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26: Getting Excited without Banking on the Outcome | Feedback Friday

26: Getting Excited without Banking on the Outcome | Feedback Friday

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00

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Welcome to feedback Friday. I am your host, Jordan Harbinger. I'm here with producer Jason Defillippo here on the Jordan Harbinger Show, and we love having conversations with our guests. You know, that's what we do twice a week. And our primary purpose, of course, is to pass along their experiences, their insights and our experiences and insights along to you. In other words, the real purpose of the show is to have conversations directly with you, and that's what we're going to do today and every Friday here on feedback Friday, you can reach us Friday. At and Jen and I are both in that feedback Friday inbox, and we used to reply with hey, this is Jen here, but 90% of the time it's me. I appreciate all the notes, all the letters. Everything does reach me Friday at And this week. As usual, we got some fun ones and we got some doozies. And we can't wait to dive in. So, Jason, what is the first thing out of this mailbag here? Hi, Jordan. And Jason, I made the hardest decision in my life today. I decided to break up with my long term. Girlfriend of multiple years. We just weren't right for each other. She's not herself and she spent most of our time together unhappy about her life. She would constantly keep oversleeping, procrastinating, or stress eating. I feel like a failure. I wanted to be there for her through everything, but then I realized that I'm just as unhappy when it comes to the relationship. When we first got together, I wasn't as disciplined as I am now. I've since found a good job that challenges me and more importantly, I've lost £125, which kickstarted everything for me. Congratulations. That's huge. Literally. Literally. No pun intended. Yeah, I found a new sense of myself, but that's where the problem started. I feel my girlfriend started to use my successes for an excuse as to why she couldn't complete hers. I made it look too easy. Which anybody who's accomplished a big task knows. That's not the reality of the situation. Our relationship ended with some harsh truths. I changed so much of myself for you. I don't know how to be myself anymore. You're just giving up. I wanted to marry you. I don't want to be with anyone else. And I became comfortable being intimate with you and I don't know if I can with any other guy now. All these statements and more are all a result of my own mistakes and self interests. It highlighted the fact that I had unintentionally made her dependent on me, but I don't know how I'm going to move on either. I took this risk and I'm certainly not in a comfortable situation. How can I move forward and keep on my path of self improvement? I fear most of all that I'm going to revert to the way I was before I met her. I expect to be derailed but I want to get ahead of it. I imagine that your. Situation with your previous company is a lot like going through a breakup as well. There must be as much that you blame yourself for that may not necessarily have been your fault, but I'm equally assured there wasn't a mistake or two that you'd made toward the other side of your breakup. How did you get past any self doubt and move forward and how did you take the mistakes that you acknowledged and became points that you might work towards in the future? Thank you so much for all the work that you do. I don't take any of it for granted. Signed Less Than Jake. So this is the first thing that strikes me here is that this is a classic example of outgrowing someone in your life. So he took drastic action to get rid of 125 pounds, started to feel better about himself, and then this girlfriend who is was left in the dust not by Jake, but just by her own inaction, depression conditions that she's not really doing anything about. She's using that not only as an excuse to why she couldn't complete hers, but she's trying to control. Them with guilt. I noticed that all of these things that she said, first of all, he made it look too easy. I mean, I'm sorry, but that just makes me angry. That so? Well, you made it look so easy that I can't do it. I mean, yeah, get out of here with that. That is just so aggravating. And then, oh, I changed so much of myself with you. I don't know how to be myself anymore. You're just giving up. I wanted to marry you. I don't want to be with anyone else. I became comfortable to. Someone's a little bit self-centered. This person is. Focused on everything they need and everything you're doing to make make them a victim. Make her a victim. I can't lose the weight. I can't do that. She's depressed, you know, and she doesn't seem to want to get through this, which is unfortunate, but I don't think that you can stay with anyone like that. She is going to hold you back as as long as you'll let her do that. And here's the thing. I know that when I left AOC, I knew years ago I needed to do that. I just didn't do it. And I think Jake's in the same boat. I think he knew years ago and he just put up with it for so long that now it finally came to a head. I don't think you're gonna revert to where you were before you made this progress on your own, in spite of her not taking the journey with