Keith Rabois: Can you view stress as a motivator instead of as a disease? – Crazy Wisdom

Key Takeaways

  • A little stress is good for you
    • Don’t let stress be something you fear
  • To succeed as a creative, sure quality matters, but so does quantity
    • A lot of the great artists and inventors of our time succeeded by producing a TON of output, and it just so happened that some fraction of their output was incredibly valuable
  • What you measure, you can optimize – sleep, exercise, and diet

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Intro

The Upside of Stress

  • A little stress is good for you – the more you challenge yourself, the better you become and the more you accomplish in life
  • If you think stress is good for you and a challenge to look forward to, your body will respond much more positively than if you have the attitude that stress is something you should totally to avoid
    • People who have this attitude perform better in school + job interviews
  • “Being a little stressed is actually a great way to live your life”
  • Keith likes to have a lot of his plate to keep him occupied
    • Having too much to do will quickly teach you how to prioritize your most important tasks
  • But we can’t forget sleep – it’s important
    • Make sure you get your 8 hours
    • Keith highly recommends the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Produce More

  • The most creative people on the planet generally succeed by producing more works of art than less creative people
    • A lot of the great artists and inventors of our time succeeded by producing a TON of output, and it just so happened that some fraction of their output was incredibly valuable
    • The more you produce, the higher the chance you have of one of those creations being great

HIIT

  • Keith is a big fan of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) –  short periods of intense anaerobic exercise
    • One of the best indicators of a person’s health is to measure how long it takes for their peak heart rate to drop back to their resting heart rate after intense exercise (known as your 2-minute recovery time)
  • HIIT, intermittent fasting, and caloric restriction all help in extending your lifespan
  • Keith loves Barry’s Bootcamp and goes there almost every day
    • It’s a group HIIT workout led by a coach so you don’t have to memorize workouts/ create a workout plan
      • “It’s really invigorating”

TheTruth About Stress

  • In the work environment, think of work as a competition and stress as feeling that pushes you to do better
    • “Your health, meaning how long you live, is actually better if you have more stress”
      • People that have no stress in life, live shorter lives than those with a reasonable/moderate amount of stress
  • How do you recover from too much stress?
    • If you’re introverted like Keith, spend a couple of hours alone
    • If extroverted, spend time with other people to recharge

Additional Notes

  • Find opportunities in life where you can use leverage to become successful
  • What you measure, you can optimize – sleep, exercise, diet
    • Measure it all and optimize
  • One of Keith’s superpowers is to find young and rising stars – usually recent grads or college students

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