I’m feeling defeated: Here’s what I wish I knew when I felt this way

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Hey, Justin from Ideapod here.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, I want you to know that you’re not alone. And that there’s a way out of it.

I used to feel this way. It has happened at a few different stages of my life.

One time was when I was working as a management consultant in London. I was lucky to get this job after finishing my postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics. It was 2008 and difficult to find a job because of the financial crisis.

I thought that being a management consultant would make me happy. I was on good money and everything seemed pretty good with life.

It was the natural progression to get a high-flying job after being at such a good university. From an external perspective, it made sense.

But I hated the job. I couldn’t stand being told what to do by my project managers. I didn’t like trying to fit in with routines and processes that didn’t seem to make sense.

After a few months I realized I was completely stuck in a rut. I didn’t feel any passion for the work I was doing.

I felt like I was defeated by life.

But I didn’t know how to get out of this rut.

This caused me to turn inwards. I felt like I was all alone. That no-one could possibly understand what I was going through.

Fast forward to today and I can’t imagine feeling like I am stuck in a rut. I regularly find myself in the flow state (watch my video about it here).

If there was one thing I wish I could have known back then it would be this:

I was not alone. So many others were experiencing exactly what I was experiencing.

I think that when we focus on ourselves – especially when we feel like we’re stuck in a rut – we can make the problem much bigger than it needs to be.

We get hypnotized into thinking our problems are unique. And that it requires some kind of unique approach to get out of the rut we’re in.

Instead, there’s a very different approach to getting out of whatever rut you may find yourself in.

It comes from focusing on others in your life.

Not in a way that puts your own needs aside.

Not by sacrificing yourself to the needs of others.

No. Instead, there’s an approach to living your life in the service of others in a way that is completely aligned with your values. It’s aligned with your purpose.

It’s aligned with a deeper sense of who you really are.

This is what Ideapod is all about. We are building a platform with a very different approach to personal development.

We have partnered with a number of instructors who are sharing this unique approach to personal development in our masterclasses, online workshops and articles.

The most visible of these instructors so far is the shaman Rudá Iandê. He’s visible on this platform for a reason. Together we are creating a movement around a unique vision of living life in alignment with our true selves.

Soon, you’ll see some more instructors on Ideapod sharing their ideas. I’m so excited to bring their ideas to you.

In the meantime, you can go a lot deeper already with Ideapod by joining us.

If you want to get started joining the community, I suggest checking out the resources available for Tribe members. It’s less than $10 monthly with a free 7-day trial. You can see if it’s a good fit for you.

Here’s what you get immediate access to:

  • Laughing in the Face of Chaos by Rudá Iandê. An incredible 164-page eBook. It’s a politically incorrect shamanic guide to modern life. Some describe it as life-changing.
  • Developing Your Personal Power by me. This is our first online workshop. It’s a 30-day process for embedding a mindset of taking responsibility for everything that happens in life.
  • Guided meditations. These are by Rudá Iandê and they are very powerful.
  • All of our eBooks and articles. There are 8 eBooks in total available, including ​The No-Nonsense Guide to Buddhism and Eastern Philosoph ​and ​The Art of Mindfulness.
  • ​And more.

See the full benefits of Tribe membership here.

And join the community of people sharing ideas around a very unique vision of personal development.

All the best,
Justin Brown, Ideapod

P.S. ​Did you enjoy the three-part email series during the week by Ideapod writer Nathan Dennis? In case you missed the emails, you can read them here:

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Justin Brown

Justin Brown

I'm Justin Brown, the founder of Ideapod. I've overseen the evolution of Ideapod from a social network for ideas into a publishing and education platform with millions of monthly readers and multiple products helping people to think critically, see issues clearly and engage with the world responsibly.

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