Host: Conrad Francis
Drink: Margaret River Pierro 2014
Guest: Jacob Moffitt
Every now and then we get a little too big for our pink watermelon pants and blue shirt. It’s time to take a good look at ourselves.
In this week's episode, we’re exploring self-awareness. Later in the episode, we discuss how trying something new can change your life.
This round is on Conrad “Swaggy C” Francis with the support of Matt Hanham, Michael Duncan, and special guest Jacob Moffit. The Simple Minds Podcast unravels topics such as personal development, philosophy, life, and business - one drink at a time.
- Self Awareness [4:45]
- Trying something different [32:40]
Have some goddamn self-awareness [4:45]
We’re always looking for that magic pill that makes us a better person. That pill doesn’t f*cking exist. It’s time to get self-aware.
Michael is up first with content and asks the group what is self-awareness and how can we best practice it?
Michael brought along his favourite four quotes about self-awareness.
- “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves” - Carl Jung
- “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge” - Bruce Lee
- “Self-awareness is one of the rarest human commodities. I don’t mean self consciousness where you’re limiting and evaluating yourself. I mean being aware of your own patterns” - Tony Robbins
- “Self-awareness is being able to accept your weaknesses whilst focusing all your attention on your strengths” - Gary Vee
It’s all well and good to talk about self-awareness, but if you’re practicing, then you’re not improving. We’ve talked a lot on ego in past episodes, but it seems to be a reoccurring obstacle stopping us from reaching our potential. If we don’t let our ego go, we can’t understand our truth.
People are always striving for something they’re not going to be. That’s when anxiety and depression set in. But there is a difference between dreaming and actually doing something about it.
“Does it serve you? If it’s not, then why not? - Conrad [11:00]
You need to be able to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses. Why aren’t you good at something? Will it serve you?
Jacob explains that he sees self awareness differently. There are two routes. You can accept that you’re not good at something and give up. Or, you can lean into it and challenge yourself. Use self awareness as a tool to motivate you. It can be a reference point to help you achieve whatever you set out to achieve.
Use that hunger, and push.
No harm in trying something new [32:40]
We all get stuck sometimes. Whether it’s creatively or influenced by the rut of routine. It’s hard to stray away from what you know.
But why don’t we give ourselves the chance to learn from new experiences? Why do we care so much about what people think?
Matt discusses an idea he’s trying to practice lately: what if I was doing the opposite of what I was doing for 48 hours?
Inspired by Tim Ferriss’s interview on the Impact Theory, Matt challenged himself to leave his computer behind on his desk whilst in meetings. The objective is to experiment whether or not it helps to be more present in the meeting. Can he achieve more clarity?
Technology creates a distraction. With all the noise coming from the device, it’s hard to focus on deeper tasks that need to be addressed.
As a business owner, you hire people with different skill sets to cover all the bases. As the owner, you end up covering the things that fall through the cracks. The problem is, it chews up time that could be better spent.
Matt wants to find a way to optimise all operations so that he can roll into work and focus on deeper tasks without being distracted by small time-wasting tasks.
By experimenting with something new for 48 hours it can refresh your perspective. It challenges your way of thinking. Something that you aren’t able to achieve when you’re stuck in a routine.
So to our audience - we challenge you to think about what you could test out for 48 hours. Even if it's just switching out your laptop for pen and paper.
There is no harm in trying, so just do it.
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What is something you want to change about your life? Let us know what you’re going to try out for 48 hours.
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