Episode Date September 7, 2021
Featured Guest Brad Stulberg
Featured Book "The Sane Society" by Eric Fromm

Episode Summary

Brad Stulberg reading from Eric Fromm’s The Sane Society and discussing the role of others in becoming grounded.

How do you head for the heights and not lose yourself? Is it possible to be ambitious and strive for a worthy goal, and still stay grounded?

Well, wait. What exactly is groundedness? According to Brad Stulberg, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Brad has just published the third of a trilogy of books, including Peak Performance, The Passion Paradox, and most recently, The Practice of Groundedness. He’s not just an author, though; he’s also a researcher and coach on human performance, sustainable success, and well-being.

Brad reads two pages from ‘The Sane Society’ by Eric Fromm. [reading begins at 10:20]

Hear us discuss:

  • Does the arrival fallacy affect all generations? [15:29]
  • Navigating struggle and ‘failure.’ [19:01]
  • Pondering and nurturing a ‘deep community.’ [22:19]
  • Balancing short-term demands and long-term commitment: “The intellect is what can motivate, but the practice has to be really concrete, otherwise it breaks down very easily.” [24:56]
  • Becoming more involved in your community. [28:09]
  • “You don’t just become grounded. It’s not just a switch that you flick. It’s an ongoing practice.” [30:48]

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Resources:

Brad Stulberg | Website | Twitter

Brad Stulberg’s books | Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success | The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life | The Practice of Groundedness: A Transformative Path to Success That Feeds–Not Crushes–Your Soul

Eric Fromm | The Sane Society

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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