Competitive. Results oriented. Driven to be the very best.
These are a few ways to describe achievement culture.
Achievement culture can also be described as stressful, high pressure and unhealthy.
Yet, there is consistently the pressure – internally and externally – to make more money, be a better parent, spouse, friend, or employee. These burdens comes at a heavy cost to our well-being.
Jennifer Breheny Wallace, author of the New York Times Best Seller “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – and What We Can Do About It” shares with us how to manage our need for success AND how to avoid the toxic traps that can accompany obsession with success.
She offers insights into the consequences of this culture on individuals’ mental health, and overall well-being, while also discussing practical solutions to common challenges.
If you’ve ever felt the burn of trying to do it all, or if you just want a smarter way to navigate success without losing your sanity, the insights shared in this interview will help you develop a more fulfilling and balanced life.
Discussion Timing as of January 2024:
01:24: Intro to Jennifer Wallace
03:10: What is going too far when it comes to our ambitions?
04:52: What do healthy strivers have in common?
06:45: How to think about our worth
09:50: What does it mean to add value?
14:00: Why we have limited bandwidth for different values
18:22: Resilience rests on our relationships
21:00: How to feel less alone
31:53: Adolescents, the pressure to achieve and substance abuse
40:38: How to find safety with vulnerability
Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic—and What We Can Do About It | Book
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