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Smash Fear, Learn Anything

November 3, 2012


Have you ever heard of the four-hour work week? I have not until this morning… but I think I’ve been living it for the past 10 years! The four-hour work week is a book, and a blog, run by “productivity guru” Tim Ferriss. Both his books (“The Four-Hour Work Week” and “The Four-Hour Body”) made The New York Times Best Seller List. I’ve also seen his “Smash Fear, Learn Anything” presentation on TED.com in which he relates his childhood fears and inhibitions, and how he learned to overcome them. The “Four-Hour Body” book doesn’t interest me much how to get muscles and etc, dull stuff to most women), but the “Four-Hour Work Week” sounds fascinating! According to Wikipedia: “The book warns against information overload, recommends what Ferriss calls “selective ignorance” and uses the phrase “lifestyle design.”

Oh my word, I think I have been living this way forever now! LOL. Those of you who have followed our blog here and seen how we have built back so much of this house with our own hands have commented on how you can’t believe we have this energy and gumption to do all this. But you know what– we simply do it. And it’s not because we are so special, it’s because we BELIEVE we can do it. We believe we can just learn how and go ahead and do it. I’ve been living my life more and more like this, and it’s very productive and rewarding.

I love how Ferriss warns against “information overload” and “lifestyle design.” That’s excellent advice. One very good example of information overload and crappy lifestyle choices is with the television. I know, I know, I’ve harped on this before… but the TV is so toxic. It does almost nothing to educate but rather forces us to conform — to be “dumbed down” to the lowest level. Public schooling is like that. Public schooling tries to make every child uniform, it’s a cookie-cutter system that makes a kid a jack of a trades but master of none. Human beings tend to “specialize.” Some specialize in many things, but it’s against the human psyche to know EVERYTHING. Children have certain “bents” and it’s up to the parents to know those bents and direct the child to the trade that will make him happy. And make him well-fed, that’s kinda important, too. But this is why, traditionally, children were out of school after 8th grade. By that time, they had learned the basics and could go on to higher education — as learned adults — to learn brain surgery or rocket science or whatever. Back then, the education was far superior because it didn’t need to be watered down and extended an extra 10 years. Kids don’t NEED to be in public schools forever. But the system makes a lot of money for some people and it’s become a “utility” now. Which is why we all love and admire the amazingly educated and socially graceful kids graduating from the schools every year, right? It’s “for the kids,” right?

Anyway, I’ve been called an over-achiever JUST BECAUSE I am so productive. I can’t believe people think I am an over-achiever — I’m not! It’s just that so many people are under-achievers. I don’t mean to be rude or offensive, but it’s the truth. I look back at our forefathers and see ALL the amazing things they did way back when, and I’m a slacker! And my gumption is not a personality trait, either. As a kid, I was horribly shy, miserable and depressed under an abusive and dark childhood. When I was a teenager, I realized that Jesus died to give me peace with God and with myself. I started to read the New Testament and decided to simply believe that I CAN DO ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

I don’t know much more about Tim Ferriss, but I agree with his findings. Surround yourself with only relevant, healthful, strengthening sources and YOU will become relevant, healthful and strong.

His findings aren’t some radical new idea, they’re actually Biblical, they’ve been around for as long as humans have been around. And God isn’t a crutch as non-thinking people say. God is GOD and He is powerful and He gives us the power to overcome our problems and difficulties instead of seeking drugs, TV, therapy and Oprah to soothe our fears.

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