Sam Demma is an alumni of the Top 35 under 35 global change-maker award, the founder of the high performing student, and a 20-year-old keynote speaker. He has delivered two TEDx Talks, and He is the youngest member of CAPS – Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.
In this interview, he shares his powerful story that includes a tragic ending to his promising soccer career, dropping out of university to pursue his new dream, to speaking on stage in front of thousands and releasing his brand new "High Performing Student" course.
(1:22) Welcome Sam!
(3:23) Sam's incredible journey
(10:58) Ownership: Sam's foundation of hard work-ethic
(13:18) Small, consistent actions // Painful emotions: Impatience, uncertainty & imposter syndrome
(18:21) Knocking the "Imposter Syndrome"
(22:22) Sam's athlete background: How to upgrade your mindset
(24:26) How to raise your standards
(27:58) Advice for those who are afraid of pressure
(29:58) How to move on from major setbacks
(33:46) Sam's tactical tips: Early exercise, weekly set-up, and accountability
(37:37) Dealing with resistance from close friends and family
(44:21) How to navigate through, and lean into, FEAR
(47:58) Sam's "High Performing Student" course
(52:52) Sam's top books
(53:45) How to connect with Sam
Sam's Top 3 Books:
"Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" Dale Carnegie
"The Way of the Superior Man" by David Deida