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Explore the Stories, Secrets, and Skills of the World’s Top Performers


Discover how the highest performers push beyond limitations to get to the top of their game.

Host and high-performance consultant Stephen McDonnell, gets up close and personal with world-class performers, revealing secrets to their success. The podcast features several series across high-performing industries, including business, sports, entertainment and more. Hear stories, ground-breaking insights and practical nuggets to uncover how they achieve excellence. 

These conversations are real, honest, courageous and great fun. Each episode is designed to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to achieve the impossible. No topic is off-limits!

Stephen McDonnell is the founder of Live Unbound, a consultancy working with the world’s highest-performing leaders and teams. We are on a mission to unleash humanity's individual and collaborative potential, and together we can achieve the impossible.


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#30 Whitney Johnson | Disrupt Yourself

#30 Whitney Johnson | Disrupt Yourself

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What if achieving mastery was simply a matter of navigating the predictable stages of growth mapped by the S-curve model?
#29 Overcoming Trauma, Breaking Barriers & Living good

#29 Overcoming Trauma, Breaking Barriers & Living good

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After a near-death experience, Brian Pennie a former heroin addict for 15 years made a decision that transformed his entire existence.
#28: Eímear Noone | Irish Culture, Mindset & Breaking Barriers

#28: Eímear Noone | Irish Culture, Mindset & Breaking Barriers

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Eímear Noone, an Irish composer and conductor, made history in 2020 by becoming the first woman to conduct at the Oscars.
#27 Neuroscience, Managing Tech Consumption & Digital Overload

#27 Neuroscience, Managing Tech Consumption & Digital Overload

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Neuroscientist and science communicator Sarah McKay examines the impact of digital overload on mental health.
#26 Trauma, Focus & Trusting the Process

#26 Trauma, Focus & Trusting the Process

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When former American Gladiator Dan "Nitro" Clark suffered a heart attack, it forced him to confront his reality. It sparked a journey of self-reflection to process past traumas, re-evaluate his purpose, and discover what is truly fulfilling.
#25 Leveraging the Four Pillars of Character for Success

#25 Leveraging the Four Pillars of Character for Success

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Discover a research-backed model for developing well-rounded champions through intentional character-building.
#24 Choose your Hard

#24 Choose your Hard

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In today's uncertain times, much feels beyond our control. Yet, how we respond is always our choice.
#23 The Neuroscience Behind Your Limitations

#23 The Neuroscience Behind Your Limitations

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Learn how elite performers think and operate, drawing on over a decade of working with US Army Special Operations and top sports teams.
#22 Exploring the Edges of Human Potential

#22 Exploring the Edges of Human Potential

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Step into the explorer mindset and go to the edges of human potential with Andy Walshe, a globally recognised leader in elite human performance.
#21 Humans, Artificial Intelligence & The Future

#21 Humans, Artificial Intelligence & The Future

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Often, we think the future is far away, but leading futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard says the future is already here, and it’s better than we think.
#20 Life Lessons from the legendary former All Blacks captain

#20 Life Lessons from the legendary former All Blacks captain

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Kieran Read, a former Crusaders and All Blacks captain, applies lessons from rugby to leadership coaching.
#19 A Deep Dive Into Extreme High Performance

#19 A Deep Dive Into Extreme High Performance

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William Trubridge, a 7x World Champion freediver who holds 18 world records, takes us on a journey into the world of freediving and high performance. Renowned for his groundbreaking achievements, William shares the mindset required to excel in life.
#18 Belonging and Building the Optimal High Performance Environment

#18 Belonging and Building the Optimal High Performance Environment

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Performance Coach Owen Eastwood draws on his own Maori ancestry and Whakapapa, a Maori concept that embodies our universal human need to belong and applies it to building high performing teams.
#17 Pushing Personal Limits

#17 Pushing Personal Limits

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Eric Larsen is the first and only person to go to the South Pole, North Pole and the top of Everest in one year. In this episode, you’ll hear his motivations, leadership approach, lessons learnt from his cancer diagnosis, and his ‘train hard, travel easy’ philosophy.
#16 Maximising Team Performance Through Flow

