“Maybe you’re here because you read The Tools or because you saw me in the Netflix documentary called Stutz. I’ve become known as the ‘psychiatrist to the stars,’ a description that bothers me as much as it likely bothers you. The best thing I can do to refute that misconception is to tell you what I’ve learned as a psychiatrist over the last forty years. Along the way, with my partner, Barry Michels, I developed a new kind of psychotherapy. It differs from the old model in one crucial respect: it works. …
Therapy, without faith in higher forces, is likely to leave you feeling worse than before. Working on yourself doesn’t have to be selfish. If you do, you have more energy, not less. That energy will transform the world.
This book shows you how and why.”
~ Phil Stutz from Lessons for Living
As you know if you’ve been following along, I love Phil Stutz.
No human being has had a more profound impact on my life than Phil.
I consider him my spiritual father and feel blessed to have had nearly 450 1-on-1 coaching sessions with him over the last seven years—nearly every single week for seven years and twice a week for two of those years.
My collection of notes from those discussions is, by far, my most prized and valuable possession. If you told me I could have that stack of 1,500+ pages of notes or the thousands of books in my library, I’d take my notes with Phil in an instant.
As I was reading this book, I was struck by the fact that this might be as close as anyone who hasn’t worked with Phil directly will get to working 1-on-1 with him.
The Tools and Coming Alive (check out those Notes) are both great books.
But this is something different.
It’s pure Phil.
The book is packed with Big Ideas on how to embrace, as per the sub-title of the book, “What Only Adversity Can Teach You.”
I’m excited to share a few of my favorites that explore themes he and I have revisited many times in our 1-on-1 work together but weren’t discussed in his prior books—from his “philosophy of action” to his “three disciplines.”
If you’re a fan of Phil, I think you will absolutely LOVE the book. Get a copy here.
P.S. As you may also know if you’ve been following along, Phil wrote the foreword to my book Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential. You can read or listen to it as part of the ebook and audiobook samples!
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