Reed Rawlings

Reed is Mind Cafe's co-editor, editing and publishing almost half of all of the content we upload here at Mind Cafe. Reed is also responsible for dealing with new writers, accepting submissions and talent scouting.


I focus on self-regulation: Goals, compassion, motivation, focus, stress, and the tools to support them.

How did you become a part of Mind Cafe and what made you want to get on board?

I started writing for Mind Cafe in November of 2018. I’d recently read one of Adrian’s articles and wanted to work with him. A few months later, after submitting a few more articles to Mind Cafe I thought I might want to start my own publication. But, I didn’t think I’d be able to manage the time commitment, so I ended up reaching out to Adrian and asking if I could work with him at Mind Cafe. I chose it because of the powerful message he was putting out through the publication and his work.

What inspired your interest in personal development?

In 2014 I was an Americorp volunteer at an elementary school in Denver, CO. That school had a series of values they were hoping to instil in the students. Things like honesty, empathy, and self-control. The one I started to focus on was self-control, because so often children completely lack it, but we loved to tell them to “practice self-control.” Once I started researching self-control I realized how vast a concept it is and, most importantly, that it’s dependent on a myriad of other factors; mood, sleep, hunger, curiosity - all things outside of children’s control. In the end, I wanted to share what I learned and the only way I knew to do that was writing.

Tell us about some of your other hobbies and interests outside of work.

Aside from Mind Cafe, I work for Google Cloud as a sales engineer. I’m currently training for the Seattle to Portland bike ride, a 200-mile ride over two days. Between those two things and socializing a lot of my time is taken up! But I do love the occasional board game or movie night with my friends.

"I’m all for scheduling, goal-setting, and a great to-do list, but that should come after taking care of yourself."
Reed Rawlings - Editor of Mind Cafe