Erik Seversen – Author of “Peak Performance Mindset Tools for Athletes”

Chasing Peaks, Not Happiness: Erik Seversen’s Blueprint for a Fulfilling Life

Mike interviews Erik Seversen.

This episode features the one and only Erik Seversen. This guy isn’t just your average adventurer; he’s a peak performance mindset guru, an avid motorcyclist, and a seasoned public speaker. In this blog, we’ll be breaking down some key takeaways from our conversation, so buckle up and let’s get started!


Erik Seversen shared a profound perspective, suggesting that happiness is not a direct goal but a byproduct. Instead of chasing fleeting pleasures like the next big purchase or adrenaline rush, Erik emphasizes the importance of seeking meaning and purpose. Climbing mountains, for example, becomes more fulfilling when attached to a greater cause. Case in point – his climb up Kilimanjaro, not just for the thrill but also to support a small school in Tanzania.

Building on the theme of meaning, Erik touched on a fascinating study highlighting what makes people happy. It’s not the material possessions but the experiences. Even more intriguing is the profound happiness experienced by those creating products coupled with meaningful experiences. Whether building a business, restoring a car, or crafting your own house, these tangible reminders of the journey elevate happiness beyond the momentary pleasure of acquiring products.

We delved into the significance of growth, emphasizing that the journey is often more exciting than the destination. Drawing parallels with Erik’s passion for mountain climbing, the challenges and struggles encountered on the way up make the summit truly rewarding. This philosophy, seamlessly aligning with personal development, reflects that the process of obtaining goals is as exhilarating, if not more than the achievement itself.

Ever heard of the molecule of more? Erik brought up the role of dopamine, the driving force behind our actions. Drawing parallels with his experiences in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), he explained how even successful multimillionaires find the excitement of being a student again in endeavours like BJJ. It’s the continuous growth, the challenges, and the constant pursuit that keeps the dopamine flowing.

Erik beautifully expressed his love for challenges, both in mountain climbing and business. Scaling a mountain wouldn’t be half as exciting if someone handed you a bunch of money to do it. Similarly, the challenges in business, such as the need to fight to grow and expand, add the thrill that would be absent in a scenario of instant success. Challenges, as Erik puts it, are the filtering process that makes the destination all the more rewarding.

Mike Fallat and Erik Seversen talk about the book Peak Performance Mindset Tools for Athletes

In a brilliant game-like perspective, Erik suggested celebrating the losses in sales by calculating the value of each “no.” This reframing transforms rejection into a step closer to the coveted “yes,” making the journey more enjoyable. The challenges, the tough times, and the continuous pursuit of that elusive “yes” make sales a profound personal development journey.

Shifting gears to storytelling, Erik explored its power in connecting with others. We delved into the hero’s journey, emphasizing how every entrepreneur is on their unique quest. The key takeaway was the importance of believing in oneself as the hero, inspiring others, and returning with the elixir of knowledge for the greater good of the community.

In wrapping up this whirlwind journey through the Erik Seversen podcast, it’s evident that the pursuit of meaning, the value of experiences, and the beauty in challenges are the cornerstones of a peak performance mindset. So, keep climbing those metaphorical mountains, celebrate the challenges, and remember, the journey is the destination.

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