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Untangling Success: Does the Cream Rise to the Top?

“The cream rises to the top.” Our world is littered with aphorisms and sayings that all point to the same message: the quality of our work and our chances of success are deeply intertwined. If we produce good work it’ll catch on, the story goes, and success will soon follow. Yet connection between quality work…

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The Science Behind Holding Your Identity(s) Loosely

This past weekend, I had an essay run in the New York Times about the categories and labels we apply to our sense of self. If you missed the piece, you can read it here. As these things tend to go, a few interesting parts of the initial draft got cut, and they all pertain to the…

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Sometimes the Only Way is Through

This week I’ve spent too much time thinking about controversial topics. Brad is well aware of this. In our collaborative partnership, I’ve uncharacteristically been the initiator of calls that end with long discussions on the day’s hot topic. (Normally Brad is the one bugging me with ideas.) In the sports world, the particular topic that…

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It’s Hard To Do Everything At Once

My plan was simple (or so I thought) and straightforward: come the end of December I would ease back on promoting The Practice of Groundedness and ratchet up on my next book project. As those of you who follow my work already know, that didn’t pan out. After about three days of the experiment, I found…

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