Podcast – Episode 0378 – Overcoming Feelings Of Futility

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about life’s futility and how feelings of significance can be found through gratitude and joyfulness.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • What is actually sustainable in our lives?
    • Why life is like building sandcastles.
    • Joel shares the grinding, futile experience in his prior day job.
    • Can we be too attached to outcomes?
  • How can enjoyment and discipline co-exist?
  • What the Sisyphus Conundrum has to do with you.
    • Are social changes futile?
    • The fear of changing big systems and institutions.
    • How does individuality play into social change?
    • Why your individual changes make the difference in society.
  • What is your life narrative?
    • Why having a legacy isn’t the only kind of significance you can have.
    • Should impermanence be a part of your narrative?
    • When you don’t have a faith system in your life.
    • Bertrand Russell’s take on how time affects your life narrative.
    • The most important questions to ask yourself.
  • What does gratitude have to do with change and meaning?
    • What actually creates abundance in our lives?
    • The key to opening the door of enjoyment in life.
    • When we really understand what gratitude is.
    • Is gratitude an ambition killer?
  • What we lose when we grow, according to Dr. Dario Nardi’s Magic Diamond.
    • The upside of being one-sided.
  • When we get addicted to certain feelings.
  • What if we are living out of impossible or futile goals?
    • Getting to know our paradoxes.
    • Why finding your balance is everything.
  • The true, ultimate skill and goal that fights futility.
    • When you choose your perspective and narrative.
  • Does Extraverted Feeling (Harmony) reduce futility?
    • Why kindness is beyond valuable…and what it really is.
  • Antonia sends her love to ISTJs.


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  • Michael Adcock

    As an “ISTJ army” member, I don’t hate you. I love you. And the Ne conversations tickle my inferior function, so don’t worry about it. If we don’t want to listen, we don’t have to. But we do. 🙂

  • Suzanne

    Enjoyed this podcast immensely. Explored the feelings of futility in life from many angles. Helpful to me as I experience a huge transition. Thank you.

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