LIFE LESSONS: FROM SPORT AND BEYOND

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Paul Merson: The Cruelty Of Addiction

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How addiction can rob you of everything and how to seek help
Paul Merson – the ex Arsenal, Villa and England footballer turned Soccer Saturday regular has battled issues for years with drink, drugs and gambling, which he considers to be the...

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Sam Harris: The self delusion

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Is the voice in your head who you really are? Most of us believe that there is a 'thinker' in our heads, who is thinking all our thoughts. My guest this week Sam Harris - neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the ...

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Sally Gunnell: Asking For Help

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Sally Gunnell is a British athletics Great; the only woman to be Olympic, World and European 400 metres hurdles champion while simultaneously holding the World Record. While she dominated her sport in the early 1990s – Sally admits she...

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Chris Clarey: Embracing each moment like Roger Federer

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What lessons can we take from the approach, attitude and outlook of Roger Federer Helping me answer that question is Christopher Clarey – arguably the top tennis journalist in the world, who writes for the New York Times.

Chris has written a...

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Josh Warrington: Making Good Decisions

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Making good choices - even when you feel like you are missing out or not progressing as quickly as you would like. This is something Josh has done throughout his life, even in the face of peer pressure and frustration. We also talk about getting...

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Cal Newport: The Dangers of Digital

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How smartphones and social media may be making us more anxious and distracted - and what to do about it.Cal Newport is the author of two seminal books: 'Deep Work' and 'Digital Minimalism'. He argues that our ability to perform undistracted work on...

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Ed Jackson: The Healing Power of Hard Conversations

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Why self-sacrificing and people-pleasing can be selfish, while looking after yourself can be selfless. Ed Jackson suffered a devastating accident after diving into a shallow swimming pool and breaking his neck in 2017. He made a miraculous recovery...

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Chrissie Wellington: Intuition

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The power of tapping into our internal guidance system - and trusting that it will take us where we need to go. Chrissie Wellington is one of the greatest athletes of all time: a four-time Ironman World Champion who broke the world record and retired...

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Laura Massaro: Remaining Grounded

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Why avoiding sport's undoubted riches and ensuing fame - and remaining grounded and humble - can be a blessing. Laura was the world's number one squash player and its World Champion. However, squash doesn't get the attention of some other sports, and...

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Helen Glover: Fun and Games

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Remembering the importance of play - with the first woman to make a British Olympic rowing team after having children. Helen Glover is already a two-time Olympic Gold medal winner, and wasn't expecting to have the opportunity to win a third. Since...

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Colin Jackson: The Danger of Complacency

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In the words of one of Britain's greatest ever athletes, "complacency has a tendency to bite you on the backside". At the 1992 Olympics, Colin Jackson was hot favourite to win gold in the 110 metres hurdles, but finished seventh in the final after...

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James Nestor: The Art of Breathing Correctly

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It may be easy to think – we all know how to breath, but many of us do it in a way that is not optimal for our health. This week’s guest is science journalist and best-selling author of 'Breath, the new science of a lost art' James Nestor....

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Matt Little: Embracing Patience

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The importance of building strong foundations and not striving to reach your goal too quickly. Matt Little has coached Andy Murray for 15 years, and is the longest standing member of his entourage. He is a man who knows the importance of values, and...

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Tim Henman: Redefining Success

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What does success mean? Is the simple 'winner and losers' narrative we hear about in sport and life too simplistic? Tim Henman reached six major tennis semi-finals - four at Wimbledon - and was ranked fourth in the world. And yet – in some quarters...

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Siobhan-Marie O'Connor: Identity

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The importance of separating our self-worth and sense of who we are from what we do. As one of Britain's best swimmers, Siobhan-Marie's sense of self-worth was often bound up with her performance in the pool. When she recorded the third fastest time in...

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Lewis Moody: Connection

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The power of embracing a cause bigger than yourself. The qualities associated with being selfless include generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of humility. Former England captain Lewis "Mad Dog" Moody is someone who has embodied...

