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Oct. 19, 2021

Are You Too Comfy?, Episode #130, 10-17-21

Are You Too Comfy?, Episode #130, 10-17-21

Many thought leaders believe that to be successful we must get out of our comfort zone. And also that today's society is making us, well, soft.  Kelly and Maria share concrete ideas for getting uncomfortable in life, including in athletics, relationships and ambitions.

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Episode Topics and Mentions

Do Tough by Maria Parker (December 2021 release) 

The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easton

Seventeen Magazine and the Alternating Theory of Happiness

Breast cancer awareness

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Relational vulnerability


Native American concept of having “75 problems”

Brain cancer


Grand Canyon

Cold showers

Death awareness  

Death scare 

Pawtuckaway State Park

Franconia Loop Trail

Intermittent fasting

Prevalence-induced concept change


Trans-American Race (cycling)



  1. When you see an opportunity to build something new, take it -- even if you feel hesitation.
  2. Be brave and confront uncomfortable, inconvenient relationships -- despite the outcome.


  1. Go out of your comfort zone to do things with people you love, right now, instead of waiting until you find the perfect time or fit.
  2. Take on new, exciting challenges where you may know nothing going into them and learn from them.

Quote of the Week

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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