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About the Book


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ABOUT THE BOOK

After becoming a world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon felt he’d achieved success. At the age of 41, however, a rapid series of losses and setbacks led him into a baffling new reality—and straight into the darkness of depression. Maroon’s unexpected savior was a slim, leather-bound book titled I Dare You, which taught him how to address four key areas so important to rebalancing his life: good health, a sense of spirituality, meaningful work, and strong relationships.  

In Square One, Maroon combines deeply personal anecdotes with illuminating scientific explanations to help readers consider their own priorities. With keen insights into what it takes to avoid burnout and to seek more joy and creativity, Maroon guides readers back to “square one” so they can lead more balanced and truly successful lives.

 
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"It is difficult at first, but soon the sheer joy of vigorous health amply rewards you for daring to be strong and well."

- William H. Danforth

Watch the Book Trailer


"It is difficult at first, but soon the sheer joy of vigorous health amply rewards you for daring to be strong and well."

- William H. Danforth

WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER


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Reviews


"We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value—the rapture that is associated with being alive—is what it is all about."

- Joseph Campbell

Reviews


"We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value—the rapture that is associated with being alive—is what it is all about."

- Joseph Campbell

REVIEWS
OF SQUARE ONE

Through his unflinching candor and relentless research, Joe offers readers a gift we all need and crave, even when we don’t quite know how to define it—a balanced life. This book has already changed me.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / multiple Emmy award–winning medical correspondent for CNN
Thank you for being an inspirational example of right living and for sharing this knowledge with the world.
Troy Polamalu / retired All-Pro safety, Pittsburgh Steelers
This well-researched, effectively written, and highly readable guide to permanently changing your life is essential for anyone at any stage.
Greg Norman / inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame
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About the Square


"My own self, at my very best, all the time."

- Motto for American Youth Foundation camps

About the Square


"My own self, at my very best, all the time."

- Motto for American Youth Foundation camps

ABOUT THE SQUARE

While William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston-Purina Company, was an outstanding businessman, he is best remembered for being an exemplar of balanced living. In his classic book I Dare You, he wrote “You have not one, but four lives to live—a four-fold opportunity to grow. A body, a brain, a heart, and a soul—these are our living tools. To use them is not a task. It is a golden opportunity.” Square One delves into Danforth’s philosophy, combining modern scientific explanations with deeply personal stories to show readers the significance of each side of our squares. 


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Body: The Physical Side

We are deluged with fad diets and quick-fix approaches to exercise. But long-term better health requires two things: real information and real commitment. Square One offers up reliable, accessible research on how to maintain both physical and mental health and describes Maroon’s incredible path from depression to wellness.

 

Soul: The Spiritual Side

Our tech-heavy, task-filled lives can cause ongoing “monkey mind,” leaving us spiritually empty, unfocused, and unkind. Readers will learn about the benefits of becoming more mindful and will be inspired by Rajesh Durbal, a triple amputee who, after embracing a spiritual life, turned away from pain to focus on joy, potential, and great purpose.

 

Brain: The Work Side

Tedious work can drain us of our energy. And even the most meaningful work can dominate our lives in such a way that we marginalize our own health, our relationships, and our sense of self. Square One takes an honest look at work/life balance and relays pioneering neurosurgeon Dr. Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara’s story of seeking and finding real success. 

 

Heart: The Relationship Side

Learning to “dance” with the other people in our lives—parents, siblings, partners, colleagues, bosses, teachers, friends—is likely the most difficult and the most rewarding skill we can ever master. Readers will gain insight into the value of true connection and will be touched to learn about poet and professor Sam Hazo, whose strong relationships have sustained him over the course of a remarkable life. 

 
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The Authors


“These young people have realized that all sides of life can be equally interesting, and they are daring to live at their best.”

— William H. Danforth describing American Youth Foundation campers

The Authors


“These young people have realized that all sides of life can be equally interesting, and they are daring to live at their best.”

— William H. Danforth describing American Youth Foundation campers

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS

Joe is clinical professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He received his education at Georgetown and Oxford Universities, the University of Vermont, and Indiana University in Bloomington, where he is a distinguished alumnus. He has authored over 280 peer-reviewed scientific papers and six previous books, including Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory and The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life. Joe is a sports medicine expert and has served as the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years. He is also a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and is the medical director for World Wrestling Entertainment. In the early 1990s, Joe co-developed the ImPACT concussion test, the only FDA-approved, worldwide standard tool to assess concussions. He is the senior vice president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; chairs the scientific advisory board of both Mylan and Stemedica; and is the scientific consultant for GNC. Joe is an inductee in both the National Fitness and the Lou Holtz Halls of Fame and remains a dedicated athlete, having completed eight Ironman triathlons—including five world championships in Kona, Hawaii—as well as over 70 other elite marathon and triathlon events. 

To learn more about Dr. Maroon, visit www.josephmaroon.com


Carrie Zuberbuhler Kennedy, MEd

After graduating with a degree in English and art from Hamilton College, Carrie worked as a writer with a communication design firm. She later earned a master’s in special education from American University and began her teaching career. Carrie has taught students of all ages, has led over 50 educational workshops and trainings, and has written articles for several dozen educational journals. She has also developed numerous curriculum projects, one of which led to her first book, Panorama: An Introduction to Classical Mythology. Carrie continues to do freelance writing work and is currently the writer- and artist-in-residence at an elementary charter school. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Kevin—who designed Square One—and their daughters, Grace and Megan. 

To learn more about author Carrie Kennedy, visit www.clewpublishing.com

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"It is not about conquering the mountain, it is about conquering yourself."

- Sir Edmund Hillary

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"It is not about conquering the mountain, it is about conquering yourself."

- Sir Edmund Hillary