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Hurt People Hurt People


It is often the people and communities that are the most dismissive of things like therapy and vulnerability that need those things the most. The tragedy is that instead of embracing and working through tough emotions such as fear and…

The Benefits of Having a Difficult Conversation


What do you think matters more for your child? Option 1: Joining the PTA, coaching their peewee football team, or volunteering at their school to help out. Option 2: Talking to your child about complex social issues. There’s little doubt…

You Can’t “Goal-Set” Your Way to a Breakthrough


When I was a 17-year-old high school runner spending my summer days quite unproductively running nine miles in the morning, watching movies all day, and then running another eight miles in the evening, I would often go into a day…

The Meaning of Life (Perhaps)


Over the past few days, I’ve been immersing myself in the work of the early twentieth century poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. Now seems like as good a time as any for this. Not to stop taking productive action, but to…

The Year of Stress and Resilience


2020 might just be the year of stress. What we need is its counterpart: resilience. We’re all facing chronic stress, whether it comes from the economy, the virus, the political situation, or the unending uncertainty and doom that the news…

The Power of Trust Your Training


I recently started reading a new book called Trust. Written by Pete Buttigieg, it argues that a loss of trust in each other and in our institutions is causing severe harm in many developed countries, including America. I am not…

Nearly All Breaking News is a Sham—Don’t Be a Victim of It


  You can check a few websites—or better yet, skim an old-fashioned newspaper—once a day and know more than enough about what is going on in the world. You could probably check just once a week and still be plenty…

Mindsets—Do They Matter?


Mindsets are all the rage. How you see the world around you influences your success. Believe that your abilities and talents are static? Well, you’ve got a fixed mindset and might be in trouble. Believe that you have the ability…

Top 5 Growth Equation Articles From September


  September continued to be a weird (to put it lightly) month. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world and everyone is experiencing it differently. Some people are thriving amidst all the chaos, others are struggling mightily. Whatever…

A Brief Guide to Navigating Periods of Disorder


  Two-thousand-and-twenty has been quite the year. The coronavirus has ravaged much of the world, leaving human and economic suffering in its wake. Social unrest is rampant. The president of America is questioning the validity of democracy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg…

Stop Asking “Can We?”; Start Asking “Should We?”

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“The 15 minutes…are those consecutive minutes?” asked Theresa, a Paulding County board of education member. Theresa was wrestling with the problem staring her in the face. The Georgia Department of Health requires schools to classify anyone who has been within…

The Rule of Compounding: Why Small Steps Lead to Big Gains

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Warren Buffet’s $300,000 dollar haircut and what it means for you.

Instead of Cutting College Sports, Schools Should Stop Spending Money Like Fools


This past week, the University of Minnesota cut its track and field team, along with men’s gymnastics and tennis. From Akron, to William and Mary, to UC-Riverside, college sports across the country are being eliminated, including the sport I love,…

7 Mental Habits That Work Really Well—Until They Get In Your Way

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Rely on these qualities when they are helpful and then leave them behind when they are not.

A Simple Formula for Responding Not Reacting


When you react to a situation you fuse with it and become it. Going from one reaction to the next is an emotional roller-coaster.