Hate. It's just another four-letter word. It has a surface-level negative connotation if you let it. Matt Vincent, 2012 and 2014 Highland Games world champion and co-founder of HVIII Brand Goods, unpacks for us how he uses hate to his advantage.
With a strong (no pun intended) foundation in field games, Matt has spent the better part of a decade donning a performance-apparel kilt and hurling hundreds of pounds against some of the world's largest and strongest men. But this skill has carried over into much more, Matt and his brother founded HVIII (pronounced "hate") Brand Goods to help others see further into themselves, to do more, be more, demand more from themselves.
Matt says it best here:
"HVIII... is a strong term that many will find negative. Good. So do I. I refuse to not get better. It is not an option. I will make the sacrifices necessary to be the best. This attack on the self is necessary because if I don’t train everyday with the intention of destroying the old me, then I’m missing something. This is the fire I feel, that I want you to feel. This is the fire, the hate, the motivation for improvement.
There is no excuse not to improve yourself. No one gives a shit. People may coddle you, but when you sit alone, you have only yourself to blame. We have all had days when we come up short because we’re unprepared. If you are unprepared, then it is your fault. So take responsibility. There is something you can do about it."
Have you ever been called in to assist with a terrorist or hostage crisis? No? Well today's special guest has many times! Former lead FBI international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss has seen it all and talked his way out of it all.
For most of us, we have more of a chance of going up against a peer for that big promotion than trying to save lives. And that is just what Chris teaches us here; how to negotiate anything like your life depended on it. How to become a better listener, a better conversationalist and, most importantly, how to ask key questions to steer the conversation and negotiation in the direction we want. How to change the terms of a contract, how to get a raise, how to get bumped up to the next flight when yours gets canceled (a secret we learn from Chris' son in the episode). Bottom line - how to use simple tools to yield phenomenal results.
Chris' latest book, Never Split the Difference is an amazing read that gives step-by-step tactics to win everyday occurrences. His weekly newsletter, The Edge, is the icing on the cake for extra content on how to be an effective negotiator in any situation.
Welcome to your second weekly dose of Ever Forward Radio! This is the first (of what I hope to be many) end-of-the-week episodes to provide a little more drive, a reminder of why you do what you do and how to never let that gas tank run empty.
This episode I discuss one of my favorite new sources for inspiration and, well... philosophy. That is Stoicism. If any of you follow me on Twitter or have seen some of my recent quotes associated with my Instagram posts, you know what I am referencing. Stoics have an incredible way of bringing the most brutal form of honesty to any conversation, especially the ones we have with ourselves.
I encourage you to never forget your philosophy, the WHY behind you do what you do. If you are struggling to find one then I encourage, no I implore you to take the one that continues to serve me and make it your own and live a life EVER FORWARD.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or are seeking to better understand the human body on your own wellness journey, you have undoubtedly encountered that dirty little "F" word... FAT. We all have it, but why? What is its biological purpose? This episode dives deep into the science of this hormone and how it works for us and against us.
"Dr. Sylvia Tara, holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from The University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.She was a healthcare management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and has worked for the world’s largest biotechnology companies.
After an extended battle with fat, Dr. Tara became fascinated with its resiliency and embarked on a mission to better understand it. This book is the culmination of years of research and interviews with physicians, patients and leading scientists. The Secret Life of Fat will forever change how you think about this misunderstood organ."
Function. Fashion. Very rarely do the two come hand-in-hand, especially in the athletic apparel industry. Nate Checketts sought to bridge this gap by creating a clothing line that went the extra mile again and again because he knew that was exactly the type of person who would wear it. His company, Rhone, is the product of a lifetime of entrepreneurial spirit, Nate shares with us his story of the lessons learned, mistakes made and what exactly it takes in order to successfully step out on your own and serve a need (and make it a thriving business at the same time.)
Rhone is for every man. Like their website says, "Whether running errands, jumping on a flight, or pushing hard in the gym, Rhone feels good, looks good, performs better. Ultimately we want to capture that which inspires all of us. Our belief is we can push each other and our product forward each day." And they even have "#foreverforward" as their driving hashtag, how perfect is that?!