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5 Lies You’ve Been Told About “Following Your Passion”


A few years ago, when I began to focus more on my writing career, my mom, a former writer herself, gave me a book titled Passion: Every Day. It was filled with inspiring quotes like “I dare you, while there is still…

Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind

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There’s growing evidence that a cluttered home or workplace is a stressful one. A recent DePaul University study found that physical clutter is linked with procrastination and, in turn, lower life satisfaction. Other research shows that clutter is associated with elevated levels of the…

The Two Keys to Forming Habits—and Making Them Stick

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Over the past decade or so, there’s been a steady stream of science about your habits. Much of this has been detailed in bestselling books like The Power of Habit and Atomic Habits. The gist is that human behavior follows a predictable cycle:…

The 9-Word Ultimate Fitness Manifesto


n Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new physical activity guidelines for the first time in ten years. They recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which is unchanged from the last…

Walking Might Be the Best Exercise There Is


Hard to beat this simple movement, according to science anyways.

An Ode to Being Old: What’s Lost is Gained in Wisdom


What age is someone most likely to achieve their peak performance? It’s a good question, and a logical place to start is with cognitive flexibility, or the ease with which one can switch between thinking about two different concepts or think about…

Athletes Share Their Mental Health Coping Strategies


I’ve written about my own struggles with mental illness before. But as I’ve learned more about it, I’ve come to realize that knowing you’re not alone—that other people go through similar experiences—and building a support network are two of the more powerful…

Don’t Lose Your Edge as You Age.


Let’s start with a few numbers: 36, 34, 38, 36, 35, 35. These are the respective ages at which Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, Meb Keflezighi, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Anthony Ervin recently dominated major international championships. Whether those ages…

Want to Perform Better? Play to Win.

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October 17, 2002. Birmingham, Michigan. A day I’ll never forget. My small-town public high school football team had made the state playoffs for the first time in over two decades. In a tournament with 32 teams, we were seeded dead…

How to Make Friends with Pain and Challenge

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This month, during the final few miles of the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, if all goes to plan, elite U.S. marathoner Des Linden will be in a world of pain. Pain is, after all, necessary for Linden—or any athlete—to get the…

The Case for Lowering Your Expectations

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onsider Amelia Boone. The world-champion Spartan racer is a Type A pusher. When she’s not winning Spartan events or racing ultramarathons, she’s a corporate lawyer for Apple. Boone has always set high expectations for herself, and that has undoubtedly helped…

The Best Route to Big Gains? Small Steps

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ere’s the thing no one tells you about the saying “go big or go home”: Most people who go big swiftly end up at home. “Massive training sessions might provide an emotional hook for an athlete to hang onto and…

How Physical Activity Can Get You Out of a Rut


his month, following an extraordinarily rough stretch of current events—hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires, regressive health care policies, global instability—a close friend, normally a happy and upbeat guy, called to tell me he was down, stuck in a rut. I told him…

Quit Trying to Get Your Kid to Work so Hard

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​ I’ve been working with high school and college-aged kids for over a decade now. Having seen both sides of the equation, It’s interesting to contrast seeing what parents and high school kids think is required for success in college…

Rich Roll on How to Sustain Peak Performance

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Last month, off the coast of Sweden, in the islands of the Stockholm archipelago, 304 athletes started the Otillo, an adventure race that involves swimming and running from island to island as fast as possible. The entire ordeal spans 26 islands…