In Episode 1, we explore the commonalities of peak performance. We’re joined by Chris Sparks, Founder and CEO of The Forcing Function. We cover the journey from poker to productivity, the systems-thinking approach to planning, and reflection and pattern recognition.
“We're the common denominator in all of our productivity struggles. No tool, no system, no routine is going to change anything until we, ourselves, change.” — Chris Sparks
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ABOUT THE FORCING FUNCTION
Chris Sparks is one of the top 20 poker players in the world. He's played over two million hands of poker and has had 13 first place finishes in his career so far. But that's not all. He's also the founder of The Forcing Function. There he works with many of the world's top entrepreneurs and investors teaching them how to apply elite poker frameworks for world class performance in business, investing, and life.
Chris is also the author of Experiment Without Limits and soon he's launching an exclusive training program called Team Performance Training. There, you can join a small group of ambitious leaders to work through 24 hours of high performance training together and it includes one-on-one coaching directly with Chris. I've worked with Chris as a coach and he's incredible. I would highly, highly recommend it.
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