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In this episode, author Michael Port returns to the show to share lessons learned from a 9 year acting career, and how we perform our best in high stakes situations. 


  • Understanding the difference between approval and results
  • How Michael turned dyslexia into an advantage
  • Learning to turn our disadvantages into advantages
  • The difference between self expression and self understanding
  • Lessons in persistence and grit from a 9 year acting career
  • Performing at our best in high stakes situations
  • Why our desires eventually become stronger than our fears
  • What causes people to quit when things become difficult 
  •  How shame kills many of our dreams
  • The 6 principles for managing high stakes situations 


You can be a critic or a performer, but I don’t you can be both. 


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Michael Port has  written five books including Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, Book Yourself Solid Illustrated, The Contrarian Effect and The New York Times Bestseller, The Think Big Manifesto.He's been on virtually every television network, and these days can be found keynoting conferences around the world on how to get booked solid or performing his one-man show, The Think Big Revolution.

Originally aired about 2 years ago.

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