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Where Are Your Limitations? - James Altucher

Tips For Exploring Your Limits

  • Questioning everything. Writing if the answers come up different than you thought.
  • Writing about what made you feel a certain way, or shameful things you learned from.
  • Contacting people “out of your league”.
  • Exploring and experiencing new ideas and things or breaking with expectations.
  • Assuming you’re an expert until you’re proven otherwise so you can find your limits.

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Tips For Exploring Your Limits

  • Questioning everything. Writing if the answers come up different than you thought.
  • Writing about what made you feel a certain way, or shameful things you learned from.
  • Contacting people “out of your league”.
  • Exploring and experiencing new ideas and things or breaking with expectations.
  • Assuming you’re an expert until you’re proven otherwise so you can find your limits.

Limitations And Yourself

Sometimes expanding your limits means you get to live a larger life in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Conversely, some limitations are very real and, although they may change someday, sometimes it’s just better to let them be and work around them.

Try to explore your limits in every category every day. But, if a limitation doesn’t affect much your life, don’t stress yourself trying to overcome it.

Limitations And Well-Being

The more you push at your limitations the more the world becomes your canvas. Art helps people see the world in a different way.

To make the world your canvas, try to think of people who you can help today. Then the world starts to shape itself according to your own limitations, instead of the other way around.

Limitations And Brain Health

Doing something new every day, something you never would’ve thought of doing, exercises your brain and makes you more intelligent.

By doing something different, you are lighting up new areas of your brain, forcing the neurons and synapses to connect in new ways, forestalling Alzheimer's and other effects of aging that rage against the brain and against the future quality of life.

Limitations And Innovation

Going past the limitations of society or your peer group can help you solve problems that nobody has looked at yet. And that’s how some of the most successful startups start.

Try to brainstorm a list of business ideas that go slightly beyond the limits of whatever you thought before.

Socially Imposed Limitations

Our fear of social condemnation is a limitation imposed on us by society. But it is also a source of excitement, as evidenced by the popularity of media portraying characters breaking social expectations.

Exploring the edge of your fear is the only way to learn and improve and to combat the brainwashing that society constantly imposes on you.

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Dr. Seuss discovered while writing his book "Green Eggs and Ham" the power of setting constraints.

Setting limits for yourself (time, money, words, etc.) often leads to better results than if you keep your options open.

Constraints have benefits

  1. Limitations inspire you to find creative solutions. If you have a one-year-old child that requires all your time, you have to find creative ways to get some exercise.
  2. Constraints force you to get something done. Without constraints, we would postpone our tasks, sometimes indefinitely.

That is why professionals set a schedule for their production while amateurs wait for the perfect moment.

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School should not be the place where kids just learn and pass information, but a place where they learn about themselves.

You picked up in School without realizing that:

1. Success comes from the approval of others.

2. Failure is a source of shame.

3. You depend on authority.

Performance vs. purpose performance

Our system is performance-based and not purpose-based. It teaches mimicry and not passion. And performance-based learning isn’t even efficient.

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Exploring solitude

We tend to see solitude as grim and imprisoning.  But in fact, the exact opposite can be true.  Solitude can be seen as freeing, as an opportunity for exploration and growth.

You develop strengths you need

It’s always better to learn to stand on your own two legs.  And once you are self-sufficient, then relying on someone else from time to time is an act of strength, not weakness.

Take small, consistent steps in the right direction, day in and day out.

Comfortable being alone

Learning to be comfortable with being alone does not mean you can’t be in a relationship. It means that you will not be codependent and entitled.  

What we need is a healthy dose of self-sufficiency. The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development.

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