In Episode 7 of the Peak Performance Podcast, I speak with my good friend, Garret Kramer, author of “Stillpower” and the forthcoming, “Path of No Resistance.” He is also, in my opinion, the top mental performance coach on the planet. I truly enjoyed talking with him about the missing link in the mental game today in the sports world. Simple, yet game-changing.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • A simple understanding that all great athletes know
  • Where our behavior, feelings, and experience originate
  • What determines how long you stay in a slump
  • How to access the zone
  • Why traditional sport psychology and mental coaching strategies, techniques, tools, and routines are not necessary
  • Why results are not the most important thing


Garret Kramer: GarretKramer.com

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In Episode #6, I interview my newest hero, Richard Bernstein, a blind attorney, marathon runner, and ironman athlete.

In this exclusive interview, I unearthed:

  • What it is like for a blind person to compete in an Ironman competition
  • The challenges of a blind person in law school
  • How Richard overcomes adversity

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In Episode #5 of the Peak Performance Podcast, I interview former world #7 tennis player and Olympic Silver medalist, Tim Mayotte. In this exclusive interview, Tim and I chat about:

  • State of US tennis
  • The pro tour
  • The mental game
  • The worst thing that he ever said to himself
  • Is education important?
Twitter: @timMayotte
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In Episode #4 of the Peak Performance Podcast, I have an intimate conversation with Babe Ruth’s daughter, the great Julia Ruth Stevens. Having turned 97 years young recently, Julia shares her thoughts and memories of her father, the greatest baseball player who ever lived…”The Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat,” or as Julia calls him…”Daddy.”

ESPN said Ruth was the first athlete to achieve international fame, beyond sports. In 1920, Babe’s first year with the Yankees, he hit 54 home runs which was more than the entire roster of all the other teams in the league besides the Philadelphia Phillies. Sports has never been the same since.

What you’ll learn:

  • What was the real Babe Ruth like?
  • Did Babe Ruth get nervous?
  • Did he actually call his famous “called shot”?
  • Was The Babe talented, or did he just work hard?

People often ask me, “If you could go back in time, who would you like to spend time with?” My answer is usually, “Babe Ruth!” Unfortunately I don’t have a time machine, but this podcast is the next best thing.

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In Episode #3 of my Peak Performance Podcast, I speak with Brian Cuban, a lawyer, activist, and author. He is also an eating disorder survivor, recovering cocaine and steroid addict and the brother of a billionaire (Mark Cuban).

In this moving episode, you will learn:

  • The power of thought
  • Where behavior comes from
  • How to overcome insecure thoughts
  • What happened when young Brian got teased while wearing pants his brother Mark gave him, and how it changed his life forever



Brian’s blog, The Cuban Revolution



To me, part of success is helping others without expecting anything in return.

In fact, somebody once said,

“The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”

The New York Yankees just finished up their 5th year of HOPE Week. To the Yankees, HOPE is an acronym that stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel. Each year, the Yankees choose five different people or organizations to honor and be their guest.

Here are just a few honorees in past years:

  • Andy Fass, a young boy who suffers from oculocutaneous albinism, which left him blind and without pigment in his skin.
  • 17 year old Megan Ajello who has cerebral palsy and scoliosis, and has had six major surgeries, including a spinal fusion.
  • Jorge Grajalas, a 13-year-old quadruple amputee born in Panama. As an infant, Jorge lost all four limbs from an infection.
  • Jane Lang, who has been blind since birth has taken the two-hour, two-train voyage to Yankee Stadium with her guide dog, Clipper over 250 times.
  • George Murray, a Lou Gehrig fan who suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) whose wish was to take his 4-year old to his first Yankee game.
  • Tuesday’s Children, a mentoring program that pairs children who lost a parent in 9/11 with mentors with common interests.

In 2011, I was fortunate to be honored, along with other mentors and Tuesday’s Children by the Yankees as we were joined by Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Luis Ayala, Cory Wade and Steve Garrison, and Joe Torre at the Beekman Beach Club at the South Street Seaport. We played games, had lunch, then rode the Delta Baseball Water Taxi to Yankee Stadium, via The Statue of Liberty. That night, Tuesday’s Children was honored by the Yankees as special guests during the game.

