Eric Partaker — High Performance Without the Costs

Eric Partaker on Scaling Up Business Podcast

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Who do you need to be to achieve the performance you want to see in each area of your life, business, or otherwise? Today’s show is all about how to invent yourself and to show up at a high caliber, no matter what stage you’re on.

Eric Partaker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chilango, a chain of Mexican restaurants based in the UK. Eric has worked with and led high-performing teams at McKinsey and Skype. And he is one out of 300 people worldwide certified as a High Performance Coach, by the High Performance Institute.

When did Eric’s obsession with high performance first begin? Eric wanted to be a high-level athlete, and with that came insane discipline to wake up at 5:30 a.m. every day and play basketball. After about 15 months of this, Eric went from not knowing how to play basketball at all to make it on the varsity team.

At McKinsey, Eric remembers days where he’d work two to three days straight with very little sleep. He would frequently put in 100- to 120-hour work weeks. This hustle mindset, however, will eventually catch up to you, and kill you. So, how can you lead at high performance without sacrificing the basics like sleep and proper nutrition?

Eric has been obsessed with high-level performance for about 20 years, but after several stints with the doctor and even a heart attack, Eric had to reconsider what it really meant to perform at a high level.

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