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“This book gets to the heart of the matter.” (Ryan Holiday, New York Times best-selling author of Stillness Is the Key and Ego Is the Enemy)

“This book taps into something that so many of us feel but can’t articulate.” (Arianna Huffington, founder & CEO, Thrive Global)

“Ambitious, far-reaching, and impactful." (David Epstein, New York Times best-selling author of Range and The Sports Gene)

From the best-selling author of Peak Performance comes a powerful antidote to heroic individualism and the ensuing epidemic of burnout.

Achievement often comes at a cost. Angst, restlessness, frayed relationships, exhaustion, and even substance abuse can be the unwanted side effects of an obsession with outward performance. While the high of occasional wins can keep you going for a while, playing into the always on, never enough hustle culture ultimately takes a serious toll.

In The Practice of Groundedness, best-selling author Brad Stulberg shares a healthier, more sustainable model for success. At the heart of this model is groundedness - a practice that values presence over rote productivity, accepts that progress is nonlinear, and prioritizes long-term values and fulfillment over short-term gain. To be grounded is to possess a firm and unwavering foundation, a resolute sense of self from which deep and enduring, not shallow and superficial, success can be found. Groundedness does not eliminate ambition and striving; rather, it situates these qualities and channels them in more meaningful ways.

Interweaving case studies, modern science, and time-honored lessons from ancient wisdom traditions such as Buddhism, Stoicism, and Taoism, Stulberg teaches listeners how to cultivate the habits and practices of a more grounded life. Listeners will learn:

  • Why patience is the key to getting where you want to go faster - in work and life - and how to develop it, pushing back against the culture’s misguided obsession with speed and “hacks”
  • How to utilize the lens of the wise observer in order to overcome delusion and resistance to clearly see and accept where you are - which is the key to more effectively getting where you want to go
  • Why embracing vulnerability is the key to genuine strength and confidence
  • The critical importance of “deep community”, or cultivating a sense of belonging and connection to people, places, and causes

Provocative and practical, The Practice of Groundedness is the necessary corrective to the frenetic pace and endemic burnout resulting from contemporary definitions of success. It offers a new - and better - way.

This audiobook includes a downloadble PDF of recommended reading from the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Brad Stulberg (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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FANTASTIC BOOK

I'm sharing everything I learned with my friends and loved ones! This was a great listen to and from work! I can't wait to utilize these tools!

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All of the things you need

I heard about this book through the author's podcast. He was talking about the writing process needing to involve a lot of cutting and editing and I was like I need to read this. No pontificating, just a simple book with lots of practical specific ideas on how to feel better. As a health care provider I generally know all of these things and talk to my patients about them but stink at following through in my own life. This book really hit the spot.

Also, I love the wide ranging references. I never thought I'd hear a white dude quote Audre Lorde and he goes from that to scientific evidence to athletics and more. So much love.

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Excellent compilation

This book is a must read for perfectionists or those with intense desires to strive, regardless of whether you are working or not. This book succinctly refers to principles I have studied in many books and podcasts over the past few years that have led to a balanced life. Loved it!

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Excellent Explanation!

This is one of the best explanations of what groundedness is and how to achieve it. Very well written, and the narrator's voice was a good fit.

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Great topic; audiobook missing references

Enjoyed the audiobook. however one very useful thing is missing: The audiobook accompanying PDF does not have the scientific references to the studies cited in the book. Would be nice since the book is focused on research backed methods.

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Follow anything this guy puts out.

Amazing, insightful, and actionable. Just like The other books and articles that he puts out. for the good of you and everyone else, give this an honest listen.

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Very well done, highly recommend.

This is my first review here on Audible but I thought this book was put together in such a good way that it was worth taking the time out to potentially bring it to other people’s attention.

I was already aware of the vast majority of the concepts presented in this book but I thought the ways in which they were presented enabled them to hit home more so than the others.

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Insightful, motivational, therapeutic

Beginning this audio book I felt the pages to be heavy but it gradually transitioned to more helpful stories and examples of how to be at peace with yourself through different trials and tribulations we experience. The book mentions references to different beliefs which give it a well rounded listen for all.

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Read this book twice!

I listened to this book through Audible. Each chapter has an application to life. Listening to it first then buying the book, reading it and taking notes has really helped me. Highly recommended both through audio then print.

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  • 11-19-21

Brilliant

I was suggested this book by a fellow runner and I thought I would give it a try. I have long been interested in the links between movement and professional performance but this book provides a lot more I am getting really interested in behavioural activation and finding true north to guide our lives this book brings it all together and much more.

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  • 09-18-21

'Choose Groundedness over Heroic Individualism'

I really enjoyed and appreciated this helpful book which provided actionable steps to becoming more grounded. The idea of the 'arrival fallacy' resonated as an amateur athlete, however there is plenty in here for anyone seeking to an enjoy an intentional and meaningful life. Whilst I would have preferred the author to narrate, it was a satisfactory version.