“Paralysis taught me how to live”
This emotional conversation is an honest and vulnerable discussion about life, death and understanding our purpose.
In 2010, David Smith was given a life changing diagnosis: a rare, cancerous tumour was found in his neck. A focused athlete, previously competing in karate, running and bobsled, David aimed to put all of his energy into competing in the 2012 Paralympic games as a rower; “I didn’t have time for a tumour”. But, after having surgery on the tumour, David suffered a stroke. This was the start of a new life for David.
After multiple surgeries and a number of complications, David is now fully paralysed on his left side. Despite winning gold for Row...
Tom Kerridge, is a renowned chef with an impressive array of accolades, including two Michelin Stars, the UK's Best Restaurant of the Year, and the title of Best Pub of the Year. In this episode, Tom shares his journey of growing a successful business whilst dealing with alcohol addiction. He details the intricacies of building his award winning pub, The Hand and Flowers, with his wife Beth Cullen-Kerridge. Tom shares how he has created a committed and positive culture in the kitchen, a place that is known for being a harsh and challenging environment. He also shares insights into his partnership with his wife, detailing the challenges and rewards of running a business together and the importance of maintaining a strong connection. During this conversation, Tom opens up to Jake and Damian about his struggles with alcoholism, revealing how the high-pressure environment of the kitchen led him to rely on drinking as a coping mechanism. He reflects on the pivotal moment when he decided to quit drinking, after realising the impact it had on both his health and his career trajectory. They discuss the importance of personal growth and why he encourages this within his employees too. Throughout the interview Tom offers valuable lessons on leadership, commitment, and the power of change. Tom’s love for his craft shines through as he discusses the broader impact of his work beyond the kitchen, specifically the importance of food and nutrition education within young people. Tom inspires listeners to embrace change, foster a supportive work environment, and strive for excellence in every endeavour. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 hour 8 mins
4 March Finished
In this episode, Jake handpicks one of his favourite episodes with Whoop Founder and CEO, Will Ahmed. Jake and Damian reflect on the key lessons from Will’s episode, including how to manage having multiple big goals and the challenges of building a 3.6 billion dollar business. They also discuss how to overcome the challenge of doing the right thing during overwhelming moments and taking a moment for yourself to recharge, even when it’s difficult. Having built multiple businesses, Jake reflects on the advice given by Will and what aspects he applies to his business decisions moving forward. Listen to the full episode with Will here: https://pod.fo/e/f256a Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 March Finished
Sign Up To WHOOP, 30 days risk free - join.whoop.com/HPP Reflecting on her career, Jessica Ennis-Hill offers a glimpse into the life of an Olympian, inspiring listeners to pursue their dreams by building mental strength and resilience whilst keeping a steadfast focus on what truly matters. Olympic legend Jessica Ennis-Hill delves into the highs and lows of her illustrious career. Jessica is a retired track and field athlete, specialising in the heptathlon and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion, and the 2010 European champion. In this episode, Jess opens up about what it was like being the ‘face’ of the 2012 Olympic Games and how she dealt with the immense pressure that brought; highlighting the crucial role of sports psychology to help athletes block out distractions. With her degree in psychology, Jessica reflects on how her understanding of the human psyche has transformed her approach to training and communication. She acknowledges the invaluable support of her team and loved ones, emphasising the significance of their consistency in her path to success. They also discuss the importance of laughter and finding humour during tough moments. Jessica discusses how her career changed after the birth of her son in 2014, and going on to become World Champion soon after. She shares her advice for young athletes and why happiness will always be her top priority. From overcoming career-threatening injuries to embracing the joys of motherhood, Jessica's journey is one of resilience, determination, and continued passion. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 hour 13 mins
26 February Finished
Damian shares one of his favourite episodes, an honest conversation about life and death with Lindsey Burrow. Lindsey is the wife of former professional rugby player Rob Burrow. In 2019, Rob was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Lindsey cares for Rob full time, whilst looking after their children and working as a physiotherapist for the NHS. This was a very powerful episode and many of the lessons Lindsey shared have stayed with Damian since. He goes through these lessons with Jake, detailing how her outlook has inspired and transformed how he takes on life challenges. Listen to the full episode with Lindsey here: https://pod.fo/e/149343 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23 February Finished
Sign Up To WHOOP, 30 days risk free - join.whoop.com/HPP This episode explores the foundational principles that have guided Sahil’s journey towards personal growth and meaningful relationships. Sahil Bloom is an investor, entrepreneur and writer, known for his newsletter The Curiosity Chronicle. In this episode, Sahil discusses with Jake why prioritising important relationships over career-driven success has been a crucial and formative decision. Sahil expresses his belief that the beauty of relationships can be found in the struggle, through overcoming hardships with a partner, you can find a new, more deepened strength. He shares his method to achieving personal goals, how to analyse whether you’re going in the right direction and the important of patience. They debate the concept of luck, and the difference between acts of God and luck that can be influenced by our actions and awareness. Sahil shares an innovative approach to goal-setting, by introducing the ABC method as a framework for managing expectations and driving progress. A represents the aspirational, B the baseline and C the critical must-do level. This episode is a reminder that true success lies not in financial, or career, gain but in the immeasurable value we bring to our relationships and communities. During the conversation, Sahil refers to an op-ed written by a man who'd lost his son to a rare form of epilepsy, you can find that here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-later-than-you-think-j-r-storment/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19 February Finished
Inspired by the ITV show Mr Bates vs the Post Office, Damian reflects on the correct way to handle a crisis. Detailing a study by Kim and Lee on the Johnson & Johnson Tylenol crisis, Damian explores the lessons we can learn from their response to disaster and how we can utilise them in our everyday lives. These approaches include: * Swift and decisive action * Communicating transparently * Cooperating with others * Reapplying learnings * Emphasising the rebuilding of trust * Learning from the experience This episode offers a new insight into how we can respond to crisis in a more effective way. Download the High Performance app and join Plus to access the rest of the 'Thoughts from Damian' series. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16 February Finished