I’m a psychotherapist turned “accidental” author
I started my career as a psychotherapist thinking about how I was going to help other people become mentally strong. I never imagined how much I was going to need to build my own mental muscles.
After losing my mother and my husband, my interest in mental strength became personal. I began studying people who came into my therapy office to learn why some of them were stronger than others. I wanted to know, what made some people able to turn their struggles into strength.
I realized, the secret to mental strength wasn’t just about what people did—it was more about what they didn’t do.
In 2013, during one of my lowest points, I wrote myself a letter about all the bad habits I wanted to avoid. When I was done, I had a list of 13 things that could rob me of mental strength if I let them.
I found comfort in reading that letter. So a few days later, I published it online. I hoped someone else might find it helpful too.
I never imagined it would resonate with so many people—but that letter was read over 50 million times.
Within a matter of days, a literary agent called and suggested I write a book. And my life has never been the same.
I’ve Written 3 Books
My first book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, hit the shelves in 2014. It hit the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller lists. It’s been translated into 33 languages and hit several international bestseller lists too.
Readers of that book kept asking me how to raise mentally strong kids. So, I decided to write a parenting book that would teach parents how to become mental strength coaches. In 2017, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do was released into the world.
Then, I decided to turn my attention to women. Too often, we picture Navy SEALs or male athletes as being the epitome of mental toughness. I wanted to show that strength comes in many forms. Although, the process of building mental strength is the same for men as it is women, I wanted to address the pressures and challenges women face in today’s world as well as the strategies women can use to become the best version of themselves. In December of 2018, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do went on sale.
Other Work I Do
I’m a psychology lecturer at Northeastern University.
I’m also a regular columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today and I’m a parenting expert for Verywell. My articles reach more than 2 million readers every month.
I spend a lot of my time speaking as well. In 2015, I gave one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time—The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong. It’s been viewed more than 10 million times. Some of the places I’ve spoken include Google, Microsoft, the National Nuclear Security Administration, NBC, and Newscorp.
Who Is Talking About Me
The Guardian dubbed me “The self-help guru of the moment.” Forbes called me a “thought leadership star.” And Inc. Magazine named me one of the top 100 leadership speakers of 2018.
My advice has been featured by numerous media outlets including Time, Good Morning America, Fast Company, Success, Business Insider, Oprah.com, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and Today. You can also find me in a Red Bull TV show called Visions of Greatness.
For my official bio, visit my press page.
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