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Dr. Russ Harris: Managing Uncomfortable Thoughts And Feelings

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Why resisting and battling uncomfortable thoughts and feelings doesn't work, but acceptance and self-compassion does. Dr. Russ Harris is the world's best-know teacher of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Experiencing emotions like anxiety...

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Clarke Carlisle: Avoiding Emotions

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Why learning to face uncomfortable feelings is vital for our wellbeing. Clarke Carlisle, once crowned "Britain's brainiest footballer", has had well publicised mental health difficulties and issues with drink and gambling. He believes his issues with drink,...

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Goldie Sayers: Flow

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Everyone has had the experience of being 'in flow' - but what about being able to create it during the exact moment you've trained your life for? Goldie is an Olympic medalist in the javelin and was Britain's top thrower for a decade. In this episode...

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Tony Bellew: The Battle With Your Self

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The main battle we all face is with our self - even when you've been a World Champion boxer. Tony Bellew was the WBC Cruiserweight Champion, but he's also been a Hollywood star and is now an author too. One thing Tony isn't - is full of himself. He...

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Helen Richardson-Walsh: Living Your Vision

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The power of creating and living a compelling vision of how you want to be in the world. Helen Richardson Walsh scored one of the crucial penalty shootout goals as Team GB won a historic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team's journey to the...

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Rupert Spira: A Philosophy Of Sport And Reality

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What the experience of flow in sport may reveal about the nature of reality. One theme that has arisen time and again with sportspeople on DTMTS is the experience of flow: when we lose ourselves in whatever it is that we are doing. Several...

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Danny Kerry: Self-Awareness

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Reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses to grow as a person in sport, business and life. Kerry is one of Britain's best coaches, leading Team GB's women's hockey team to gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He's now leading GB's men to Tokyo 2021.Rio was...

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Jonny Wilkinson: Obsession

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While we explore the art of letting go of control in order to find peace of mind, we talk about the concept of pressure and how it is created by thought, not by external factors. Wilkinson opens up about the emptiness he felt after winning the Rugby World...

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DTMTS CHANGED MY LIFE

It pulled me out of a deep depression, enabled me to finally confront and fade down my demons at the age of 58, and has kick-started my business. It's clear that this is Simon Mundie's vocation/life purpose. He has to do it. Thank goodness. I feel an immense debt of gratitude.

NEVER MISS AN EPISODE

I’m a regular listener on my long runs, with back-to-back episodes regularly taking me through half marathons and training runs of up to 20 miles building up to another marathon. Simon’s interview style is exceptional and the research he does to deliver the conversations and dive into incredibly interesting areas with each guest, is outstanding. Thank you and can’t wait to see what future episodes will bring.

TOP CLASS

Simon has a fantastically positive and enthusiastic style that can’t help but rub off on the listener. Combined with thoughtful and exceptionally knowledgeable guests Don’t Tell Me The Score is essential selection for any podcast library.

NOTHING BETTER

Whether you’re interested in sport or not, this podcast is so relatable and engaging! Brilliant guests, inspiring stories and so much to learn from each one. Highly recommend.

YOU NEED TO LISTEN!

Best podcast I have found and don’t let the sport side put you off... I’ve passed this podcast onto people who aren’t massively involved or interested in sport and they too have spoken highly of it!

BRILLIANT PODCAST!

I’m so glad I found this. Simon is great at bringing out the best in his interviewees and letting them speak. You don’t need to be a fan of a particular sport or even sport in general to appreciate the life lessons and attributes covered.

GREAT PODCAST. NOT JUST FOR SPORTS FANS

I only discovered this in the last month or so, and I’m now hooked as it’s terrific. Simon has a naturalistic style and chats with the guests as if they’re old friends, and the subject matter is always engaging and stimulating.

LOVE LOVE LOVE

A fantastic podcast which, whatever the subject, never fails to inspire. The relaxed conversational style makes it a very easy listen and I never come away from an episode without having learned something, about myself, about others, about life.