About the Episode
Today, my guest is Brad Stulberg. Brad researches, writes, and coaches on mental health, well-being, and sustainable excellence. He is bestselling author of Master of Change and The Practice of Groundedness. He regularly contributes to the New York Times and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic, among other outlets. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes on their mental skills and overall well-being. He is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. His past books include Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox.
Brad joined us today to talk about his book, ‘Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing—Including You.’
In this episode, Brad dives deep into the concept of selfhood and explores the importance of embracing both our historical and ultimate selves. He delves into the practical aspects of identifying with our historical self to achieve our goals, while also discussing the significance of connecting with our ultimate self, especially in moments of transitioning or reflecting on our lives.
Brad encourages us to find balance between being a generalist and specialist, allowing us to pursue diverse interests while also developing expertise. He shares his advice on discovering our core values and maintaining them, emphasizing how sacrificing these values can lead to a loss of identity and disorientation.
We also explore the accelerated pace of change in our world and the potential negative implications of this rapid transformation. Brad raises concerns about demagogues, authoritarians, and grifters influencing society through platforms like YouTube and TikTok, causing a regression rather than progression.
Additionally, we discuss the importance of finding a middle ground between extreme attitudes and actions. Brad highlights the dangers of both toxic positivity and despair, urging us to take productive actions to make a difference and lead fulfilling lives.
Join us as we explore these thought-provoking ideas and discover how they can lead to personal transformation and a richer, more meaningful life.