The Practice of Groundedness
A Transformative Path to Success That Feeds—Not Crushes—Your Soul
It is finally here! We are excited to announce what we think is our most important book, the one that sits at the foundation of peak performance, true wellbeing, and sustainable success.
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About the Book
Achievement often comes at a cost. Angst, restlessness, frayed relationships, exhaustion, burnout, and even substance abuse can be the unwanted side effects of an obsession with outward performance. While the high of occasional wins can keep you going for a while, playing into the always-on, never enough hustle culture—what I call heroic individualism—ultimately takes a serious toll, both on individuals and communities.
In The Practice of Groundedness, Brad offers a healthier and more sustainable model for success. At the heart of this model is groundedness: it values presence over rote productivity, accepts that progress is nonlinear, and prioritizes long-term values and fulfillment over short-term gain. To be grounded is to possess a firm and unwavering foundation, a resolute sense of self from which deep and enduring, not shallow and superficial, success can be found. Groundedness does not eliminate ambition and striving; rather, it situates these qualities and channels them in more meaningful ways.
In this book, Brad searches for truth with a capital T by interweaving modern science, time-honored lessons from ancient wisdom traditions, and the concrete practices of those who have not only reached great heights but also stayed there and stayed happy and fulfilled. You'll learn how to cultivate the habits and practices of a more grounded life.
Brad firmly believes this is his best work yet, and the blurbs and reviews below hint at the same. His hope for this book is that it serves as a necessary corrective to the frenetic pace and endemic burnout resulting from contemporary definitions of success. Ultimately, he hopes that it offers a new—and better—way.
Praise and Reviews
“A thoughtful, actionable book for pursuing more excellence with less angst.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
“This book gets to the heart of the matter.”
—Ryan Holiday, New York Times bestselling author of Stillness Is the Key and Ego Is the Enemy
“Ambitious, far-reaching, and impactful. Stulberg is the writer I turn to for examinations of success in all of its personal and professional complexities.”
—David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of Range and The Sports Gene
“This book taps into something that so many of us feel but can’t articulate.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“A crucial alternative for those of us exhausted by soulless exhortations to crush it, and looking for a deeper approach to building a successful life.”
—Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work