The Three Most Addictive Substances

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In this episode, we discuss how we should avoid getting addicted to these three things in life.

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Hi Everyone, welcome to the You’re Daily Cup of Joe Podcast, with your host Joe Bautista. In this podcast, my goal is to give you quick lessons that you can reflect on in your journal so you can grow yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and have a better career, better relationships, and better personal finances while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee.
I’m also the author of the book “More You Know, More You Grow: How to Get Better Every Day”. In this book, I wrote down over 30 tips to help you grow in those four cornerstones. I’m also the founder of Grow With Joe, where I combine self-development coaching and financial planning for Latino Professionals.
In today’s episode, we are going to discuss how we should avoid getting addicted to heroin, carbs, and a steady paycheck if we want to have control over our lives, but we’re mostly going to just talk about a steady paycheck. In my past, I hated when I did stuff just to ensure I had a steady paycheck because I just traded my time for money. This is why I love working for myself and that I live in Latin America. I have no need to own a car, I don’t want to buy a home, I’m happy with renting, and I don’t want to accumulate a lot of stuff.
I basically just have two suitcases, and a backpack and this is all I need in the world. And to be honest, I probably just need one suitcase. I thought I would be wearing more dress pants and shirts, and I haven’t worn them once here in Latin America. I just wear jeans and t-shirts. So when I have a two-week layover in Florida, I’m going to send a bunch of clothes back home. I have this blue suit that I love but it’s not doing me any favors by just staying in my suitcase.
But I love how it only costs me $800/mo to live in Latin America, but I spend about $1000 on my living expenses. I don’t have that many needs, I just buy books, and I workout. If I go out for drinks here in Colombia, it will only cost me $12 to $15. This is a big change from my time living in DC and Portland. And since my expenses are so low in Colombia, I don’t have to trade my time for money. I can spend as much time on myself care as needed. My mornings are filled with reading, working out, journaling, and meditating and I love my routine. Then I can work on my passion projects to grow my business. Instead of having to work 40 hours to pay for my standard of living, my business allows me to work for about 8 hours and I pay for all my living expenses. This is because my clients are in the United States and I’m charging US prices. There is nothing better than earning dollars and spending in Pesos.
So if I have a bad month with my business, it’s not the end of the world to me because I have cash reserves to handle it. I appreciated how about a month ago, I got sick with tonsillitis and then I was experiencing back spasms, and this took me out of commission for like two weeks and I didn’t work at all. And I wasn’t worried about the money because my expenses were so low. If I was addicted to a steady paycheck, then I would be worried. I follow the stoic philosophy and the goal of this philosophy is to have control over your mind, and when we have to rely on other things, then we lose that control. So there are two ways we can approach this, we can either lower our expectations where our needs are not that great, or we can increase our assets where we can say no to things and not have to worry about things.
I’m choosing the lower expectations and needs part right now, but I’m working on increasing my assets by getting more coaching and financial planning clients. And with my clients, I can be picky and choose the best clients for myself, instead of just taking anyone that comes my way, and then I end up regretting it. I love this type of freedom and control over my life because I’m doing what’s important, and not what is needed to survive. This requires to let our ego go, where we don’t care what other people think and what we feel entitled to.
When we are addicted to things like carbs, heroin, and a steady paycheck, then we lose control over our situation and then we end up lowering our standards to get those things, and most of the time, that’s not good for us.
And that’s it for today’s episode, to summarize it, the three most addictive substances on this planet are heroin, carbs, and a steady paycheck. To get over these substances, it requires discipline to say no and focus on real work, and not to have an ego. This will then give up more freedom over our lives. If we don’t consume a lot of carbs or do heroine, we are going to have more freedom over our minds and body. When we have the freedom to not accept a steady paycheck, then we can say no to things that we don’t need. It’s okay to have a steady paycheck, but just make sure we have the ability to step away if we need to. We don’t want to end up in a golden handcuff situation, where we are succeeding in chains. I will rather be free to say what I think and do what I think is the best and I can only do this if I have control over my mind and my needs.
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