Game Changers with Molly Fletcher is our podcast designed to help you maximize your influence and unleash your potential. Each episode, we take you behind the scenes with peak performers to learn what makes them tick and discover how you can apply their lessons to your life. Join Molly each week to hear from her special guests— top athletes and coaches, transformative CEOs, brilliant thought leaders, and entrepreneurs and trailblazers from around the world. Subscribe now on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or Spotify.

Recent Episodes


Sam Acho

What if you stopped pretending and started getting real? Most of us hide. We play small and don’t live up to our full potential. We’re afraid we aren’t enough… or maybe we’re too much. NFL player, humanitarian and podcaster Sam Acho has been there. In his new book, Let The World See You, Sam encourages us all to discover our true selves and share our gifts with the world. We talk about the importance of not attaching your identity to your career, the highs and lows of being a professional athlete, and how his life changed when he stopped hiding and started living.

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Ally Love

If you’re one of the 1.4 million members of the Peloton community, then you probably already know Ally Love. Ally is a Peloton instructor, founder of Love Squad, in-arena host for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, and Adidas global ambassador. In other words, she does it all. On this episode, Ally shares how to keep people engaged in a virtual environment, her approach to tough conversations, and how she’s successfully built a multi-dimensional career.

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Bruce Pearl

In six seasons as the men’s basketball coach at Auburn, Bruce Pearl has led the Tigers to two SEC championships, back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first ever trip to the Final Four. It’s success he’s replicated at every stop of his 25-year coaching career. A proven winner, Bruce still coaches with a chip on his shoulder and his teams reflect that fighter mentality. On this episode, we talk about his unlikely journey from student manager to big-time college coach, what drives him, and how he consistently gets his teams to outperform expectations.

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Renee Montgomery

When the WNBA tips off this weekend, Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery won’t be there. Renee is sitting out the 2020 WNBA season to focus on the fight for social justice reform. A two-time WNBA champion and former standout at the University of Connecticut, Renee has carved out an 11-year career in the pros. Now, she’s focused her attention on another mission. On this episode, Renee shares why she’s trading basketball for a greater purpose and what it means to use your platform for change.

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Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective and one of the world’s leading experts on high performance. The New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Fire and The Rise of Superman, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. On this episode, Steven decodes the science of flow—an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best. We dig into the science of human performance, how to achieve flow, and what it all means for your own life.

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Nir Eyal

Know the feeling of getting bombarded with too many pings, dings and rings? You’re not alone. Nir Eyal writes and consults about the intersection of psychology, technology and business. His latest book, Indistractable, reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. On this episode, Nir shares the practical techniques to control your time and attention—helping you live the life you really want. His four-step, research-backed model will help you manage distractions and finally do what you say you will do.

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Show Notes

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  • How Nir’s background in Silicon Valley led to his research on the psychology of habit-forming products (1:55)
  • Distraction is not a new phenomenon (4:53)
  • The number one source of distraction is other people (5:33)
  • The opposite of distraction is traction – any action that pulls you towards what you want to do (6:39)
  • Most distraction begins from within us (8:19)
  • Time management is pain management (9:26)
  • Three ways to master the internal triggers: reimagine the trigger, reimagine the task, reimagine your temperament (11:20)
  • Do you show up as a Blamer, Shamer or Claimer? (12:57)
  • The ten-minute rule to minimizing distractions (14:04)
  • Long-term behavior change is identity change (15:57)
  • How to reimagine your “to do” list (17:31)
  • The power of schedule syncing (20:38)
  • How to hack back your email (25:24)
  • Create pacts to prevent distractions: effort pacts, price pacts, and identity pacts (32:17)
  • Why he wrote Indistractable for himself (36:00)

 

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Reshma Saujani

Where along the way did we trade in our confidence and courage for approval and acceptance? And why? That’s the question Reshma Saujani challenges us with in her book Brave, Not Perfect. Reshma is the founder & CEO of Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Her TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has been viewed more than 4 million times and sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. On this episode, we talk about how to fear less, fail more and live boldly.