you. It would be. I would understand this. If it's like my girlfriend's really into fitness and we both lost a bunch of weight and we both keep each other accountable, this is the opposite of what's happening. She's using you as an excuse not to do it and trying to drag you down to where she's at so that she feels better about herself. You're not going to revert to where you were. You're probably going to take off. And lose even more, or gain even more muscle or be in better shape. You can really not even know how far you can go without somebody like this weighing you down. And the biggest regret that I have almost always about big leaps in my life. Big action steps. You're applying for something, getting a job here, dating someone, getting married, all that stuff is always my regret is always not doing it earlier and I want to have kids now, but I'm going through a stressful time. Thanks. This whole rough breakup, you know, and all the stress and harassment that's come with it. So I'm glad that I'm not pregnant right now. Learn that we're not pregnant right now, I should say, but, yeah, I was gonna say, yeah, I'm very glad that you are personally. Yeah. Not pregnant right now. This morning sickness is killing me. But we are definitely planning that. And I know that when my when finally this happens, I'm gonna be like I should have done this years ago, just like I did with marriage. Just like I did with, you know, living abroad and language, all this other things that I love doing that I knew I should have done ages ago. And his hardest things were the first month of the split from AOC I'm in, what? What are we in Jason, month two or something like that or is it the beginning of the movie? Yeah, we're starting month three, so we're in the beginning of month 3. And I'm already excited for the future in ways that I never was excited for while I was a part of OC because of all the limits, self-imposed and otherwise, which are now gone. And not to mention, we've all been able to reinvent ourselves in the brand in a much healthier environment as well. How do you feel, Jason? I mean, whenever. I go through stuff like this, the beginning is always rough, and then afterwards it's like, how the hell did I not do that earlier? Everything's good. It's like, you know, yeah, we weighed anchor. We're moving on and smooth sailing. There's gonna be some rough patches for sure, and that's just to be expected. But overall, it's really nice to wake up in the morning and be able to do what we want to do without, you know, outside interference, as it were. So I think All in all, I think Jake is going to be or Less Than Jake is going to be in a fantastic position because he doesn't have that anchor anymore, because it did sound like. Who is warming up for the opera with all the me Me, Me's going on? I see what you did there. Yeah, I think, I think Jake is gonna be just fine. So, yeah, he might be a little lonely at first, but you can get over that. That that's a problem. That is easily fixable. Yeah. You know, I agree. I agree. Let's move right along. Dear Jordan and Jason, Greetings from eastern Canada, bastion of the French language in North America. And by the way, don't forget Maple cookies. Yep, eastern Canada. Best Maple cookies in the world. I guess this makes the Jordan Harbinger Show International. What are your thoughts on needing continuous novelty in your professional life? Personally, it seems that it's something that I need to stay happy at work, but I'm starting to feel that it's having a bad repercussion on my overall happiness for the long run. I love new challenges, and I find that starting a new job or position is very rewarding. It's full of new stuff. You need to learn. You need to make a name for yourself and show that you're right for the part. It's new, difficult in a perfect setting to keep the mind busy. I always aim to deliver more than required, helping where I can and keeping a good attitude. But after a year or so, the novelty wears off. Challenges become routine. The new stuff is really just old stuff in disguise. I eventually end up grinding the hours and my mind starts seeking something else to keep the flame lit. I don't necessarily wish to change employers. I've been with the same one for almost 10 years. I've occupied. Different functions inside the business, but it's more or less similar stuff. In the end, it's a big business where there's a certain lack of flexibility of adapting your position to your needs somehow. I feel I would be happy if I had a really different job every year in different settings, but it's not a worthy endeavor, especially with a family to take care of. I understand that sometimes work is just work and you can't have a dream set up all the time, but how can I keep the new newer longer? Or is there a problem with my mindset? How would you approach this situation? Cheers, board north of the. Order. Yeah, this is tough. I I view this as completely normal and it seems like we have similar personality types me and board north of the border. It just means this sort of sentiment, in my opinion, just means you're continually growing. You're learning that you're not satisfied with being a cog in a machine at work. And I don't know, Jason, you're are you. You you seem like the kind of person who would be used to something like this. Like, alright, this is lame. I gotta get a new thing. You're