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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)11.14.2012 at 6:05 pm

Rules: Each day you must do one of the following (not all three) :
- Something you fear
- Something you’ve been putting off
- Something you’ve never done before

We’ll use this thread as a record for what you do each day. That will end up serving as a giant repository of options for other people looking for inspiration on what to do each day.

I started doing this 6 days ago and it’s been the most enlivening experiment I’ve ever tried.

Format: Day 1: Put out a call for HighExistence Interns
Of course feel free to share any thoughts about your experience that day

My last 7 days:

Day 1: Something illegal (that wasn’t the goal, I’m just not being specific haha)
Day 2: Interview on live radio
Day 3: 25C-NBOME (new and not well tested designer drug that allowed for insanely vivid past-life regression through eye gazing)
4) Pitched a guest post to TechCrunch.com (huge tech blog) about the futurism of 3-D printing
5) Finished that illegal activity
6) Datura (crazy psychedelic, do your research before touching this one)
7) Put out a request for HE interns

Fears could be anything: public speaking, being completely honest with someone about something, bungie jumping, having a vulnerable conversation, meditating for an exorbitant amount of time, forcing yourself to love people you’ve had trouble loving in the past, etc.

Thanks to @jpete011 for serendipitously posting about this

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Mike (@mikedvs15)1 year, 5 months ago ago

day1: wore a sombrero to class

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FindYourGreatness (@jpete011)1 year, 5 months ago ago

I did 215 pushups in 15 minutes. Then an icy cold shower afterwards. Scary stuff

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Max Nachamkin (@feren6)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jordan Datura, really? That’s not even a psychedelic — it’s a delerient. You’ll see shit that’s not there, have conversations that don’t actually exist. Is there a specific reason you want to try it? I’ve only read negative stories from people where they talked to imaginary people and ended up 3 days later in a hospital.

Maybe there’s some use that i’m not aware about and you can enlighten us? :)

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Eric (@blankey)1 year, 5 months ago ago

I’m in. Good idea Jordan!

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@feren6, Please keep this discussion to reporting on the challenge. Check here for your answer: http://www.highexistence.com/topic/datura-flying-ointment/

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Aiden (@aidenblair)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 1: Posted musings on fear that I wrote in highschool.
I give it a 1, because it wasn’t that hard, but I used to be pretty insecure about things I wrote back then.

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Aiden (@aidenblair)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 2: Died my hair purple/blue

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 9: Attempt to con my way into a Joe Rogan show and to meet him afterwards

GREAT SUCCESS!!!

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FindYourGreatness (@jpete011)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jordan, Dude that is AWESOME. Do you have picture/audio/video for proof?

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Nisska (@nisrom)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 2: Inspired by another suggestion from this website, I added a Cold blast to the end of my shower. Most painful, exhilarating, refreshing thing I’ve done in a while.

Day 3: I forgave someone who had done a terrible and stupid thing to me. I ran into them randomly, and instead of ignoring or giving the evil eye, I became the better person and said Hi. It feels so damn good to get over grudges, and maintain positive relationships with people.

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jordan, nice photoshop

jokes

OT: I started my homework… yesterday. going to be a grueling 12 more hours today.
Yesterday I spoke my mind about politics. I don’t usually do this, despite my attitude on the internet. I tend to simply listen to people. But sometimes I want to say something – but fear the conflict that may ensue. I’m getting more confident in that regard.

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Aiden (@aidenblair)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 3: Cleaned my entire apt. along with laundry (give it a 2, was a HUGE mess)

so far I’ve posted something I was afraid to/insecure about, done something I’ve never done(died my hair), and now something I’ve been putting off
I’m thinking my next fear faced might involve my arachnophobia :)

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FindYourGreatness (@jpete011)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Today I realized that Noah Kagan lives in my city and I made it a goal to try to meet him. I went to the office of his business AppSumo but no one was there (duh it’s Saturday..). I then tweeted to him a video of me at the offices saying that I would bring him a burrito of his choice to meet him (he loves burritos). @jordan, any advice?

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Day 10: Sleeping outside in the woods. Alone.

My friend suggested this one and I was immediately not feeling it, which is why I had to do it. About to head out there now. If I never publish another post on HE, you know what happened to me :p

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Marie (@ARCANUS)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jordan, I’m about to do the same thing. Although, time will show whether I dare to actually sleep out, I might stay awake. I’m heading out this Monday. Good luck! :)

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Tony (@antlob)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jordan, That sounds badass. I’d try it but there’s some coyotes in the woods by my house. I take it you’re doing this without a tent?

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Kevin (@awkwardmoments)1 year, 5 months ago ago

Been reading this site for so long and have had many times that I wanted to comment but haven’t partly because I have trouble turning my thoughts into words because of indecisiveness and also because there is some company out there recording all our moves on the internet and might be used against us in the future.

I found this place at what seemed like a perfect time when I felt like I was entering the phase @drquantum so clearly described here or maybe I entered it because I found the site!

http://www.highexistence.com/topic/awakening-and-having-a-hard-time-dealing-with-it/

And this comment feels great

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)1 year, 5 months ago ago

@jpete011, Trying reaching him through his blog: http://okdork.com/. Looks like he doesn’t get too many comments so I bet he’d respond there.

@ARCANUS, Thanks!

@antlob, I am using a tent because it’s literally freezing here at night. Canada is so cold compared to California its ridiculous. Going out now, goodnight!

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 4 months ago ago

@nisrom, How are you finding the Tibetan rites? That’s gonna be what I start tomorrow!

Day 1: Flying on my own for the first time. Not a biggy, but still a first.

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Safety first! I’d like to mention that if someone really tries to face all of their fears in a month, it may lead to complete turning point in their lives, so take it easy… and really check out your stress levels, facing a fear EVERY single day could be riskier than you think and some stuff just takes more time to adapt to. I still can’t believe that for two months I spoke in front unfamiliar group of people and improvised, did fairly well, learned how to cook almost everything I could think of, made a hundred new contacts, and now I’m basically losing myself and my new lifestyle of living on my own. I’m starting to feel the need for some kind of entertainment or I’m afraid I’m gonna break down dramatically.

Day 1: Not being afraid of losing my mind.

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madonna (@danfontaine)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Day 1: no tobacco, booze, weed, television or video games. Here we gooo

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Charlie (@charlie7400)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Gonna start this on monday :)

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FindYourGreatness (@jpete011)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Today I stopped procrastinating and recorded some videos of myself and wrote a blog post on my website which should be up and running in the near future

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Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Day 11: Wrote script for my first YouTube video

I’ve known for a while that video is my next frontier for spreading HE-like material, and I’ve been putting it off because I hate being on video. By the end of this 30 day challenge, the first one will be done.

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