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20 Lessons Learned About the Big O

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 11.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Doug A. Sandler

I'm a serial Overachiever (big "O"). Again and again, regardless of what I have done in my career, I have worn this handle with certainty. I'm proud t...

Why Are So Many High Achieving Girls Unhappy?

Rachel Simmons | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Rachel Simmons

can't say I ever gave much thought to happiness. I come from a family where happiness was seen as an "extra," a kind of frill to life -- nice to have, but certainly not necessary and by no means paramount. Work was king. Suffering meant you were working hard. It made you worthy.

Generation FF: Successes, Odds and New Year's Resolutions

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Multicultural women need more role models to infuse them with the American success mentality. I've interviewed one who naturally stands out.

The Power of Well-Being for the Professional Overachiever

Julie Lynn Brazitis | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Lynn Brazitis

The lesson I have learned this year is that focusing on well-being is the most vital step to achieving sustainable success -- and that regardless of circumstance and choices made in the past, it is never too late to be transformed.

5 Ways to Overcome Overachievement Disorder

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Smear Baudier

We all have a unique purpose to unfold in this lifetime and the sooner we stop trying to one up one another, the sooner we'll find the path to that which will truly bring us joy.

Are You a High Performer or a Workaholic? 5 Ways to Tell

| Jessica Stillman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business

Productive and busy, we all know, are two fundamentally different things. The trouble is they can sometimes look a lot like each other, at least on th...

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Gayle Hilgendorff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Gayle Hilgendorff

But what if we were to work harder at being truly happy? What if we defined our true happiness as our ultimate success? Well, all of a sudden, working hard isn't so hard anymore. In fact, it's quite enjoyable!

I'm 15 -- Should I Really Feel So Exhausted All The Time?

Lana Gorlinski | Posted 12.25.2013 | Teen
Lana Gorlinski

There is no shame in taking the time to be happy. We won't find the future we have in mind if we just stop searching, working, altogether. But if we calm down and look around, we just might find something better.

How To Stop Being A Control Freak

meQuilibrium | Posted 11.14.2013 | Healthy Living

Put someone else in charge. Yup. Do the thing you can't imagine. Hand over responsibility -- for a project, a trip, a party -- and instead of masterminding everything, go along for the ride.

The Sheer Terror of Sitting Still

Mark Morford | Posted 08.19.2013 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Pause and you get eaten. Introspection is for hippies. Ruthlessly forward is the only perspective, the only direction, the only proper attitude.

Teaching Our Children to Be Joyfully Mediocre

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We forget that sometimes, whether it is kicking a ball in soccer, making music with a violin or expressing oneself through drawing, joy can be found in the act of doing those things, and not the trophy, the applause or the recognition.

Why You're Awesome: A 3-Step Guide To Celebrating You

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

If you find it difficult to celebrate your own achievements, you may have a tendency to sometimes be self-critical, lonely, and perhaps a little resentful. I can say this because I've lived this myself. Here are some tips to embrace your own achievements fully, without qualification.

Valentine's Day and Overachieving Moms

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

It's funny to think it was just five short years ago that I brought my oldest son to his very first preschool Valentine's Day celebration. He was so excited and I was just an emotional mama watching him reach yet another milestone.

Once Upon a Time

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

The more-is-better, bigger-is-better mentality begins to inform every decision, leaving students with full schedules and sleep deprivation in the name of "achievement" and "results."

Stepping Into My Potential

Amanda Slavin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

There are times in your life where you just feel something inside you pushing you to be more, to be bigger. While I know there are so many people in my life who can help me be a better version of myself, I also am learning there is no better person than myself to help me get there.

Swimming in the Educational Gene Pool? How Far Can Children Go With the Genes They Have?

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Our educational attainment is a mix of our biology and what we do with it. Let's help all children reach their highest potential and not blame them for the genetic pool they swim in. Genes are not destiny.

What's Really Holding Women Back

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Somewhere along the timeline of women's liberation, the message that we can have it all morphed into an oppressive belief that we should be able to do it all.

Words of Advice to Overachieving Teens

Tatiana Lanteigne | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Tatiana Lanteigne

Many modern teens feel pressure to be well-rounded, but there is a point at which one must realize that being well-rounded doesn't mean being the best at everything.

Why Divorce Made Me Feel Like A Failure

Emma Wilhelm | Posted 05.22.2012 | Divorce
Emma Wilhelm

During my divorce, my emotions were all over the board, but as a lifelong overachiever, shame took a particularly strong hold. Here was something that I couldn't fix, something that I had botched completely

Kick Your A!: A Primer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.29.2011 | Comedy
Sarah O'Leary

The following is an excerpt from Sarah O'Leary's book, "Kick A! How to Ditch Your Type A Personality and live a life you might actually ENJOY!" Stu...

Kick A! Ditch Your Type-A Personality for a Life You Might Actually Enjoy

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.23.2011 | Comedy
Sarah O'Leary

It's not always easy to turn a blind eye to others over achievements. Let's take, for example, the dreaded Christmas letter.

Embracing An Ordinary Childhood For Your Kids

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

None of this will help them get into college -- or, sheesh, high school! But all these things will be an advantage in life -- now and later -- because they are likely to lead to happiness.

Changing Your Sleeping Patterns Isn't Impossible

Jamie Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jamie Hughes

My sleep patterns used to reflect those of many other college students. No matter the day of the week, I would drearily walk to bed around 2 a.m. and pass out on top of the covers. This summer, all that changed.

The Disease of A-Thousand-Things-To-Do

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

I have contracted an illness called "the disease of a-thousand-things-to-do." That's how author Abby Seixas describes it in her insightful book, "Find...

What To Do With An Overachiever

Christine Hassler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

Dear Christine, My son, a college student, has been on the honor roll his entire life. Getting a B on a quiz or a paper totally freaks him out. While...