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9. Bison Strong _ Lessons from the American Buffalo _ Part 1

Updated: Nov 15, 2021


 

Today we discuss "Embrace Your Inner Bison and Run Toward the Storm" an article written by Aaron Barrette that explores the more dangerous yet hearty and free Bison compared to the placid, domesticated cow and the implications of studying these two animals as metaphors for how we can embrace life. Highlights include: - The Pain Paradox - Dangerous Freedom vs. Comfortable Security - Building Resilience - Crafting plans to respond to life's "storms" - The importance of your community - The value of pushing into your problems Did you find value in today’s conversation? SHARE IT!

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Jon & Aaron

Good morning, everybody, welcome to the Grit Theory.


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With Aaron Robinson, myself and.


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Jon Mayo.


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Hello, Jon. Good morning. Are you? I'm great up an Adam here. Beautiful day. It's starting to become spring here in Garden Springs, and we'd love this time. Adobe.


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We do. I forgot what.


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Green looks.


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Like.


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People say that.


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About coming here anyway. It's generally browner, I guess, than other states.


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But worth it.


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Yeah. Oh.


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So many more benefits. But hey.


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Let's not get going.


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On our, you know, our state pride here, but.


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We don't need more people moving here anyway.


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That's true. Yeah, it's not that great.


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It's terrible. You get snow through spring. It's muddy, it's dreary.


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It's terrible. You only get some sun.


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All the stereotypes. Yeah.


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six feet of snow. I hear all the time. Yes.


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Anyway, well, hey. Well, thank you for joining us, everybody.


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All our theory.


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Fans out there.


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We are going to get into an episode today which really near and dear to Jon and I started talking about.


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The grit of.


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Life. But this specifically, I think, really encapsulates gives us a really good word picture of what.


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It looks like to be gritty one.


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But but why we really do it, why it's not an insane, masochistic kind of journey that we're on, you know, as people from the outside looking in.


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Why is it.


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That we we pushed through difficult things? What is the benefit today?


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So today.


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We're going to be getting into an article that we found.


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The title of. The article.


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Is called Embrace Your Inner Bias and Run Toward the Storm, which.


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Seems variances.


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That equal to everything your mind would tell you to do run into the storm. Mm hmm.


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I mean, it's like to me, there are certain things that seem like not just a paradox.


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Of seemingly.


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Antagonistic to this the human.


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Journey like why would I.


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Do the thing.


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That makes things worse as we as you get, as you think about something?


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And this is we're going to get in.


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A little bit more into the heart of this because this is not something that.


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We say.


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Flippantly.


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Like, we're trying to be some.


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Tough guy or something. There's actual real, methodical thinking behind it. Hmm. I feel like, what do you think about that, Jon?


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Jon & Aaron

Yeah, I agree.


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It's also fun because back in episode six, the champ Bailey called into the storm, pushing to the storm.


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We kind of touched.


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On this principle as fruit from that conversation, right? But yeah, you just have to embrace such adversities and there's benefits to that conversation to get upon that string worn in. Look at the analogy more fully today. I think it's going to be fun.


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But yeah, we are very adaptable creatures, human beings, and we are a product of that which we repeat.


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So I agree there's I believe there's a method.


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I think it's well proven over numerous infinite examples, and I'm excited to jump in.


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Absolutely awesome. With that said, I only.


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Read a little bit in this article. Just give some backdrops. I want to give some credit to the author Aaron Barrette.


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This is this.


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Is a great article. I just really enjoyed reading this piece here. OK? There are few symbols that represent our past and the American West, quite like the American.


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Bison, better known as the Buffalo. The official, the official mammal.


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Quote of the United States, is often used to root out and throughout North America and official seals, flags and letters in the Native American community. The Bison is a revered, especially among the Plains Indians, who consider it a sacred animal and religious symbol.


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As a history.


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Major in college and someone with specific interest in historical West.


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I've been long fascinated by the buffalo. one of the best books I've.


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Read in the years is American Buffalo in search of The Lost Icon by Steve Rinella.


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The well-known.


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Podcast host and star of Meat Eater on Netflix authored a.


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Compelling and comprehensive.


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History of the animal, and the incredible impact is had on our nation's history. Skip ahead here.


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The symbolism of the majestic bison.


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Heading directly into the storm.


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Is very fitting and an interesting.


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Reminder of how to confront life's obstacles.


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We all know.


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That the worst thing we can do when confronted with a major challenge in life is to run from it and the human rights don't run. Don't avoid it. Don't hope it goes away.


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Take it.


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Head on and back up.


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You said prefaced this statement with one of the most fascinating.


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Characteristics of the.


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Bison is how they react when a storm is coming.


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And again.


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Don't run to avoid it. Don't hope it goes away. Take it head.


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On. But as human beings, we often don't do that.


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Why is that, Jon?


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Well.


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I think that.


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We are wired to perceive comfort in our natural state, right, like you.


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That's my opinion. What's easier.


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Doing the comfortable thing and in.


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It kind of.


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Makes sense. If you think about it in a survival perspective. We're like, you have calories that are scarce, right? You're not going to go just run to right. You're not going to put yourself in unnecessary risk because there's no medical attention to help you if you're out in the middle, the middle of the wilderness by ourselves.


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Right.


