Ep 80 | Tidy your Mind and Cultivate your Passion with Brad Stulberg

April 16th, 2019 · 38 mins 20 secs

About this Episode

Brad Stulberg, author of The Passion Paradox, turns our attention to how we can KonMari our mind and our calendars to improve our performance and more intentionally explore our interests.

Our guest today is Brad Stulberg. Brad researches, writes, and speaks on health and human performance. He is an award winning author of the new book The Passion Paradox and the bestselling book Peak Performance. Brad caught our attention when he wrote an article for Outside entitled Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind

  • How a moment of workplace burn out impacted Brad's health and inspired him to study high performance from an evidence based perspective

  • The damaging impact of "busyness" and how to KonMari our way out using three key steps

  • The alternative phrase we can use to replace the classic "I'm busy" response to set boundaries - being a minimalist so you can be a maximalist

  • How to stay on top of behavioral addictions that end up being time and energy vampires

  • How to be OK with saying "no"

  • Brad's new book The Passion Paradox, that explores both the positive and negative sides of pursuing your passion

  • Tips on how to avoid obsessive passion and lean into harmonious passion

  • Why having a sense of community is so important for your mental health

  • Why people rarely stumble upon a passion

  • The three things to seek in interests that set themselves up well for passions

Brad's favorite tidying tip: Take the intertnet (social media and email) off of your phone

What Sparks Joy for Brad: His 13-month-old who is learning how to walk!

To connect with Brad Stulberg, visit, bradstulberg.com or follow him on Twitter


  • "What percentage of your time and energy are you spending doing things that align with your core values?"
  • "I am not prioritizing this with my time and energy."
  • "To be really be good at something, you have to do very few things to go very deep."
  • "It's exactly when it feels like you don't have control, that it's time to exert your control."
  • "It's very hard to be balanced at the same time you're passionate."

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You can find Kristyn Ivey at For the Love of Tidy