Who is George Mumford?

George Mumford is a mindfulness and performance expert and the founder of the world’s first mindfulness-based performance school—Mindful Performance Institute—in Colorado. He is the co-author of the NY Times bestseller The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance, and the creator of the world’s first mindfulness-based performance certification program, the Mindful Performance Institute® Certification.

George is also a Mindful Performance Coach, a Mindful Leadership Trainer, and a Mindful Life Coach. He has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, and NPR, and has been a featured speaker at Google, OBSERVE, New York

Important Works

George Mumford is a mindfulness and performance expert, a bestselling author, and a sought-after public speaker. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and he has been profiled in Inc., The Good Men Project, and The Art of Charm. He is the creator of the award-winning app Headspace and the co-founder of the Mindfulness Life Network, a community for professionals and enthusiasts. George is also the co-founder of Mindfulness Space, a meditation studio in New York City.

In his career as a sports psychologist, George Mumford has worked with the world’s best. From Olympic athletes to professional poker players, he’s seen the best and the worst of human performance. But it wasn’t until he started working with mindfulness that he saw true, lasting change. Now, he uses mindfulness to unlock hidden potential in his athletes and teaches it to others so they can do the same.

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Notable quotes

  • “Respond from the center of the hurricane, rather than reacting from the chaos of the storm.” 
  • “We can either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
  • “Monkey mind is actually a Buddhist term that refers to a mind that is restless, agitated, confused, or that is hard to control.”
  • “Success is 99% failure.”
  • “The hardest thing, after all the work and all the time spent on training and technique, is just being fully present at the moment.”
  • “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
  • “Do one thing every day that scares you.” If there’s no romancing the discomfort zone, there’s no growth.”
  • “A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next.”
  • “We can either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.”
  • “Then one day I thought to myself: Okay, what would happen if I brought the same quality of interest, wonder, and investigation that I do with other things to this teabag dilemma to see what’s going on? What if I just say to myself, “Well, how can I do this?”

Inspiring Talks by George Mumford