The Power of Patience and the Science of Resilience: How We Create Our Own Success with Rich Karlgaard & Dr. Michael Ungar

Original Air Date Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019

As we age we grow into our emotional intelligence. The amount we evolve may be a result of our fixed or growth mindset. In other cultures around the world, multigenerational households help individuals in the family unit to build resilience, communication skills, and empathy. In the U.S. it is less common to have multigenerational households but that could be changing. As our children stay at home for a longer time, overlapping the period in which we care for elderly parents. At the same time, these prolonged caregivers ‘the sandwich generation’ of adults may just be coming into their own creative and professional peaks. To help us navigate the emotionally diverse waters of the human dynamic, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who are experts in their respective fields. Rich Karlgaard is a late bloomer who didn’t impress his college professors but went on to create a business magazine and become the publisher of Forbes. And, Dr. Michael Unger’s work focuses on the science of resilience.


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Rich Karlgaard — The Power of Patience:
  • Key facts about late blooming and the prefrontal cortex. [2:00]
  • Repotting yourself in a better garden is easier within peer groups. [7:50]
  • Rich tells his motivation for writing, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement. And his message to those who are currently blooming. [16:33]
  • Kids and how maybe we have it wrong by testing them into submission.

Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine A self-proclaimed late bloomer, he had a mediocre academic career at Stanford (which he got into by a fluke), and after graduating, worked as a dishwasher, night watchman, and typing temp before finally finding the inner motivation and drive that ultimately led him to his current career trajectory.


Book: Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement


Late Bloomer Website
@Richkarlgaard on Twitter
Rich Karlgaard on Facebook

Dr. Michael Ungar — The Science of Resilience:
  • Looking after children and elderly parents activates our resilience. [30:42]
  • The sandwich generation can find resources through spirituality, culture, and community. [43:27]
  • Looking for opportunities in challenges when you are emotionally invested. [54:44]

Dr. Michael Ungar is a family therapist and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, and the Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. He has published over 180 scientific papers and 15 books on the subject of resilience written for both lay and professional audiences.


Book: Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success


@MichaelUngarPhD on Twitter

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