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January 29, 2020 at 6:54 am

But some people do have higher or lower emotional intensity than others. And some people express more or less than others, in spite of feeling. So you can’t really say that someone is in dissociation unless they tell you they are. We know what we’re feeling or not. So if you’re in dissociation for longer than a week or two, get help.
Because the depths of pain and suffering are never fun, but on occasion the pain part of that is necessary. We have to mourn, because we’re human. We can’t simply ignore what we feel. But if we can get through that pain and see it as a necessary part of living, we don’t have to suffer from it in the long term.

February 14, 2020 at 4:38 am

My back hurts.
When I wake up, it doesn’t hurt. I’ve been lying flat on it. I think to myself, “it won’t hurt today.”
Then I lean up and try to get out of bed and I feel a sharp pain. It’s going to hurt. And it’s going to hurt all day.
I have to squat down and twist in odd positions to put on my socks. I lean against the sink to support my weight while I brush my teeth.
The other day I was doing a podcast with William Shatner (87 years old) and super-physicist Michio Kaku (72 years old) and they were smiling and healthy and I was grimacing and limping for the final picture because I was in so much pain.

I took Percocet and Advil but neither worked. I’m sitting now while I write this but I know when I get up I will be in pain.
It’s easy to say “stress caused it”. But based on experience, I know stress caused it. And stress is hard to find. It hides in the body and mind.
There’s no one way to find it and defeat it. Stress kills.

February 20, 2020 at 8:43 am

I was interviewing Yuval Harari, maybe the smartest man I’ve ever spoken to. He’s written Bill Gates’ favorite book, “Sapiens” and other great books.
I am a huge fan of his work. This is not a humble brag. I’m really grateful after years of work I get to interview people like this.
I would give up any material possessions, investments, etc to be able to interview these people.

(Yuval Harari and me)

February 20, 2020 at 9:46 am

I was interviewing Yuval Harari, maybe the smartest man I’ve ever spoken to. He’s written Bill Gates’ favorite book, “Sapiens” and other great books.
I am a huge fan of his work. This is not a humble brag. I’m really grateful after years of work I get to interview people like this.
I would give up any material possessions, investments, etc to be able to interview these people.

March 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

Yuval told me he doesn’t have a phone.
“How do you make calls?”
“I have a landline.”
“But what if you and your husband want to talk during the day?”
“We meet.”
“What does it even mean…a landline? Like, is it a rotary dial and if you dial “0” you have to dial all the way around?”
He laughed, “No. I just don’t like the distraction of the phone. If I want to read books and write books I have, attention is a very precious resource.”
I said, “I see. The phone is just an ‘app’ on a phone. You don’t want to be distracted during the day by all the other apps.”
“Exactly,” he said.
I’m going to try it. I don’t know when.
But Facebook, Twitter, Email, Texts, etc don’t really give me pleasure. In fact, they mostly create stress.
But I feel addicted to them. I check my…stuff. What stuff? I don’t even know until I check it.
How many people like me. How many people like what I said. How many strangers want to read me. Is #Altucher trending? It never has but what if?
Can I get rid of my phone?
It would probably save me one or two hours of stress a day.

March 27, 2020 at 11:16 am

Yuval meditates two hours a day.
Then I imagine he reads books (he doesn’t read news, a practice I have followed since 2010) and then he writes.
He writes big, super intelligent books.
He said, “My husband takes care of the marketing. I write the book and then he tells me where to go and I just show up.”
I like that.
There’s a lot of techniques for supposedly not having stress.
But I think I will try this. I don’t know when I will start. But I want to live long and prosper (misquoting the title of Shatner’s latest book).
I have tried many techniques for reducing stress. All the science on this is BS. What works for you might not work for others.
But lately I’ve been breaking down a bit and the trend is not good.
So here’s what I think I will try: