Charlie Hoehn, Play It Away (Episode #233)

“Man is God’s plaything, and that is the best part of him. Therefore every man and woman should live life accordingly, and play the noblest games… What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play.” – Plato 

Anxiety can destroy our lives, making us feel dead inside while hindering our ability to work productively. There are different drugs and pills which supposedly help us get rid of it.

Charlie Hoehn tells us otherwise. Instead of drugs, Charlie recommends play time to fight anxiety. He would know; Charlie was living the dream…then he burnt out and started having panic attacks. As in, curl-up-on-the-floor and shiver panic attacks.

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Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety, and a marketing strategist for authors and startups. He has studied under and worked with a number of bestselling authors, such as Ramit Sethi, Seth Godin, and Tucker Max. He also worked alongside Tim Ferriss during the production and launch of The 4-Hour Body, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies.

Charlie is also the author of Recession-Proof Graduate: How To Land The Job You Want By Doing Free Work, a popular career guide that’s been downloaded more than 150,000 times. His work has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, CBS, TEDx, and Business Insider.

Clearly he knows a few things about productivity, anxiety, and stress! In this episode of the show, we’ll discuss how and why he burned out, what he did about it, and what you can do if you find yourself in the same shoes.

We also talk about:

  • The mental shift (“A-ha!” moment) that allowed Charlie to snap out of his anxiety and workaholism, and finally enjoy life again
  • How the Work mentality affects us on an individual and cultural level
  • Why people who choose to play for a living are more fulfilled and successful
  • How to boost your productivity by having guilt-free fun
  • How anxiety drugs are bad for us in the long run,
  • The difference between anxiety and depression
  • The need to cut negative people and habits out of our lives
  • Methods to improve our relationship with people we cannot ignore
  • Why “anchors” fuel anxiety, and how to remove them
  • Why it is better to lead by example
  • Three common nutrient deficiencies that amplify anxiety, and how to easily fix them
  • How to optimize your sleeping schedule
  • A practical exercise to turn mental poison into nourishment.

The culture of work mentality can affect us negatively. Have a listen to this episode with Charlie and me to find out how to disconnect from your hectic schedule regularly and you will be even more productive at work and life in general.

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-Episode #230: AoC Toolbox, Relationship Red Flags

-Episode #231: Sam Vaknin, Narcissistic Psychopath

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AJ Harbinger - author of 1166 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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