always sort of switching it up. Even sometimes I'm like, oh man, sit still. You know, you don't even do that. No, I mean that I love podcasting because there is a lot of novelty in it and lots to learn. But you know, some days it does become routine. But, and back in the day, I loved programming for the novelty that was a programmer for over 20 years because there was always something new to learn and new problems every day. But over time it got tedious like everything else. But there are some tricks that I use that I can think of that can be found in any company. So when you're bored, talk to your coworkers about their pain points and what they see is problem spots that might overlap your set of skills or skills that you want to learn. When you have downtime from your normal job, you can work on ways to solve their problems. For instance, when we were in between releases for a website I was working on, I talked to like the editorial side and see if there were any tools that I could build that they could use that would streamline the workflow. So in my downtime, when there was nothing to do, I crank them out. And when I was done, the company got more value out of me as an employee and the other team members could do more with their time at work because I was the one that helped streamline things for them in the editorial process. But then I also learned what the editorial process was. So you have even more valuable see what I'm saying? Hmm. This is just a software example, but it can be extrapolated to any company. Would you have downtime? Look for the pain points and work to solve them, or at least come up with like proposals to solve them? Since you're in a big company, you might not be able to implement it, but you can at least write a proposal and put it on somebody's desk and it shows you're a team player, but also satiates that need for novelty that you know we all have, and you can scratch that itch without having to change jobs in the company. And who knows, that research might lead you to a better job and just don't burn yourself out with trying to fix these problems. Because it can kind of turn into obsession if you let it because you see novelty everywhere, then. And that's that's pretty much my advice for it, for what he's going through inside of a big company. That makes sense, I think. So I've, I wouldn't know. I mean I have my real jobs are quite limited. So that's why I flag all the I flag all the work questions. I'm like, OK, I gotta go ahead and save this for somebody who's got more experience than a couple years at a law firm, which is also not like a regular corporate gig. It's like. You know, I don't want to get into that. I don't wanna smack talk my firm, even though it doesn't exist anymore. Everybody there was cool, but it was almost too cool. Too cool for school. Yeah. At some point you just can't be like, ohh I understand that you had to work seven days a week, 20 hours a day. But doesn't your boss drop cocaine off on your desk when you're tired? I mean, like that's, you know, I don't wanna go down the that sort of Wall Street Road. It doesn't make any sense. So. So we won't. All right, Next up, hey Jordan and Jason. I work in a small creative field in the entertainment industry. I've worked mostly at smaller studios, but recently had the opportunity most people dream of to take a test at one of the major film studios. I was introduced to the head of the department through a close friend who said he'd been meaning to get in touch with me and had some openings coming up. We met several times where he spent most of our meetings talking about himself and selling me. On working with him. He asked me very little about myself and my experience, which I saw as a possible. Red flag. He talked to me as if the position was already mine and was asking if my Union paperwork was in order. Then he wrote me asking if I would like to take a test, a little unpaid test on the short film to get an idea of where my creative skills are at and to just have fun with it. And he said he wasn't going to be too critical. So I submitted the test and I'm confident in the creative quality of the work. I waited a few weeks to follow up. When I didn't hear back, he responded that he didn't watch my one minute test because of a minute technical mistake which could have been easily remedied by changing a single dropdown menu. I wrote back to clarify the error that I understand how it affects working with other people. I will correct it and resubmit happily. To this he gave me a Stonewall answer. Essentially 8 hours of my work wasn't worth one minute of his to watch the test. I understand this man is * **** but if I hear from him again, should I take these red flags as a sign not to work with him? There are only a few bridges in my profession and I'm reluctant to burn such a big one. Thanks for your help in search of a studio. This guy sounds like such * ****. I mean it is. But you know what? Sometimes people have bad days. I've, I'm sure I've done similar stuff not knowing it or knowing it and being like, yeah, it's fine, and then not realizing the lasting impression that this has had. But this guy sounds like a **** ****. And so I reached out to our friends, our mutual friend, Jason Caleb Bacon, who spent years and years writing for television, film and all that stuff. And, you know, because this was I just my thing is, yeah, screw