Yesterday, my mentee, Amish, who lost his mother in 9/11, and I (pictured above with Yankee catcher, Austin Romine) were invited to be part of HOPE Week, attending a presentation by Kirk Smalley, whose son, Ty was bullied for years at school. One day Ty fought back and got suspended from school. He then took his own life. He was 11. Kirk was joined by his wife, Laura as well as students who started Stand for the Silent, an organization started to support the Smalleys and anti-bullying. This powerful talk was attended by a few hundred students with surprise Yankee guests, Andy Pettitte, Brian Cashman, Lyle Overbay, Larry Rothchild, Travis Hafner, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, Austin Romine and Jennifer Steinbrenner.

Then, later that evening before the game, Amish and I were invited to a HOPE Week reunion dinner with the above honorees and others, plus members of the media. I have never been in a room full of such inspiring individuals. Afterwards, we received complimentary tickets to the game.

While it is true that the New York Yankees have more championships than any other professional sports team, but to me, what they do for others during HOPE Week makes them real champions. We often hear about professional athletes getting into trouble, but we don’t often hear about the good things they do to make a difference in the world, especially those who can do them “absolutely no good.” In fact, nobody knows this, but one Yankee has even offered to pay the entire college tuition for a young boy whose father passed away.

What does this blog message have to do with you?

You don’t have to hit, run, throw, or catch like a Yankee, but you can have the same attitude and mindset as they do. It’s already inside you.

Special thanks to the Yankees, Tuesday’s Children, and my mentee Amish…and thank you for reading.


In Episode #2 of the Peak Performance Podcast, Ed Tseng has an intimate conversation with Rayna DuBose, a basketball phenom turned amputee, turned motivational speaker. Rayna shares that losing all four limbs was the best thing that ever happened to her. Don’t miss this life-changing podcast. Overcoming adversity at its best.

In this episode:

  • How basketball helped Rayna overcome losing all her limbs
  • How can someone with no arms text??
  • How to have a winning mindset
  • Why attitude is everything
  • How to win the REAL game—the game of life


Rayna Dubose

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In Episode #1 of the Peak Performance Podcast, Ed Tseng lays the foundation for the upcoming podcasts so that listeners can access their innate ability to…

-Be motivated
-Reduce stress
-Perform under pressure
-Avoid slumps
-Have confidence
-Be resilient


Garret Kramer

George Pransky

Dicken Bettinger

Sydney Banks


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“To get to the top, you have to get off your bottom.” —Unknown

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Jeff Halls in Texas.

A big part of success is taking action…massive action. In fact, the 5 words why most people fail are: “I don’t feel like it.”

“I don’t feel like practicing.”

“I don’t feel like making sales calls.”

“I don’t feel like studying for my test.”

Well, guess what? You don’t have to feel like doing something to do it.

What most people do not realize is that when you don’t “feel like” doing something, that feeling is coming from a thought. And you don’t have to take your thoughts seriously.

But we do because those feelings feel so real.

Dreams feel real too, but once we wake up, don’t the feelings go away?

Dreams are just thoughts when we are sleeping and we don’t make a big deal of them.

So why then, do we take our thoughts when we are awake seriously?

Because we think we have to.

If you wake up in the morning still tired, and you have a thought of “I don’t feel like getting up” and you take that thought seriously, you will probably hit snooze or just lie in bed a little longer.

But if you disregard that thought, you will probably just get out of bed and get on with your day.

I may not have ever met you in person, but I know that you want to get to the next level.

How do I know that?

Because you are reading this blog.

I’m also pretty sure that you know what the next step you need to take is.

So it’s not a matter of CAN you…it’s a matter of WILL you?

We all know what to do, but very few people do what they know. And the only thing ever getting in our way…is our thinking.

A true champion does what he/she needs to do, when he/she needs to do it, whether he/she feels like it or not.

Message over.

Leave a comment below and tell me what action step you are going to take today.

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Warmest regards,



No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt