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60 Mindful Minutes

Jun 21, 2022

There are times when life requires us to have grit and to tough things out. But the hammer isn’t the only tool in our toolbox. Steve Magness, author of the book, Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, offers a new model for how we can respond to our struggles, stressors and discomforts. A performance scientist who coaches Olympic athletes, he challenges us to trade in our broken model of resilience, based on powering through at all cost, for one grounded in the latest science and psychology, and focused on accessing our awareness and discernment.

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Steve Magness is a world-renowned expert on performance, well-being, and sustainable success. His most recent work is Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. He is coauthor of the best selling Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. In his coaching practice, Steve works with executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes on their performance and mental skills. He's served as consultant on mental skills development for professional sports teams, including some of the top teams in professional sports. His writing has appeared in Outside, Runner's World, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Men's Health, and a variety of other outlets. In addition, Steve's expertise on elite sport and performance has been featured in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, Business Insider, and ESPN The Magazine. Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a graduate degree from George Mason University. He currently lives in Houston, Tx with his wife Hillary. Once upon a time, he ran a mile in 4:01 in high school, at the time the 6th fastest high school mile in US history.


Host Bio

Kristen Manieri is the author of Better Daily Mindfulness Habits (July 2021: Rockridge Press). She’s a certified both as a habits coach and mindfulness teacher. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, focus, habit formation, rest rituals, and prioritizing personal well-being. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 120 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional AND joyful life. Learn more at


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