it, you know, to work with people like that. But also maybe, like you said, there's few bridges in the industry. So Caleb said, for one. The meeting where the other person only talks about themselves. Welcome to Hollywood. I've had those got the job. I've had those not gotten the job. And Caleb says that's where he likes Bruce Lee's be the water. And that's just kind of like, you know, be the rock, go with the flow, let them flow around you. We know the situation is not unique. It has nothing to do with you personally and everything to do with the other person when this stuff happens. But the question is what to do if you hear from that person. Again, sort of an odd thing to ask after all that, but. It doesn't sound like that's all that likely. I'm gonna guess this person is an animator, editor, sound designer, and someone who pretty much works alone and in their own head. And you know, we could be wrong about that, but the career is not one based on social skills, from the sound of it, which makes this a little bit tougher. You know, if the person is an animator and that executive is from Pixar or something like that, yeah, try again, because there's not a ton of options in that discipline. It's hard to know based on what's written here. So balance that person's position with the work. And the pain in the **** involved in reconnecting. It's probably not worth it, even though it seems like these opportunities are rare. But you can also try different timing. You can reach out again and again. You might just get stonewalled. My my other opinion is, you know, if you do reconnect. You could just pretend this never happened. Don't bring it up. They might be embarrassed about it. They might forget that that was you when you reapply later. And they just like most likely again, you know, they just, you know, they don't even remember you because they're so freaking self-centered and they get so many applications and they go, oh, I like this person stuff. And then they see your work and they go, OK, this looks familiar, but everything goes smoothly and they think, Ohh, didn't I hire you already? I thought I hired you already. Anyway, come on Monday. I mean, you just never know with this kind of stuff. Jason, you worked in the film industry. I mean, you were a male performer in adult movies, but it's still the movie industry. Yeah, yeah, I was no Magic Mike. Yeah, that's for sure. But I did work on the lot at Paramount for about 20 movies, then outside it creative agencies for another 50 or so movies, and Caleb's 100% right about that type of person in Hollywood. Just let it go. People in the movie biz are utterly self absorbed if you can't tell by me who also used to work in the movie business. So they tend to move around a lot. So even if this guy isn't in the same studio, you might find him down the line. Another studio or creative agency in the future, so I wouldn't burn the bridge, but I also would definitely figure out if that's the guy that you want to work with, because there are a lot of studios in Hollywood and a lot of people move around a lot. It can get very cliquish though, so you want to get in with a crew at some point. I recommend not going directly to the studios because this is how I did it. This is how I got my job at Paramount. I worked for a creative agency that I knew, worked with that studio and did a lot of work for that studio, so I became. Very valuable to the studio by doing work for the creative agency. Made my relationships with all of the people in the studio. And then they eventually offered me a job and I left the creative agency to go literally work on the lot at Paramount. That took about three months. That was it. And that's what I would recommend now because you know, as Jordan will always stay on the say on the show, it's about relationships. So you need to get that foot in the door, start those relationships. And not just with the guy who stonewalled you, but with everybody on the team. That's the best way to do it. Make. Friends with everybody. And once you get that in and you do good work and you're easy to work with and you have the relationships, it's a no brainer for them to bring you on board. And when those people move to their next place and they need another guy, they might bring you along. And that's kind of how Hollywood works. You know, it's very small groups that move from studio to studio to agency to agency, but nobody stays put for long, so I wouldn't expect this guy to be there forever. And you still might get in the door there, but there are a lot of studios in Hollywood, so don't focus on just one nice. That's good advice. I know. Who knew you had it in you? Hey man, I had a life before I met you. I believe it or not. You don't have a life now, though. What happened? What happened? I met you. touché. True, that does happen around here. That does happen right here. Just ask my wife, alright? Next up, hey Jordan, love the new show and the guests you've already had have been amazing and I can't wait to hear more. I've been on a journey of self improvement that has led me to taking up competing in West Coast swing dance events. Your partner is selected at random as you're lined up to begin and you don't know what the song is until the music starts playing. Oh man, that sounds stressful. I'm placing well, but it seems the largest distinguishing factor in people who get into