Every week I record the most interesting ideas from my reading, research, and writing. Keep the principles below in mind and try applying them in your life. They might just make it a bit better.

Trade every second of time watching cable news for reading fiction and being active outdoors.

You will be so much wiser and so much healthier.

Progress occurs little by little, step by step.

Don’t get too caught up in the really good days or the really bad days. Look at the longer-term trajectory, the bigger picture. Progress is rarely linear.

In order to get better you need to start — and then always be — where you are.

Not where you think you should be. Not where you want to be. Where you are.

Patience is underrated.

Patience in your work. Patience with others. Patience with yourself. Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing. Sit. Wait. Let things unfold.

Few people initially take up an activity with the intention to “win” or to “be the best.”

Instead, it’s about how your pursuit makes you feel. Or perhaps about being part of a community. This is important. Reflect on your original reasons for doing what you do — especially after great highs and crappy lows.


  • Brad Stulberg

    Author of The Passion Paradox and Peak Performance

    Brad researches, writes, and coaches on health and the science of human performance. His new book is Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success. He is a columnist at New York and Outside Magazines.