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Master of Change: Brad Stulberg On Rugged Flexibility & The Neuroscience Of Expectations

By August 28, 2023No Comments
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Episode #777



Change is not the exception, it’s the rule.

From social disruptions like economic recessions, pandemics, and new technologies to individual life changes, transformation—both good and bad—is happening constantly.

Here to offer us a path for embracing life’s instability is Brad Stulberg—a sustainable excellence expert, human performance coach, and bestselling author returning for his fourth appearance on the pod.

For those new to Brad, he is a fellow at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Public Health and the co-founder of The Growth Equation newsletter and podcast alongside elite track and field coach Steve Magness. Brad’s impressive fleet of books includes Peak Performance, The Passion Paradox, and The Practice of Groundedness.

“We often see change as something that happens to us instead of something that we’re in conversation with.”


The occasion for today’s exchange is his latest book Master of Change—an effective primer on how to embrace transformation, cultivate resilience, and adapt to an ever-changing world, all topics discussed in detail today. 

We also explore rugged flexibility, tragic optimism, adopting a flexible identity over time, how to navigate big life changes successfully, the perils of biohacking, and many other fascinating topics.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Amidst the chaos and confusion of self-help, I find Brad to be a principled voice of reason. This conversation is overflowing with evidence and experience-based, practical, and actionable life counsel.

Note: As a longtime friend of the podcast, Brad is graciously offering exclusive bonuses (including a mini-masterclass on navigating change and transformation) to anyone who pre-orders the book. Fill out this form to claim yours.

My hope is that some of the tactics shared help you not only navigate difficult circumstances but help facilitate the emergence of meaning and growth.


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