Anticipating the Frog – The Discomfort Zone – FREE Episode [PODCAST #605]

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Here's a free full-episode sample of our supporter-only show The Discomfort Zone. And we're excited to announce a new way to get it! With your SubscribeStar Membership you'll gain access to this frequently praised ongoing personal development conversation, plus lots of other irreverent and acerbic commentary that School Sucks listeners have never heard before.

What You'll Hear Today:
THE DISCOMFORT ZONE(s02e03) We're not eating enough frogs for breakfast and this can really ruin the day. We'll explain.

We also discuss the lessons from a month of block scheduling and ways to improve the practice. Plus Brett's trip to the hospital, Andrew's bi-phasic sleep and a review of High Performance Habits.

All current SubscribeStar Content:

The Discomfort Zone – Pilot (Hour 1) (AUDIO, 63 MINUTES) The first installment of our new supporter-only show - In this series, we will build upon and grow our strengths, highlight and improve our weaknesses, diversify and increase our personal and professional skill sets. This ongoing saga will be an open discussion allowing us to question each other's actions to help ensure we are taking the best possible steps to keep us on track achieve our goals.Today Andrew and I inventory each other's strengths and weaknesses and set some initial accountability goals for each other.

The Discomfort Zone – Pilot (Hour 2) (AUDIO, 64 MINUTES) The first installment of our new supporter-only show - In this series, we will build upon and grow our strengths, highlight and improve our weaknesses, diversify and increase our personal and professional skill sets. This ongoing saga will be an open discussion allowing us to question each other's actions to help ensure we are taking the best possible steps to keep us on track achieve our goals.Today Andrew and I inventory each other's strengths and weaknesses and set some initial accountability goals for each other.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 2 – Get Destroyed (AUDIO, 125 MINUTES) Format: 1. Success: How did each of us "punch the world in the dick" (working title) this week? Greatest achievements. 2. Accountability - Did we take each other's advice from the previous session? How did it work out? 3. "Greatest Discomforts" - What is our biggest challenge/frustration/emotional weight this week? Discussion 4. Action Items - We give each other advice to act on before the next sessionToday our Greatest Discomforts both deal with relationship issues.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 3 – Hug the Cactus (AUDIO, 89 minutes) Can we transform our Greatest Discomforts into sources of gratitude?

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 4 – The Interrogation (AUDIO, 87 minutes) The best and most uncomfortable meeting yet.
* Brett and Andrew have a fight.
* Brett: Social fatigue, paranoia, alienation, feeling interrogated. Then an epiphany.
* Andrew: Productivity jack-offery isn't working. What has to sacrificed for success?
* Procrastinating by not prioritizing.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 5 – How To Escape Your…Comfort Zone (AUDIO, 82 minutes) The first time we've brought on a guest - our friend Nick is visiting Pittsburgh. He has lived in Keene, NH for his entire life and has worked at the same company throughout his whole career. He's in a real comfort zone and getting restless. Andrew and I help him decide if he's ready for a new adventcha!Where should he go? What should he seek? Where will he end up? I share the benefits, revelations, and challenges of my recent travel experience. Andrew used to be a truck driver, and he has some painful memories of being on the road.Also, lots of things aren't going well right now! Audio

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 6 – Alone In Winter (AUDIO, 63 minutes) Andrew travels with a man and doesn't like it. Brett has Seasonal Affective Disorder. James also joins us in The Studio of Champ-Yinz to talk about what gives him anxiety. Streamed live to a hostile You Tube audience on December 6th, 2018.Discussed: Struggles with certain types of commitments, loneliness, winter activities, seeking new challenges, simplifying routines, prioritization

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 7 – High Performance Habits (AUDIO, 69 minutes) Are we finally done pleasuring ourselves to productivity gimmicks? Or have we found the best one ever and the pleasure has just begun?!We discuss High Performance Habits.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 8 – Family Dysfunction (AUDIO, 80 minutes) Brett unloads about his family dysfunction, and watching almost everything School Sucks Project works to prevent happening all at once to the people closest to him.Andrew is a very good listener.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE 9 – The Split Personality of Entrepreneurship ( AUDIO, 61 minutes) Back together in Pittsburgh, Brett and Andrew discuss a book called The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It. The book was written decades ago and last updated at the dawn of the digital revolution, but it contains wisdom still very relevant to us today.The E-Myth describes the self-employed or small business owner as a person who initially tries to play three distinct roles: a technician, a manager, and an entrepreneur. Brett and Andrew evaluate their aptitudes in each area, and discuss strategies for improving.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE – Yearly Review (Part 1 of 2) (AUDIO, 59 minutes) We each started 2018 in dark places. We discuss what actions we took to start 2019 with much brighter mindsets and outlooks.

THE DISCOMFORT ZONE – Yearly Review (Part 2 of 2) (AUDIO, 108 minutes) Part 2 of 2; the long part.

Kanye West Ruined Mike Myers' LifeBrett explains how Mike Myers standing next to the wrong man at the wrong time made him afraid of being in front of cameras forever. (Video, 26 minutes)

Who Is Yogurt Boy and Where Did He Come From?
The team revisits a 1999 episode of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, featuring a debate between Team "Man Show" (Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel) and Team "The Rules" (feminists Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider).
The Rules offered strategies women could use to capture the right man, train proper behavior, and to get him to agree to marriage. Even though the idea of a kept man wasn't new when The Rules was published, we speculate that this was the first mainstream attempt systematize man-keeping.
Obviously this problem is much worse today. We call these men "yogurt boys." That term will be explained, along with others like "fruitbowling" and "fat little gaylords at home." (Video, 107 minutes)

Brett and Andrew's Teen Saga (Complete)
Mentioned in Season 2, Episode 4 of The Discomfort Zone, and now available for SubscribeStars! Recorded Summer 2017 Brett begins Jordan Peterson's Past Authoring exercises and wants to talk about it. Brett and his dear friend Andrew discuss the exciting, regretful, awkward and erotic times of their wonder years. Many teen firsts are explored: kisses, loves, heartbreaks, etc...
(AUDIO)Parts 1-3 2:31:27 Part 4 1:35:27 Part 5 1:08:14

The Discomfort Zone (s02e01) – Consistent Principles, Changing Tactics
Season two! We brag about ourselves and each other. Then we discuss whether or not it's healthy to focus on external sources of validation once a strong personal foundation is in place.
Then we move into how to better curate our media consumption, the importance of connection, and the benefits (or jack-offery) of block scheduling.

The Discomfort Zone (s02e02) - The Map Is Not the Territory
How did our week of "do the more uncomfortable thing" go? What awkward social situations did it create?
More discussion about block scheduling, the "stairway of influence," and how to identify and accentuate what's working in our business relationships.

The Discomfort Zone (s02e03) – Anticipating the Frog
We're not eating enough frogs for breakfast and this can really ruin the day. We'll explain.
We also discuss the lessons from a month of block scheduling and ways to improve the practice. Plus Brett's trip to the hospital, Andrew's bi-phasic sleep and a review of High Performance Habits.

The Discomfort Zone (s02e04) - Should Brett Go Back To College?
A tough couple of weeks for the team - Andrew has a funk and Brett follows a story about two high-profile hip hop murders back to his wayward life in the late 1990s. An unexpected invitation also forces Brett to further revisit this regret-filled period of his life, so he asks Andrew if he should embrace the opportunity to face his past - up close and personal - or if he should just leave it behind.

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