Unconventional Performance Insights for CEOS, Executives, Entrepreneurs & Public Figures


Entrepreneurs On Fire with John Lee Dumas

“Get Unfucked” & Learn to Perform At Your Peak with Wylie McGraw

Today with John Lee Dumas, Wylie reveals the true definition of peak performance and why it’s a state that has to be attained, not a destination that can be achieved. When you step into the unknown and reach the pinnacle of peak performance from a fully optimized state of mind, you increase your ability to achieve results exponentially. As the conversation continues, you’ll learn why Wylie feels most coaching and consulting programs deliver counterproductive results and keep you grinding on a never ending quest for growth and achievement. Discover the five characteristics you need to embrace to attain peak performance in your world, what it truly means to get “unfucked,” and what peak performance looks like when it’s hard at work.

In this episode:
  • Wylie reveals a belief about becoming successful that most people disagree with. [1:42 – 2:44].
  • Wylie shares his definition of peak performance, why it cannot be defined by compartmentalized thinking, and why peak performance is a state of being that’s exclusive to you. [2:57 – 4:24].
  • Discover why many coaching and consulting programs are highly unproductive and lead to hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on personal development every single year. [4:25 – 6:17].
  • Wylie details the five critical characteristics leaders have to embrace if they’re going to attain peak performance. [11:46 – 15:25].
  • You’ll learn what peak performance looks like in the real world and how leaders can stay at that level once they reach that summit. [15:35 – 17:07].

Every Breath Counts with Ryan Shekell

How to Accelerate Your Leadership Performance with Wylie McGraw

Wylie explains how his past experiences provided a sound leadership framework that’s remained present ever since. He says when you’re able to find value in all the aspects of your past, your true authentic self comes to the surface. You’ll also learn why it’s imperative to detach yourself and stop asking why things are the way they are, thus leading to an enhanced perspective that allows you to lead from a much clearer space. Wylie also dives into the state of imbalance so many people live in with their personal and professional lives. Most people approach these two segments completely backwards, making the achievement of balance, happiness, and optimal success impossible to reach. Discover the role consequences play in your decision-making processes, blind spots that exist in leadership practices, and how to build a foundation that allows you to bring true leadership potential to life.

In this episode:
  • Wylie and Ryan play an alternative version of Date/Marry/Kill featuring three of the biggest experiences of Wylie’s life – playing baseball, bull riding, and military combat. [3:10 – 6:23]
  • Discover what Wylie learned in the military that translated in a major way to helping leaders achieve peak performance today. [7:42 – 10:56]
  • Find out why Wylie believes in the importance of proceeding with an aligned purpose and clear-cut mission and how not focusing on these factors leads to imbalances. [23:22 – 27:07]
  • Learn why it’s imperative to break the mindset of scaling for scaling’s sake and adhering to the “learn and copy” method. [43:24 – 45:46]
  • Wylie tells how he ensures the leaders he works with stay authentic as they reach new, never-experienced levels of success. [49:11 – 51:32]

Entrepreneurs United Podcast

Yielding to the FEAR of the UNKNOWN! w/ Wylie McGraw

Wylie dives right in discussing how his early life experiences were a catalyst to searching for more challenges that would stretch and grow his potential. He explains the key difference between a high-achiever and a high-performer, and why optimized performance requires you to look at every aspect of your life. True growth and performance is not about money or notoriety, those are just byproducts. Wylie wraps up the interview by discussing what he wants his legacy to be: the optimization of leaders of influence and power so they can create real impact in the world instead of clouding it with dysfunction.

In this episode:
  • Wylie describes the intuition that he felt that allowed him to move from being a star athlete to embracing the challenge of bull riding. [1:39 – 8:28]
  • John and Rich ask for Wylie’s “formula” but Wylie resists those easy answers and explains that his work is never a step or a formula – it’s a unique and holistic dynamic. [11:22 – 16:44]
  • You’ll learn why we have built self-development to be far too comfortable and why we should be facing discomfort head on. [22:57 – 25:52]
  • Wylie helps us realize that performance is not a quantifiable growth model; it has everything to do with who you are, and your relationship with yourself. [30:15 – 40:34]
  • You’ll get to hear the real reason why Wylie is coming out from the shadows after 13 years of being a secret weapon. [45:45 – 47:28]

