Professor Damian Hughes, left, and Jake Humphrey are proving enlightening. Picture: Alecsandra Dragoi.

It’s a pretty bold statement I know.

But I’ve actually found a podcast that has changed my life. And if you give it a listen, I’m sure it’ll do the same for you.

The High Performance Podcast (THPP) is hosted by Norfolk’s Jake Humphrey and psychologist, Professor Damian Hughes. The pair link up seamlessly to provide a glimpse into the lives of successful individuals from across a wide range of genres, including sport, business and music. 

You’ll have heard from, and about, almost all of the guests – many have been interviewed hundreds or thousands of times on TV. But it’s what Humphrey and Hughes makes them speak about on THPP that makes their offering so impactful.

They tap into the psychology of their guests and the thought processes and actions that have led them to fulfil a high-performance life. The chat unpicks areas that almost feel like life lessons are being provided.

Quizzing stars on things such as the three  non-negotiable behaviours that they and the people around them have to buy into in order to achieve success are as inspiring as they are insightful.

When Sir Chris Hoy, a guest in series two, talks about the importance of timekeeping and respect, it makes you wonder what affect and impression you’re giving off to your bosses, colleagues or team-mates when you turn up even three minutes late for a 7.30am start.

There’s an emphasis around an individual’s fault versus responsibility state of mind and the need for people  to focus more on the latter than the former – a key factor for helping people like series one guest Rio Ferdinand overcome huge setbacks in their life and career.

All the questions and the discussions make you challenge yourself and it doesn’t take long before you start picking up little bits from each episode to take into your own life – and I’m only at the start of the third of five series!

Whether that’s the way Robin van Persie wants to help make his son understand what it means to become a winner, even though he’ll adore him no matter what, to the risks that Holly Tucker took to become a co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com, lessons can be taken away.

Importantly, the podcast shows that these supremely talented, powerful and often wealthy high achievers suffer with the same sort of doubts and pressures that we all do in our normal lives. It’s just they’ve found a way to overcome them.

Thanks to the Humphrey and Hughes, you can take nuggets from their guests’ experiences to improve your own chances of being a high performer too.


Just the ticket for women’s game

It’s a massive season for ladies football.

Lynn Ladies are on a high.

Sky Sports will show at least 35 Women’s Super League games as part of a three-season deal, while ITV have signed a four-year deal of their own.

That package will see the broadcaster show England Women’s senior team’s tournament qualifiers and friendlies live and free to air on ITV, ITV4 and ITV Hub.

But it’s also a special campaign for a group of females closer to home, namely King’s Lynn Town Ladies. 

They were promoted this summer to the Eastern Region Premier Division and are locking horns with some huge names like Luton Town – and they’re doing so at The Walks.

While debate continues to rage about the cost of watching the club’s men, there’s absolutely no issue with the value-for-money on attending the women’s fixtures.

At £5 for adults and £1 for children it’s a cheap day out at the football. So get down on a Sunday when you can and enjoy the community feel around a side who thumped St Ives 5-0 at the weekend.


Lee legacy grows with 8:56 night

Lee Calton was the type of guy who left his mark on everyone he met.

He made people laugh, he made them smile and he made them feel important. You could fill the whole paper with tributes and accolades about what he achieved.

I got to know Lee through some of my best mates but mainly as a result of following King’s Lynn FC as a teenager. While we were never close, he’d always make time to speak to me whenever I saw him and made me feel like I was one of his oldest mates. It was a gift that he had and part of the reason why he was so popular. 

Tragically, on April 15, 2021, Lee was lost to the act of suicide at just 37. The outpouring of grief and love engulfed Lynn – a town where he was so well known. 

His name still travels the country with the many friends he used to share the terraces with at The Walks via a special flag that simply states: ‘Lee Calton. The Captain. Forever one of us’.

Some of his nearest and dearest are also determined to make sure his legacy lives on by creating the 8:56 Foundation – an organisation set up in his memory to use sport as an aid to encourage men to talk and reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation. It’s name comes from the train Lee and his pals would catch out of Lynn station to follow the Linnets.

The launch night is at West Lynn Sports & Social Club is next Friday, 6pm, so do try to make it to raise a few beers, some money and keep talking in The Captain’s memory.