Brad Stulberg – Embracing Radical Change in Life without Feeling Overwhelmed

Brad Stulberg researches, writes, and coaches health, well-being, and sustainable excellence. He is the bestselling author of The Practice of Groundedness, and co-author of Peak Performance. He also serves as the co-host of The Growth Equation podcast and is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Public Health. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes on their mental skills and overall well-being.

In this episode of The Dad Edge, Larry interviews Brad Stulberg, author of “Master of Change”. Brad shares his insights on navigating change and the paradox of trying to master it. He discusses his journey from economics and psychology to studying public health and becoming interested in what it means to thrive. Brad’s book, “Peak Performance,” focuses on sustainable ways to perform at one’s best.

Brad Stulberg then emphasizes the importance of embracing change for personal growth. It challenges the traditional notion of stability and highlights the concept of allostasis, which suggests that stability is achieved through change. He argues that change is not abnormal or something to be feared, but rather an integral part of life.

From the moment we are born, we are constantly growing, evolving, and adapting to new circumstances. Change is an inevitable part of life. Yet, many of us fear change. We cling to the familiar, the comfortable, and the known. We resist the idea of stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing the unknown. As Brad and Larry argue, to fear change is to fear life itself. 

Change challenges individuals to adapt, problem-solve, and develop resilience. It pushes individuals out of their stagnant routines and encourages them to explore new possibilities. By embracing change, individuals can expand their comfort zones, learn new skills, and gain new perspectives. 

Larry’s Takeaways

  1. Change is necessary for growth.
  2. Open communication strengthens relationships.
  3. Rugged flexibility embraces masculinity.

What You’ll Learn

00:02:40 Develop a solid foundation in life.

00:05:31 Vulnerability builds strong relationships.

00:12:07 Importance of vulnerability in relationships.

00:16:21 Open communication strengthens relationships.

00:24:41 Change is necessary for stability.

00:31:21. Embrace change and be adaptable.

00:34:30 Rugged flexibility in masculinity.

00:39:01 Flexibility in applying core values.

00:42:26 Discovering core values is essential.

00:47:30 Choose nourishment over indulgence.

00:55:22. Cultivate taste for real fulfillment.

01:01:16 Patience is crucial for growth.

01:02:23 Time perception in difficult moments.

01:07:27 Wisdom comes from difficult experiences.


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