The Holy Grail (#1)


“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”

—William Faulkner

Welcome to the very first episode! In this episode, host Sebastian Marshall explores a topic that’s been almost an obsession for him. It’s something he’s searching for, that might be impossible, but he can’t stop searching for it — it’s the ‘Holy Grail’ of peak performance.

Sebastian also introduces the concept of low and high morale responsiveness with elaborate examples which involve Sylvester Stallone and Bob Pozen.

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Show Notes


    (1) The meaning of “Morale Responsiveness”: when you feel good, you do better; when you feel worse, you do worse.

    (2) Becoming more or less morale responsive

    (3) Everyone is morale responsive to some extent, but some people more so than others.

    (4) High Morale Responsiveness example: Stallone

    (5) Low Morale Responsiveness example: Pozen

    (6) Why can’t we get the best of both worlds? “The Holy Grail”, as it were — up when you’re up, neutral when you’re down.

    (7) Mechanisms of action

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