Performance Hackers with Scott Radford

23 Episodes

By: Scott Radford

This podcast is for anyone wanting more… More time & energy. More fulfilment and success. More of the high-performing, purposeful, all-out version of life they know they could and should be living. The method is simple… to give you the proven strategies to live, feel & function at your best, by sharing personal strategies to optimising success on a daily basis, and intimately exploring the lives & minds of the world’s leading Sports Stars, CEOs, Special Forces Operatives & Performance Experts. How did they achieve and maintain excellence in their field, and what scientifically proven strategies can you adopt to achieve true success and ha...

E027: What To Do When Life Doesn't Turn Out As Expected with Sam Smith
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Sam Smith is a former Premiership Rugby player whose life changed drastically at the young age of 26 due to a career-ending injury. In this episode, Sam shares his raw and honest story of struggling with mental health after losing his identity as a professional athlete.

After retiring from rugby, Sam found himself lost and turned to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. However, with sheer determination and hard work, he has turned his life around and is now running a thriving coffee business while helping other athletes transition out of sport.

In this podcast...

E026: How To Hack Your Metabolism For Optimum Health with Dr. William Li

Dr William Li is a world-renowned and world-leading physician, scientist, speaker, and author of over 100 scientific publications and two bestselling books, EAT TO BEAT DISEASE, and the brand-new Eat to Beat Your Diet. 

His groundbreaking work in how we can use food as medicine has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity, and his TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views.

 He shares insights from the latest scientific findings on how we can optimise our health, performance, and longevity through the food we consum...

How To Get Unstuck By Clarifying Your Goals

Do you ever feel lost, unsure of where you're headed in life or what you want to achieve? 

In this episode, we delve into the power of building inner and outer clarity, and how it can help you live a more fulfilling life. 

Explore the process of discovering your ideal self, and learn how to connect with your vision on a daily basis. This is an episode you won't want to miss!


Today’s episode is about finding and building the clarity you need to commit to the changes you want...

E025: Finding The Inner Confidence & Perspective To Rebuild Your Life with Claire Lomas MBE

Today we hear from Claire Lomas, an extraordinary individual who has shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity. 

Claire did not let a tragic accident, that left her paralysed from the chest down, define her, but instead helped to redefine her. 

Through her journey, we learn about how Claire approaches life with a new energy and mindset. She shares the power of shifting your perspective and finding a new purpose in life. Claire also shares her daily habits and mechanisms for coping and thriving in the presence of physical and emotional challenges.


E024: How Taking Ownership Saved My Life with Former Commando & Bestselling Author Chris Thrall

Chris Thrall is a former Royal Marines Commando and International best-selling author of the book Eating Smoke, and he shares with us one of the most incredible life stories we've ever heard.

From the extreme highs of operating in an elite military unit and building a globally successful business to ending up homeless, suffering acute mental illness from crystal meth addiction, and working for the Hong Kong triads, Chris has seen it all.

In this raw and unfiltered conversation, Chris takes us through what rock bottom looked like for him and how he managed to...

E023: How To Avoid Peaking In Your 20’s with Olympian Ben Hunt-Davis MBE

This week I’m joined by Olympic Champion rower Ben Hunt-Davis MBE, who experienced the highs and the lows of achieving greatness for his country in his 20’s. 

But has that fulfilment been everything he thought it would be?

We start off by delving into Ben's journey into the National Rowing team, exploring the challenges he faced, and how he overcame them. 

We then fast forward to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where Ben underperformed and struggled with self-doubt.

Despite being...

E022: How To Network To Accelerate Your Success with Sam Tidswell-Norrish

20:40 is an “opportunity community” for rising decision-makers across all environments to build success, through authentically connecting with and harnessing the talent of others around you. 

How do you develop the type of network, that tribe of like-minded people going through the same challenges, which will accelerate your business or career, whilst contributing to others’ success too? 

We find out in this fascinating episode with 20:40 Founder Sam Tidswell-Norrish.

Before creating 20:40, Sam held roles such as CMO, Vice President & Group Chief of Staff prior to becoming a Managing Director at Motiv...

E021: How To Hack Your Fear & To Do It Anyway with World Record-Breaking Free-Diver William Winram

This is a truly fascinating episode with William Winram, an ocean explorer and world-record free-diver who pushes the boundaries of human limits. 

