The Art of Excellence
By Glenn Zweig
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The Art of Excellence is an in-depth interview-style podcast about people who have accomplished great things in their lives. The goal of the show is to deliver inspiring stories from ultra-successful entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, authors, thought leaders and anyone doing something extraordinary. We will explore the backgrounds, talent, work ethic, sacrifices, mental outlook and serendipity that led to their success.
||CleanDaniel Negreanu: World-Renowned Poker Legend||Daniel Negreanua (aka “Kid Poker”) is a professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. The independent poker ranking service Global Poker...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott Jurek: Ultrarunning Legend Conquers the Appalachian Trail||Scott is widely regarded as one of the greatest runners of all time. He has won most of ultrarunning’s elite events including the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicola Benedetti: Vibrant Violin Virtuoso||Nicola is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She is one of the most influential classical artists in the world and has played with the finest orchestras and symphonies from around the globe. She was the BBC Young Musician...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJosh Blue: Uber-talented comedian with cerebral palsy||Josh Blue is a comedian. He has cerebral palsy which forms the basis for much of his self-deprecating humor. He won first place on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in its fourth season. He has appeared in a number of comedy specials on Comedy...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“The Birdman” Jeb Corliss: Fearless BASE Jumper||Jeb is one of the world’s best known BASE-jumpers and wingsuit pilots. He has made more than 1,000 jumps including the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel falls to name a few. He is featured in a documentary called Fearless: The Jeb...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCat Hoke: Defying the Odds: Giving Current and Former Convicts, Herself, and the Rest of US a Second Chance||Cat Hoke is the founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, a non-profit which creates personal and economic opportunities for people with criminal histories. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and a number of other...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKristin Beck: A Navy SEAL, a Purple Heart, and a Transgender Activist||Christopher Beck served for 20 years as a Navy SEAL. He deployed 13 times over two decades, including stints in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He received the Bronze Star award for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat. ...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Pink: Behavioral science guru and bestselling author||Daniel Pink is the author of several New York Times bestselling books about business, work and behavior including A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell is Human. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Browder: Superstar investor turned human rights activist||Bill Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital, which was the largest investor in Russia for a number of years. More recently he has been spearheading a campaign to expose Russia’s corruption and human rights abuses. His efforts led...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristian Picciolini: Reformed White Supremacist now leading the fight against extremism||Christian Picciolini is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, a published author, a TEDx speaker, and a reformed extremist. He is the co-founder of Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding long-term solutions that...||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNik Wallenda: Living Life High on the Wire||Nik Wallenda is an acrobat, daredevil, high wire artist and author. He is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds nine Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats but is probably best known for walking a...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLonnie Johnson: Serial Inventor: From Super Soakers to Solar Systems||Lonnie Johnson is a former Air Force and NASA engineer who invented the massively popular Super Soaker water gun. He currently oversees Johnson Research and Development, a company which commercializes technologies with a recent emphasis on alternative..||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott Kelly: Astronaut Extraordinaire||Scott Kelly is a retired NASA astronaut and a veteran of four space flights. He is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station and the second most time in space of any American. He recently wrote a book now...||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMorten Andersen: Professional Football Hall of Fame Kicker||Morten Andersen is a former professional football kicker who spent most of his career with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. He played in a record 382 games during his 25 year career and is the all-time leading scorer in NFL history...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlan Eustace: Record-Setting 26 Mile Free Fall Jump||Alan Eustace holds the record for highest altitude free fall jump. On October 24, 2016, he jumped from the stratosphere at an altitude of 136,000 feet or about 26 miles. Alan was a Vice President of Engineering and Knowledge for Google and held...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnders Ericsson: The Expert on Experts||Some interesting insights from this episode: The Malcolm Gladwell “10,000 hour rule” (i.e. it takes 10,000 hours to become world class at something) stems from Anders’ research. But it’s not necessarily 10,000 hours and it’s not any...