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Jennifer B Wallace – When Achievement Becomes Toxic

Jennifer B Wallace is an award-winning journalist and author of the book “Never Enough: When Achievement Pressure Becomes Toxic–and What We Can Do About It.” She is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and appears on national television to discuss her articles and relevant topics in the news.

In this enlightening episode of The Dad Edge Podcast, host Larry Hagner sits down with Jennifer B. Wallace, delving into the profound influence of one’s circle and the ripple effect it has on personal choices and behaviors.

Reflecting on Personal Experiences and Influences

Larry begins by sharing his reflections on how his circle, initially entangled in negative activities, contrasted sharply with his own pursuits in training, sports, and personal goals. This disparity prompts a deeper exploration into why individuals often veer towards negative behaviors and the underlying factors steering these decisions.

Family Values and Their Impact on Behavior

The conversation takes an intriguing turn as Jennifer shares insights from a friend whose life choices were deeply rooted in their family values. This revelation triggers a self-reflection on Larry’s end, acknowledging the solid support system he’s had, which fortified his resilience and steered him away from detrimental paths.

Instilling the “A for Other” Mindset in Children

Transitioning to the realm of parenthood, Jennifer emphasizes the importance of nurturing interdependence in children. She highlights her advocacy for the “A for other” mindset, aiming to groom children into becoming individuals who uplift others. The motto “don’t worry alone” resonates as a family mantra, underscoring the essence of deep relationships as a cushion against life’s tumultuous rides.

Concluding Reflections: The Power of Interdependence

As the discussion nears its conclusion, the spotlight shines on the crucial role of fathers in spearheading the work of interdependence and emotional communication. Jennifer encourages men to defy stereotypes, engage in open communication, and model healthy emotional expression for their offspring. By emphasizing the importance of a tightly-knit support system, the discussion illuminates the path towards cultivating a nurturing environment, not just for oneself but also for the younger generation.

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Larry’s Takeaways

  1. Achievement culture can become toxic.
  2. Relationships are key to resilience.
  3. Appreciation strengthens relationships and self-esteem.

What You’ll Learn

00:11:05 Relationships are key to resilience.

00:17:25 The power of interdependence.

00:22:31 Importance of community and connection.

00:28:05 The importance of feeling valued.

00:33:12 Appreciate and acknowledge loved ones.

00:38:49 Appreciation is deeply meaningful.

00:43:19 Breath of fresh air.


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