New book from NYT bestselling author Lewis Howes is now available!

New book from NYT bestselling author Lewis Howes is now available!

Summit of Greatness 2024 | September 13-14 | Los Angeles, CA


Evy Poumpouras


"You can find meaning in everything, even in the most traumatic experiences."

Today, Lewis welcomes back Evy Poumpouras, a former Secret Service agent and author of “Becoming Bulletproof.” Evy shares invaluable lessons learned from her 13-year career in the Secret Service, emphasizing the importance of one’s inner circle, the distinction between identity and instrumental mindsets, and the value of humility. She provides practical advice on handling stress, being coachable, and navigating interpersonal relationships with a keen understanding of personality types. Evy’s insights are grounded in her extensive experience and deep understanding of human behavior, making this episode a must-listen for anyone looking to enhance their resilience and leadership skills.

"Stress is not inherently bad; a certain level of stress is good because it builds resilience." @Evy Poumpouras  

And now let’s jump into episode 1635 of The School of Greatness!

"Humility is about understanding that you are not that special, and putting other things ahead of yourself." @Evy Poumpouras  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the three biggest skills you learned as a Secret Service agent that you believe everyone should have?
  • How did the rigorous hiring process in the Secret Service influence your understanding of the importance of your inner circle?
  • Can you explain the difference between identity and instrumental mindsets and how they affect our productivity?
  • How can individuals develop a more instrumental mindset and focus on mission-driven goals?
  • What role does stress play in building resilience, and how can we distinguish between good and bad stress?
  • How did your experience in the Secret Service teach you to handle stressful and chaotic situations?
  • What advice do you have for parents on balancing the need to nurture their children while also fostering resilience and independence?
  • How can we identify and understand different personality types in our interactions with others?
  • What are some strategies for maintaining humility while pursuing ambitious goals?
  • How did your experiences during 9/11 shape your perspective on life and dealing with trauma?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The significance of carefully selecting the people in your inner circle and the impact they have on your life.
  • The difference between identity and instrumental mindsets and how to adopt a goal-focused approach.
  • Strategies for managing stress effectively and building resilience.
  • How to identify and understand different personality types to improve your interactions and relationships.
  • The importance of humility and being coachable for personal and professional growth.
  • Plus much more…

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