Todd Rose

Todd Rose

Co-founder & President


Boston, MA USA

Who you are really does matter. Have the courage to say, ‘I’m going to make the choices in my life that reflect that.


By Roadtrip Nation

Todd Rose


My road in life has taken me all over.
Growing up, school was not a great experience for me—I left high school during my senior year because my GPA was too low to graduate.
My girlfriend found out she was pregnant shortly after, so I needed to find a job, which was not ideal without a high school diploma.
After a few years of bouncing through many different jobs and struggling financially, I decided to get my GED and go to college in hopes of providing a better life for my family.
I actually did really well in college and was encouraged by my professors to go to graduate school.
I earned my master’s and doctorate from Harvard and became a professor at the university—I also eventually became the director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program that I had graduated from.
In addition to teaching at Harvard, I co-founded a think tank called Populace in order to go deeper with my research on the science of individuality and socialize our findings.
I also wrote a book, “Dark Horse,” which analyzes the pursuit of success through fulfillment and passion rather than through the standard cookie-cutter systems.
I’m currently transitioning out of my position at Harvard to focus more on my work with Populace.
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Psychology, General
Weber State University
Mind, Brain, and Education
Harvard University
Developmental Science
Harvard University


Co-founder & President

I lead a think tank focused on ensuring that people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Learning / Being Challenged

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

When deciding the path you want to pursue, avoid thinking about which choice could give you the most success. I've realized that that is the wrong way to weigh your opportunities. Instead, think about which opportunities could lead to the most fulfillment in terms of your passions and motivators. You need to know yourself and what fits for you as an individual rather than what will look successful from the outside.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"School isn't a good fit for you. You won't be successful this way."

Challenges I Overcame

School Drop Out