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Show Notes

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  • What inspired Reshma to start Girls Who Code (2:44)
  • Measuring the impact of Girls Who Code’s work (4:16)
  • A failed congressional run becomes a catalyst (5:52)
  • The mentorship she’s received from Hillary Clinton (7:53)
  • Be brave, not perfect (10:00)
  • How we socialize our girls differently than boys (10:30)
  • Prepare yourself to be brave in the small moments (14:30)
  • The learned need for approval and being liked (16:01)
  • How to build your bravery muscle (18:13)
  • Just start: the lesson she learned starting Girls Who Code (21:25)
  • Show the mess behind the scenes (22:48)
  • Bravery builds your confidence (24:18)
  • Don’t stay stuck in things that you are good at, that you don’t like (25:24)
  • Does failure motivate you more than success? (27:11)
  • Anxiety as a superpower and overcoming the imposter syndrome (28:04)
  • Three failure hacks to help you recover from setbacks faster (30:54)
  • Take an athlete’s approach to soliciting feedback (33:00)
  • Bravery is at the core of relationship transformation (34:27)
  • How to get involved with Girls Who Code (35:56)

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James Franklin, Penn State

James Franklin is one of the top college football coaches in the country. Since arriving at Penn State University in 2014, Franklin has led the Nittany Lions to three top-10 finishes and a Big Ten championship. His journey took him from Division II quarterback to college coach, where he found unlikely success at Vanderbilt before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the storied Penn State program. On this episode, we dig into how he built trust in a tough environment when he arrived at Penn State and the ways his leadership approach has evolved over the years.

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Show Notes

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  • How his upbringing shaped the person he is today (2:21)
  • Why he got into coaching football while pursuing his master’s degree (4:32)
  • What fuels him more- the desire to win or the fear of failure? (7:28)
  • His approach to building community support and alignment when he took the Penn State job (9:00)
  • How he built trust and relationship in a tough environment (13:05)
  • Team building tips to enhance team chemistry (16:14)
  • The unique locker room setup designed to build connection (17:54)
  • The importance of consistency in rebuilding a program (19:00)
  • How to balance the need for structure with embracing change and flexibility (21:54)
  • Learning how to handle losses better (24:32)
  • The greatest leadership lesson he’s learned (27:22)

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Tony Gonzalez is an analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the podcast WIDE OPEN with Tony Gonzalez. In 17 seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, Tony was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns and yards by a tight end and is third-all time in receptions. Tony tackles all aspects of his life with the same drive and curiosity that helped him excel on the field. In this conversation, Tony shares what fuels him, the defining moments that shaped his life, and his powerful habits for success.

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Show Notes

  • What is the biggest misconception people have about you? (2:06)
  • How struggling in his second season in the NFL changed Tony’s approach (3:27)
  • Pushing through fear to find growth (5:45)
  • “There’s always a sense of urgency.” (8:46)
  • Greatness requires obsession and sacrifice (10:30)
  • Surround yourself with people who tell you the truth (14:27)
  • The power of visualization (20:11)
  • The keys to Tony’s consistency and durability (27:07)
  • Loving the process (30:13)
  • Did you think about your legacy? (32:20)
  • Tony’s approach to goal setting (33:38)
  • Transitioning to TV and the decision to leave CBS (36:46)
  • How to cultivate curiosity (43:26)
  • Why he started journaling and writing letters to himself during his NFL career (47:35)
  • A powerful habit Tony does when reading a book (48:28)
  • His tips for daily meditation (52:17)

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We all have stories we tell ourselves that define the way we live our lives. Stories help you make sense of your life, but they can also keep you stuck. How can you become the editor of your life? Therapist Lori Gottlieb is the author of the New York Timesbestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and writes the Dear Therapistadvice column for The Atlantic. In this conversation, we talk about how to defeat toxic thinking, change our self-limiting narratives, and get unstuck. It’s about changing your narrative to change your life.

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Show Notes

  • Why therapy isn’t just self-work (1:51)
  • The biggest misconceptions about therapy (3:17)
  • Part of therapy is getting to “unknow” yourself (4:47)
  • Lori’s experience as a therapist going to therapy (5:43)
  • The root of why people go to therapy (8:35)
  • What happens when we avoid feeling (11:07)
  • “We are all unreliable narrators of our own lives.” (13:47)
  • The difference between “idiot compassion” vs. “wise compassion” (14:51)
  • The power of self-compassion + accountability (16:59)
  • Lori’s unique background (TV, medical school, journalism, therapy) and how it all centers around stories and the human condition (19:40)
  • Why people don’t change when they know they need to change (24:16)
  • The five stages of change (26:12)
  • Facing your own mortality (28:18)
  • What she’s learned about forgiveness from her years as a therapist (32:18)
  • The misconception that therapy is focused on the past when it’s really focused on the present (33:53)
  • How to deliver “loving truth bombs” (35:13)
  • Having the vulnerability to put herself out there (37:57)
  • Lori’s upcoming projects including a TV series and podcast (41:57)

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