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A Simple Way to Evaluate Principles and Practices

Core to our work at the Growth Equation is looking for patterns across different areas of research, literature, history, and practice. We are interested in uncovering principles that are universal, or at least close to it: that is, they can be applied to diverse contexts. We are not interested in the latest small single study,…

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What it Means to be a True Champion

Perfection. It’s a daunting task, to have everything line up, to go as planned. It was the final day of the NCAA championship and we were staring at a need for perfection. To get to this point, the stars had to align. Five years earlier, it was just a dream. A seemingly outlandish goal. It…

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If You Think Simone Biles is “Weak,” You Are Wrong. Here’s Why.

  When Simone Biles withdrew from the team gymnastics competition after one event, there were two reactions: empathy on the one hand and proclamations that she was “weak” and “letting down her teammates” on the other. The latter are wrong. At best they are ignorant, at worst full of malice. It is not just my…

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When Everyone Is Headed In the Same Direction, Look the Other Way

When Michael Jordan clinched his first NBA championship, teams averaged 7.1 three-point attempts per game. Fast forward to today and the average NBA team is taking nearly 35 three-point shots a game. Even the team that shoots the fewest amount of threes per game averaged nearly 29 attempts, four times as many as their Jordan-year…

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