From Ice to Innovation - Blake Jacques - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 044

Welcome to another captivating episode! Today’s guest is an entrepreneur, influencer and fitness enthusiast! Introducing Blake Jacques, Founder of HAX Athletic Club. Blake partners with host Gregory McDonough to share his experience transitioning from hockey to endurance sport training, his methods for time management, and the importance of having an enduring mindset in personal development. He also delves into the concept of community in coaching and his proactive approach towards mental health.

  • The endurance mindset Blake gained from his transition from hockey to endurance sports has greatly impacted not just his athletic performance, but also his approach in business and life. The concept of endurance has taught him consistency, planning, and a total commitment to his daily goals. 
  • Blake uses a color-coded system (green, yellow, red) to prioritize his daily tasks and stay focused on what needs to be done immediately versus tasks that can be done later. This strategy helps in maintaining productivity and serves as an example of a strategy leaders can use for task management.
  • Community is important in coaching, and Blake has gotten a taste of that among his athletes. Complete with group chats and bi-weekly group calls, his coaching structure encourages accountability and shared motivation.
  • It is crucial to maintain mental health, especially in highly demanding fields like athletics and entrepreneurship. Blake’s practices for maintaining mental health include regular exercise, good communication, and using a sauna regularly. 
  • Blake describes transitioning from hockey to entrepreneurship as a challenging, but ultimately rewarding, process. His advice for those facing career transitions is to not rush the process and to be prepared to work simultaneously on both ventures before fully transitioning.
  • Everyone progresses through life uniquely, much like travelers on a journey who reach different milestones along the same route. Blake emphasizes that some may advance faster while others take longer to reach their destinations which is okay. 
Quote of the Show:
  • "We’re all on the same path, just at different stages of progress." - Blake Jacques
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Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
Greg McDonough is a seasoned executive who has owned and operated businesses in the professional services sector, navigating them through both good and tough times. He brings his personal experience of knowing what it’s like to be ‘in the owner’s seat’ when working with clients, taking time to ask the questions others may not.
From Ice to Innovation - Blake Jacques - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 044
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