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Inner Game: Get Rid of the Don't

This week I was drawn to a new podcast series from an old acquaintance I knew from my days working in London with Salomon Brothers. Bestselling author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker, Moneyball) worked on the government sales desk at Salomon while I was selling U.S. stocks to German and Dutch investors. We were not buddies but did share the same train to our homes in Hampstead, so we spoke occasionally coming and going to work. The one thing I remember about him is that he didn’t have the demeanor of the typical Salomon bond salesman. Years later I think that observation proved accurate, as he made his fame and reputation writing many best-selling books, most of them reside in my bookcase today.


Recently, Michael has been producing podcasts for Pushkin entitled: Against the Rules. In season 2, he examines the world of coaching, which, in many facets, I find very interesting and relevant to all of us that are trying to find greater meaning in our lives. I thought it might be helpful and enjoyable to highlight one of his podcasts that made an impression on me. It is titled “The Coach in Your Head” and it provides some great insight from Timothy Gallway, author of the 1974 classic, “The Inner Game of Tennis” along with other guests that provide insights and ideas that might be a motivating factor to become a better version of yourself.


I enjoyed the fact that Michael shared observations from performance coaches, along with firefighters, a tuba player, and even his daughter Dixie. I believe this podcast is worthwhile to anyone involved in coaching others, seeking to bring out the best quality in teenagers and adults.


Please join me in listening to another learning experience that I believe provides many useful insights to take in and help manage our lives for the better.

All the best,

Roger N. Steed





Against the Rules

with Michael Lewis:

The Coach in Your Head


Listen here.








“…If you work hard enough and assert yourself,

and use your mind and imagination,

you can shape the world to your desires.”


Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

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