Podcast: Brad Stulberg - The Science of Human Performance


This week, Matt interviews Brad Stulberg, author and expert on health and the science of human performance.  Their honest discussion will open your eyes to effective strategies to focus on and optimize your performance, success, and happiness in all areas of your time-starved life.

Stulberg has provided two FREE CHEAT SHEETS in this podcast!

  1. The 10 Commandments of Peak Performance - key takeaways from the book
  2. The Peak Performance Quote Book - 57 pages of key quotes from the book

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Brad Stulberg - The Science of Human Performance

In Episode 17, Matt welcomes Brad Stulberg, an expert on health and the science of human performance.  Last Fall, his book, “Peak Performance,” co-authored with Steve Magness, captivated the attention of many an endurance athlete.  Most recently, however, this speaker and regular columnist at Outside Magazine, has garnered attention with his article, “When a Stress Expert Battles Mental Illness,” where he opened up about his sudden and terrifying diagnosis with a rare mental illness known as Pure O. Pure O is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder without the physical manifestations of the illness that many know. This display of vulnerability has opened the door to even deeper conversations about performance, success, fulfillment, and happiness.

That’s where this conversation with Matt Dixon picks up. Yes, they do talk in depth about Stulberg's diagnosis, but rather than having a traditional Q&A about the book, Matt and Brad give their own perspectives on the landscape of improving performance by focusing on just a few keywords like balance, excellence, self-awareness, and more that lead to an even deeper discussion on human performance.  This ultimately is a conversation about self-discovery and honesty.

Highlights include:

  • How do these words apply to global performance improvement? And, even more importantly, how are they often misinterpreted?
  • Can you really achieve balance?
  • When do you know if you’re balanced?
  • What does it mean to have “excellence” in something? Does it always mean you’re the best?
  • How does self-awareness define your passions?
  • What does it mean to be fully self-aware?
  • Can you truly simplify complex situations by hacking them?
  • Are daily routines and rituals good or bad?
  • How do you know if a routine is enhancing or inhibiting your life?

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