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Superchargers - Challenge Curation #15

Here are three little personal challenges to try in our daily lives as suggested by expert guests on the Superchargers podcast hosted by Daniel Thomas. Watch the full conversations below each challenge.

Entrepreneur - Nick Hutchison

Here's my challenge for everybody. For the next month, read for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, five days a week, Monday through Friday, because here's how fast you can finish two books. If you read for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, that's 30 minutes a day. In 30 minutes, somebody who's just starting out, it's about 20 pages. Do that five days a week, you get 100 pages. The average book is only about 200 pages these days. I mean, the war of art is much shorter than that. So you can read two books by replacing a little bit of social media in the morning and a little bit of Netflix in the evening with reading a good book. And that's my challenge for everybody.”

Entrepreneur - Kelly Killingsworth

”I would challenge you to look in the mirror. My transition point when I knew I had to become sober and I knew that I had to make my life better, but the biggest thing for me was to look in the mirror and to realise that my past is my past. It brought me to where I am today.

And it's up to me to produce my future. So there was a long time where I couldn't look at myself in the mirror for years. And so by doing that and by forcing myself to do that, it really escalated it. So that's a pretty good challenge, I think, is to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and do it regularly and tell yourself who you are and who you want to be.”

Mental health advocate - Lisa Sugarman

”I challenge anyone who knows that they're not okay to not only admit that they're not okay, but to take it one step further and call a lifeline. Reach out to someone. If you're not comfortable calling a hotline, a crisis line or a warm line, call a friend, call a family member, call a coworker, call someone else that you trust. But reach out and don't be caught up in that fear that I think incapacitates a lot of people because they're worried about what happens when I call? What are people going to think? What are people going to do? Are police going to come to my door? Am I going to be taken away?

People have real, legitimate fears about what happens when you make that call for help. And I mean, sure, there are definitely circumstances in which we do as crisis counselors have to get intervention if someone is harming themselves or at imminent risk of harming themselves. That's a unique situation. But for the most part, what we want to do is get you to a safe place. We want to talk. We want to let you talk. We want to let people share what's on their mind and what's in their heart, and we hold that space. And we want to make sure that people are safe and supported. So I would just challenge anybody who's listening who might be struggling to reach out for help because there is hope. There is hope when you know that there are people out there who are willing to listen and who are willing to give you the resources that you need.”

From Superchargers: Challenge curation #15, 24. Jan 2024

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