3 Things (with Ric Elias)

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I’m Ric Elias, one of the luckiest people you’ll ever meet. I was lucky enough to survive a plane crash - and to share on the TED stage 3 things I learned from that experience. On this show, I’ll share conversations I feel lucky to have had with remarkable people - plus 3 things we can all take away from each.

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Episode Date
Optimism Is Not Naive (Simon Sinek, Live at RV)
32:19

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Red Ventures, where Ric and our guest Simon Sinek discussed how optimism is different from general positivity, and how an infinite mindset can unlock opportunity and happiness… even when chaos strikes.


You may know Simon as the best-selling author of books like “Start With Why” and “The Infinite Game” - or you might know his world-famous TED Talk about how great leaders inspire action. 


Or maybe, you’ve seen our previous episode with Simon on 3 Things, called “The Purpose of Business” - which dives deeper into how Simon’s philosophy can be applied to leadership, team-building, and more. If you enjoy today’s episode, be sure to check that one out. 


This is 3 Things, with Simon Sinek.



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Aug 17, 2022
The Science of Sleep (Dr. Matthew Walker)
1:25:16

This episode is all about SLEEP - featuring one of the world's top experts, Dr. Matthew Walker. He's a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, and author of the book "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams."


His groundbreaking research covers everything from why we sleep, what happens to us when we sleep, what happens when we dream, and how sleep impacts our concentration, our memory, our immune system, and more. His current focus is on the possible link between not getting enough sleep and likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.


We tried to keep this short - but there was SO much to learn that we went ahead and shared the full conversation. Don’t miss the end when Ric and Matt go through a lightning round of things in your life that could be affecting your sleep - like caffeine, alcohol, what you eat, when you eat, and more.


This is 3 Things, with Dr. Matthew Walker.



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Aug 01, 2022
Good Games vs Close Games (Jay Bilas)
1:12:06

Our guest today is ESPN commentator and former basketball star - Jay Bilas. Jay won a National Championship when he played for Duke back in the 80s, and today he's one of the most outspoken critics of the NCAA - because they do not pay college athletes - while coaches make millions, and the industry makes billions.


This is the second time Jay's been on the show. Today, he and Ric talk a little bit about life, and a LOT about basketball. Be sure to also check out his earlier episode, from April 2019, to hear Jay's unique approach to parenting and the best advice he ever got from Coach K.


This is 3 Things, with Jay Bilas.



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Jun 01, 2022
The War in Ukraine (Natalie Jaresko)
31:16

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Ric is expanding his nonprofit Rebuild Puerto Rico to support humanitarian crises around the world. He will personally match all funds raised, up to $2.5M.


Today's guest is Natalie Jaresko, the former Finance Minister of Ukraine.


Natalie grew up near Chicago, the daughter of immigrants who fled Ukraine during the man-made famine of Stalin. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Natalie moved to Ukraine and worked there for 25 years with dreams of transforming it from a communist country to a capitalist market.


She may be best known for her role in helping Ukrainians recover from the financial and humanitarian crisis that followed the annexation of Crimea in 2014. In today's episode she reflects on how the current war in Ukraine will have direct, lasting impacts on the entire world for months and years to come.


Ric and Natalie originally met in Puerto Rico, where Ric is building a new economic growth engine (through Red Ventures Puerto Rico), and where Natalie was most recently tasked with pulling the island out of bankruptcy - restructuring about 64 billion dollars of debt.


This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience, where Natalie reminded us of the tragic realities of war, but more importantly, the power of resilience and hope. Inspired by her words, Ric made a personal commitment to use his platform to help make a difference.


This is 3 Things.



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Mar 31, 2022
Finding Your Competitive Edge (Greg Olsen)
1:01:09
After 14 seasons in the NFL, Greg Olsen retired as one of the Top 10 tight ends of all time. Now, he's a rookie all over again - starting a new career in sportscasting. In this episode, Greg shares what it was like to play in the Super Bowl, what it's like to learn a new skill on national TV, how his son's journey to overcome a rare heart condition inspired him to help others, and what it means to "find your edge" as a top competitor.

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Feb 02, 2022
The Future of Cities (Mayor Vi Lyles)
29:56

Our guest today has a big goal - she’s setting a new standard for American cities when it comes to achieving racial equity, social justice, economic opportunity, employment, and mobility.