William's unique skills have not only allowed him to dive to depths of 145m (475ft) on a single breath of air, but also swim alongside great white sharks. 

But his love for the sea goes beyond just his impressive feats. William is also dedicated to protecting our oceans and sharing his experiences of mastering his mind and body, including facing and overcoming fear. 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of...

E020: How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome & Have Bulletproof Confidence with Former Fighter Pilot Mandy Hickson

Mandy Hickson is a former Royal Air Force fighter pilot, Author and founder of Inspiring Women for Work. 

Mandy shares her experiences as one of the first female pilots to operate in hostile environments and how she faced, and overcame, a biased system designed for men. She discusses the importance of command and clarity in leading an elite team of fast jet operators, and how these same values can be applied in any environment.

We also delve into the topics of imposter syndrome and failure, and Mandy shares valuable strategies and tools to help you s...

E019: F1’s Mark Webber Shares The Secrets To Influencing Success & Driving To Survive At The Top

Join us as we get a rare glimpse into the brutal but rewarding life of an F1 legend, as we sit down with Mark Webber to discuss his successful career at the top of one of the most unforgiving sports. 

Mark needs no introduction... I’m doing it anyway.

With nine wins and three third-place finishes in the World Drivers Championship over a 12-year span, Mark has experienced both the highs and lows of competing at the highest level. During this time, he helped Red Bull Racing to four consecutive World Constructors titles. 

He s...

4 Simple Steps to Overcoming Your Fears and Harnessing Courage

If you were to consistently able to take the action you know you should be taking, whether it's asking for help, reaching out to people, posting on Social Media or even making a big change in your career where would you be a year from now?

Having spoken to and coached so many high-performing individuals, both in elite environments or starting out in entrepreneurship, there is clearly ONE attribute or habit that they all possess that clearly differentiates them from the pack.


But how do you build the courage and...

E018: Do You Have These 25 Proven Attributes For Success? with NYT Bestselling Author Rich Diviney

In this episode, we speak with Rich Diviney, a former US Navy SEAL Commander and NYT bestselling author, about the attributes that drive optimal performance and lead to success.

During his twenty years as a US Navy SEAL Commander, Rich Diviney was intimately involved in the world-renowned SEAL selection process, and led his small team to create the first ever "Mind Gym" in Naval Special Warfare that helped SEALs train their brains to perform faster, longer, and better, especially in high-stress environments. 

In this episode, you'll learn about the specific attributes that are essential for s...

E017: How to Set & Smash Your Goals with World Champion GB Rower Heidi Long

In this episode, we delve into the inspiring journey of European & World Champion Rower Heidi Long, who shares her experiences as a college athlete in Virginia, US, to breaking British records in Great Britain’s women’s coxless four on her way to becoming a European and World Champion in 2022. 

Heidi shares her strategies for developing a winning mindset and balancing the demands of training and competition with a well-rounded life. 

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though as we hear of the heartache of missing out on the GB Olympic Team for Tokyo and the...

4 Techniques to Overcome Overwhelm & Boost Focus

In this podcast episode, Scott shares valuable insights on how to overcome feelings of overwhelm and increase productivity. Drawing on his experience as a commercial pilot, Scott has developed four techniques that have proven effective in high-pressure situations and can be applied to everyday life. These techniques can help you take control of your emotions, prioritise tasks, stay focused in the present moment, and set healthy boundaries. 

But what exactly are these techniques and how can they be implemented in your daily life? 

To find out, don't miss this episode of the Performance Hackers podcast. Pl...

E016: Find Your Purpose & Build An Unbreakable Mindset with former Special Forces Operative Simon Jefferies

Simon Jefferies is a former SBS Special Forces Operative, who made the transition from the battlefield to the boardroom before committing to following his passions again, this time for coaching and improving human performance by becoming a mindset & performance coach. 

In this episode, we speak with Simon about the attribute built during Special Forces training and operating in high-pressure environments, and how to master our mindset and discover our purpose. 

He shares the value of developing resilience and commitment learnt during his service with the Special Forces and how we can apply those strategies to cu...

