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My guest, Amy Morin, is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and college psychology instructor. She is also the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, a bestselling book that started with a viral blog post of the same title in 2013.

In episode 36 of The Art of Breaking Out, we discuss mental strength and how individuals can be more resilient. We also get into the story behind her book.

Amy originally wrote “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” November of 2013, as an article. But a piece she never imagined would go viral did. Her message was soon everywhere and the list was within a short period of time was on Forbes.com. To this day it's still one of Forbes most read articles, with views in the millions.

Her message about mental strength is deeply personal, because it was actually a letter Amy wrote to herself during a period when she had to stay strong. Within a three year time frame, Amy had lost her mother, husband, and father-in-law.

Her list of 13 goes way beyond a daily practice of good habits. It's more like a manifesto instructing us how to get rid of the bad habits that hold us back from breaking out in our own way. Life can be overwhelming for sure, but Amy's list of 13 is a guidepost for overcoming life’s inevitable challenges. Mental toughness takes hard work and dedication, but everyone can do it, and that's Amy's message in a nutshell.

Questions I ask

  • You've gone on so many adventures to honor your husband. Which is your favorite?
  • What really lights you up?
  • What is your best advice to someone who is giving away their power to others?
  • What do you think about the pervasive self-improvement message that you should work towards happiness?
  • How have you dealt with your skyrocketing success?
  • Are you and introvert or extrovert?
  • What are you goals for the near future?

Things you will learn

  • The first rule of her book (about not wallowing in self pity) is why she started the book
  • The adventures she's gone on to honor her husband's birthday
  • Why physical and mental health goals should always come before business goals.
  • Her goal-setting practices
  • The difference between and internal and external locus of control.

Links mentioned in the show

Direct download: Episode_36Amy_Morin13_Things_Mentally_Strong_People_Dont_Do.mp3
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