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Bill Eckstrom: Why Comfort Will Ruin Your Life at TEDxUniversityofNevada (Transcript)

Bill Eckstrom

Here is the full transcript of Bill Eckstrom’s TEDx Talk: Why Comfort Will Ruin Your Life at TEDxUniversityofNevada Conference. Bill Eckstrom is the President and founder of the EcSell Institute, a company that helps sales departments create world class sales coaching teams.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

So, I was on a roll. I was an executive with a nice salary, annual bonuses, and stock options, all the perks. Everything was on track.

And on Monday, January 7, 2008 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, in a small conference room on the top floor of our building, the president of the company wanted to have a quick meeting with me, which wasn’t unusual since he was my boss.

But the meeting turned out to be even more brief than expected. He fired me. And I’ll never forget how his words just sucked the breath right out of me, and I left the conference room in a dazed state, and I went home and curled up in my bed in the fetal position for three hours.

And while I could go on in vivid detail about how I felt, what it did to my self-esteem, my finances, and so on, what I now realize is, while that event created the greatest amount of discomfort I had ever felt, it was that discomfort, the departure from my ordered life, that forever changed it for the better.

You see, friends, what makes you comfortable can ruin you, and what makes you uncomfortable is the only way to grow. Let me say that again: What makes you comfortable can ruin you, and only in a state of discomfort, can you continually grow.

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