Episode 47 - Utter Failure & Hotel Steak
TOPIC: Resolving to skip the New Year's resolutions.
In the last episode of 2011, Merlin and Dan talk about fresh starts and modest changes rather than rehearsing for sucking. You don't need a calendar to tell you to change. Whether you want to give up nail biting, onanism, or drinking a gallon of vodka a day, you need a plan and a tolerance for failure. Plus, a little care never hurts.
How to do it? Keep it small, keep it time-limited, keep it action-oriented.
Happy New Year, jackals. We love you.
Initially Released December 27, 2011
Runtime 1 hour 4 minutes
Episode Page Utter Failure & Hotel Steak
Recurring Topics and Characters
|Intro||Miscellany including Led Zepplin, Dr Phil, Pets, Parenting, and Marco, internet tender and eBay. |
|About 9 minutes|
[Start - 00:09:09]
|GoDaddy||Merlin recounts some of the ups and downs of moving away from GoDaddy as his domain registrar. |
|about 7 minutes|
[00:09:10 - 00:16:08]
|Health and Topic||Dan and Merlin perform a health check and settle on the main topic. |
|less than 2 minutes|
[00:16:09 - 00:17:45]
|Fresh Starts and Modest Changes||Resolving to skip New Year's Resolutions, why, and what to do instead. Merlin's foundations to personal change: infrastructure, resources and foresight, a history of positive change, caring a crap-ton, but, "being honest," Merlin says you can "throw them all away" except the resources and foresight. |
|about 18 minutes|
[00:17:46 - 00:35:29]
Merlin loves the ability to export all journal and blog data in Moveable Type format as well as the Data Snapshot feature which exports all pages, blogs posts, and other data in a single file.
|about 5 minutes|
[00:35:30 - 00:40:57]
|Fresh Starts and Modest Changes (continued)||Being prepared, having a contingency plan, establishing an infrastructure, and commitment. |
[00:40:58 - end]
You know he buys like two dogs a week. He throws them out when he has to take them to the bathroom.
-Merlin, about Marco. [00:02:59]
I take beanz, bitcoin, and tuppence.
-Merlin, specifying his preferred payment methods.
If there were a museum of terrible self help ideas, this would have its own wing.
-Merlin, on New Year's Resolutions. [00:18:15]
If New Year's Resolutions worked, you wouldn't need them
The real habit you're building is Sucking. You're building the habit of unrealistic expectations you can never live up to and then being really great at sucking at it faster and faster every year.
Failing often could be a good indication that you've got resilience. It doesn't mean you're a failure.
You've now set yourself up with a Zero and a One. If you fail at all at this, then you just give up. If that sounds extreme then ask yourself how many resolutions you've kept past the 8th of January.
You completely set yourself up for failure by making it this all-or-nothing proposition. That's not the way you change as a person.
When I travel my life falls apart.
The nice thing about a contingency plan, in addition to saving you from utter failure and hotel steak, is that it forces you to think through the process.
Try to make the right thing the easy thing.
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