Vi Lyles is the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina - one of the top five fastest-growing large cities in the US (and home to Red Ventures!). In 2021, her Racial Equity Initiative made headlines as a first-of-its-kind partnership bringing together the public sector and members of the private sector (including Ric!) to build a more equitable future for all.


In this episode, Mayor Lyles shares what progress means to her as a public leader ; her experience becoming the first Black woman elected Mayor of Charlotte after growing up in the segregated South ; and why creating opportunity for others is her ultimate definition of success.



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Jan 12, 2022
Movement (Casey Crawford)
41:42

Casey Crawford is a CEO, a former Super Bowl champion, and is known for giving away almost half of his company’s profits.


In fact, the day after this podcast was recorded, Casey’s company (Movement Mortgage - one of the 10 largest purchase mortgage lenders in the country) announced they're investing 100 million dollars to build 100 new schools nationwide over the next 10 years through the Movement Foundation. 


That's in addition to 3 charter schools in Charlotte that Movement Foundation already has built, and they've turned surrounding property into community centers, after-school mentoring spaces, affordable housing centers, and wellness centers - right next door to the schools. According to Casey, it's the holistic approach that's needed for true generational change in underserved communities, and it's a model for giving back that other companies can follow. 


This is 3 Things, with Casey Crawford.



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Dec 21, 2021
Underdog Mentality (Kemba Walker)
29:39

Kemba Walker is a four-time NBA All-Star, member of the 2019 USA National Team, an NCAA champion, and the all-time leading scorer for the Charlotte Hornets. In 2019 he left Charlotte to join the Boston Celtics before ultimately returning to his roots in New York, where he's currently the starting point guard for the Knicks.


Kemba grew up in The Bronx. He was a rising star at his high school in Harlem, and made a name for himself nationally when he led the UConn Huskies to win the NCAA Championship in 2011. Later that year, Kemba was a top draft pick for what would become the worst team in NBA history (statistically speaking) - the Charlotte Bobcats.


On a recent trip back to Charlotte, before facing off against his old team, Kemba sat down with Ric to talk about the ups and downs of his career, a day in the life of an NBA superstar, and how he imagines life after basketball.


This is 3 Things.



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Nov 16, 2021
History Is Not Inevitable (Mehrsa Baradaran)
35:01

Mehrsa Baradaran is a professor of law at the University of California Irvine and author of How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy; and her most recent book The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. Her work focuses on the racial wealth gap in America, and how it can be tied back directly to historical policies and continued systemic issues.


In this episode, Ric and Mehrsa talk about the history of the racial wealth gap, the impacts of it today, and what can be done to move the needle on this issue.


This is 3 Things.



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Oct 26, 2021
DACA: Maggie & Teresa's Story
23:21

Today’s episode is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of people whose future has been in limbo for more than a decade, and those who are waiting, working and wishing for a chance at the American dream. It’s time their voices were heard.


If you watch the news, you’ve likely seen stories about  DACA - which is an abbreviation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was created via Executive Order in 2012 and made it possible for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children to apply for driver’s licenses, social security numbers, and work permits. The following year, Ric launched Golden Door Scholars (GDS), which provides scholarship and career opportunity to undocumented students.   


Since 2013, Golden Door Scholars has awarded 473 four-year scholarships and has seen applications from nearly 10,000 other high-achieving applicants. Our team has created a community of students who believe in themselves and support each other - despite the reality that in the 10 years since DACA was put into place as a ‘temporary’ solution, Congress has failed to pass legislation that would create a permanent solution or a path to citizenship.


Our two guests today are part of this remarkable community.


This is 3 Things, with Maggie and Teresa. 




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Oct 05, 2021
Business Relationships (Aryeh Bourkoff)
31:36

Aryeh Bourkoff has been called "Media's Hottest Dealmaker." If you don't know him by name, you've definitely seen his work in the news - he's advised multi-billion-dollar media deals with AT&T, Amazon, Verizon, and even Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. As founder and CEO of LionTree, one of Aryeh's superpowers is his ability to connect with people. In this episode, he shares insights he's learned over the years about how to unlock success and opportunities - both in business and personally.


