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The Case for Wise Hope and Wise Action

It is easy to be delusional and pollyanna. It is easy to be pessimistic and despairing. It is hard to accept a challenging reality for what it is—and to stay hopeful and take productive action in its midst.

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Are you Normalizing Bad Behavior?

“Would you jump off a bridge if all of your friends did?”   That question seems to have been passed down in the parenting handbook for generations. It’s meant to combat the pre-teen and teenage years when our pre-frontal cortex isn’t quite fully developed and peer pressure reigns supreme. A silly question taken to an…

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The Dark Horse Path to Happiness

A common maxim in the world of peak performance is “process over outcome.” It means that you shouldn’t worry about the outcomes of your efforts, which are generally subject to all sorts of factors outside your control. Instead, you should focus on your efforts themselves, on executing a process. If you nail your inputs over…

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Be Better at Life By Thinking About Yourself Less

(Note: The below is excerpted from our book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success) It was the 2015 IAAF World Championships, and Ashton Eaton was dead tired. Eaton, as you may know, is a two-time Olympic champion decathlete who some say is the greatest athlete of all time.…

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