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405: How to Be Happy in Life & Work: Stop Trying So Hard with Edward Slingerland

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If you’re a podcast listener, you’re probably an overachiever, just like me, and thousands of other listeners out there. That’s not a bad thing. Striving to do better work, accomplish more, get leaner and healthier, and be a better person is what we do. But trying too hard all the time can lead to a massive crash. In this episode, our guest Edward Slingerland, reveals how we can effortlessly live happier and fulfilled lives. Listen now!


Brief Bio:

Ted Slingerland is a Distinguished University Scholar, Professor of Asian Studies, Depts. of Philosophy and Psychology Director, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies (comparative religion, cognitive science and evolution of religion), cognitive linguistics (blending and conceptual metaphor theory), ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology), evolutionary psychology, the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences, and the classical Chinese language.


In this episode, you’ll learn: 

    • The neuroscience of high performance [07:56-14:35]
    • How to be genuinely likable, and charismatic [10:53-11:19]
    • Cognitive Task vs Lateral Thinking Task [11:20-12:35]
    • The Paradox of Trying Not to Try [12:35-14:35]
    • How to Stop Putting Pressure & Self-Sabotaging During This Crisis [16:19-26:35]
    • What is the Biggest Barrier to Success [20:58-21:49]
    • You Can’t Force Things  [23:10-26:35]
    • How to End Trying Too Hard [26:35-27:55]
    • Hot and Cold Cognition [30:40-36:28]
    • When to engage and disengage your cold cognition [37:33-44:21]
    • Ted’s strategies to relax his body [47:40-54:23]
    • And much more…


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Trying Not To Try book by Ted Slingerland

Trying Not To Try – Audiobook

Confucius Analects book by Ted Slingerland

Effortless Action book by Ted Slingerland

The Rise of Superman book by Steven Kotler

Peak Performance book by Brad Stulberg, & Steve Magness


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