CEO on the Go with Gayle Lantz

Going Beyond Your Limits with Wylie McGraw

Gayle shares that she sees Wylie as a man who has pushed his own limits exponentially. Wylie explains that he lives the philosophy that he teaches and stands for being the antithesis of the coaches and consultants who are out there helping people today. Wylie’s work is a relationship that culminates in holistic human performance acceleration for high- level achievers. He says peak performance is attained through real-world challenges and experiences, not just through following steps or protocols. As leadership is failing in many aspects of our society today, Wylie gives one piece of advice for the leaders listening – get out of your head, stop trying to overcontrol, and yield to the unknown to truly achieve the growth and success you desire.

In this episode:
  • Gayle and Wylie talk about the ubiquity of processes, tips, and tricks and why leaders need to throw that out the window. [4:18 – 6:24]
  • You’ll hear why leaders have to escape compartmentalized thinking if they want to truly accelerate their performance. [9:14 – 12:30]
  • Wylie describes how the military is designed to take you to the brink to unleash your potential and how he uses this as a model in his own work. [12:54 – 15:01]
  • You’ll learn why transformation comes from embracing discomfort and challenges instead of seeking relief. [24:28 – 25:30]
  • Wylie explains the importance of intuition, and that your thoughts are not everything you are as a leader. [27:09 – 28:25]

The Secret Thoughts of CEO's Podcast

The Fulfilled High Achiever- Rewriting the Narrative of Success with Wylie McGraw

Wylie tells us why bull riding was the challenge he needed from the hyper-focused world of pro ball. Being on the back of bulls allowed him to step into the unknown and learn how to yield to his fears. As humans, we’ll never get rid of fear, but Wylie clarifies that once we start to surrender and yield to it, we start to stretch, grow, and discover what we’re really capable of. Chris talks about his own struggles growing up, and Wylie explains that unresolved stresses create undetectable patterns of doubt, fear, and cautiousness that plague most high-achievers today. These stresses are also seen as the suffering that is required to achieve financial success – but Wylie reminds us that making money should only be the byproduct of living an optimized life.

In this episode:
  • Wylie walks us through his journey of self-mastery from his experience as a star athlete, to his time as a combat veteran all the way through building his multiple 7-figure business. [4:46 – 9:50]
  • Chris and Wylie talk about the differences between quantifiable metrics of success in baseball and the real-world challenges found in bull riding. [14:50 – 16:06]
  • You’ll learn why being a high achiever does not necessarily mean that you’re a high performer, and what you can do to optimize your performance. [26:26 – 27:44]
  • Wylie explains the crucial difference between necessary sacrifice and unnecessary sacrifice. [38:40 – 41:35]
  • You’ll hear why the fact that we’ve become accustomed to pain, suffering, and stress is holding us back from real growth and transformation. [48:42 – 50:55]

"You're In Charge" with Glenn Pasch

Self-Awareness & Optimized Leadership

Wylie and Glenn chat about the power of discernment and how that optimizes high-powered leaders to face new challenges. Wylie reminds Glenn that in our humanity we feel safer with steps, but to achieve optimization we have to push ourselves past the idea of “how.” Instead, we need to bring in an outside force that can support us in facing our ugly demons that we all regularly hide. You’ll also learn why so many leaders who built their empires on the back of their stress will never truly reach their full potential. Wylie also asks us to reassess what we celebrate as success – not money, not notoriety, but what we should be celebrating is self-mastery. You’ll also hear the secret of why you’ll want to slow down to speed up your results.