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So there's kind of the I'm going to do what's.


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Necessary to survive and not more than that or to maybe like be comfortable as possible, like have enough food and things like that. But why would I do more than risk injury? Expend calories.


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Things like that. So I think that.


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It's like, you're totally.


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Nomadic, man. Yeah, I cover many hundreds of years ago, this was.


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Yeah, I'm I'm looking at.


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Like, why would we want comfort over facing the storm? And I think it comes from our history.


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You know, but I don't think we've adapted well to modern civilization because. There wasn't a.


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Laziness then perceived or you die, right, like you would do the hard things because they were necessary, you just wouldn't take on unnecessary risk. But now we're the hard things or have.


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Changed in necessity. We avoid them because.


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You can eat three days worth of calories in ten minutes.


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So I think we're good. We have heating and air conditioning, and we don't have to.


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Worry about our baseline survival for the most part.


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And what are you doing now?


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So Jon.


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What's strange to me and I think.


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This is the insidious.


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Nature of life where we don't realize we're actually in a storm?


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Yeah. So when you say to.


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Me, like we could consume 3:10 minutes or whatever.


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That which is true. I mean, it's so.


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Convenient.


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To totally.


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Just mess up your health, right?


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But people think.


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That comfort.


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Is the same.


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Thing as.


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Health or this or the same thing is.


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Either happiness or whatever you want to call it, like, it's a good thing.


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It's a good thing when when they know, I mean, when they know this is.


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Not really what they want, this isn't truly freedom. This is not exactly health, right? But there are so many competing elements that are trying to steal away the thing that we really want.


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Well, what? You just mentioned.


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Something that I think is pretty central to this idea.


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Because there's two.


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Competing systems I see there's the comfort versus lack thereof and the benefits of each, right?


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But then there's the.


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Concept of freedom versus being domesticated or lack of freedom. Right? And there's no analogy that we can pull out in a second. But freedom is is dangerous.


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It's costly. It's difficult to maintain.


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And it inherently puts the.


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Benefit the benefactor.


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Of freedom into greater adversity. Right? They're responsible for the decisions they're making, the responsible for the consequences of their actions. They're responsible for making those decisions in the first place. That's daunting, right? So or at least it can be in many cases.


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So I see. There's weather and there are storms, and they can be a small like I was thinking about this. If you're communicating via email with someone and you send off an email, maybe the situation's a little testy and you see their response popping on your phone or whatever.


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What's your reaction? You kind of dread opening it.


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Right? That's a micro.


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Storm. But if you're like, OK, they responded, I need you guys. I don't even.


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Think you can click the.


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Dang e-mail and read it.


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Yes, there's.


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No.


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There's a great cushion. I'm sure some of our listeners have read up by.


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Brian Tracy.


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Called Eat that Frog.


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It's it's it's a great. It's it's it's.


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A book on how to do the hardest things. first, because of.


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How much is.


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His promises, the energy it takes to be mulling that over in your mind. Oh my gosh, you're going to do this thing. I got to do the same, you know.


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And it steals away.


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From everything else.


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And because you didn't push into that one.


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Thing, you've actually wasted time.


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It's made the story.


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Longer when.


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It could have been just like with the email, Oh, OK, well, this is going to.


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Suck and.


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Get through it.


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Eat it.


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On and.


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Just be done.


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With it. So you watch.


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Which it's it's so true. And in a book called Radical Candor.


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Highly recommend read it's fantastic. one of my favorite quotes from it and I'll make it G-rated.


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Is if you have to eat a poop sandwich, don't nibble.


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No.


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If you have to eat it, get it out, right?


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And I said to the kids.


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Cereal, Yeah, they were there. Just like it was the best way to poop sandwich.


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That's why I eat it as fast as you can.


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Yeah. Don't even just smile. Don't you get it in? So behind you. Right? It just tackles head on. And Rory Vaden.


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Who's a bestselling author, I'm not certain what he wrote. And pulling this out of the article we just mentioned introduced this concept of a pain paradox, which is exactly what we're talking about. It's.


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The pain paradox, conceptually, is the short term easy.


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Leads to long term difficulty, while long term difficulty leads to long term easing. I do believe that's true in our pursuit of making something simpler, easier or avoiding a problem. We're making our lives so much harder.


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And we're really turning a small issue.


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Into a gigantic problem, right?


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You know? It was just a little more.


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How I could kick back in stock down and now have to climb it for four days too, or at least in my mind, we've made this giant mountain of an issue, nothing because we start dreading it, making anxiety and avoiding it.


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This happens a.


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Lot with is something I appreciate about.


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It's something that we often do is there might be something that is annoying.


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To you about another person, and I'm talking about me because I can annoy Jon. I know how to do it, but I've learned the secret.


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We do this matrix.


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Of.


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But it's about the best thing you can do instead of like secretly.


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Harboring this. Like this guy, some of the, you know, it's it's more like, Hey, by the way, the thing about this, what do you think about it?


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And then it's more.


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Like, Oh, I wasn't as big a deal as I really thought it through this. This happens in.


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Any friendship.


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And.


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In relationships with bosses and plays with.


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In your marriage. You know, you guys can think about the last fight you had. Maybe now boss and go, man.


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When you guys actually.


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Got to the work of getting through it. It really wasn't that bad.