The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

A brain surgeon, author, and wrestling coach Dr. McLaughlin knows how obstacles affect your body & mind. He explains the science behind quitting and its effects on the brain, and why it’s critical to overcome obstacles. We get good at what we do, which includes quitting. Through his life experiences, he’s learned to metabolize fear using what he calls “Cognitive Dominance.” It allows you to make quick decisions in stressful situations, something we all need! Don’t be limited by fear and always keep challenging your brain! 


  1. You are what you repeatedly do 
  2. Challenge your brain 
  3. Follow your circadian rhythms 
  4. Don’t let fear limit you 
  5. You can metabolize fear in a healthy way 

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0:25 Joe intros this episode 


1:50 Interview begins with wrestling 

3:00 His family's history & beginnings of weightlifting 

7:15 The psychology of quitting 

9:00 Challenging your brain 

12:00 Parenting strategies 

14:00 Training good habits 

15:30 Earn your breakfast 

17:10 Camp Spartan on Youtube 


19:45 Rites of passage 

22:45 Limitations of fear 

25:30 Overcoming anxiety of perceived failures 

27:00 Cognitive dominance and advanced situational awareness 

28:00 A map to metabolize fear 

29:00 Alchemy in transformation 

30:00 Quadrants of the subjective and objective 

32:00 Go towards your fear 

33:00 Joe debriefs what he learned 



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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye send their regards :)  


Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty


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