Learn How to Love Driving in Traffic

Learning how to love driving in traffic may be an extreme statement.

Let’s say at least not hate it. That can be learned. And your life will be so much better.

How many hours do you spend driving each week? Almost 2 hours, on average, according to a Harvard study.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could turn that negative part of your life into a positive? How much would your mood and general mindset improve?

We already know that we have to build grit, and this will allow us to find and develop a passion. Thanks to this process we will be more purposeful in every step and action we take.

To many this may seem years away. Almost like a fairy tale. But if you want to do it, you can do it. You can suffer now but live the rest of your life Enjoying Your Job!


Your Tolerance Threshold


Whenever there was an opportunity for debate or argument, I used to be ready. This was my time to shine (muahahahahaha)!

Debating who is the best player in the NBA, count me in. I had tons of data and even built some excel spreadsheets, to be prepared for this big debate.

Someone posted the contrary on Facebook… Excellent! This was my chance to use all my knowledge and information to prove them wrong.

Someone without an economics degree talking about economics…. Unacceptable! It was my duty to let them know the absolute truth! And of course, as an economist, I had that absolute truth.

What a waste of time and energy!

And this kept going on and on, with different topics, online or in person. I could even feel the temperature change within myself in these situations. My ears would get red and hot.

But not anymore. At least most of the time. 

I can now use my energy and thoughts in a more efficient and effective way.

Intermittent fasting has had a big impact on this change. Some of you may be facing the same challenge. And you want to build tolerance and grit so that you can power through these challenges.

Let’s now talk about steps you can start taking today. So that you can begin to improve your thresholds of tolerance and develop grit.


Intermittent Fasting


A lot of great things have been said about intermittent fasting.

  • Makes your day simpler
  • Helps you live longer
  • May reduce risk of cancer

There are  resources that go more into detail about the benefits of intermittent fasting. And those explain the studies behind those statements.

Today I want to focus on another benefit of this habit.

When was the last time you went several hours without eating? At some point, you probably started getting hangry. And as CNN states, there is a whole science behind being hangry, and getting grumpy when you are hungry.

But maybe after a bit that feeling went away. You realized is not the end of the world to not eat for 5-8 hours.

Intermittent fasting is basically the practice of deliberately not eating for several hours.

At first, it may sound crazy, but it can really help you develop grit.

I wouldn’t recommend starting this practice on your busiest day of the week, or when you have a big test. Try a Saturday or a Sunday that you know you will have an easy day. You can drink water, tea, or coffee (without anything added) when you start getting hungry. Because these don’t have any calories.

Start maybe with 12 hours (8 of those could be sleeping). When you wake up wait as long as you can before having breakfast. And then try to get up to 16-18 hours.

Once you can consistently get to 18-20 hours on an easy day then go back down to 12 hours, but on a regular work day. Don't do it when you have an interview or an important meeting. Instead, pick a day where you will have to work and will have to face some challenges (traffic, projects, etc.).

And then work on building that time up to 18-20 hours on a regular day.

After several days of this practice, you will start to realize that you have more willpower that what you actually thought. You will understand that not eating for several hours is not the end of the world. And that you don’t need to act like a crazy person just because you need food. There are far worse things than being hungry.

These new levels of tolerance will then be useful for everything else that you do.


Specific Tactics & Results


Recently I had a great experience in a team project. At the Large-Cap Growth team of the Cougar Investment Fund, we had to forecast the revenue of a company, which is heavily dependent on the oil and gas prices.

At first, we had a hard time agreeing on our forecasting model. And this is common in team projects. But we were able to have a positive conflict.

You will probably face many conflicting situations. And sometimes you look back and wish you would’ve reacted better.


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