Jerzy Gregorek On Establishing Standards Of Mastery And Meeting Them

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In this episode with Jerzy Gregorek, we learn all about the concept of standards of mastery, we figure out how to define them, as well as how to meet them.
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“Learn how to live the way of life that comes after hard choices.”
— Jerzy Gregorek

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by a past guest from a year ago, someone who has actually won 4 world championships in Olympic weightlifting! Incredible, right? His name is Jerzy Gregorek, and the reason I wanted him back on the show was that I felt like he had more to share after our last conversation – and I was right!

In this episode, we talked about standards in general, as well as about establishing standards of excellence. We talked about motivation, how Jerzy motivates people that he coaches, and how he motivated himself to get 4 world championships in addition to earning poetry awards and an MFA in writing. This is what we call completely cross-disciplinarian! We also talked about how he motivated the people that he coached at UCLA, as well as how he got to work with people like Tim Ferriss.

As you can probably imagine, this is a really interesting episode! I enjoy talking to Jerzy because of his ability to spin a story and tell you a mind-blowing tale – he has that kind of life wisdom and experience. I'm sure you will enjoy this episode as well!

-Jonathan Levi

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is Jerzy Gregorek, what does he do, and how did he get here? [4:10]
  • Was Jerzy always passionate about weightlifting? [7:40]
  • What allowed Jerzy to come back from a big injury and dominate the competition? [11:50]
  • What does “standards of mastery” mean? [15:00]
  • An event that really got Jerzy thinking on standards of mastery [20:40]
  • How did the rest of the standards of mastery come up for Jerzy? [25:40]
  • What does Jerzy have to say about self-care? [31:05]
  • Where does motivation fit in? [35:00]
  • Where can you reach out to Jerzy Gregorek? [42:30]

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Favorite Quotes from Jerzy Gregorek:

“When you achieve certain things, they build up your character.”

“Life is really a constant improvement.”



  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



  4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim
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    I am new here, and learning really fast.
    Thank you.

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