the finals and myself are their look and feel of flirtation and happiness. I'm an INTJ. And the only flirting I do is with disaster whenever I try to mess with emotions and looking happy. Nice, yeah? Do you have any advice on how to approach someone cold and build rapid trust with them? I want to be warm and friendly without being fake. I suspect if I can fix this with hundreds of people watching, then approaching women socially will take care of itself. Thanks. Swinging on a rising star so he's talking about. Like this competitive West Coast swing. Because I I take West Coast swing, but it's just me and Jen. We have a private teacher. We're not competitive. I'm never gonna do it in public because holy crap, I can't even do it in private. This sounds like you said it sounds stressful. Imagine I go to the same songs, more or less. I mean, the same five or six songs. So all that happens is the speed changes. But imagine you're just with somebody neither of you know what the song is going to be. It's all. It's like improv dancing. You know? You got to be pretty good at it to not be really bad at it. And I haven't been back to West Coast swing in a while because of the whole OC breakup in the legal drama, taking up all the time and stress. And I know what he's talking about with the the the approaching or the flirting with disaster. And the solution here, and this goes for any group setting, is to set the stage ahead of time. So get social with the people beforehand, develop a little bit of the setting for a relationship and if you're not good at the spontaneous emotional stuff and I know I'm terrible with this as well, or I used to be. Work on improv and joking around. Don't try to like work on flirting. That's when guys when anyone tries to work on flirting it is so awkward and so weird and that's why these sort of like. Pick up artist boot camps, things like that. That stuff just does not work well because it's weird as hell. It just turns you into this sort of weird robot automaton. And it is improv, though the whole point is it's not scripted fake BS. It's not supposed to be for flirting, but flirting in general is often just joking around and having fun. You don't have to turn it into a flirtatious situation. The dance part sort of takes care of that. That's like an acting phase of it, right? You're sort of fake flirting when you're dancing, because it's part of the dancing. And it's more important that you look happy and spontaneous rather than let's say sexually interested. So it's less tango style flirting and more high school style flirting. Just shy of yanking the old ponytails if you know what I mean. So think of this more is this is more grease and less Dirty Dancing. Nice to to use that sort of analogy there. And this type of vibe is helpful and pretty much any mixed social situation and it's not going to get you into trouble even in today's day and age of of me too. Where all this stuff is sort of like, is this still appropriate? I don't know. Better to err on the side of caution these days, but being fun, happy, friendly, that stuff that's not going out of style anytime soon. So work on the improv stuff rather than the how do I flirt stuff and you will find yourself in better in a much better situation that also won't get you banned from class. That's true. All right, Next up, hey guys. I had a job interview a couple weeks ago and I was lucky enough to get picked for a second interview. Everything went great. I had amazing feedback from the company and I left feeling like I was on Cloud nine. I was told I would be hearing back from them after a week. My issue is that during that week of waiting, I was having the expectation about how I was going to get the job, and then after that everything would be fine. I could buy a house, get a new car, etcetera. But the entire time I tried to suppress those happy thoughts. I've been let down a lot in life, and I hate to get my hopes up. So my question is, is getting your hopes up bad for you rather than acting like you won't succeed? I feel like hyping yourself up will only be worse for you if you don't succeed, rather than having a negative outlook on it. PS I didn't get the job, but I'm still searching. Thanks, guys. Happily befuddled, you know, getting excited. I'm a fan of it. I know that sounds dumb, but this used to be a very big problem in our old organization. Cause you weren't. It's kind of like you weren't allowed to get excited. Or if you did, people sometimes, depending on who you're talking to, would actually kind of do their best to make sure that that was stifled and and that was unhealthy. I didn't realize it at the time, but getting excited at the right time is great because it keeps you motivated. Getting excited at the wrong time can be demotivating, but it doesn't have to be so if I were you. I would use the excitement to keep your eye on the goals and moving forward, but realize somewhere in your head that if it doesn't workout, it doesn't mean that the things you're excited about are never gonna happen. It just means they're not going to happen the way you thought or they're not going to happen this time with this opportunity. And like I'd mentioned before, Jason and I could never really show our excitement for opportunities with the show and things like that because other people didn't want to get excited. They didn't want other people didn't want