#16 Maximising Team Performance Through Flow

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What does it take to keep a team in a constant state of flow? Jef van den Hout, Founder of Flow Concepts® Group, Team Flow Researcher and Positive Organizational Psychologist unravels climates for optimal collaboration and moments of team flow.
#15 Doing Hard Things in Life

#15 Doing Hard Things in Life

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Brian Ferguson, the Founder and CEO of Arena Labs and Partner + Co-Founder of Liminal Collective is pioneering the field of High Performance Medicine and human performance, enabling frontline medical teams to achieve mastery in their roles while pushing the boundaries of human potential.
#14 Integrating Ancient Wisdom & Philosophy into Modern Life

#14 Integrating Ancient Wisdom & Philosophy into Modern Life

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World-leading high-altitude mountaineer & ex-SAS Leader, Krishna Thapa reveals how he applies Buddhism and Eastern philosophy to excel in leadership and overcome dark periods of his life.
#13 Lessons from the edge of life

#13 Lessons from the edge of life

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As the first female contestant to win Alone, an extreme wilderness survival experience, Woniya Thibeault shares her story of pushing beyond perceived human limitations just below the Arctic Circle for a combined 143 days.
#12 The Power of the Mind

#12 The Power of the Mind

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Former USA #1 and soldier Megan Henry details the strategies and tactics on how she overcame a life-threatening diagnosis to make it back to perform on the world's highest stage.
#11 The ‘Never Give Up Guy’

#11 The ‘Never Give Up Guy’

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Former Irish and Australian Army officer delves into the elite world of special forces that demands excellence and focus while sharing his journey back from paralysis.
#10 Embracing the Unknown

#10 Embracing the Unknown

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Gym+Coffee CEO opens up about leaving the world of sports, stepping out of his comfort zone and into the unknown.
#09 Living With No Limits

#09 Living With No Limits

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From living in fear to hearing he may have two weeks left to live, Patrick shares his journey to building resilience, embracing courage and how you can do almost anything when you face your fears.
#08 Mastering Flow State for Peak Performance

#08 Mastering Flow State for Peak Performance

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Executive Flow Coach Dr. Brent Hogarth is on a mission to help solve the mental health crisis through flow state.
#07 How to win with a champion’s mindset

#07 How to win with a champion’s mindset

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Today’s episode is from Neville O’Donoghue’s BenchCast podcast, where I reflect on my time as a former Cork Hurling Captain and what we can learn from high stake moments.
#06 Creating, Coaching and Leading World Class Teams

#06 Creating, Coaching and Leading World Class Teams

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Ruth Wageman is among the foremost scholars and practitioners studying and working with leadership teams. She focuses on the conditions that influence superb team performance.
#05 Using Psychological Tactics to Win in Life

#05 Using Psychological Tactics to Win in Life

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Jordan Harbinger, once referred to as “The Larry King of podcasting,” is a Wall Street lawyer turned interview talk-show host, and a communications and social dynamics expert.
#04 Building Open-hearted Connections

#04 Building Open-hearted Connections

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Dan Doty is a father, writer, wilderness guide, somatic meditation teacher, and global leader of the current men's movement. His work brings our wildness and our love out into the open.
#03 Feeding the Courage Wolf

#03 Feeding the Courage Wolf

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Mark Divine is a former Navy SEAL Commander and honour man, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and one of the world’s top leadership experts.
#02 The CIA Toolkit for Life

#02 The CIA Toolkit for Life

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The intelligence analyst turned entrepreneur founder Rupal Patel joins the show today to share how she made the transition from CIA to CEO. She is the author of ‘From CIA to CEO’.
#01 Listening to your Inner Compass

#01 Listening to your Inner Compass

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For 25 years today’s guest Damian Browne has pursued his human potential, relentlessly pushing his physical, mental and emotional state to their perceived limits.

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