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Lisa Betts-LaCroix talks to brilliant and wise academics and scientists, visionary innovators and entrepreneurs, communication experts, authors, and other bright minds to unpack the skills and mindset needed to activate your Inner Super Hero. Whether you're growing a business, building a family, launching a start-up, managing a team, or reinventing your Self, the world needs your brightest, biggest most powerful Self now more than ever.
 
We're on the quest to uncover the world's greatest thoughts. By collecting ideas from a wide range of disciplines, we're piecing together the framework each person should develop to live a curious and exciting life. We don't stop there. Without doing, thoughts are worthless. We share with you exciting new hobbies and adventures to inspire you to challenge yourself to tackle new things. Over time these thoughts and activities stack on top of each other, creating a stronger you and a better co ...
 
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This week, Steve and Matt break down the differences between single and double lever control. In general, single lever control affords more damage, whereas double lever control affords more control. Learn more about this mental model here: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/ Mental models discussed in this episode: Single vs…
 
Compassion and our basic human values drive us. In this episode we revisit a popular episode, and discuss values in detail from both an investing & psychological perspective. Our mental models of other people’s behavior. As the market turns…Stay safe and healthy out there! For more on best investing strategies, avoiding bias and learning about your…
 
Sonya Renee Taylor is an award-winning poet, activist, author, and founder of the digital media and education company, The Body Is Not An Apology. She joins Lisa for a conversation about what radical self-love looks like, and why it can be the path to not only overcoming and rising above our individual shame and self-loathing but also to dismantlin…
 
This week, Steve is once again joined by Rob Biernacki from Island Top Team. If you follow Rob, you know how passionate he is about respecting expertise and calling out impostors. We live in a world where identifying expertise is harder - and more important - than ever. In this episode, we give you the tools to do so. When assessing an expert, bewa…
 
Spotify changing up the podcasting distribution - does it make Spotify a good investment? Spotify is scooping up top podcasters like Joe Rogan and Kim Kardashian to enhance their reach and overall product. Mental Models Podcast is waiting on the phone call from Spotify, we are ready to join the A listers! As the market turns…Stay safe and healthy o…
 
This week, Steve and Matt talk about gi-based open guards! There are a lot of variations, including spider guard, collar and sleeve, and worm guard. The sheer number of grip configurations can be overwhelming. Rather than trying to memorize each variation, we suggest thinking in a concept-based approach. In this episode, we discuss how. Mental mode…
 
This week, Steve and Matt talk about butterfly guard! Butterfly is a hook-based guard that works in both gi and no-gi, and excels against larger opponents. Mental models discussed in this episode: Inside Channel Control https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ Body Tethering https://bjjmentalmodels.com/body-tethering/ Types of Guard http…
 
This week, X gon' give it to ya! Steve and Matt discuss X guard and its variants. X guard, while an advanced position and difficult to enter, is an incredibly powerful position that's especially effective against larger opponents. There are three primary types of X guard: X guard - best used when you're right underneath your opponent Single leg X g…
 
Amy Lorbati is the founder of Witch, Bitch, Whore, a movement dedicated to empowering females, encouraging sisterhood, and helping society realize that the world is better off when females can unleash their maximum power. She joins the show this week for a conversation surrounding the emotional damage behind the words Witch, Bitch, and Whore, and h…
 
It's time for another series! This week, Steve and Matt begin our new five-part Open Guard Series with a concept-based breakdown of the de la Riva guard and reverse de la Riva guard. Mental models discussed in this episode: Types of Guard https://bjjmentalmodels.com/types-of-guard/ Body Tethering https://bjjmentalmodels.com/body-tethering/ Committe…
 
Parents today are in a unique position navigating online learning or “distance learning” as the standard for at least the coming fall semester due to COVID-19 pandemic. What happens to our children’s education now? How are we going to continue our own education? Amir Nathoo is the CEO of Outschool, an online learning platform for kids ages 3 to 18 …
 
How does COVID-19 continue to influence market decisions? Online and e-commerce are impacting the market, as is the upcoming presidential election. What opportunities will the stock market provide? Small cap and large cap are seeing growth, and the indices are up, despite the “wall of worry” from possible presidential change. There is a tremendous …
 
This week, Steve and Matt discuss the concept of the third place. It's a sociological concept coined by Ray Oldenburg, who argues that we have three important places in our life: The first place: your home The second place: your work The third place: the anchor to your community. The third place is where we blow off steam, get away from the demands…
 
The most important - and also hardest - part of every journey is the first step. If you can't bring yourself to take the first step, you deny yourself the most important growth opportunities in life. This week, Steve and Matt talk about the psychology of the first step, and how to overcome the natural fear of starting a new initiative. And more imp…
 
What is the psychology of HOW Disney stock is traded due to #COVID-19? Disney provides ‘top notch escapism’ via multiple arms of the corporation. Additionally, psychology of Disney power is the ‘autobiographical memories’ associated with the Disney ears, Walt Disney himself, and the Disney Park experience. The stock will likely ride the COVID_19 wa…
 