If you enjoy this episode and want to find more from Aryeh, check out LionTree's podcast - KindredCast - where his team shares in-depth conversations with dealmakers and thought leaders. This is 3 Things, with Aryeh Bourkoff. 




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Aug 11, 2021
The Purpose of Business (Simon Sinek)
48:47
Simon Sinek is an optimist, a New York Times bestselling author, and the speaker behind the third-most-watched TED Talk of ALL TIME - "How great leaders inspire action," where he popularized the concept of "Starting with your Why." He's advised leaders and organizations in almost every industry, from finance to fashion and even the US military. He's fascinated by people and organizations that impact the world for good - which explains why he and Ric have become close friends. This is 3 Things, with Simon Sinek.

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Jun 25, 2021
A Force For Good (Gene Woods)
32:40
Gene Woods is President and CEO of Atrium Health, one of the largest health systems in the US. Throughout the pandemic, Gene has been a vocal advocate for underserved communities - working to eliminate racial disparities in COVID testing and improving access to care for at-risk populations. In this episode, he shares how his teams on the front lines are coping, how the pandemic has accelerated innovations in healthcare, and how all organizations can be forces for good in our communities. 

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Apr 08, 2021
Think Again (Adam Grant)
39:49
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers, and his new book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, is out now. Adam discusses how to train your mind to pivot faster, how to have more productive debates and disagreements, and how the pandemic will continue to shape the future of work.

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Mar 17, 2021
Presenting: A Bit of Optimism w/ Simon Sinek
28:12

In case you missed it: Ric and Simon debate what really drives company culture (is it "Values?" "Beliefs?" ...is there a difference?!), and unpack more about how surviving Flight 1549 has shaped Ric's life.


Simon Sinek is a New York Times bestselling author, TED Talks legend, and host of the top-rated podcast, "A Bit of Optimism." 



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Jan 29, 2021
Rewiring Our Brains For Positivity (Neil Pasricha)
28:30
How is it possible to find happiness and positivity during one of the most uncertain, and devastating, years in recent history? Neil Pasricha is a New York Times bestselling author and a positive psychology expert who focuses on just that. 

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Nov 30, 2020
Hope and Progress (Harvey Gantt)
34:39
In a moment where politics and division feel relentless, and optimism feels scarce, here’s an encouraging conversation with Harvey Gantt - an iconic architect, a civic leader, and a pioneer for racial justice. Growing up in the segregated South, Harvey’s life experiences and his perspective on the progress we have - and haven’t - made are both a severe reality check, and a beacon of hope.

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Oct 15, 2020
Learning To Love The Grind (Coach Calipari)
37:48
Coach Cal is one of the most successful college basketball coaches in history, leading 49 players to be drafted in the NBA - but he's never had a former player WIN the NBA Championship. That streak is over this year, with Anthony Davis on the LA Lakers facing Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro on the Miami Heat. What's his secret to building a great team? What does he really look for as the top quality in star talent? And what’s he doing to pay it all forward?

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Oct 05, 2020
Roberto
34:11
One of my dearest friends, Roberto Lazcano, is currently serving his 24th year in prison. I am honored to share his story (and the story of how we met), because I believe humanity is about seeing the best in someone; not judging them for the worst mistake they ever made.

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Feb 17, 2020
Not Impossible (Mick Ebeling)
23:46
Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Labs - an award-winning technology incubator dedicated to “doing things that can’t be done.”

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Jan 16, 2020
Presenting: The Drive w/ Dr. Peter Attia
1:39:16
We’re taking a quick break before Season 3 but in the meantime check out this episode from Dr. Peter Attia’s podcast "The Drive.” Peter & Ric talk in way more detail than ever before about what exactly happened after Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River, the inner workings of Red Ventures, and Ric's unique take on balancing work and life.

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Dec 03, 2019
Longevity & The Future of Medicine (Dr. Peter Attia)
26:34
In Part 2 of Ric's conversation with Dr. Peter Attia, hear predictions about how we could cure diabetes and cancer in the next 10 years, ultra endurance, and the tiny window parents actually have when it comes to influencing their children.

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Nov 27, 2019
Sleep, Exercise & Nutrition (Dr. Peter Attia)
24:50
What's the one thing you can start doing now to help prevent dementia? How do you get better, more restful sleep? What are the core elements of a balanced nutrition?