In this episode:
  • Wylie describes the extreme environments he pushed himself in, like bull riding and military combat, so he could expand his own capabilities. [3:37 – 5:15]
  • You’ll hear about what Wylie calls “getting high on the concept of change” and how that doesn’t actually create any transformation. [9:24 – 10:55]
  • Wylie explains the relationship between acute stress and chronic stress, and how having the right resource will eradicate them. [19:30 – 22:10]
  • You’ll learn why wearing stress and chaos as a badge of honor only hurts the performance of influential leaders. [30:17 – 37:51]
  • Wylie observes that so many leaders only utilize resources that they can control, and how leaders won’t ever achieve peak potential until they get comfortable in the unknown. [51:25 – 56:12]

Let’s Do Influencing with Corey Poirier

Interview with Wylie McGraw around Peak Performance

Corey delves into asking about the three main eras that shaped Wylie: growing up as a star athlete, transitioning to competitive bull riding, and ultimately joining an elite military unit. Those high-stress environments positioned Wylie to discover his superpower of identifying blind spots that others can’t see. After building a business around his innate talent more than a decade ago, today Wylie accelerates high-achieving leaders to a place of peace, freedom, and optimization. Wylie also speaks about the benefit of pushing yourself into uncomfortable situations. Corey asks about Wylie’s skydiving career and why he becomes more powerful when he’s at his most vulnerable. The point is it’s only in our vulnerability where we can access our fullest potential.

In this episode:
  • You’ll hear about how Wylie learned to overcome his family’s generational trauma that positioned him as a capable scapegoat for their stress. [1:53 – 7:27]
  • Wylie explains why hyper focusing on making money and ignoring everything else in your life will never get you to peak performance. [12:08 – 13:44]
  • Corey and Wylie discuss the importance of pushing yourself into an uncomfortable situation, no matter how small or how significant, to be able to stretch your limits. [19:55 – 20:57]
  • Wylie discusses how his 24/7 relationships with his clients get them to the top of their game. [29:30 – 31:10]
  • You’ll learn how you can navigate your inner volatility powerfully and allow it to no longer affect you. [31:12 – 32:00]

BEING with Patrick Cooke

Optimizing Performance, Blowing Through Blind Spots & Eradicating Stress

After discussing Wylie’s, in Patrick’s words, epic beard, Wylie explains how the lessons he’s learned in active combat have helped shape the philosophy and methods he uses to optimize and accelerate leaders. Patrick was especially captivated by Wylie’s rejection of our society’s obsession with thinking, processes, and step-by-step solutions. Instead, Wylie leads his clients into a state of being unf*cked. Patrick asks Wylie to distill his work into one sentence, and Wylie answers: “An optimized leader evolves and transforms the world; an unresolved one distorts it.”

In this episode:
  • Wylie explains the top lessons he learned from his experience in active combat, including how to stay calm in the midst of chaos and how stress affects performance. [9:47 – 11:15]
  • You’ll learn why Wylie doesn’t help his clients – he optimizes them by unf*cking them. (Plus, he explains why this cannot be done with a coach, or a system, or a step-by-step process). [16:25 -18:38]
  • Wylie explains how we get lost in thinking and become completely disconnected from intuition, gut, and heart, and why this disconnection leads to limited success built on the back of unresolved stress. [23:54 – 25:35]
  • Patrick and Wylie discuss the ugly truth of transformation and how you will never truly transform until you face your unresolved stress with someone else who knows how to push you through it. [39:56 – 41:19]
  • Hear how Wylie’s “worst business model ever” was built entirely around who he is as a person and his own superpowers but why he isn’t that concerned with his own bottom line. [47:00 – 49:22]

Evolution of Brand with Jason Cercone

It’s Time To Unf*ck Your Thinking with Wylie McGraw

Wylie speaks to the battles of his own demons and how he came to understand the importance of stepping fearlessly into the unknown. By being comfortable in the unknown, you can take tactical risks – that keep you winning. Learn what Wylie thinks social media has done to the world and how you can combat impostor syndrome. You’ll also hear about the forgotten, sacred gift we all have – our intuitive mind. Learning to use our intuition and working with a force outside of us is what will ultimately lead us to erupting and eradicating our unresolved stresses that prevent us from performing at our highest levels.

