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Grit Only Works If You Also Have Fit—Otherwise It Can Hurt

In my junior year of high-school, I applied to the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. I didn’t get in. Over the years, I’ve submitted essays and articles to all kinds of publications, from my local newspaper to the New York Times. Countless more have been rejected than accepted, and on a significant order…

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Two Rare—But Powerful—Words: “It Depends”

In a recent Growth Equation mastermind group, the topic shifted to what is lacking in so much of the mainstream so-called “wellness” or “productivity” or “self-improvement” movements. Someone named Jason said, They are always offering silver bullets and magical solutions. Someone named Rob piped in, What separates the Growth Equation’s approach is that you all are…

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A Brief Guide to Navigating Difficult Topics

Climate change, transgender athletes competing in various classes, immigration reform, police funding, critical race theory, whether or not Sha’Carri Richardson should be banned from the Olympics for breaking a rule and smoking pot, and so on… Chances are as you read through that list of words and phrases, you had a hint, or maybe even…

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Performance and Wellbeing Concepts Are Like Tools in a Toolkit

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 accept what is happening in a non judgmental manner, practice self-compassion, and reach out for…

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