Today’s world is chaotic and confusing. There’s racial uprising, a pandemic, conspiracy theories and fake news. We may find ourselves distraught and often doubting our previously held beliefs - can they really be this malleable? Film Director Michael Morgenstern shares his perspective on how media and art can greatly influence our reality, truth, a…
 
This week, Steve and Matt discuss tipping points: the concept that, once you have sufficient leverage or momentum, your desired outcome can no longer be denied. We've all experienced tipping points, whether it be on the mats or off. In Jiu-Jitsu, tipping points occur when your opponent gains so much leverage that you cannot realistically fight off …
 
Julia Wells believes that women were built for receiving and that it's time to replace the usual "bro marketing" business approach. She believes that the more pleasure we have in our life, the more profit we can receive. She grew up in a household where ‘sex’ and sexuality weren’t taboo topics, and so when she decided to start a career as a pussy-b…
 
What is "the best way" to teach a Jiu-Jitsu class? Is there even an answer to that question? This week, Steve and Matt discuss common BJJ teaching methodologies such as concepts-based, toughness-based, and sequence-based. Mental models discussed in this episode: Train With Purpose https://bjjmentalmodels.com/train-with-purpose/ Making Smaller Circl…
 
Risk is always a part of investing but even more with the unknowns of opening and closing of the economy. Another factor driving the market is the money the feds are pumping out. Also, the influx of Robinhood accounts, driven by the lack of outlet for risky behavior (i.e. sports betting) and the stimulus checks. What happens to the stock market whe…
 
This week Steve and Matt discuss the concept of surface area, and why it's important to expose as little of your body's surface area as possible. This strategy is sometimes referred to by the Danaher Death Squad as blading. When you're on top, minimizing surface area makes it much harder for your opponent to block your guard passes. When you're on …
 
A personal update on the past two weeks and on the future of the show. In this episode Lisa shares what's been happening, what is ending, and what is to come. Linking Arms; Rising Together FOUR, 90-MINUTE SESSION WEBINAR SERIES: Mondays, July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 6:00 PM-7:30 PM PDT When women come together in solidarity, there’s no stopping what …
 
This week Steve is joined by Rory van Vliet, an Island Top Team black belt under Rob Biernacki, to discuss online education. Rory is the co-instructor of the BJJ Concepts online academy, the operator behind the RVV BJJ YouTube channel, and the creator of the Guard Retention Formula instructional series alongside Stephan Kesting. Rory is uniquely qu…
 
Everyone needs toilet paper! The initial increase in buying of toilet paper (AKA tissue paper) at the start of the COVID-19 crisis was likely due to a hoarding response, which is an instinctive psychological bias response found in nature. Hoarding is not always negative, in this case those that bought lots of toilet paper and hand sanitizer were mo…
 
This week, Steve and Matt discuss how to get motivated and stay motivated. It's easy to lose that fire inside and become exhausted through the rigors and routine of everyday life. Every now and then, you need to draw from different sources to become invigorated and motivated again. In this episode we talk about four common sources of motivation: Mo…
 
It's our honor and privilege to be joined this week by Sergeant Major Seb Lavoie. In addition to a lifetime of experience in the martial arts, Seb is a 19-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Seb is currently the divisional Sergeant Major for British Columbia, Canada. This week…
 
Four divorces and a career change didn’t stop Sunne Justice from facing the next chapters of her life with enthusiasm. With her deeply rooted spiritual beliefs and network of support, Sunne learned to heal from her hurts, pursue a higher self, and ultimately, serve the highest good by supporting businesses, individuals, and organizations that give …
 
Psychological research can inform our behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we decide what is the most effective response and how we will act? Follow along with the research article from Nature Human Behaviour “Using Social and Behavioral Science to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Response” (link below). First, as humans we have a tribal response…
 
Fear of time, or chronophobia, is a cause of constant anxiety and stress for many of us. It's the persistent fear that you're just not doing enough. This week, Steve and Matt discuss strategies for combating the fear of time. Ways to combat the fear of time: Kaizen (continuous improvement) Compartmentalizing Being present Recommended reading if you…
 
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Submissions aren't just fight-ending techniques; they're tools to advance the position even if the submission fails. This week, Steve and Matt discuss how to use submissions as a way to advance position. Mental models discussed in this episode: Myopia https://bjjmentalmodels.com/myopia/ Body Tethering https://bjjmentalmodels.com/body-tethering/ Dil…
 
Jan. - Feb., 2020 was a period of ‘psychological inoculation’, in that we have heard this before, viruses come and go, like the flu and N1H1, and we will be okay.March - April, 2020 was a period of acknowledgment, that this virus is real and dangerous. Followed by the rapid onset of fear, resulting in a stress response. Fear is usually a quick mome…
 
