Watch out for the lizard brain 🦎

The lizard brain is the oldest part in human evolution. Understand this and stop yourself from becoming your own enemy.

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
― Anais Nin

The Lizard Brain

The Lizard Brain can stop you from growing.

The Lizard Brain - as Seth Godin popularized it - is the back of your brain, the stem, the oldest part in human evolution.

It doesn't want you to stand out.

It wants you to stay tribal, and do what everyone else does.

It wants comfort, food, sex, safety, and sleep. That's about it.

Creativity? Fulfillment?


"You're not creative enough, anyway," the lizard reminds you.
"Just do what you've always done," he assures.

But can you observe those voices, rather than let them control you?

Safety and comfort are legit needs, but are you sacrificing other needs for growth, self-expression, purpose, and creativity?

How could you get ALL of those needs met?

You can thank your Lizard Brain for his (or her) intentions.

Then go forge your path.
Go create.
Stand out.

Choose growth over comfort.

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is Chief of Content and Coaching at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.