Review of JRE – Joe Rogan Experience #1571 – Emily Harrington

There is only one thing that emerges out of this Joe Rogan Experience #1571, the interview with Emily Harrington, clearly and sturdily: obsession.

The lady, who is quite impressive and down to earth, really got a gift from the world when she was a kid: she got obsessed with something. Believing to her story, once she was participating to a whatever climbing event, she tried, and she loved it. She stopped everything else and started only doing this. She even lived where natural walls abounds. She was so good and she did care only about that, and now she has a running sponsorship with the north face, I believe

Worth to listen? Yes, it is inspiring because of her normality; the soft-spoken reassurance that you do not need to be unbalanced to do anything too good. The confirmation, though, that to prevail, to be the best at something you really need to do only that, and being psyched about it.

What I loved about it? The story about her falling and how it was a hurting/growing moment. It also tells how differently people see and assess risks differently. I would never consider sleeping on a wall of a bloody mountain just to climb it. After all, if you do it, you just climbed it. Practicality trumps effort in my mind. But the way she tells how the impact affected her is soothing.

The diet. Man. A normal person. Not a pasdaran, not a fanatic. If she wants ice cream, she would eat ice cream (What?). The difference is that she would not want it always. She found herself in the soft spot, the one in which she doesn’t have to constantly exert her willpower to do or not do stuff. That is not a possible and viable solution to live one’s life. Would be impossible.

Apparently, she also does the trick of visualization: that NLP exercise in which you high-define and review what you want and expect to do. If you want to be a driver, picture you want to be a driver. If you want to be a painter, picture yourself in the act of being a successful at painting and so on.

The Big Cynic in me thinks this is bullshit but, then again, she climbed El Capitan in one day, at the very least I can say it doesn’t hurt. On top of that, she thinks this is actually good. So, if you think it is good, does it make it good? Can a placebo effect work on others? Can something work if you are not convinced it will work? Do medicines work if you strongly oppose them? Doesn’t food taste so good/bad, if you oppose it?

Probably for something it is applicable: anything that is being very much influenced by the mind I would guess. For other stuff it doesn’t. Re-assembling a bone, after you crushed it, has nothing to do with the fact that you like the idea or not.

But walking well may be. So, bottom line?

Try visualizing, it doesn’t hurt (Pascal made this with the idea of God: believing in God for a gamble)

Check my portraits of her.

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