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Getting Punished for Compliance, By Whom and Why?

Ideas on balancing entrepreneurial drive with wellness, bringing to life new ideas while living well

Just Rolling with It

October 14 · Issue #67 · View online
Pursuing our dreams, not theirs.

Ideas on balancing entrepreneurial drive with wellness, bringing to life new ideas while living well ourselves and making space for what matters in a well-balanced life.

Who’s punishing your compliance?
Maybe society’s punishing you. More likely, if you’re reading this, you’re punishing yourself.
I wrote about how we get punished for compliance a couple weeks ago. The thought came up again today during a conversation with a friend, while we we out for a fall bike ride.
My sense is most of us feel society rewards compliance. Chase the dream to comply. Get rewarded for your compliance.
The rewards are more and more expensive things. The things become more abundant and expensive as you comply more.
This friend told me that consumption accounts for 70% of America’s economy. That’s a lot of rewards! Do you have enough of them?
There are many well-rewarded marketers making sure you think you don’t have enough. If you’re like I was before Just Rolling with It, I bought-into that scarcity messaging, hard.
I’m now realizing I was being punished. Society was punishing me. Society was enticing me to run faster and faster. The marketers kept moving the finish line further and further each way.
I was punishing myself too. I was unconscious about this at first. I was doing what I “should be” doing.
But according to whom? Not according to my true self, that’s for sure!
Just Rolling with It’s removing the punishment from both sides. I’m learning it’s OK to not chase the dream. That’s getting me closer to my true self.
For this I feel grateful :)
How about you? Are you being punished? If so, by whom?
Let me know by replying directly to this email.
Catch you next week, with my gratitude,
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Semi-Random Thoughts
I’m feeling hopeful about re-starting my Buddhist study with a new instructor, Scott Tusa. We had our second session Friday, right after I received my 2017 tax extension returns. There were plenty of uncomfortable emotions for us to practice with ;)
I finished the first story in The Abundance of Less. The book’s broken into 10 stories. Each story is 40 pages. I’m experiencing them as inspiring and accessible. Please let me know if you decide to read it!
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Current Reading List
The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan by Andy Couturier
Music of the Week
Tommy Bones - Live From 4-4 Studio's NYC 10.09.18 by djtommybones | Tommy Bones
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Podcast of the Week
a16z Podcast: Technological Trends, Financial Capital, and the Dynamics of Disruption – Andreessen Horowitz
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