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239: How to Do Hard Things with Steve Magness

By July 19, 2022February 2nd, 2023No Comments

Wanna know something that keeps crossing my mind? I think collectively, we’re losing the ability to do hard things.

Really though, look back at what our grandparents or great grandparents just did on a regular day and compare that to what we do.

Struggle is a powerful catalyst for transformation. Some of the strongest, most fascinating and complex people in the world are people who have survived big life changing things.

But does that mean that those of us on top of the privilege pyramid – which is really anyone with a roof over their head and food on the table – are just doomed for dullness or apathy?

I don’t think so. I think the key is to create our own struggle. But first we have to remember how to be up for a challenge. We have to know how to sit in discomfort and willingly weather the storm.

So that’s what we’re talking about today. Our guest is Steve Magness. He is a world-renowned expert on performance, well-being, and sustainable success. His most recent work is Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. He is also coauthor of the best selling Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox.

We Will Learn

  • What we got wrong about toughness that actually was toxic.
  • How to create inner confidence.
  • Four pillars of toughness that we need to step up and do hard things.


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