Drop a frog in boiling water, and it will jump right back out. No questions asked, it’s not wasting time, it’s getting the hell out of there. Drop it in a pot of cool water and slowly increase the temperature, and we have a different story on our hands. As the waters temperature increases from cool to lukewarm to hot, the frog is enjoying the hot tub like setting. It’s comfortable. It’s cozy. Why would it want to leave? Then, before you know it, the frog has overstayed it’s welcome. The temperature has increased to an uncomfortable level, but it can’t move. The warmth and comfort of the water are paralyzing. The water is starting to boil over and the frog is stuck there, trapped by their own sense of comfort.
I read this metaphor in a book and I immediately saw myself in the boiling frog. My life has always been comfortable, and I’ve never seen a need to create any changes that would take time and effort. I’m incredibly grateful for not having to deal with too much stress and strife in life. To quote Farrah Gray, though, “Comfort is the enemy of achievement.” Like the frog, I was content with just sitting back and not making a splash. In realizing the frog’s unfortunate fate, I found myself asking a lot of questions.
Am I waiting around for something bad to happen?
Is there an opportunity for change and redirection out there that I’m ignoring because I’m too comfortable where I am?
Will my comfort zone be my demise?
If there are things that I can change and improve, what are they?
Naturally, these questions sent me down a rabbit hole of discovery and curiosity that I’m still happily working my way through. First came the books, then the podcasts, then the documentaries. I was grabbing any content I could hold onto that could teach me how to grow and benefit from challenging the edges of my comfort zone. Finding anything that could keep me from the fate of the boiling frog was my aim. I was, and still am, never going to let what makes me comfortable blind me from much-needed opportunities for change.
Now that I’m knee-deep in it and can confidently look back and say I’ve made some substantial growth, I wanted to share what people, concepts, books and podcasts have been a fixture in my journey. Each Friday I will come to you with one piece of my ever growing puzzle and share my insights that I’ve learned from it.
For our third edition of Boiling Frog Friday…
Lewis Howes and his School of Greatness Podcast!
I have been an avid listener to Lewis Howes and the School of Greatness podcast for about 5 or 6 months now. He is one of the most genuine guys in the field and you can hear it in each interview he puts together for the podcast. His variety of guests has also been a pleasure to listen to. He has top athletes, authors, performers and thought leaders each week. It’s not just self-help gurus and life coaches. He truly brings an array of different people onto the show and highlights each person’s habits and mindsets that make them extraordinary.
What was even more amazing for me was the HUGE library of episodes to listen to once I found Lewis. There are 400+ episodes to go back and listen to. For someone like me, who wants nothing more than to absorb as much information as possible, having that much content available is incredible.
Along with the lengthy list of past guests and episodes, he’s still pumping out 3 new episodes a week. Two are interviews with some of the world’s most interesting people, then every Friday he caps the week off with a quick episode by himself to remind his listeners of an important concept learned through the week.
Lewis has become a virtual mentor of mine and I genuinely admire his drive to achieve his own greatness while sharing it out to the world. Common themes you’ll hear throughout these episodes are serving others and practicing gratitude. I have done my best to incorporate these themes into my life, and I have the School of Greatness and Lewis to thank for that. I reached out to Lewis for his own personal touch to this post, and he was kind enough to provide an inspiring word or two to cap the article off. Below you will find his answers to three questions that I asked him along with some links to his website and my favorite episodes of his podcast. Enjoy!
What outside source of information (book/person/concept) had the greatest impact on your current path or mindset?
Hard to say but The Alchemist, The 4 Hour Workweek, and Tony Robbins.
What event or experience has shaped your life the most?
Another tough question but I’d say some of the emotional intelligence training and coaching programs I’ve been through.
If you could sum up your advice for a quality life in one sentence, what would it be?