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Why Failure is Important

I talk a lot about leaning into challenges on this platform for a variety of reasons. Science shows it promotes growth, resilience, and neuroplasticity (the changing of brain wiring). With challenge comes error, mistakes, frustration, failure, and even, at times, the desire to quit. Well, as it turns out, errors...

The Importance of Grit

Grit is of my favorite books and concepts in psychology, personal and professional development. Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote the book GRIT based upon her research into the psychology of success. She interviewed many leaders in business, sports, academia and medicine about what sets...

Overcoming Resistance to Change

Change can be hard. People express resistance to change, both consciously and unconsciously, especially when it comes to behaviors. Stanford psychiatrist Dr. David Burns, who wrote the best selling book Feeling Good, explains why this resistance occurs and how to overcome it. And it is the key component to his...

Personal Responsibility

I struggle with the idea that some people genuinely need help and others genuinely need to take personal responsibility. At what point do you say “OK, you have the help you need, and now it’s on you”? Do you keep helping them and providing help for them for a significant...

The Different Kinds of Empathy

I recently listened to a podcast (one of my favorite!) from The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson. He interviewed Dr. Austin Perlmutter, New York Times best-selling co-author of Brainwash (one of my favorite books!). They discussed many things on the episode, from diet to immune function to greater mental...