identity and achievement Tag

We're surrounded by scarcity.  The day starts with "I didn't sleep enough." Then the rush to get the kids fed and out the door is accompanied by the nagging feeling that as parents we're "not present enough." Next, a commute skimming articles on our phones and...

Four years ago I embarked on an abrupt career transformation. I went from hedge fund researcher to creative solopreneur (with a messy discovery process in the middle). I recently launched a new podcast with Quartz called FWD: Thinking (iTunes, Spotify) and interviewed five bold professionals who have...

The hard work is done. You’ve tendered your resignation without burning bridges. You’re at peace with the sunk cost of putting a successful career trajectory on hold. You’ve modeled out your cash flows. Your health insurance is buttoned up. After all, quitting should be easier...

Sergio Brown played high school basketball with Derrick Rose, was coached by Bill Belichick in the NFL, has two degrees, and has worked at Google. Despite barely playing football in high school, Sergio learned the ins and outs of the game at Norte Dame and...

Now that I’ve got your attention, here’s a talk I gave at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival on May 9, 2018 in New York City. It’s been viewed close to 200,000 times, I guess the subject resonates. [thrive_leads id='631'] Quitting your job, isn’t actually...

Scott Norton is your prototypical millennial – a tinkerer with a creative and entrepreneurial streak. There’s a narrative that the financial crisis crushed economic mobility for an entire generation of Millennials – in fact, Scott’s first job was at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Yet for...

The “firstest” of all first world problems is being anxious about having too much to read. The most audacious humblebrag has got to be: My voracious curiosity is sooooo stressful. (And it’s not lost upon me that there’s traces - or gobs - of this in all things Rad.)...

This is the first part of our Lifestyle Creep Series: Using 'nudge theory' to slow down lifestyle creep (Part 1) and A spreadsheet to detect it (Part 3) Ever wondered how Billions’ Bobby Axelrod makes casual chic look so effortless? Well it turns out that for starters, his...

Have you ever said to yourself, “Once I achieve [X], I’ll be ok with myself?” High performers constantly set these high expectations for themselves targeting promotions, bonuses, and big-ticket purchases. Then “X” happens and after the buzz wears off, you find yourself moving the goal...

I never considered myself a spiritual or religious person. In fact, as a left-brain engineer, much of my worldview has been through the lens of data, logic, and empiricism. It took leaving the corporate life to really appreciate that there was something deeper missing an...