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Olympian Shalane Flanagan on Marathons, Motherhood, Motivation and More


Shalane Flanagan is a former professional runner.  She won the Silver Medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympics and first place at the 2017 New York City Marathon.  Shalane is also a running coach, cookbook author, sports…

The Art of Having Skin in the Game

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“The things you care about make you vulnerable. The things you care about break your heart.”

Searching versus Researching


Difference Between Search and Research “I searched the topic…” “Did you research it?” In a time where controversial topics and issues abound, the word research tends to come up a lot. During an argument or debate, someone inevitably pulls that card,…

If You Learn How to Listen to Your Body It Will Tell You What You Need to Know

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“The air is up here! Put your hands over your head and stand up straight.” Coaches across the country yell the same phrase to tired athletes every day. In this instance, it was to a group of pre-teen soccer players…

The Art and Practice of Science


Science is more important, but more misunderstood, than ever. On this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, Brad and Steve tackle a timely topic: science. They explore what science is, what science is not, and how and why science is increasingly coming…

Adele, The Body Positive Movement, and Weight Loss


Recently, the New York Times ran a story about fighting fat discrimination while still wanting to lose weight. This was published around the same time that Adele, one of our most talented and beloved musicians, posted a picture of herself showing dramatic weight loss. Adele’s post…

We Make Fitness Too Complex and That is Dumb


A new report from the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit focused on research in preventative health and wellness, found that Americans spent $264.6 billion dollars on physical activity in 2018, far more than any other nation. The United States leads the world in…

A New and Honest Take on Digital Device Hygiene


In this episode of The Growth Equation Podcast, we focus on all the ways in which we interact with our devices: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We welcome a special guest, Mario Fraioli, who has built a successful career on…

Tech Gurus and ALL CAPS TWITTER vs. Actual Science


A few days ago, in response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted “FREE AMERICA NOW.” Though Musk may be the most popular and followed of the bunch, other high-profile technologists and investors are making statements in a…

The Science—And Art—Of Leading Yourself and Others


Brad and Steve dive into different methods of leadership. The science calls this authoritarian, servent, and transformation leadership styles. They call it the difference between leading people (or yourself) from a place of love versus a place of fear. Per the…

Drones and Digital Everything or In-Person Connection?


Community and belonging are so important. They are essential to our physical and emotional health and also to our ability to perform at our best. For now, we need to use digital tools to stay connected the best we can.…

Living in a World of Experts of Everything


I did something I shouldn’t have during a pandemic. I went on Facebook. Littered among videos, memes, and updates from family members were the latest takes from a team of epidemiologists, doctors, virologists, and statisticians, keeping me informed on all…

Principles from the Best Endurance Athletes for Our Times: Run the Mile You Are In

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By now it should be clear that overcoming COVID-19 will be a marathon, not a sprint. We, as individuals and communities, must play the long game. Unlike endurance athletes, who choose to participate in prolonged and grueling events, we did…

How We See the World Shapes How We React to It


Sitting in front of you are two milkshakes in a bottle. On the label of one is a picture of a delicious looking ice cream sundae with the words “decadence you deserve” written over the top. The nutrition label confirms…

Doing Stuff for the Sake of Doing Stuff is Not the Same Thing as Productive Action


Brad and Steve examine the difference between doing stuff for the sake of doing stuff and doing stuff because it is meaningful, valuable, and because you want to.  Especially amidst uncertainty, people tend to throw themselves into action. Sometimes this is…