Karen Rinaldi is the author of It's Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping out and What It Can Teach Us about Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff That Really Matters. She has worked in the publishing industry for over two decades. In 2012, she founded the imprint Harper Wave at HarperCollins. The feature film Maggie's Plan is based on her novel The End of Men. Karen has been published in The New York Times, Oprah.com, Time, LitHub and other publications. She lives in New York, New Jersey, and (whenever possible) Costa Rica with her husband and two sons.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • Why the key to a rich and fulfilling life might be finding something to suck at.

  • The benefits Karen has enjoyed by spending two decades as a terrible surfer.

  • What you gain by allowing yourself to thrill at the journey of novelty over the destination of perfection.

  • How fearlessly sampling new experiences frees you from the burden of finding your passion and allows your passions to find you.

  • The authentic vulnerability you exude when you're not afraid to live as an example that it's okay to suck at something.

  • And much more!

This podcast is sponsored by my friends at Four Sigmatic (check out my interview with founder Tero Isokauppila in episode 12), who make a wide range of coffees, elixirs, and teas using mushrooms like chaga, reishi, lion's mane, and more. Go to foursigmatic.com/max to save 15 percent off of everything!

Resources from this episode:

Karen's Website


The Suck at Something Group, Facebook

Karen at Instagram

Karen at Twitter

Karen at Facebook

It's Great to Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping out and What It Can Teach Us about Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff That Really Matters by Karen Rinaldi

The End of Men: A Novel by Karen Rinaldi

Maggie's Plan

"Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination" by Garson O'Toole, Quote Investigator

5 Things To Know When You Start Surfing, Livemore Magazine

(It's Great to) Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi, The New York Times

A User's Guide To Dealing With Trolls On The Internet by Katie Notopoulos, BuzzFeed News

Highlight Reels Vs. Reality by Jessica Dentith, Thought Catalog

6 Reasons Learning An Instrument As An Adult Is Easier Than You Think by Rebecca Adams, HuffPost

One Year Later by Max Lugavere

Karen Wipes Out, Facebook

7 Epic Fails Brought to You By the Genius Mind of Thomas Edison by Erica R. Hendry, Smithsonian

R.I.P. Cat Club: Sunset Stripped by Lina Lecaro, L.A. Weekly

Interviews With Max, YouTube

Knock-On Effect, Merriam-Webster

Why Doctors Fail by Atul Gawande, The Guardian

Letting Go of Perfectionism by Bethan Davies, The Bravest Path via Women in Law Summit

Physics Needs Philosophy / Philosophy Needs Physics by Carlo Rovelli, Scientific American

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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