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Days 47, 48: Conversation, Playstation, Flu

Both days untracked. D47 and D48 both untracked... started well, some decent work. We got off the schedule for work on D47, the Head of Marketing and Entertainment from a local hotel we did a deal with invited us over to his house. So we were there when we'd normally be working, played Playstation, ate popcorn, had a good time... can't remember the last time I had a day like that.

Unfortunately, it was pouring rain on the way back home. The drainage is pretty bad in Ulaanbaatar, and I was skirting around the edge of the road with a calf-deep or perhaps knee-deep below. It was a two-lane road, and most cars were wisely sticking to the dry side.

Then this maniac comes at full speed, hits the puddle, got soaked head to the toe. No joke. Quickly turned off my USB headset and iPhone, both of which were wet (they didn't break thankfully). Walking back after that, I felt some chills and woke up with a cold.

Going hard on the medicine, vitamins, going to stop by the pharmacy and grab some nuclear strong antibiotics. In countries without strict prescription controls, I'll usually keep azithromycin in my apartment, but didn't bring any with me. I'll grab some if I can find it, or amoxacillin if not.

It turned out to (almost) be a blessing in a disguise, since instead of an intense workday I just worked slowly and did a bunch of planning. I haven't had time for that slow planning stuff, but I've been basically out of commission for running around the last couple days. Let's see how this affects things going forwards.

Pushing through your comfort zone

On Modern Day Rebels

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

One thing I got from Tony Robbins is that our behavior is driven by two forces: The desire to gain pleasure, and the need to avoid pain. He says he found out that most of the time, people would choose to avoid pain rather than to gain pleasure. Our brains have developed a simple way of keeping us away from pain: Fear (Paradoxically enough, fear is also a form of pain).

Think about it. When we are kids, we don't feel a lot of the pain an adult person feels. That's because pain is meant to evolve with your experiences. By touching fire, you learn that something that might happen when you touch fire is getting burned. And you don't want to do it again. Based on that experience, your brain will now make you feel fear every time you try to touch fire again.

There's also a second mechanism: Social Conditioning. Most of us never jumped from a 10th floor, yet I'm sure you would feel a lot of pain if suddenly I put you on that 10th floor and told you to jump. Hell, even thinking about it will make you feel some pain. That is social conditioning in action, and it's the safest and fastest learning mechanism our brain has to keep us alive.

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