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Ep. 3: Problem Blindness: Dan Heath About His New Book and Upstream Thinking

“We have to have that spark, that instinct or initiative, like I am not just going to suffer through this, I am not going to be at the victim of these forces anymore, I am going to do something”


New York Times best-selling author Dan Heath joins the podcast for a fascinating conversation with Cathleen about his latest book, Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Heath explains the concept of Upstream Thinking, as well as the barriers we encounter that keep us in a responsive, rather than proactive, mindset. Together, Dan and Cathleen explore how Upstream Thinking can address the more common problems associated with aging.

Show Notes:

Dan Heath is a New York Times best-selling author previously known for his work as one-half of the Heath Brothers. In his first solo book, Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, Heath explores the concept of “Upstream Thinking,” and identifies barriers like tunneling, problem blindness, and a lack of ownership. Upstream Thinking could be as simple as purchasing a second power cord, or scheduling time to go on a walk. Whatever the outcome is, upstream thinking helps us avoid problems and save time.


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