Exploring the world of high performers
Higher State magazine is published every two months. Each edition features a top performer from the world of business, sport, and more. We delve into the routines, habits, challenges and victories that have shaped the paths of these remarkable individuals. We also explore key issues and themes around peak performance - mindset, fitness, nutrition, business productivity and more.
Stay tuned for upcoming editions - we keep it up-to-date, informative and fresh!
JAN 2021: JUMPING IN AT THE DEEP END
Success can often breed a lack of humility but my guest star in this edition of Higher State is one of the most humble and down-to-earth people I've ever encountered. Even more impressive given that she is a World Champion, Paralympic Swimming Champion, a Gold Medal winner, World Record holder, winner of countless awards in swimming and triathlon events, and has been appointed a MBE. Claire Cashmore is a force to be reckoned with. She has learned a lot of lessons throughout her life, all of which have shaped her path and helped her to be the resilient and determined athlete she is today. So let's dive in and learn more from Claire.
SEPT 2019: FLYING HIGH & JUGGLING IT ALL
Being talented in diverse fields is a rare thing, but you couldn't really find something more unique than a high achiever who combines a background in competitive ice skating on a national scale, practising law AND performing in the circus all over the world. Zoe Baldock is an aerialist, juggler, former junior British Champion ice skater and ex-lawyer who shows us the fascinating world of high performance through a different lens. The parallels between the circus and the business world are hugely significant - when it comes to the power of teamwork, trust, leadership, stepping out of one's comfort zone and being willing to give every opportunity your best shot. Read Zoe's amazing story and step into the mind of an incredible individual.
JULY 2019: YOU CAN BANK ON PAUL
Leading and creating high performing teams doesn't happen by chance. It involves being intentional and clear on direction, whilst also giving people the opportunity and space to grow. With a lifetime of experience under his belt, banking executive Paul Gordon has drawn from many people, events and circumstances in his life to help shape the way he leads. He has an unrelenting passion for learning, personal development and improvement. He takes ownership for the way his life and work evolves, and he injects positivity and energy into his everyday interactions. Read on to find out how Paul stays on top of his game, maintains a fresh perspective and keeps focused every single day.
MAY 2019: A FANTASTIC BLEND OF BUSINESS, HEALTH & PASSION
With every entrepreneurial adventure, there has to be a dash of determination, a sprinkle of focus and a few scoops of passion and self-belief. When Sam Bridgewater co-founded The Pure Food Co with his partner in crime, Maia, they had a big vision and a market-leading business concept - delicious, 100% natural, pre-prepared and fortified soft food for people who are in need of better nutrition. Fast forward a few years and they have built a thriving team that is raring to go when it comes to driving future growth. Tuck into the following interview to learn more about Sam's journey and outlook on life.
MARCH 2019: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN?
The foundations of high performance are based on mindset - our minds make or break our approach to life, ability to succeed, ability to get back up again.... Miguel La Cruz is a stellar example of someone with an incredible mindset and determination to be at his best. Not only that, but his attitude to life and work is an inspiration to thousands of people across the globe. In this edition of Higher State, we learn more about Miguel and what drives his positive and proactive approach.
JANUARY 2019: SLOW DOWN, I JUST WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU...
Carl Honoré's TED talk, "In Praise of Slowness" has accumulated nearly 3m views to date and its core message is more significant now than ever In this month's Higher State interview, we explore the thinking behind slow living and why this is the key to a happier, healthier and more productive life. As we head into 2019, let's commit to slowing down. Read on to understand why this is important and how we can get started today.
NOVEMBER 2018: LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES
That's right, you never know which one you're gonna get. Regardless, be present and savour every moment. Christmas is coming up and the festive spirit is here to warm up the cold winter days. A mug of steaming hot chocolate is the perfect drink of choice at the end of a long day, and Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without the chance to indulge in delicious chocolate treats. On that note, what could be better than an interview with real life Willy Wonka, Helen Pattinson - co-founder of award-winning British chocolate company Montezuma's. Let's dig in...
SEPTEMBER 2018: SPINNING TO THE TOP
Q. What do you get when you cross an ambitious solicitor with a Psycle fanatic?
A. The Turnernator.
In more precise terms, you'll discover Elizabeth Turner - Of Counsel at law firm Morrison & Foerster's London office. If you're in the corporate world and looking for an inspirational role model, read on and learn what Elizabeth does to keep control of her time, wellbeing, career and state of mind.
NOVEMBER 2017: LIVE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS
It might sound like a cliché statement, but Erin Young is a prime example of how a powerful vision and the ability to act according to your values is what sets you head and shoulders above the rest. If you've read The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, you'll know it is possible to do what you love and love what you do. A simple philosophy but one that so many of us struggle to achieve. So, without further ado, take this time to learn from Erin - and apply her wisdom to the way you live and work.
SEPTEMBER 2017: READY FOR POLE POSITION
Remember the famous quote by George McFly in the Back to the Future movie? "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything." Well, David Taylor lives and breathes this philosophy. He leads an incredibly full life where he gives 100% to everything he puts his mind to. Business Coach. Mentor. Board Member. Investor. Brilliant storyteller. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
JULY 2017: IT'S..... SHOWTIME!
What do you get when you cross an HR executive with a singer and a comedian? You get.... Denise Hanlon! In this edition of Higher State, Abigail chats to Denise, Head of Human Resources at ASX-listed Vocus Group.
MAY 2017: IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT.
In this edition of Higher State, Abigail chats to Hugh Collier, CFO for The Walt Disney Company Italia. Keep reading to get into the mind of a high flying finance executive...