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Seder: The scout behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah||Jeff Seder is the founder and CEO of EQB, a consulting firm which advises thoroughbred racehorse owners. He utilizes proprietary big data analytics to predict the success of racehorses, most notably the 2015 triple crown winner American Pharoah. ...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon Sebastiani: Krave Jerky Founder and serial food entrepreneur||Jon was the Founder and CEO of Krave Pure Foods, a gourmet jerky company. The company became one of the fastest growing food brands in the country and was acquired by The Hershey Company for around $220 million in 2015. Today he is the CEO of...||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeth Goldman: Co-Founder of Honest Tea||Seth Goldman is the Co-founder of Honest Tea, a company he started in 1998 and has grown to over $200 million in revenue. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea. The Honest Tea brands are available in...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDave Perkins: Master Whiskey Entrepreneur||Dave Perkins is the Founder and former CEO of High West Distillery, a craft whiskey producer. He sold the company in 2016 after 12 years to Constellation Brands for $160 million. He had a successful career in biotech marketing prior to...||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRich Wilson: Record-Setting Solo Sailor||Rich Wilson is the fastest American skipper to race solo around the world. He completed the Vendee Globe 27,000 mile solo round-the-world yacht race this year in 107 days. At 66 years old, he was also the oldest skipper to complete the...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMorris Robinson: Opera Star||Morris Robinson is a world-renowned bass opera singer. He has regularly performed at the Metropolitan Opera as well as opera houses all over the world. He is also a highly regarded concert singer and has performed with many of the...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoug Ammons: Kayaking Pioneer||Doug Ammons is a scientific editor and researcher, a business owner, an accomplished author and filmmaker and a classical guitarist. But what he’s most known for is being an extreme kayaker. He's run several first descents in the US and...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Gillespie: Celebrity Chef||Kevin Gillespie is a chef, author and media celebrity. He owns two of Georgia’s hottest restaurants: Gunshow and Revival. Gunshow has been on GQ’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants”. In 2015 he was a semi-finalist for the...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarquis Grissom: Baseball Legend||Marquis Grissom is a former professional baseball player. He led the National League in stolen bases in 1991 and ‘92, was a member of the National League All Star team in 1993 and ’94 and won four consecutive Golden...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJay Faison: Serial Entrepreneur and Visionary Philanthropist||Jay Faison is the Founder and Chairman of SnapAV, a high growth technology company that designs and distributes audio-video products. SnapAV has been on the Inc 500 List for several years and was acquired by General Atlantic in 2013 for around $200...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Koonin: Atlanta Hawks CEO and Marketing Mastermind||Steve has been CEO of the Atlanta Hawks since 2014. After just his first year with the team, the Hawks led the league in annual attendance gains and set single-season franchise records for retail sales, sellouts and season ticket memberships. ...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMandy Rae Krack – Fearless, Freediving Phenom||Mandy-Rae is an accomplished freediver based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds 7 freediving world records and 13 national records. She owns Performance Freediving International where she teaches freediving courses to the general...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMIchael Coles: The Cookie King||Michael Coles is a successful entrepreneur, investor, advisor and community leader. He co-founded The Great American Cookie Company and grew it into the largest franchisor of cookie stores with 350 locations and sales of over $100 million when...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSid Mashburn: Men's Fashion Aficionado with Southern Hospitality||Sid is the co-founder and owner of Sid Mashburn men’s clothing store. Both Esquire and GQ have named Sid Mashburn one of the best menswear shops in America. Today they have five stores in five cities and 135 employees and are continuing...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaj Raghunathan: Happiness Guru||Raj Raghunathan is a Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He has also become an expert in the field of happiness. He is the author of the book If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrew Skurka: Extreme Backpacker, Extreme Adventurer and Extremely Happy||Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, known for his solo ultra-long-distance backpacking trips. In total he has traveled by foot, ski and raft over 30,000 miles. He has been named “Adventurer of the year” by Outside...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrauss Zelnick: Media Mogul, Turnaround Artist, Fitness Buff||Strauss Zelnick is the CEO of Take Two Interactive, a publicly held video game publisher which makes Grand Theft Auto amongst many other hit titles. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner at ZMC, a several hundred million dollar private...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great subject matter and some great guests. Did not really know what to expect, but the three episodes so far were really interesting people, interviewed well and really provided some diverse insight on success, happiness and excellence. Looking forward to the next episode.....
This sounds like #NPR, I really enjoyed listening to this.
This one is the best!
Just heard the podcast about Mandy Rae Krack. Wow. Great interview. I could never ever ever do what she does. The way she describes her dives makes you feel like you're there.