E015: Ditch Your Imposter Syndrome & Become The Best with Former Red Arrows Pilot Daniel Lowes

Daniel Lowes is a former RAF Typhoon fighter pilot, weapons instructor, and elite Red Arrows display pilot. 

Daniel flew the typhoon in operations and as part of Exercise Red Flag, an international exercise for the best of the best, before completing the coveted QFI weapons instructor course.

Daniel then joined the Red Arrows, and took part in the RAFs iconic 100-year anniversary display in London, among other displays in a 3-year tenure with the Reds.

We talk through some career h...

E014: Swapping England Rugby For NFL Touchdowns with NFL Star Christian Wade

Christian Wade is a current NFL running back and former England, Lions and Wasps Rugby player. He scored 82 tries in Premiership Rugby, which places him fourth in the most tries scored records list. In October 2018 Christian left rugby union to pursue a career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.

We talk through the decision to leave Rugby for the unknown world of American Sports, the underdog mentality required to keep growing and competing at the highest level, and what the unusual transition from Rugby...

E013: How To Optimise Your Sleep with Sleep Expert Dr. Neil Stanley

Dr. Neil Stanley, a sleep expert, Director of Sleep Science at, and Author of the # 1 Amazon Bestseller ‘How to Sleep well’ has been involved in sleep research for more than 38 years.

He started at just 16 at the Neurosciences Division of the R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, before becoming Director of Sleep research and working all around the world as an expert in sleep. His no-nonsense approach is a pragmatic, refreshing view of what good sleep looks like and how we can all individually go a...

E012: How To Create Game-Changing Opportunities with Adventurer Sadie Whitelocks

Sadie Whitelocks is an adventure travel writer and photographer whose adventures and stories have been published in the Daily Mail, Adventure Travel Magazine, The Daily Telegraph & Sunday Times to name but a few. 

Her exploits have led her to track down long lost Uncles on remote islands in Papua New Guinea, the North Col of Mount Everest (7,050m) for the World's Highest Dinner Party, Clipper Round the World Yacht Races, and kayaking with whales in Antarctica. ​

Sadie is a member of The Explorers Club and a fellow of the Royal Geo...

E011: How To Avoid Being 'Average' & Find Your Purpose Later In Life with RAF Pilot Nigel Johnson

Nigel Johnson is a 46-year-old flying instructor in the RAF.  

He started a journey when he turned 40 which has changed his life. Starting with running a 5k for charity with his daughter, this snowballed into ever bigger events, including marathons and Ironman triathlon. 

He has raised well over £12,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of his mum who died in 2000, so far. His current challenge, scheduled for June 2021, is a unique 9 day, 9 triathlons, 900-mile journey from John O'Groats to Land's End (TriJOGLE). He hopes to top £29,000 by completing this event, which will provide 1,000 hours of Macm...

E010: How To Disrupt Your Industry with Pro Rugby Player Flo Williams

Flo is the Founder of The Perception Agency (, an innovative new marketing agency changing how women's sport is perceived. Amazingly, Flo builds this company alongside a high-performing role as a Rugby player for Premiership club Wasps.

We talk about what it takes to be disruptive in your industry, how to break free from your normal 9-5 to pursue your passion, and how to balance the different aspects of business and sport, from the creative to the physical, and still perform at the top.

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E009: How To Battle Your Inner Demons & Win with Pro Golfer Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly played professional golf for over 20 years, experiencing some of the highs; and many of the lows that professional sport offers. 

Jason was well positioned on many Tours to see the difference between those who went on to make it, and those who didn’t. 

We talk about the emotional rollercoaster that is professional golf, the ‘all or nothing’ European Tour Q-School and the life lessons elite golf provides.  

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E008: Part 1 | Performing in High Stakes, High Pressure Environments & The Power of Mind-Fitness w_ Steve Ward

Steve has over 25 years of high-performance teaching, coaching and training experience. 
Prior to starting work with traders, fund managers and banking professionals in 2005 he worked with elite athletes and teams in over 30 sports as a performance psychology coach with a special interest in adventure, endurance and extreme sports, and is a published author.

We talk about the practical habits we can learn and adopt in order to remain in control of high pressure, stressful situations, what we can learn from the world's elite in dealing with pressure, and the importance of mind-fitness in p...