us to get excited. I don't really still understand that. Psychology. Point fall. And looking back, you know that was unhealthy for the whole organization. I love getting excited. I find it motivating. So my advice to you is keep getting excited. And when things don't work out the way they're supposed to, just realize that's part of the game. But don't let that crush your excitement. Or you might find that you're no longer motivated as much as before, which I always think is a shame. You know? I always think that's a shame. Jason, what do you think? You know. You definitely get way more excited than I do, more. And yes, way more excited, yeah. Than I do. But I find that that's infectious. And it actually makes me more excited because then I've got somebody to be excited with. You know, I'm usually less excited than you because, like, as a teenager, I my life was built on buying things out of magazines because that was our Amazon. We had mail order only. And it got kind of ingrained in me that about 50% of the time, the things that you ordered from the back of a magazine actually show up. So I kind of took on the mindset that. Look, if it doesn't show up, it doesn't show up. But if it does, I just won the lottery. So I tried not to get too overexcited about the thing that was coming that I really wanted. And I learned that so young that I think it got ingrained in me. So I find it hard to get excited. But what I'm not is negative about the opportunity. I just try and be neutral, you know? You know, the difference between the two is is one is like, oh, I'm never going to get this. Yeah, I had the interview, but it's never going to happen for me versus if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. But I'm not going to count my eggs before I get the offer. So I kind of keep a baseline level of excitement, but when I'm with you and we're doing new stuff, you totally jazzed me up. And it's actually more fun going down the Jordan route of excitement than it is the baseline. If it happens, it happens. You know what I'm saying? I do. I always like to Daydream about what it's going to be like when certain things happen. I don't spend a lot of time doing it, but it is motivating at times. And then I do like to get excited about opportunity. You know, I don't think this is going to quadruple the audience overnight with anything. You know, I've had enough experience to know that that's not how these things are going to work. But I also don't wanna go, hey, we've got this great opportunity, but I'm gonna. I refuse to enjoy it because it's probably just gonna be a bunch of crap in my life. Sucks. Like, I I don't wanna do that either, you know? That's not nice. You shouldn't be able to enjoy things if you're gonna get a big piece of media, you know, say, wow, this is gonna be really cool. It's gonna build some credibility. It's gonna be fun to film or talk to the writer and blah, blah, blah, blah. But don't think this is going to be great. This is going to change my business forever. I can't wait. There's nothing that could possibly interfere with this. My life is about to change. Then you'll let yourself down, right? So, yeah, I'm all for having a moderate level of enthusiasm and thinking about the potential outcomes while not becoming attached to those same outcomes. Yeah, it seems like this kind of ties in with a scarcity mindset too, that you think, you know, on on our side. If this opportunity doesn't work, we're gonna make a new opportunity. But some people might say, ohh, if this opportunity doesn't work, what am I gonna do now? Because this is the only opportunity I have. Yeah. You see those people on Shark Tank? They're like, yeah, thanks for the time. It's all good. I'm happy I came here. This validates my idea. Is good to talk to the Sharks if they don't get a deal, right? And then other people are like, I'm screwed. I have a double mortgage on my house. With my light up. Shoelaces don't succeed. I'm effed, right? Like, yeah, exact kind of thing. It's like, ohh God. So there's a fine law. It's actually it's not a fine line at all. It really is just allowing yourself to be excited without banking on the outcome. Yep, but well put. I like that you can get excited without banking on the outcome. Alright, Next up. Hi Jordan. I'm attracted to a colleague, but the feelings are not mutual. We don't work together but have similar friends and hang out as a Group A few times a month and we all went to school together. What advice do you have for hanging out with this colleague at social events when you don't want to see them flirting with other people but you also don't wanna skip the event with friends? Usually I would just either stop hanging out with this person and move on, but they're also a professional contact that I would hate to lose touch with. Best covetous and confused. OK, I don't want to be a jerk here, but you don't want to see them flirting with other people, but they're not attracted to you and you're attracted to them. So what you don't get to not see them flirt with? You don't have any control over these people. You don't get to have them because you want them, and I understand that you understand that. But you also don't get to not experience the feeling of rejection that's outside of their control. They don't have to do anything differently. So if you're not together and you're just crushing on them, you