People keep acting like I have some special discipline that most people don’t. They think the burpees, cold showers, avoiding packaged food, and so on take effort. They don’t. Creating a lifestyle where they are normal and easy took effort—a once-in-a-lifetime effort—followed by their being the default for the rest of my life.
Almost no willpower or discipline needed.
People don’t believe me. I think they find it easier to say someone else is different or special than to dig out from themselves what they haven’t used most of their lives, even though they know that bringing it out will improve their lives.
Anyone can. I’m not special.
The 2002 PBS reality TV show, Frontier House, showed three families living in Montana for three months living as people did then—period clothes, habits, tools, and so on.
We get to see the work people did then, their experience of it, and compare those things to today’s equivalent. I recently re-watched all six episodes and remarked on how the show taught us about just these issues.
I compiled the clips telling a story of what I consider the most important lessons of the show.
I don’t care how amateurish the video looks, it was my first time creating slides, narrating, and a few other new things. I’m proud of my technical achievement.
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