culture.


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    Thanks to Clement, Alice, Maggie and Ed for sitting down, and making for such a great roundtable. 


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    Thanks to Clement, Alice, Maggie and Ed for sitting down, and making for such a great roundtable.


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  • In this bonus episode, we revisit an absorbing conversation with renowned British journalist and former BBC newsreader, Emily Maitlis.


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    In line with the release of Netflix’s new film ‘Scoop’, we look back at Emily Maitlis’ iconic interview with Prince Andrew, exploring how she prepared, the moments leading up to the conversation, and her reactions to the now infamous exchange.


    Emily discusses the team and processes behind creating a compelling interview narrative, and how an unforgettable moment of British journalism was produced.


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  • Step into the mind of a Premier League icon, in a conversation exploring self doubt, gaining respect, and coping with toxicity.


    Kolo Touré, a stalwart of the Premier League, is not just a football player but a symbol of resilience and determination. With a career spanning top clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool, Toure's name is synonymous with grit, leadership, and unwavering commitment on the pitch.


    In this episode, Kolo Touré joins Jake and Damian for a conversation blending reflection and insider insights into his football journey. From meeting Arsène Wenger for the first time, to reflecting on the “invincibles” era at Arsenal, Kolo shares insights into how one of the league’s most legendary teams was built.


    Transitioning to Manchester City, he discusses the struggle of instilling a winning mentality at a new club. Despite setbacks, including a suspension for a substance abuse accusation, Kolo highlights how he persevered; returning alongside his brother Yaya to win the Premier League in dramatic fashion in 2012.


    Kolo also discusses how when his career moved onto Liverpool, he faced new pressures and expectations. He shares how he embraced the challenge, and how eager he was to prove himself to the fans and his new team.


    This episode encapsulates Kolo's remarkable journey; from exhilarating moments within some of the country’s most established clubs, to inspiring encounters with Arsène Wenger, and his biggest personal challenges and triumphs.


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  • In this episode, Charles Duhigg shares powerful insights into understanding the unspoken desires of others, and how we can foster meaningful connection through communication.


    Charles Duhigg is an American journalist with over 20 years’ experience, and a non-fiction author. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and the author of best-selling book ‘The Power of Habit’, which spent over three years on New York Times bestseller lists.


    In this conversation, Charles discusses the importance of asking deep questions that touch on our values and experiences, allowing individuals to reveal their true intentions and mindset. He reflects on his relationship with his father, underscoring the transformative power of open and honest communication.


    Charles discusses the complexities of parent-child dynamics, and Jake and Damian reflect on the challenges of communicating with their own children. Reflecting on his new book, “Supercommunicators”, Charles highlights the importance of understanding the science of human connection to personal and professional success.


    This thought-provoking episode explores the transformative power of communication; offering practical strategies to navigate interpersonal relationships in a world that is increasingly disconnected.


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  • In this episode, British fashion icon Paul Smith takes listeners on a reflective journey through his life and career, offering profound insights into the evolving landscape of society, culture, and fashion.


    He shares with Jake and Damian insights into his dynamic professional partnership with his wife, Pauline, highlighting their contrasting personalities as a source of balance and strength. Paul reflects on his journey since the beginning of his career, and discusses the fleeting nature of fame, emphasising the importance of sticking power and endurance.


    From childhood memories to lessons in communication and resourcefulness, Paul acknowledges the crucial role his father played in shaping his entrepreneurial journey, especially in international business dealings. Paul also recounts a life-altering cycling accident that led to artistic exploration and a newfound appreciation for design.


    Despite global success, Paul remains committed to mentorship; echoing gratitudes for the guidance he received in his youth and advocating for the next generation of talent. Through anecdotes, reflections and candid advice, Paul paints a portrait of a fashion icon dedicated to preserving the integrity and artistry of his craft.


    This episode explores the authenticity of fashion amidst changing trends, the importance of staying true to yourself, and offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of a true visionary.


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  • In this month’s recap, Jake and Damian reflect on the enlightening conversations they’ve had with our guests throughout the month of March.


    Starting with Jameela Jamil’s powerful insights on self-awareness and societal norms, they emphasise her message of empowerment amidst societal pressures. They applauded Martin Lewis' courage and integrity, emphasising the value of trust in personal and professional success.


    Discussing their conversation with Tom Kerridge, Jake and Damian appreciate his unconventional path to success and willingness to reinvent himself. They admire his courage to defy conventions and prioritise well-being over conventional achievement definitions.


    Reflecting on Esteban Ocon’s journey in Formula One, they highlight the theme of parental sacrifice and determination. They also commend Ocon's father for establishing values despite challenges, underscoring the value of long-term goals.


    This month's conversations with our guests highlight the importance of authenticity, courage and purpose in navigating life’s challenges and finding true fulfilment.


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    Martin: https://pod.fo/e/22a519

    Tom: https://pod.fo/e/22356e

    Esteban: https://pod.fo/e/228331


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  • Trustworthiness isn't just a label; it's built through consistent actions and a commitment to doing what's right, even when challenging.


    Martin Lewis is a prominent figure known for his expertise in consumer finance, and the founder of the ‘MoneySavingExpert’ website and platform. In this episode, Martin highlights how corporations are taking advantage of communities, focusing on the financial burden that big institutions in Britain place on the country.


    Touching on his own experience during the pandemic, Martin expresses the desperation for stability felt by many. He emphasises to Jake and Damian his commitment to charity, driven by a desire to reform the system and improve lives.


    He recounts his upbringing in a unique educational environment, which taught him early lessons about privilege and empathy. Addressing his own mental health challenges, Martin shares the effects of his personal struggles, and what coping mechanisms he developed.


    Offering insights into how he achieved success, Martin explores the impact and sacrifices throughout his journey. Ultimately, he shares the value of integrity in our personal and professional lives, and promotes individual accountability and moral business conduct.


    This episode focuses on developing trust, building an ethical society, and the importance of navigating personal and professional challenges.


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  • In this episode, Damian revisits one of his favorite episodes with Tom Daley, an Olympic gold medallist in diving and British television personality.


    Jake and Damian reflect on what they learned from the conversation with Tom, including the importance of parental support and establishing daily goals. They discuss how Tom’s late father reframed situations positively, such as turning potential failures into achievements. They appreciate how he silently supported Tom without micromanaging or criticizing during difficult moments.


    Damian also delves into Tom's approach to setting daily goals. He explores how Tom finds satisfaction in small achievements and how bravery plays a role in facing life’s challenges, like dealing with the loss of his father and coming out as gay.


    This powerful episode provides a valuable lesson for all parents, coaches and individuals about the importance of presence and positive reinforcement, as well as overcoming challenges and adversity.


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