don't have any say over whether they flirt with other people. Hell, even when you're married, you're going to see people flirting with your wife, and they might flirt. Back in a harmless way. You don't own anyone you ever will. So the best thing you can do is just not worry about things like this. And I don't want to say I'm accusing them of this. I I think it's. I'm probably laying it on a little thick here, but it's it sure sounds like this really bothers him or her and I don't think that it should. Life is all about not getting what you want and just dealing with that. That's OK. It's a part of life, especially when you're talking about other people's feelings. So this is a lack I see. The deeper issue here, I think is, is a lack of trust in yourself. In some way, it's like you're not confident in your ability to interact with this person that you like, so you get jealous when other people do that. And I think the more you interact with people, the better off you're going to be here. You can also just forget about it and move on unrequited love, which isn't really love anyway, and unrequited attraction is just a fact of life. There's just nothing new here. It's definitely a mistake to let it affect your personal and professional relationships. And last but not least, I would say. Recess says usually I would either stop hanging out with this person, but they're also a professional contact I'd hate to lose touch with. You gotta ask yourself, is hanging out with this person in even though you're crushing on them and they're flirting with other people and it's bothering you? Is this building a positive image for you in their mind? Or a -? 1? And also, do you really mean that this is a professional contact that you'd hate to lose touch with, or is that sort of an excuse to just keep hanging out with somebody that doesn't like you back? I can't really tell from the writing, but you might want to ask yourself that question pretty. Honestly, because I feel like a lot of people write things like this in in the mail, like, ohh, you know, we're best friends. I I don't wanna, I don't wanna leave her because and it's like, no, you're just being chicken and you don't wanna break up with this person who's bad for you or ohh well, you know, I'm gonna see her all the time because we live close by so we might as well live together. It's like, no, you just live with somebody that's bad for you. I feel like we see these sort of built-in excuses a lot because it is really hard to read the it's hard to read the label when you're inside the jar and see your own excuses. Through that. Alright. Next up, hi Jordan. I'm hearing your comments on feedback Fridays about people sending messages to your inbox that you then forward to the other inbox. I had a couple of thoughts I felt like sharing. It's possible that these people are looking for personal advice or responses from you, but maybe asking things you feel are beneficial for others to hear. Alternatively, they may not understand the work process on the back end that is going into handling these emails, so if they're just looking for an answer without the intention of having it featured on the program, those get sent to you. Certain you have better insight as to whether this is what's going on, but since FMF developed fairly organically and transitioned into feedback Friday, it might be worth spelling out the nature of emails or questions that should be directed to either inbox. For example. I can't tell which way to go with this e-mail, so I figured I would start here. As always, thank you so much for what you do for our community. Sincerely, just trying to help. Sure, so this makes sense to me. I personally think it's pretty clear anyone asking us for advice of any kind. Goes to Friday at Everything else goes to my personal inbox. But anyone asking me for advice in my regular inbox, I used to forward to the Friday inbox. Now I just archive it because I don't even send it onward. There's so many people that are actually following the rules that I just can't really deal with those people that don't. I used to forward it and then it would be marked as read but go into the Friday inbox and now I I can. If something is marked as read, it's basically gone because. Every time that I check the inbox, there's two 300 more messages in there, so there's no chance I'm ever going to go back and go well, here's all the people that didn't follow the rules. Let me see if I can get to them before all the people that did. So the the other thing is, if somebody wants advice but doesn't want it made public, I don't have any time for that. I have to archive the e-mail without a response other than maybe a one line explaining that. And the reason is there's so many. I mean, we're putting out three shows a week. Creating these takes hours and hours and hours and hours. So somebody asking for advice that, oh, by the way, I only want this to benefit me. I don't want it to benefit the other 100 + 1000 people listening to these. It's not only selfish, but it has zero value for the audience, which means that a 0 value for us, which means there's no chance in heck that I'm going to reply to it. There's no way. I know that sounds a little harsh, but I don't think there's any possible. Isn't ever for anyone to write into the show asking for advice that can't be made public now if someone said. Look, I've got this