My name is Doug Newburg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have a Ph. D. in sport psychology/education. I went to the University of Virginia where some say I played basketball (though not everyone called what I did playing as I became more famous for sitting on the bench). Officially I majored in English, but unofficially I majored in staying eligible to play basketball.
The team I was on was very good, but I got known for sitting on the bench and being a good three point shooter before it was worth three points.
All of my work comes out of that experience. I was a public failure so I have spent the years since learning about high level performance from high level performers. I was on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine Faculty for fifteen years. I also have been invited to regularly present at the Darden School of Business Administration in the Executive Education Power and Leadership program.
I have also spent 25 years interviewing over 500 world class performers and an equal number of people who had trouble sleeping at night because of one line I heard over and and over again: I did everything I was supposed to do, but my life doesn’t feel the way I thought it would. I am inspired by both groups of people.
I have consulted with world class performers from a variety of fields including some of the most successful companies in America.
But in my real life, I am simply curious about life. I accidentally got into the field of high level performers and that accidentally led me to wonder what I was actually designed to be and do. This blog is a combination of the two things.
I will share my journey and also share some of my past writings.
I have had an amazing 49 years.