Conquering Your Comfort Zone | Ed Latimore on The James Altucher Show

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Key Takeaways

  • Don’t worry about being loved by everyone:
    • “As long as you have some people on your team, you don’t need everyone”Ed Latimore
  • In life, you go as far as your worst habit. Once you get rid of your worst habit, your life will take a huge leap forward.
    • Cutting out toxic friends will change your life
    • Quitting alcohol will change your life
      • “People don’t realize the box of gifts that just opens up and spills everywhere once you get rid of that least powerful habit” – James Altucher
  • Friends also don’t like change because they fear you’ll become better than them:
    • “There are some people who define themselves by their superior position to you. Whether that be financially, health wise, relationships, whatever.” – Ed Latimore
      • If a friend dislikes you for becoming a better person, it’s best to cut them out of your life. You want people who are happy and supportive of you improving your life.
  • “The most powerful belief you can have is that given enough time, you can accomplish anything”  – Ed Latimore
  • Whatever your career you want to go into, if you do it for external reasons, you won’t last long in it.
    • “Do it for reasons that can’t be taken away from you”Ed Latimore
  • Knowing how to punch people in the face didn’t help Ed in other areas of his life, but the micro-skills he learned throughout his different jobs did:
    • “The supporting skills that make you good at one thing tend to have applications elsewhere” – Ed Latimore

Intro

Books Mentioned

About Ed Latimore

  • Ed grew up in the projects in Pittsburgh. The neighborhood was so rough that even the pizza delivery people wouldn’t deliver food there.
  • As a young adult, Ed became a professional boxer and retired with a 13-1-1 record
  • After that, Ed enlisted in the Army to pay for school
    • Ed ended up majoring in physics
  • What does Ed do now?
    • His books earn him between $2k-3k a month
    • He also sells guides and courses on Gumroad
    • And works as a freelancer writer and consultant 
      • “The main thing I try to accomplish with anything I create is to help people”Ed Latimore

Aspiring Boxers Be Warned

  • Boxing is an incredibly dangerous sport:
    • Ed knew a guy who was 17-0 but had to retire after he won his last fight because his retina got detached 
      • “As much as I loved fighting and as much as I get out of it, I don’t think I would ever go back and get ready for a fight” – Ed Latimore
  • Even sparring in boxing is dangerous. Ed’s two most serious injuries occured durring sparring sessions.
    • He got a blowout fracture in one eye that took him out for 5 months
    • A few years later, he got the same injury in the other eye 
      • Ed was lucky that he wasn’t hit too hard or he could have gone blind
  • Ed knew a career in boxing would result in more and more injuries, some of which could be fatal; so he decided to shift his career to something more sustainable and joined the Army and later attended college

Dealing With Alcohol

  • For most people, and Ed, drinking alcohol is an excuse to socialize and hang out with friends. If you don’t drink, it’s much harder to have a good social life. However, alcohol consumption can quickly spiral into a serious issue.
    • When Ed moved to LA, he didn’t have a car to go meet friends and didn’t know many people there
      • He felt isolated and a bit depressed so he turned to drinking to feel better and usually downed a bottle a day
        • Ed eventually moved back to his home town, but still found himself drinking alone and drinking to fall asleep
          • Ed finally dropped his drinking habit when he joined the Army because you’re not allowed to drink while in basic training

The Importance of Knowing Yourself

  • The hardest part of quitting alcohol for Ed was building a new identity for himself and becoming comfortable with it
  • Once you know who you are as a person, if you want to find similar people to socialize with, turn to the internet:
    • The internet has made it easier than ever before to find people with similar interests to yourself

To Change Your Life, Quit Your Worst Habit

  • In life, you go as far as your worst habit. Once you get rid of your worst habit, your life will take a huge leap forward.
    • Cutting out toxic friends will change your life
      • After James cut out toxic friends, he stopped going dead broke
    • Quitting alcohol will change your life
      • After quitting Ed got rid of his worst habit (drinking) he went on to get a college degree, become an entrepreneur, a speaker, and more
  • “People don’t realize the box of gifts that just opens up and spills everywhere once you get rid of that least powerful habit” – James Altucher

Why Friends Don’t Like It When You Try To Change

  • “We have a knee jerk reaction for people who do something different”Ed Latimore
  • When trying to change your life, oftentimes your friends will try to stop you because of their own insecurities:
    • When Ed was an alcoholic, his friends didn’t pull him aside to talk to him about drinking because they were also alcoholics and didn’t want to face the truth of their own situation
  • Friends also don’t like change because they fear you’ll become better than them:
    • “There are some people who define themselves by their superior position to you. Whether that be financially, health wise, relationships, whatever.” – Ed Latimore
      • If a friend dislikes you for becoming a better person, it’s best to cut them out of your life. You want people who are happy and supportive of you improving your life.
  • Don’t just stop at making your life better, try to make your surroundings and the lives of those around you better as well

Do It Because You Love It

  • Whatever career you want to go into, if you do it for external reasons, you won’t last long in it.
    • E.g: Don’t get into boxing to make money and get famous. It takes years if not decades to get to a level where you achieve those outcomes.
      • Instead, get into boxing because you love the sport or the strength you gain from training 
        • “Do it for reasons that can’t be taken away from you”Ed Latimore

Transfer of Skills

  • Knowing how to punch people in the face didn’t help Ed in other areas of his life, but the micro-skills he learned throughout his different jobs did:
    • “The supporting skills that make you good at one thing tend to have applications elsewhere” – Ed Latimore
  • An important skill Ed learned from boxing, learning how to build an audience
    • Boxers can paid a cut of how many tickets they sell, so if you want to make a good living as a boxer, you have to be able to get people in seats
      • Ed used that same skill into building his social media following
  • From physics and doing lab reports, Ed learned how to be a precise communicator
    • Ed used that skill in writing blog articles and books

Additional Notes

  • In chess, the theory changes but the tactics stay constant
  • A good chess book that James recommends reading: The Woodpecker Method by Axel Smith & Hans Tikkanen 
  • If you’re going to major in physics, just be aware that most people who study it don’t become physicists
    • They become software engineers, Wall Street bankers, and many other jobs
  • “The most powerful belief you can have is that given enough time, you can accomplish anything”  – Ed Latimore
  • If you ever find yourself in an uncomfortable conversation, just know it’s uncomfortable for the other person as well and you’re in control
  • If you want to get out of your comfort zone, do things that are uncomfortable but also good for you
    • E.g: Go for a mile run daily
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