really personal thing that identifies me by nature of the situation or puts me in some kind of danger. I would make an exception, but if you're just like, oh, I don't want to be embarrassed online on the one in a billion chance. My boss listens to this and figures out who that anonymous letters from, which is impossible. That's just not valuable enough to to do that. If you really need advice in that situation, you should hire someone for that, in my opinion. Does that make sense? Totally makes sense to me. I mean, look, I would love to get to every. Feedback Friday message in that whole inbox, but since we have to select from those, there just isn't any point to selecting from the random ones that go to the wrong place and that people don't want to share. It just seems like it's a little bit self important to think, well you know, don't share this one, but I want a three page reply. To my seven page letter. Nope. We have limited time for what we do and we try and maximize the value that we can give back to you guys and it just doesn't make sense for you, Jordan, to be going through and giving personal one-on-one feedback. It does it for our mission. It's not really pushing the ball forward. So I totally get where you're coming from with this. Yeah, there's there is one option for people that really need advice from me and that is so far. There's one option there. There may be more in the future. I do these clarity calls. And usually people use them for business, you know, like, hey, I need to figure out some things for my show, my podcast, or I'm trying to run this event and I wanna get some influencers involved. How do I do it? And those people can e-mail and get my clarity link and it charges them per minute and it automatically bills them. And I don't have to deal with any of that stuff. And we just stay on the phone as long as necessary. And it's it's like a one 900 number for me, you know? Remember those, Jason? Oh yeah. Oh yeah. What was that psychic woman? That black psychic woman is Cleo. Miss Cleo? Yes. You're miss Jordan? Yeah. Miss Jordan. Yeah. I had a dream about you. Call me. Remember those they got in trouble. Yeah, they totally did. Yeah. Yeah, they got in trouble for that. I think it was like the FTC or something like that was saying, hey, you, you know you're gonna rip people off with a fake psychic that's on them. But if you're gonna call them because it used to save your number and it would call you and say Miss Cleo had a dream about you, you should call back. And that was just too aggressive. Because it was like, alright, if you're gonna take advantage of dumb people reaching out to you, that's one thing. But if you're gonna start reaching out to dumb people, we're gonna have to draw the line. I'm not exactly sure what their legal argument was, but it's they're just like, OK, you can victimize people if they're dumb enough to reach out to you, but at some point, you know, you're just conning people to the point where we got to draw the line. I I wonder what that case was about. I should go back and read that legal case. It's got to be online somewhere. Oh, I'm sure it is. I'm sure it is. Recommendation of the week, scam city. Jason, you recommended this a long time ago. And I I watched an episode and I was like, eh, but then Jenny's brother and Jenny found it, and they were watching. It actually kind of grew on me. Have you been watching this? I got to the end of the first season and started on the second season. And then I noticed that it's not really real because there was one guy who was a taxi driver and like Lithuania, who also turned out to be a bodyguard for them in Buenos Aires. So, you know, the lessons that they're teaching are fine, but they they pass it off as real, kind of like Miss Cleo did. And that bothered me. They were, they were kind of trying to show you these behind the scenes videos that weren't really real. And so I I kind of let it go from there, but the lessons that you can learn from them are actually pretty solid that even though interesting, they just kinda hoped that you wouldn't recognize the producer. You know what? The thing is, they probably reenact some of the stuff cause the footage is gone or like ohh the camera battery died or like ohh, it only filmed the side of the car, you know, they and they're like, screw it, let's just redo the whole thing. Yeah, but. All in all, I mean, the lessons are decent, but it just got a little cheesy for me. But if, I mean, if you're into it, go for it. It's it's popcorn TV, they're short, they're free on Netflix, and you can learn something. That's called scam city. You can find it on Netflix. Hope you all enjoyed that. I wanna thank everyone that wrote in this week. Don't forget you can e-mail us Friday at to get your questions answered on the air. We're happy to keep you anonymous of course. A link to the show notes for this episode can be found at Quick shout out to the Gabe. He turned 10 years old this past month on the 31st and he listens at breakfast with his super cool mom. Hey Gabe, happy birthday little brother. I'm on Instagram and Twitter at Jordan Harbinger. It's a great way to engage with the show. And Jason, tell him where they can find you. I'm on Instagram at JPD Twitter as JP def. That's J PDF and you can check out my other podcast, grumpy old geeks every Monday. 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