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May 15, 2018

When you remove challenge and replace it with comfort the end result is mental and physical weakness. Muscles do not get stronger or more healthy when you don’t use them. Your mind becomes stronger when you stimulate it.

(P.S. Sorry about any static in this episode. I have no idea why it happened and I’m gonna look into it.)


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Alright, let’s kick this thing off. Welcome back to Morning Mindset, thank you for sharing this portion of your day with me, whether it’s early morning or evening, that’s the beauty of On-Demand audio, you can listen any time you want! And, you can even go back and re-listen, you can even share this with other people, which I encourage you to do. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a sip of my Sweet Marie’s coffee. *Sip, Mmmmm*

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So good, Sweet Marie’s, our local coffee shop. So let’s talk about Challenge & Weakness. Challenge & Weakness, many of you who pay attention to the world around you, you may have seen the High School/College age kids and thought “How is it that these human beings, these malenials, how did they get so weak? How did they get to the point where everything offends them? Where they need safe spaces to go and hide from the harsh realities of the world?” Well I can tell you.

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If you know anything about the human body, you know that muscles do not get stronger through lack of use. As a matter of fact, if you know anything about hospital care, often suffer from muscle atrophy and they have to be rolled and moved and so forth. If you don’t work with and help that person, their muscles will atrophy. Have you ever been in a cast? Whether it was a leg or arm cast, you cut the cast off then you compared the limb that had the cast on it, to the limb that didn’t, and you realize that the one that was in the cast is much smaller than the other. Why is that?

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Because the muscles have atrophied, they have shrunk, they have basically become next to useless because you weren’t using them. Muscles don’t get stronger from resting and relaxing, they get stronger from stress and use, and challenging them. When you get under a barbell, and it pulls you down with gravity, and you push back against it. Or when you’re on a bench and you push back against it, you’re challenging your muscles. Now, when it comes to the mind, when it comes to reading- why do we teach our children arithmetic? It teaches them to problem solve.

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Mathematics and arithmetic and so forth, it forces them to think, it forces them to solve problems. It is exercise for their brains. When you pick up a piece of dead tree with ink on it, you know those things we used to use back when we rode dinosaurs. Kids today are like “What, ink and paper? How do I use that?” When you read, that’s why I’m always recommending to everyone who listens to me to get some dead tree and read. Stimulate your brain. That is why 200, 500, 1000 years ago the ancient Greeks and so forth realized that we need to teach our children mathematics, to read.

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We need to strengthen their brains. But what have we seen during the last ¼ century or so? We’ve seen a demonstrable change in how teach and raise children. You have been conditioned to believe that the physical & psychological comfort of your child is the most important thing. That the more psychologically & physically comfortable you make a child, the more they will be able to blossom and create and yada-yada. It’s actually the exact opposite. We have removed all the challenges from our children, and prioritised physical and psychological comfort.

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What has been the end result? Has the result been a generation of adults who have grown up stimulated and creative and intelligent and motivated? No, it’s been the exact opposite. We were told in the late 90’s that all children were special and they all need to be treated specially, and we needed to remove any harsh challenges. We had to stop keeping score in our kids t-ball & soccer games, because that challenge “could stunt their creativity and growth as individuals”. What did we do? We padded our kids up like they’re going to go ride motorcross when they’re riding down a sidewalk. We put elbow pads and plastic helmets on them. I’m surprised that there aren’t mandatory mouthguards in some states.

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Because we’re afraid that they’ll fall and get hurt. Mom won’t let their kids go out and rough and tumble, climb fences, fall out of trees, and do all that stuff we did when I was growing up, and I survived. Now my mom hated it when I climbed trees, but I did it anyway. There was not a fence in my neighborhood that I didn’t climb over, and I torn my clothes and got dirty and scraped my knees. But I survived, and I didn’t grow up to be a whiny little snowflake why has to be sheltered so his little feelings don’t get hurt. We’ve raised a generation of weakness. Now you say “What is the problem with being nice and smoothing out the path?” The problem is now we have a bunch of non-productive humans, who are not at all prepared to take on the real world that does not give 1 wit about their feelings.

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That is not how you grow and develop a productive community, or a productive nation. We removed the challenge and the end result is physical and psychological weakness. What’s my solution? We need to go back to where we were 30 years ago. Before the Clinton administration, I know many of you are like “Yeah, I know.” Stop giving trophies for showing up, start keeping score. Only the winners get ice cream, really simple stuff like that. In your schools, if they’re not learning math & arithmetic, if in your colleges, if they’re not learning logic & critical thinking, they’re not challenging themselves.

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Challenge leads to Strength, the lack of it leads to Weakness. It’s nature, it’s simple, and it’s time honored. You know I wrote a book about this, it’s called “Team Honey Badger; Raising Fearless Kids in a Cowardly World”. How do you get it, it’s real simple. You go to Amazon.com, search “Team Honey Badger; Raising Fearless Kids in a Cowardly World”, you can get the dead tree version, it’s made on dead tree with ink, traditional. Or if you want to read it on your Phone or mobile device, you can get the Kindle version. Alright, I’m your host Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


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*Alex*

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