Having been inspired by the works of Tim Ferriss, I am seeking to apply the 80/20 rule to as many parts of my life as I can, in order to improve efficiency and cut down on some of my expenses. The 80/20 rule states that 20% of sources result in 80% of a given outcome. In this case, I believe that 20% of my supplementation results in 80% of the health benefits. I’m seeking to cut out any supplement that doesn’t fall into this 20% category.
Based on the hundreds of hours of research on health and wellness I’ve poured through in these past 4 years, here are the 5 supplements I believe every high-performing individual will benefit from.
Driven to a Tipping Point
“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”
In his bestselling book, “The Tipping Point”, Malcolm Gladwell discusses tipping points as they relate to trends in society. How does a seemingly silly fashion item suddenly take off? Or why does one show become insanely popular, while a clearly better show is cancelled three weeks later? While tipping points in society are very noticeable because of the scale on which they take place, personal tipping points are just as powerful an occurrence, but are seldom discussed. Tim Ferriss, a New York Times best-selling author, recently addressed the personal tipping point in his new book, “The 4-Hour Body”, which is what gave me the inspiration for this post.
Many months ago I wrote a post that dealt with the question: does college have to be the best years of your life? I argue that it’s possible to continue “the best years of your life” into your 20s, 30s, and beyond by choosing a career that you truly enjoy and gives you your ideal work/life balance. Today I’m going to deal with a second factor that is crucial to forming your ideal lifestyle after college. That factor is none other than where you live. It sounds simple enough, but I find that most college students don’t put as much emphasis on this as they should. However, just because I’m targeting this article at college students, doesn’t mean others can’t benefit from this advice as well.
Actions that incur the greatest reward – such as pursuing your dreams, starting a business, or changing your career – are often the choices in life that bring you the most uncertainty. For a control freak (like myself) or anyone who develops anxiety from being exposed to uncertainty, it can be hard to pursue those high-reward goals in your life.
Another way to look at this is through the scope of your comfort zone. More often than not, the achievements you wish to reach in your lifetime will require you to step out of your comfort zone to master new skills, try new things, and build new connections. This is never easy because there is no set-in-stone road map to address the who, what, where, when, and how.
If uncertainty and risk stresses you out, the only way to eliminate the stress and anxiety is to experience uncertainty over and over until your comfort zone stretches and adjusts. On average, this takes about 21 days to happen due to the length of time it takes to rewire habits.
The inspiration for this post came about from personally undergoing this sort of painful adjustment process. It took me a little over 21 days to adjust, which is consistent with research conducted on human adaptation and habits. Those three weeks were emotionally and mentally taxing. A few of my friends frequently heard me complain about my circumstances. I had to continually convince myself that it was worth my time to keep pushing forward. And then one day, I experienced a shift in my thought patterns. I was suddenly OK with the circumstances I was in, even though they were roughly the same as they were from the start. I started to see these circumstances as a challenge to help me grow, rather than a hurtful strain.
I firmly believe that it is from this kind of mindset that you can effectively achieve your goals, regardless of the difficulty. In fact, there are many case studies in history to back up the power of overcoming discomfort caused by failure and uncertainty. Use this knowledge to your advantage. It is easier to hang in there and fight through discomfort when you know that a radical and very beneficial mindset shift is in sight (usually within 21 days). This type of mindset shift is the essence of personal growth. In the words of Napoleon Hill: “Thoughts are things.”