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Mark Podolsky AKA The Land Geek - Issue #341


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September 17 · Issue #341 · View online

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T- Thoughts
We live well enough to have the luxury to get ourselves sick with purely social, psychological stress.” ― Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford Neuroscientist
I listened to an audible book a few years ago by Robert Sapolsky titled Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers.
He walks the reader through a stress hormone called glucocorticoid and how it affects so many parts of our body from our cardiovascular system to our metabolism and finally sleep.
As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear–and the ones that plague us now–are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal’s does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way–through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us sick.
I often make the argument that if you’re stressed about reaching your ambitious goals in building a land business and the benefits of passive income you will be ultimately less productive.
However, I think it’s important to have the right amount of stress. For example, when you’re working out and lifting weights for an hour you’re stressing the muscles. They break down and then build up again stronger during the rest phase. Imagine though if you were lifting weights 8-10 hours per day! Those muscles would be too stressed and would just cause too much pain to even work out again for a long time.
So we need some stress to help motivate us, focus us mentally, etc. But if you’re stressed all day long its harmful.
I remember distinctly how my daughter and I got into an argument recently. I left the argument so upset. I literally could not stop playing the tape of what was said, how it was said, how I reacted, how she reacted over and over. It was like watching a bad play in my mind with no intermission. I would try to breathe deeply yet no mental relief came. I would try to distract myself with a show I was watching. Nope, my mind just kept racing. The thoughts and emotions were just too powerful. After several days of intentionally letting it go (yeah, days, not hours) I was able to calm my mind. The point being just because we may know what to do it doesn’t make it any easier…
Sapolsky recommends the following: 
  • Outlets for frustration — this is frequently practiced by primates. An alpha male who just lost a fight often lets the frustration out by beating up lower rank males. Unfortunately, this coping mechanism also explains misplaced aggression in human behaviors.
  • Social support — baboons who have a bigger social circle, who are groomed more frequently have lower glucocorticoids levels. This is true for humans as well — just look at the Harvard Study of “a good life” Over nearly 80 years, Harvard study has been showing how to live a healthy and happy life — Harvard Gazette
  • Predictability makes stressors less stressful (its less about the intensity of the stressor, but about anticipation. A study looked at the stress level of civilians during wartime in London. Researchers noticed that suburban populations developed more ulcers (a proxy for the level of stress) compared to urban populations — this is because the bombing in the suburbs is less frequent and more unpredictable in timing.
  • Control — Studies have shown that if you give chronic pain patients the ability to control their own painkiller dosage (they can press a button to increase dosage). Miraculously, the total amount of pain killer consumed decreased. It is the sense of control that’s doing wonders here. And it’s not just the exercise of control, it’s the perception of control, that matters here.
Now is a good time to reevaluate your relationship to stress and start building in more mindfulness, support, predictability, outlets for frustration and more control in your life so you can work more joyfully and productively!
Don’t be the wealthiest person in the hospital on your journey…
“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service
If you have thoughts or more insights you’d like to share with me don’t be shy! Email me at [email protected]
L- Land
This Week on The Art of Passive Income...
On this week’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott welcome the founder and editor-in-chief of Podcast Magazine, Steve Olsher, to the show.
Episode Notes
Steve Olsher has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Podcast magazine, host of the #1 rated podcasts Reinvention Radio, and the founder of The Reinvention Workshop. He is an award-winning author and the original chairman and founder of
Steve is known as the world’s foremost reinvention expert for his role in helping individuals and organizations discover their WHAT, that is the one thing they were created to do. Steve is also a New York best-selling author and a keynote speaker. 
Listen in as they discuss:
  • How Steve started his entrepreneurial journey
  • Where does the future of podcasts lie?
  • Changes in the media landscape
  • Clubhouse
  • What is a reinvention expert?
  • The mindset of a successful entrepreneur
  • Identifying your WHAT
And, more!
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In This Week's Round Table...
On this week’s roundtable episode, the Land Geeks talk about having a pricing range on offer letters.
Episode Notes
Joining Mark this week are:
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Bossman
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
Listen in as they go around the table and share their views on having a pricing range included in your offer letters. Will they be for it or against it? Tune in to hear more!
Teria: My tip of the week is actually a quote that my son and I talked about last week, this quote says, “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” and that’s from Mr. Tony Robbins. It’s okay to start your business and it may not seem going fast at first, it may seem like everything is set up the way your coaches are set up, but as long as you have momentum and you’re doing something you are doing better than everyone else.
Want To Listen More?
Did you enjoy this episode? If you did, check out one of our exciting roundtable episodes where we discuss how we mentally mind the inevitable dips in our lives and in our business.
G -Gratitude
We’d like to express our gratitude to Melissa Callegari for sharing her success with us.
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