#18 Life By Default: Embracing Change

In this episode Cem and Wayne discuss why we humans are so adverse to change. We talk about how personal and social expectations make us stick with familiar patterns and why our need for short term gratification holds us back from creating a happier future self.

What you’ll hear


02:20 Beginning quote

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

03:20 Why are people so against change?

05:45 Change comes with the idea of losing control.

07:50 Adversity to change is a safety mechanism.

09:32 Predictability is safety to the lizard brain.

11:50 Big sudden changes force the lizard brain to adapt.

12:05  We need to create believable visions of the future to motivate changes in the present.

14:18 Change doesn’t come with guarantees.

14:55 The artist gets comfortable with the unknown.

22:00 Change has to have a low barrier to entry.

25:00 Small repetitious changes lead to a bigger change later on.

26:10 Emotions are a strong catalyst for change.

29:30 Do we need external forces to motivate change?

30:55 What are the benefits of change?

32:00 Rate of change tends to slow down after education.

33:00 The rate of responsibility after education kills our ability to change.

37:00 Are we too career focused for change?

39:10 Make the essentials effortless so you have more space for change.

42:20 Small changes can add up quickly. Do the 1%.

43:30 Get in the habit of breaking daily patterns.

45:00 You don’t get big ideas by running on autopilot.

End Quote

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Episode Wrap Up

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