When Chip Conley was first dubbed a “Modern Elder” by Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky, he hated it. Our collective impression of being an “elder” is an association to being old, and he didn’t want to be branded as the old guy. But Chip reclaimed and is helping change the way we all view aging. He embraced his role as an elder to his mentees. In this epis…
 
This week, Steve and Matt talk about the mount: an old-school, demoralizing, and devastating position. The mount has three sub-positions: low mount, where you lie on top of uke; high mount, where you bring your knees into uke's armpits and posture up; technical mounts, including jockey mount and S mount. Mental models discussed in this episode: Cro…
 
Vicky Lowell of Empowered Worth shares thoughts on women's financial planning, planning for cohabitation, marriage, cohabitation, and the financial impact of divorce on women. In 2018, UBS Financial Service published a report which shows that millennial women abdicate their money more than the previous generation. To Vicky Lowell, this problem is m…
 
This week Steve and Matt talk about stress. Stress is a fact of life, and it can be a tool for growth if used properly. Some techniques for managing stress: Exercising Eating well Sleeping Controlled breathing Mindfulness Challenging yourself regularly Making time for yourself Doing what you love Not becoming obsessed with comfort Appreciating when…
 
Christen Lien is a composer and Violist who sees her work as storytelling rooted in the art of a narrative. Her mesmerizing performance style has been featured in museums and ballets and she has performed for the Obama White House, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and at Google and Burning Man. Her message on the importance of trusting yourself more th…
 
Norepinephrine sends signals widely throughout the brain that move us into a task motivated stated. A brain regain called the locus coeruleus located in the brain stem is involved in the release of norepinephrine. As we shift to a more passive state, another type of brain cell called astrocytes take over (they get their name from their star shape).…
 
As we've learned from Street Fighter, combos are important. A single technique in isolation is not as effective as a series of chained attacks. There are two ways you can chain attacks together: in a sequence, or in parallel. Mental models discussed in this episode: Technique Chaining https://bjjmentalmodels.com/technique-chaining/ Theory of Alignm…
 
Disruptive business analyst Charlene Li suggests ways businesses can move forward and thrive after lockdown. Charlene also shares her expertise on thriving through a disruptive mindset and servant leadership and how she went from being a misfit during her childhood, to becoming the Founder of Altimeter and one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators na…
 
Global economy has stalled in early 2020 due to COVID-19 and governments have provided stimuli. The stock market has rallied; SMP is up from the bottom which is the most dramatic rise of the market EVER! CONCERN: exuberance in the market does not take into account the return to normal, as there is a new normal, which is still unknown. Narratives fi…
 
This week, Steve and Matt cover a commonly requested topic: controlling your breathing. It's a great technique for energy regulation, overcoming fear, and improving general well-being. Mental models discussed in this episode: Controlled Breathing https://bjjmentalmodels.com/controlled-breathing/ Staying Loose https://bjjmentalmodels.com/staying-loo…
 
African Swine Fever in China has depopulated the hog heard in China. China is responsible for 50% of global production and consumption of pork. The coronavirus was completely unexpected and has further impacted the pork market with meat packing plants closing due to workers and their family members, sadly becoming ill or dying from Covid-19. Closur…
 
Dr. Elisa Song is a trailblazing pediatrician offering practical support in these pandemic times. She gives practical advice on how we can protect ourselves, especially our children, against the threat of COVID-19. Elisa explains how COVID-19 works inside the body and breaks down how our body fights against the virus. She talks about the top supple…
 
Learning to stay loose is one of the quickest ways to improve your Jiu-Jitsu. This week, Steve and Matt explain the importance of staying loose, how to develop awareness of when you're too tense, and when it's appropriate to use tension. Why you should stay loose: It masks your intentions It saves energy and prevents muscle burnout It denies your o…
 
Our basic human values drive us and drives up our oxytocin levels in our brain. Provided are applied examples of values in the investing world. We consider the basic human values by Shalom Schwartz tying together and the interesting relationships among the different values.We talk conservatism, openness to change, benevolence, universalism, achieve…
 
I've been thinking a lot recently about Shame and about the next stage of our Shelter in Place experience now that we are in the second month of the current Shelter in Place rulings. At the same time some states are lifting the restrictions and many people are protesting the bans. As is so often the case, when human being feel afraid we get reactiv…
 
What better topic for episode #69 than north-south? Let's talk about the barbecue position. Mental models discussed in this episode: Theory of Alignment https://bjjmentalmodels.com/theory-of-alignment/ Elbow-Knee Connection https://bjjmentalmodels.com/elbow-knee-connection/ Inside Channel Control https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ …
 
Bend, not break. That’s Jacki Rigoni’s philosophy! Our guest today is a writer and poet who knows that hardship is the road to healing and that all pain offers rich rewards no matter how tough it is to go through. Jacki shares her Heroine’s journey and the knowledge that we can thrive not in spite of the challenges we face but because of them. Yes,…
 
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