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What Poker Can Teach Us About Focusing on the Process and Peak Performance

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Bad beats drag you down. They focus you on something you can’t control—the cards—rather than on something you can, the decision.

Overcoming Bias to See More Clearly


Becoming aware of the hardwired biases in your mind is key to just about everything.

What Makes Good Coaches (And How to Find Them)


Brad and Steve are both professional coaches, Brad working with executives, physicians and entrepreneurs and Steve with professional and collegiate athletes. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve tackle the question: What makes a good coach? They discuss…

Redefining Success So It Doesn’t Crush Your Soul

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Conventional thinking about success is dumb. Here’s a better way.

The Key to Sticking to an Exercise Program? It’s Supposed to Feel Easy!


Grind culture is stupid. Lots of easy movement combined with a dash of hard work goes a long way.

The Science of How to Build and Maintain Motivation


How do you build and maintain motivation? On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve endeavor to answer that question. First, they discuss the difference between internal motivation and external motivation and why the former sets you up for…

A New Way to Think About Pain

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New Research: Pain is not just in the mind or in the body. It is in the entire system. Treating it, then, requires a broad approach.

When Goals Get in the Way of Success


Goals are great. They provide a target, something to shoot for and measure progress against. They serve as reminders, bringing our focus back to what matters. They help motivate us, pushing us to accomplish tasks. For good reason, we preach…

The Power of Movement and How to Develop a Personal Movement Program


Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to move. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve go deep on the diverse and far-ranging benefits of movement, including improved physical health, sleep, sleep, cognitive function, emotional health,…

Click-On-This Culture is (Literally) Killing Us


As a society, we’re in desperate need of one big family therapy session.

The Convergence of Sports and Society with Jojo McDuffie


Traditionally, athletes who speak out on cultural or political matters are told to “stay in their lane.” Today, however, the convergence of culture, politics and sports is more palpable than ever. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad…

What A Simple Fitness Routine Can Teach You About Life


Spend less time sharpening the knife and more time thickening it.

The Keys to Deep Work and Deep Living with Cal Newport


The ability to focus without distraction is seemingly harder than ever. In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve speak with Cal Newport, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of several books, most recently…

Deeper Understanding Means Deeper Seeing


The more we know the more we see.

How to Get Unstuck

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Trying really hard works—until it gets in the way.