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Nov 26, 2019
Leading the Pack (Abby Wambach) - 40 mins
41:16
Abby Wambach is a soccer legend. She’s won 2 FIFA World Cups, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, and she holds the world record for most international goals scored - among men and women. This episode features Ric & Abby's full 40-minute conversation - including how she's fighting for equal pay. Find a shorter version focused on peak performance in our podcast feed and at 3things.redventures.com.

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Nov 19, 2019
Leading the Pack (Abby Wambach) - 20 mins
26:23
Abby Wambach is a soccer legend. She’s won 2 FIFA World Cups, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, and she holds the world record for most international goals scored - among men and women. This episode is focused on peak performance, but you can find Ric & Abby's full conversation - including how she's fighting for equal pay - in our podcast feed and at 3things.redventures.com.

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Nov 19, 2019
Pushing Limits (Jesse Itzler)
32:38
How do you overcome self-doubt? How can we push past physical & mental barriers to achieve greatness? Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur and ultra-endurance athlete who challenges ideas about what's humanly possible...

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Nov 12, 2019
Driving Success (Rick Hendrick)
22:35
How do you find competitive advantages to get ahead? How do you keep the grind, even after victory? Rick Hendrick, the most dominant NASCAR team owner in history & owner of the largest private dealership in the US, shares his take on peak performance.

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Oct 29, 2019
Living Longer & Happier (Marshall Rauch)
23:04
What's the key to longevity? How can we all create our own luck? 96-year-old Marshall Rauch shares the secrets to "peak performance" over the long haul.

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Oct 22, 2019
Training to Win (Christian McCaffrey & Luke Kuechly)
20:06
How much do sleep & nutrition really impact our lives? How can we use science to improve our focus, our energy, and our health? Two star NFL players from the Carolina Panthers share their take on Peak Performance.

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Oct 15, 2019
Motivating Greatness (Ron Rivera)
23:43
How do you bring out the best in others? How do you motivate someone who's already at the top of their game? Head Coach of the Carolina Panthers, Ron Rivera, weighs in on Peak Performance.

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Oct 08, 2019
Becoming #1 (Andy Roddick)
24:15
What does it take to become #1 in the world? How do you sustain greatness over time? And how do you make the call when it’s time to move on to something else? This is 3 Things: Peak Performance.

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Oct 01, 2019
Discipline (Jay Bilas)
18:58
ESPN Commentator Jay Bilas talks life outside of basketball - including his unique approach to parenting and the best advice he ever got from Coach K.

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Apr 02, 2019
Failure (Dan O'Brien)
22:59
American former decathlete and Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien had one of the most dramatic moments in sports history - and then one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

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Mar 12, 2019
Awareness (Dandapani)
19:46
He lived as a monk for 10 years and now travels the world as a leading mindfulness expert. In this episode he shares the secret to harnessing your awareness, and how we can all live a happier life.

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Feb 19, 2019
Impact (Mark Tatum)
22:43
During NBA Allstar Weekend in Charlotte, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum discusses the future of sports betting, what the NBA is doing right (and the NFL is doing wrong), and Lebron vs MJ.

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Feb 16, 2019
Revenge (Bobby Flay)
21:00
He's a world-famous chef, restaurateur, and TV star. We spoke about how he got his start, leadership lessons from the kitchen, and whether or not he's ever cooked a frozen pizza. (No spoilers)

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Feb 12, 2019
Revolution (Leymah Gbowee)
21:52
Leymah Gbowee is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the civil war in Liberia and revolutionized women’s rights in Africa. We spoke about what it was like to stand up to the President of Liberia, how anyone can start a movement, and much more.

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Feb 05, 2019
Purpose (Howard Schultz)
23:04
Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, just announced he may run for President in 2020. Ric spoke with him last year about his childhood, servant leadership, and that one time Bill Gates Senior helped him stand up to a bully.

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Jan 29, 2019
Coaching (Larry Fitzgerald)
21:36
Larry Fitzgerald is the second-leading receiver of all time, an eleven-time Pro Bowler, and a close friend. We spoke about competition at the highest level, and what it means to be coachable.

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Jan 22, 2019
Leadership (Chris Hadfield)
21:47
As commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield became a social media celebrity. We spoke about the pace of progress in space exploration, and when humans can expect to start living on the moon. 

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Jan 15, 2019