#141: The Resilient Surgeon S2: Steve Magness

December 2, 2022

In this episode, Dr. Michael Maddaus talks with Steve Magness about a reimagined idea of toughness and how to help others be tough through compassion, connection, and humanity. Magness is a world-renowned expert on performance and author of the book Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. His work breaks down the myth of what real toughness is and identifies four pillars of becoming tough as an individual:

  1. Ditch the facade and embrace reality
  2. Listen to your body
  3. Respond instead of react
  4. Transcend discomfort

Listen as the conversation explores the ways in which toughness and resilience equip individuals with the skills to succeed and become their best selves. 

“The Resilient Surgeon” is a program from STS designed to inspire cardiothoracic surgeons to be their best selves, in and out of the OR, using scientifically proven tools and recovery strategies of the world’s top performers.

Steve Magness, author of Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, can be reached via stevemagness.com.

Learn more about STS wellness efforts at sts.org/wellness.