The Self-Awareness Test

Being focused is a good thing. But building an identity that lacks complexity could set you up for trouble.

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Today’s Health Upgrade

  • The Self-Awareness Test

  • How Money Changes You

  • The NFL Recipe

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The Self-Awareness Test

If you want to build a stronger sense of self, it’s time to take a hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if you have a diverse personality.

Research suggests "self-complexity," which means developing multiple parts to your identity, makes you less scared to fail and more enduring and resilient.

It’s a research-backed concept we learned about when reading the new book by author Brad Stulberg. He suggests that the more you define yourself by any one activity, the more fragile you become. If that activity doesn't go well or something changes, you lose a sense of who you are.

Think of it like this: We all wear many hats, such as spouse, parent, athlete, employee, writer, artist, neighbor, baker, creative, entrepreneur, and so on. It's helpful to take an inventory of your identity and then ask: Does your self-worth heavily depend on one? What would it look like to diversify your sense of self?

Even if you desire to go "all-in" on a specific endeavor, it's a good idea to have other interests. It's okay to put many eggs in one basket — as long as you have other baskets available. That way, if life changes or your goals change, you can stay mentally strong and focused without suffering unnecessary setbacks.

If it helps, make a list of what influences your identity. If you only have a few items, it is worthwhile to consider other areas you might want to emphasize. Then, develop a habit or two that could help you build those traits or pursue new goals to add more self-complexity and increase your resilience.

The Guest Corner: 4 Positive Ways Money Can Change You

Editor’s note: This week, we welcome back Ramit Sethi, bestselling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Part of our goal is to share the voices that can help make you healthier, wealthier, and wiser. But, it’s also to help you be more positive. While we all desire to have enough money, sometimes, earning money comes with many negative expectations. We hope these ideas can change your mindset and perspective.

I want to call out a toxic money belief that's very common but rarely discussed:

”Money changes people.”

Most people say this as an insult. Yes, money changes people. It will change you. And it should change you! Here are four positive ways money can change you:

  1. Buy back your time. You can use money to literally save hours every day. You can pay for convenience (personal shopper, housecleaner) or pay to save time and get faster results (personal trainer, tutor).

  1. You can ask, “What if?” What if I earned 4x what I earn today? What if I could donate even more generously? This is a totally different conversation than most of us ever have. It allows us the possibility to dream.

  1. Expand your network. One of the things I feared was that if I earned more, I’d have to abandon all the people around me. You know, the old “You are the average of the 5 people around you.” But I learned that you keep your old friends — and add new ones, too.

  1. You can decide why you want to earn more. Today, lots of us want flexibility, zero commute, the ability to travel, and to spend on food and fitness classes we love. When you earn more, you get to decide.

If you’re curious about creating your own version of a rich life, Ramit has put together some free resources for members of the village that we hope you find helpful.

Growing The Positive Corner

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We have ads because our vision for Arnold’s Pump Club is big. We want to grow from a corner into the biggest positive force on the internet. That isn’t cheap.

If you’re interested in what we share, here’s why you should click the links and check out our sponsors: We think they’ll make a difference for you, and our goal is to have a few really fantastic long-term partners. That means we all win together. We love these products, and we hope you’ll love them too.

Recipe of the Week: The Ultimate NFL Snack

We’re bringing this back by popular demand. Many of you have been asking us to share a healthier nacho recipe in anticipation of the start of football season (which kicks off tonight in the US). So here it is.

When you think of nachos, “healthy” probably is the last thing that comes to mind. But this popular dish can easily become a nutrition-packed snack or meal that’s high in protein and fiber. Dig in and enjoy.

High-Protein Nachos

Servings: Makes 4 servings, about 40 loaded nachos total

Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (ideally, at least, 90% lean)

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • One 12-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup frozen or canned corn, rinsed and drained

  • 5 ounces tortilla chips (about 45 chips)

  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño pepper

  • 3 diced scallions

  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese of your choice

  • 1 diced avocado


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the ground meat and cook, stirring and breaking the meat up as it cooks, until the meat is no longer pink and has started to brown. This could take about ten minutes. Season with the salt and chili powder, stir, and cook for about five minutes until cooked through.

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the beans and corn in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until heated through, 30 to 60 seconds.

3. Lay the chips in a single layer on a large sheet pan. Top with the meat, then with the black beans and corn. Add the jalapeño, scallions, and cheese.

4. Bake for five minutes, until the cheese melts on top. Remove from the oven, top with diced avocado, and enjoy!

Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Publisher: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Editors-in-chief: Adam Bornstein and Daniel Ketchell