Our Founding Team

Kevin Majeres, MD has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for the past decade, teaching cognitive behavioral therapy to psychiatrists-in-training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed a fellowship in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. He maintains a private practice in Harvard Square.

Sharif Younes attended Bowdoin College, where he received his BA in mathematics. He then worked in data science and engineering at several tech startups in Cambridge and Boston, MA. There he learned from Dr. Majeres about the theory underlying OptimalWork, and soon after decided to work full-time to bring it to more people.

Rashad Badr received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton where he was a recipient of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative prize. After his studies, Rashad advised professionals from the national security, nonprofit, and business sectors in their operations and strategy. Rashad is excited to bring OptimalWork to more people after it helped him achieve transformational personal growth in his own work.

A New Psychology of Challenge

There’s a paradox in complaining: we make ourselves unhappy about the very thing that will make us happy. The only things we complain about are challenges, and yet the reason why we find something challenging is because it has revealed an area of growth. When we engage the challenge, we grow — and we are happiest when we’re growing and thriving on challenge.

Learning to see all the challenges you face as opportunities is the foundation for enduring growth and happiness. In psychology, this is called reframing. Once you see the challenge in a positive light, you then need to focus your full attention on it. The ability to focus your full attention is called mindfulness. Finally, you engage the challenge by not only accepting it, but also actively challenging yourself.

Our approach will teach you how to practice these three core skills — reframing, mindfulness, and challenge — in the setting of your work. There you will discover ample opportunities to develop your skills, live out your ideals, and deepen your bonds with others.