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Yo. What’s up man.

Time for another podcast.

The aim of the pod is to be as positive as possible. And to share stories & lessons I’ve been learning along the way. At the least, I hope the pod helps you pass some time.

Topics covered:

1. How realtors & companies use contrast to get us to buy higher priced items

– how our family went to a terrible indian restaurant. the place was packed and they accidentally gave our reserved table to someone else. So we went to another indian place. This normally just ok high end indian restaurant felt like an amazing place this time due to the contrast of experiencing a terrible place first.

– similar to how a lot of companies do pricing. if two products are offered at different prices, people usually pick the lower priced one. If a third higher priced product is introduced, more people will pick the middle priced product.

– how smirnoff vodka sold more bottles by raising prices, rather than lowering (link)

– how realtors will show you a super high expensive place first so that the next regularly high priced place will seem like a bargain. they may also show you a terrible place first, so that the next place seems better.

2. How I’m overcoming self-consciousness during walks
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This is a late nite podcast.
I’m running on low mental steam.
Hope it all made sense!
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I tell the story of overcoming an intense anxiety attack last nite.

1. Every few months, I experience an intense anxiety attack. It makes me believe that I’m a crazy person, everyone knows it, and no one wants to tell me. Or something of that sort. I haven’t figured out why that happens yet.

2. During intense anxiety attacks, all positive thoughts go away. The brain for some reason cannot access them.

Good thoughts are: this is just a phase that will go away with time. Do not trust my thoughts. I am not my brain. (These are neuroplasticity teachings + what Eckhart Tolle, Buddhists & other spiritual teachers say).

We are not our thoughts. We are the observer of our thoughts.

But I couldn’t remember these things during the anxiety filled nite.

3. My default affirmation “I love myself” did not work. This is an affirmation I picked up from Louise Hay & Kamal Ravikant (author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It)

4. As a last resort, I used this affirmation: “I am blessed by God” – something I picked up from the Joel Osteen podcast. It started working!
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What’s up dude.

I’m back, with a new mic for the podcast.

This should mean easier way for me to record and high energy. I got a lavalier mic that clips onto my shirt and hooks into my iphone. I can walk around and talk, which results in better energy rather than be seated on the couch and record thru my yeti mic + laptop combo.

This topic leads me to sharing how I got myself to grocery shop, cook, wash dishes, exercise & nofap.

All of these do NOT require willpower or negative self talk. They are all automatic, fun and I look forward to doing them. (Well, all except washing dishes.)

I say this not to brag but because it’s a miracle.
Anyone can workout when they yell at themselves and use willpower. But I wanted to become one of those people who wants to exercise naturally.

I explain my method in the podcast.

The summary is this:
Let’s use exercise as an example. [Click here to read more, dude...]

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost

Everything sucks.
I don’t know what I’m doing.
All my friends have high paying jobs, are getting married and I have no future.
I don’t know man, I think it’s all over for me.

I’ve said these exact words to my best friend a bunch of times. I’d be over at his house and he’d take me on a long walk around the forest. And I’d sulk & whine.

I don’t know how he put up with it. But he listened & was comforting. And hopeful. I guess that’s what good friends are for.

Things always did get better.

I really did not want the high paying corporate jobs. I did not want to get married young. And I definitely was not ready for kids.

I didn’t know what I wanted, just something better & different than the normal suburban life.

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you are in a similar journey.

If you’ve ever felt down & out, let Jerry Seinfeld cheer you up:

This clip is from his documentary “Comedian.”

Jerry had wrapped up his popular tv show. And was back to square one, with zero new material. The documentary shows how gathers up content for his next standup special.

Jerry is the confident vet who has tasted tremendous success.
He is contrasted by a young comedian Orny Adams, who is starting out.

At one point, the young guy is complaining that he is not progressing as fast as he’d like. Time is passing by. All his friends have high paying wall street jobs, are buying houses & getting married. And what will his parents think??

And Jerry tells the perfect story that sums it all up to follow the road less traveled.

I share with you this video I’ve watched dozens of times as medicine when all hope is lost.

May it help you out as it has me.

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