Daniel Negreanu: World’s #1 Poker Player on Peak Performance and Stepping into Greatness


Winning 1 World Series of Poker bracelet is a dream for almost every poker player.

Winning 6 WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships is a lifetime career for any Hall of Fame player.

This week on the School of Greatness we have a living poker legend who has achieved all of this (and much more) by the age of 39.  In this episode he opens up about the mindset shift it took to overcome his limiting beliefs and the keys to his success for becoming the #1 player in the world.

Please welcome this weeks professor of greatness, Daniel Negreanu.

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Daniel Negreanu on the School of Greatness Podcast with Lewis Howes

One of the things I love about Daniel is his table talk skills (he mentions this as one of his biggest strengths during the episode).  This video shows the power of his table talk and his mutant like card reading abilities.

“There’s a couple skills that are required to be a good poker player. Obviously, you’ve got to be analytical… but the more important one is, the ability to read into human behavior.” Click to Tweet

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About Daniel’s First Five or Six Trips to Vegas that Ended in Failure
  • The Most Important Element To Becoming a Successful Poker Player
  • Why Experiential Learning is so Valuable to Personal Growth
  • How Table Presence Makes you A Stronger Poker Player
  • To Use Feedback to Maximize Your Growth
  • How to Build Confidence Like a Professional Poker Player
  • Mental and Physical Preparation For Top Level Poker
  • About Using Vulnerability to Maximize Your Potential
  • Skills for Connecting with People
  • Plus much more…

Continue Seeking Greatness:

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  • Music Credit: Run Away by Aether & Amber Noel (Elliot Berger Remix)

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It’s your turn.  What did you enjoy most about this episode with Daniel?  Was it his lessons on failure?  How he lost his confidence then got it back to become #1 in the world again?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and share this with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

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Manu Kalia
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Lewis Congratulations to "The School of Greatness" for being featured on the homepage of iTunes.  Thanks for sharing info on such a diverse and interesting group of people.  Keep up the great work.  



I gotta be honest with ya.... When I first saw your episode title, "........Poker Player....", I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to it, since I don't... "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em... walk away... run..."  But I was strangely surprised at the level of personal discipline that Daniel Negreanu operates at. And just to play poker?  I'm so convicted right now. 

(...maybe there is something to that Kenny Rodgers after all).



Lewis, another GREAT cast.  Truly inspiring.  you are one of the best at getting my heroes (Ferris, Vaynerchuck, and now Negreanu) to really open up.  Kudos.

You left me with a Strong desire to check out this Choice leadership program.  I did a google search, and can't find it.  Could you point me in the right direction please??

Aside - I discovered you after your interview on Eventual Millionaire, and it's great seeing how you and Jaime are complimentary in your approach to finding AWESOME people who display Greatness in everything they do.  Keep it up, brother.


hey Lewis what is the leadership course you talk about?


Pretty cool podcast today! I've been REALLY loving all the previous podcasts... but today you sounded a bit off or under the weather. :/ Nevertheless, thanks for bringing us great content on a consistent basis! @LewisHowes


Daniel Negreanu is the coolest guy in Poker, I've never heard him on a business podcast, thanks Lewis!


@LewisHowes @joecassandra My favorite is when he reads someone's hand to the T and the player pretty much turns into a ghost, great way to establish table presence


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