In this episode:
  • Wylie discusses a critical moment when he listened to himself instead of what others told him and it led to a major accomplishment. [1:46 – 3:34]
  • You’ll understand why we are so obsessed with needing to know the HOW of things in order to feel comfortable making a move. [6:24 – 9:29]
  • Wylie explains how the “copy method” makes you believe you’re growing and transforming, but it’s actually keeping you in the same loop and negatively impacting your growth. [15:55 – 21:10]
  • You’ll learn that if you are experiencing impostor syndrome, it means that you care – but it also means that you don’t fully trust your value. [32:26 – 40:09]
  • Wylie tells us that confronting burnout can be difficult because we all have a rigid part of ourselves that we struggle to eliminate – but when you become too rigid, you’ll break. [43:34 – 43:38]

Hiring & Empowering Solutions

Unresolved Chronic Stress and Unoptimized Leaders

Molly was fascinated to learn the differences between someone like Wylie and someone like Tony Robbins, and how Wylie focuses on transformation not transference. Molly works with high-achieving attorneys who are reliant on linear processes, and Wylie helped her address her clients’ dependence by reminding us all about the importance of yielding to the unknown. He then goes into the crucial differences between helping and optimizing leaders. Molly discusses a client she works with who is so exhausted by the grind, so Wylie stresses the importance of being able to slow down enough to get yourself grounded in your emotions, so you can move forward. Finally, Wylie warns high-achievers everywhere about the dangers of chasing relief and emphasizes the goal of resolution.

In this episode:
  • Molly and Wylie talk about how he found his true superpower while in a combat zone overseas. [4:10 – 6:48]
  • Wylie explains the differences between transformation and transference – transference being the high-energy dopamine hit that people tend to feel after attending most mindset coaching events and transformation being a dark, ugly thing that people avoid. [7:18 – 8:52]
  • They discuss society’s issue of disregarding the sacred gift of the intuitive mind, and only value the servant of the logical mind. [26:58 – 28:18]
  • Wylie’s “mic drop” moment is when he explains to Molly why creating a linear, systematic approach to optimizing yourself is 100% limiting your own growth. [26:43 – 29:07]
  • Wylie helps us understand why chasing relief is a never-ending cycle and what you need to do to slow down enough to find resolution. [46:03 – 47:34]

Business, Wealth and Mindset Podcast with Alex Sapala

Erupting Into Your Peak Version

After the world of bull riding and military combat lit a fire inside him, Wylie translated this power into a business where he now optimizes a small number of powerful leaders each year. Wylie states the ugly truth that money and popularity are merely byproducts of action and should not be the only metrics for success. Unresolved leaders chase those first, because they’re operating from limitation. Wylie explains to become resolved and operate from true power, leaders have face down their demons and accept real-world challenges from an outside force. These are the leaders who can then create significant, sustainable change in the world. You’ll also hear why so many leaders in our society are more worried about being right, instead of doing what is right.

In this episode:
  • Wylie explains why growth should never be a linear model and why the hustle and grind can hold you back. [9:34 – 12:07]
  • You’ll learn how you can get to the top of your game right now if you are willing to embrace more than what you think is the truth. [16:05-18:02]
  • Wylie discusses why so many people think they’re transforming by hiring multiple coaches and spending thousands, but they’re really just undergoing transference. [31:46 – 33:23]
  • You’ll hear how Wylie’s experience with Kung Fu has allowed him to adopt the flow of life and reject rigidity. [50:45 – 53:00]
  • Wylie leaves us with the advice that when you can accept that you know nothing, you can learn everything. [1:09:20 – 1:10:39]

The Stark Transformation Show

Accessing the Warrior Within

Wylie kicks things off by talking about his incredible journey from star athlete, to competitive bull rider, to combat infantry soldier. Wylie’s journey allowed him to discover his innate gift of identifying blindspots, erupting stress, and optimizing a leader’s performance. You’ll hear how Wylie shows up for his clients, and he explains how he provides the right environment and framework for high-powered leaders to radically transform by erupting their unresolved stresses. He goes on to address the importance of his work, saying “An unresolved leader distorts the world.” After Amy notes that she wishes everyone was working with Wylie, you’ll learn why there is a need for an outside force to push you to those uncomfortable depths that you’d rather ignore. Listen to the end to hear about why real love means showing up and battling in the trenches together!

