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Below the Line with James Beshara

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Host James Beshara is an angel investor, advisor, founder, & general startup-helper in Los Angeles, CA. He has started three companies, sold one (Tilt; acq by Airbnb), and invested in multiple billion-dollar startups in his career. Now he's talking openly and honestly with others about what's going … read more


#101​ — The Mindset of a Grandmaster — Maurice Ashley   

Maurice Ashley is a Jamaican-American chess grandmaster, author, and commentator. In 1999 he earned the grandmaster title, making him the first black person to attain the title of grandmaster. This heavy hitting conversation focuses on honing the ability to maintain attention, the skill of being able to deal with uncertainty, and a devastating moment in Maurice's life 2 years before winning the title of Grandmaster that led him to doubt his path.   

Where to find Maurice:  
Twitter: @MauriceAshley
Instagram: @Mauriceashleychess  
Watch Maurice Ashley Play Chess Live on Twitch:

00:00 Intro
02:37 Movies about chess masters
09:11 Performance enhancing compounds with chess
12:11 What is a Grandmaster in chess  
20:03 Maurice’s college experience
26:18 What is risk?  
29:45 Mental superpowers
35:42 Maurice in his 20’s
41:07 Moments of doubt
47:15 Invest in yourself before helping others
56:24 Choosing different paths in chess  
1:04:01 Chess teaches you to be more interested in the other
1:09:37 Understanding your opponent’s next move
1:14:19 Comparing patience in chess to other sports
1:20:16 Maintaining complexity and tension  
1:32:10 Intentionally leaving your comfort zone
1:38:02 Grandmaster vs Beginner
1:48:43 Three Stories that shaped Maurice  

Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at or follow us on Twitter @   Support Our Sponsors Magic Mind  About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.

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