Being uncomfortable leads to success


My wife and I attended “The Feast” mass in PICC.

Their topic is related to motherhood which was aligned with Mother’s day celebration.

They talked about the different stages of being a mother.

Na-touched talaga ko at medyo maluha-luha habang nakikinig! Di ko lang pinapahalata sa wife ko. I don’t know why it is normal as a man.

(I love you Nay, if you are reading this.)

We felt alive and inspired whenever we attended the mass.


Let me ask you this.

Do you want to succeed in life?

Even if it’s related to:

  • Financial
  • Business
  • Career
  • Relationship
  • Politics
  • Etc…

You have to put yourself in the uncomfortable situation all the time.

As a cliché as it sounds, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

I remember the comfort challenge part in the book of Tim Feriss, “The 4-hour work-week.” I highly suggest you read this.

He suggested exercises on how to get uncomfortable.

One exercise is lying on the ground for a minute in a public place like a Mall.

It’s really uncomfortable because many people will look at you and you may feel weird.

Another comfort challenge is to ask for a discount when you buy a coffee in your favorite Coffee shop like Starbucks.

Its look weird, right! But I guess you get the point.

In my opinion, these suggested exercises are a bit challenging and you need to have a faint of heart to do this.

My suggestion is to start small. You don’t have to go bigtime already.

For instance, what I’m doing is whenever there is a chance I approach strangers to ask something or have a chit-chat.

Whenever I go somewhere, I ask for assistance for direction.

If I’m waiting in line, I approach someone to a conversation.

It’s quite normal for others to do but for an introvert like me, it is already a comfort challenge.

I’m getting used to it now the more I do.

Another thing, for example you want to be a public speaker or just simply talk in front of people.

All you have to do is talk to a small group of people or in a meeting.

Even if you are part of the audiences in a big room, you can try to ask question which is also one way of speaking in a crowd. I’ve tried this one and the feeling is terrifying but worth it.

Let me tell my recent uncomfortable moment.

I received an email response from a prominent person and life coach because I invited him to be a featured guest in my podcast.

Her secretary advised me to call him.

I was anxious to give him a ring but I decided to overcome my fear and give it a shot.

I am nervous waiting for him to pick up the phone.

Unfortunately, he didn’t answer because he was in a meeting.

Even if I wasn’t able to talk to him at least I’m proud that I took action despite being uncomfortable at that moment.

How about you?

What was the recent uncomfortable act that you take?

Is it sending email to top people or talking with the VIPs in your company or calling the bank rep to inquire about their foreclosed listing?

I know you will feel uncomfortable but if it’s worth doing, do it.

Do things that feel you uncomfortable especially if this is the ladder in achieving your goals.

Remember, the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.


To your financial success,

Marvin Basa

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Marvin Basa

Marvin Basa is a financial literacy advocate who helps Pinoys to have successful financial lives.

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