Summary of Ep. 339 | Escaping the Excess

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In this video, Joshua and Ryan discuss the definition of "success" and how excess can be a hindrance to achieving it. They also discuss the bell curve of excess, and how getting too much of anything can eventually become a problem.

  • 00:00:00 In this episode, Joshua and Ryan discuss the definition of "success" and how excess can be a hindrance to achieving it. They also discuss the bell curve of excess, and how getting too much of anything can eventually become a problem.
  • 00:05:00 The author discusses how excessive phone use can lead to negative feelings such as anxiety, dopamine deficiencies, and a sense of being a "blob." He also points out how social media is a similar issue, as it provides an easy way to get dopamine hits and feel productive, while also being a status symbol.
  • 00:10:00 In this video, Ryan and Jesse discuss the idea of excess and how it relates to different types of addiction. They discuss workaholism as an addiction, and how fomo, or the fear of missing out, is a different type of addiction. They note that all of these addictions are based on the need for validation, and that once an individual breaks free from them, they can live a more fulfilling life.
  • 00:15:00 In this podcast, Shawn and Ryan talk about how to manage time efficiently. Shawn's caller, Melanie, shares that she struggles with time management because she doesn't have a written plan or a physical planner. Shawn and Ryan discuss how Melanie might be able to improve her efficiency by using a tool like Asana.
  • 00:20:00 In this video, the hosts discuss how to escape the excess of clutter and stress in one's life. They recommend setting boundaries and saying no to unnecessary commitments.
  • 00:25:00 The video discusses how meditation and having a listening ear can help people escape the excess of thoughts that can consume their lives. Kathy, a viewer, shares that she is afraid of not being good enough, and that this fear is based on a desire to be accepted. She goes on to say that once she understands the why behind her fear, she can begin to let go of it. Another viewer shares that it is important to understand the control that we have over the way other people think of us.
  • 00:30:00 Ryan explains that people tend to put on different masks depending on the people around them, and that can lead to exhaustion. He says that it's important to be genuine and true to oneself, even if that means behaving differently around different people.
  • 00:35:00 In this episode, Ryan and Ryan discuss how being an excessive person can lead to being less wealthy and less content. They also discuss how recognizing when you have enough can be a good thing.
  • 00:40:00 In this video, Chuck Palahniuk discusses how people can become overwhelmed by their possessions, resulting in them becoming financially and emotionally bankrupt. He also provides a short excerpt from his book Fight Club, in which the protagonist discusses how possessions can remove purpose and meaning from one's life. Finally, the minimalists provide a short article about how our possessions can dispossess us, taking away our ability to experience basic needs and our desire for more.
  • 00:45:00 In this video, Sean Mahalik discusses how to reduce digital clutter, and offers tips on how to take action on your own behalf. The main points are: -Apps are a tool, not a substitute for taking action yourself. -Buy more apps to help increase your productivity. -There is a workshop coming up on May 29th that will help you write better.
  • 00:50:00 Howard Wright discusses different rules for writing, including how to improve your writing in just two hours. He also recommends looking into an instant pot if you want to minimize your kitchen. Joe and Ryan talk about a listener's comment about ads on the podcast. Jordan Brooks recommends subscribing to the private podcast, which covers more global brands than the public podcast. Betsy from Upstate New York recommends looking into an instant pot, which she found to be useful. Finally, Ryan recommends that Joe call an audible on a particular episode.
  • 00:55:00 In this episode, the hosts discuss the importance of using things and how the opposite never works. They recommend that listeners love people and use things sparingly to avoid becoming greedy.

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