In this episode:
  • You’ll learn how the military provided the right environment for Wylie to grow, transform, identify, and develop his innate gifts. [7:05 – 9:06]
  • Understand why you might be seeking relief, but how that won’t actually bring you to the transformation that you’re looking for. [9:28 – 11:57]
  • You’ll hear why there is a real need for vulnerability and surrender when seeking real resolution to your unresolved stress. [25:17 – 26:17]
  • Wylie identifies the warrior gene and how you don’t really know someone until you truly confront them. [33:47 – 35:55]
  • Wylie explains the unconventional methods he used to push a client past his debilitating terror around finances. [41:21 – 43:35]

Happy Brain

Understand Your Emotions Better with This

Wylie explains that having a happy brain means first learning to tactically identify the emotions that you experience. In our fast-paced thinking-centric society, it’s crucial to express yourself in balance. Despite what we teach our children about expressing their emotions and needs, as we grow older that very expression becomes seen as a weakness. Heather asks about the resistance people (particularly men) feel about expressing their emotions. And when she feels frustrated, Heather asks Wylie what she can do to address those feelings of frustration. Wylie recommends that she try to tactically identify if this frustration is from acute or chronic stress, then allow herself to stand in that feeling and get comfortable in the discomfort of it. Simply taking this step will allow clear and healthy solutions to emerge naturally.

In this episode:
  • You’ll learn why men in particular use the ego to circumvent what they’re feeling and how that causes problems in their relationships. [3:55 – 4:44]
  • Wylie and Heather discuss the perils of looking at our society as a combat zone and why feeling your emotions is anything but weak. [5:14 – 6:00]
  • Wylie tells us why so many “successful” people are living in a facade because they’ve tried to “hack” their way to happiness. [6:55 – 7:48]
  • Heather asks Wylie to help her address the chronic frustration in her life – and her response is “I don’t like that answer, but you’re so right.” [12:48 – 13:57]
  • Wylie teaches us the power of being comfortable in discomfort and how that empowers us one step at a time. [15:15 – 15:40]

Minddog TV

Erupt Into Peak Performance & Higher Profit

Matt and Wylie discuss the “one-size-fits-all” approach to peak performance that is advertised by coaches everywhere (and why that never works). Wylie emphasizes that we are dynamic human beings – we weren’t made for cookie-cutter step-by-step programs. Then, Wylie reveals the uncomfortable truth that the empires built on the backs of stress and chaos will never truly bring you to peak performance. Going further, he explains to Matt that despite what you may think, there is absolutely no way to hack your way to optimal performance.

In this episode:
  • You’ll learn why as a society we’ve been rejecting our intuition, and why personal growth and leadership development demands that we reject antiquated thinking of breaking everything in our lives down into simple steps. [18:34 – 19:52]
  • Discover why so many leaders have built their successes on the back of stress, chaos, suffering, and normalized stress – and why that is actually stopping leaders from reaching peak performance. [21:03 – 22:31]
  • Learn how Wylie erupts stress for his clients by bringing it to the surface and what that eruption actually accomplishes. [35:33 – 36:11]
  • We hear what exactly Wylie means when he tells us to “embrace the suck” (and that does not mean just sucking it up!) [49:13 – 50:50]
  • You can listen to the clip that Matt Nappo is going to send to his own stepson so he can apply Wylie’s wisdom to his own life. [52:25 – 53:46]

Reinvention Radio

Reinventing Chronic Stress

Steve really wanted to hear from Wylie about the two types of stress he discovered (acute stress and chronic stress) and how to differentiate between the two. Then, Wylie went in deep to talk about how his life experiences got him to where he is today and exactly how he works with high-achievers to transition them into high-performers. Steve challenges Wylie on a few aspects of his work, and Wylie is happy to explore those challenges with him (including an exploration of Steve’s own ego!)

In this episode:
  • We learn that we have been taught all of our lives to manage acute stress, but we never actually resolve it – leading to the chronic stress that is really what’s holding us back.
  • You’ll hear how Wylie works with high achievers to calibrate where they are and find a pathway to get them to high-performance.
  • Wylie explains that the biggest issue plaguing the people he works with is that they have no clarity about what they actually want – and why this is due to unresolved chronic stress.
  • Steve attempts to get Wylie to lose his sh*t, but Wylie explains that controlling your reaction to stress is the key to resolving it.
  • And finally, Wylie talks about what Elon Musk could actually accomplish if he could resolve his underlying chronic stress!