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We uncover what makes the most successful people winners

The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Reebok Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need.

He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life.

Special Guests Include:

  • Former member of Seal Team Six
  • Olympic wrestling coach
  • Ultra marathoner (who carries a fridge on his back)
  • CEO of Virgin Group
  • Visually impaired wrestler
  • Emeritus US Army General
  • Founder of Seal Fit

…and more!

Featured Episode

149: Dr. Erika Schwartz | Don’t Let Your Doctor Kill You

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