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Jul 20, 2019 10:02:32

Pain Threshold

by @basilesamel PATRON | 255 words | 326πŸ”₯ | 368πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

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My pain threshold has dramatically increased over the last two years.
I barely procrastinate anymore, I stopped complaining, and I stopped feeling discouraged when I receive negative feedback.
Is it a good or a bad thing? I'm not sure.
I have little empathy for people who never stop whining. I'm becoming a tad robot-like, more stoΓ―c when it comes to getting things done. It has become so obvious to me I'm starting to forget where I come from.
I don't know how I got to this point honestly. Probably the accumulation of experiences. The mockeries throughout middle school. The first time I got rejected by a girl in high-school. Being a nerd. Getting lost in places far from home. Going against my parents' will to get a well-paid stable job as a consultant. Being expelled from engineering school. Closing down a business. Breaking up with lovers. Witnessing the death of my grandparents.
Only when you no longer feel pain can you truly be free, Buddhists say. It's true, but the moment you stop feeling pain is also when you start to relinquish your humanity.
It's considered a good thing when entrepreneurs have a high pain tolerance. I disagree. We should instead decrease our pain threshold, to learn to take it all in as to transform it into something positive. You don't want to forget pain, you must accept it as a necessary part of life. Avoid suffering whenever possible without being afraid of it.

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    @basilesamel there's a nice Buddhist saying "Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional." Sounds like you found a nice spot there. Do you think it has to do with how your current nomadic/remote/solo lifestyle-work is set up? Or do you think you would get here despite it?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 21, 2019 22:37:45
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      @jasonleow Traveling definitely developed my resilience! Entrepreneurship has well. It's a combination of everything constituting my current lifestyle :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 22, 2019 06:40:42
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    @basilesamel I literally think this is a superpower. Nothing can really shake you anymore, everything is doable. You just sit down and execute. You have complete certainty that things will work out eventually.

    I think you're right, though. There is a downside. It's really hard to feel empathetic towards the daily life problems of other people. Just recently a friend of mine told my how at work his boss is a dick and how hard everything is. That was in the same week I had to fire 6 people on the spot in my company.

    It's like playing a video game on hard mode and then a friend comes by and tells you he can't get past the first boss on easy mode and how that makes him sad. It's hard to relate.

    Im really trying not to look down on those people and problems, since everyone struggles with something. And it's all real and difficult.

    I wrote about the same thing in February btw: https://200wordsaday.com/words/a-higher-tolerance-for-being-under-pressure-82245c5df02f02f8d

    AG avatar AG | Jul 20, 2019 10:25:49
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      @ag haha I like the video games analogy! :D And yes I agree it's quite useful, I just hope I won't lose my empathy if I keep on going this way.

      Thanks for sharing your post. I can relate indeed.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 20, 2019 11:07:20
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