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Weekly insights on the art and science of success from Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. Join over 20,000 subscribers and unlock your full potential with our weekly newsletter. Every Thursday, we share original articles and links on cultivating a more enduring and fulfilling kind of success, along with tips for day-to-day application. Our goal is simple: to help you do better and be better, whatever your craft may be.


3 Lessons from NBA Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on Humility and Peak Performance


In the midst of the NBA finals, following a string of awe-inspiring performances, 26-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo was asked during a press conference how he keeps his mind right. His three-part answer, in his own words: “Focusing on the past is…

What a Soccer Shoot Out Can Teach Us About Pressure and Life

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This past weekend, England fell short in capturing the European Championship with a heartbreaking loss against Italy. England has never won the European Championship. After 120 minutes of soccer, the game remained deadlocked at 1-1. That meant turning to the…

The Power of Constraints to Protect Against Existential Anxiety


I’ve written about constraints in the past (some links are below) but I think the concept is becoming increasingly important. Here’s why: In a world where technology is accelerating, you have access to what, for all intents and purposes, is infinity…

Countering the Incentive to Hate and Divide on Social Media

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Venture onto Facebook, Twitter, or any online forum, and you are littered with people taking firm stances on the latest controversial topic. They espouse their views—for this, against that—all the while condemning the other side. Such rants are increasingly filled…

Performance and Wellbeing Concepts Are Like Tools in a Toolkit

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If you are in a hole, feeling acutely down and at a loss of meaning, it is probably not helpful to reflect on your purpose, engage in positive visualization, or write in a gratitude journal. A better bet is to…

Can You Be Great Without Being Obsessed?


In my performance coaching, one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “Can I reach my full potential without being obsessive?” It doesn’t matter if it’s an athlete or executive, driven individuals often believe that the only way…

The Paradox of Competition: It Either Raises Your Game or Causes You To Quit


While watching the Olympic Trials in track and field, I am always struck by a performance contrast. On one hand, you have the athletes who are in the mix, competing to make the final or even be on the Olympic…

How to Be Great at Being Consistent


If you go for broke you often end up broke. If you swing for home runs you often end up striking out. But if you just put the ball in play—over and over again—good things tend to happen. Consistency is…

The Annoying Sibling Theory of the Internet


Many of you are well aware of the joys and perils of growing up with a brother or sister. They can be our best friends, that companion and confidante to help us navigate the wide world of adolescence. But as…

Working on the Weekend Depends On How You Define Work

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“Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers is to work on the weekends,” tweeted a woman named Jordan Kong, who reports working in tech and splitting her time between San Francisco and Miami. “Disagree.…

Languishing and the Art of Showing Up

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I recently wrote that if I had to feel motivated to start a workout I would have done 23 workouts last year, not 230. If I had to feel inspired to start writing, well, there’d be hardly any writing. If you want to…

How Boredom Can Lead to Breakthrough


What do you do when you feel bored? There was a time in the past when the answers may have been diverse and varied. Read a book, call a friend, go for a walk, play a game, or if you’re…

How Breaks Change Our Brain for the Better


When I was in 5th grade, I was determined to break the Haude Elementary school record in the mile. I knew I had to train to do it. So I set out to train by doing the only thing that…

Making the Difficult Appear Easy


This past weekend Simone Biles pulled off an athletic feat that had never been seen before in women’s gymnastics: the Yurchenko double pike. In simplistic terms, while her competitors generally flip 1.5 times when coming off the vault, Simone rotated…

The Value of Doing Something Real in the World

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I can’t even remember what it was, but long before the Bill Gates news broke (i.e., that he was chumming it up with Jeffrey Epstein on the regular; that he had questionable, at best, office behavior at Microsoft; that he…