“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
There are many good reasons why you should avoid the mundane and try new things. We have selected our favorite advantages and compiled them into a list. If you have a benefit that was not listed, please post it in the comment section below.
- Confidence Booster – Going out on a limb and trying something new takes confidence. And the more you do it, the easier it will become. Soon, you’ll even surprise yourself with your newfound self-assurance.
- Expanded Social Network – By trying new things, you will undoubtedly meet new people. Try and get into these peoples’ shoes. Understand where they are coming from. Figure out what they’re about. See if you can help them. Remember: network = net worth.
- Different Worldview – If you are adventurous, you open your eyes to a completely different reality. You will experience so much more than if you stuck to the norm and will become a more well-rounded individual. This will cause your brain to grow and think in different ways than you’ve previously done.
- Avoid Boredom – Experimenting with new things keeps you from becoming bored. One of the worst things in life is getting yourself stuck in a rut. Avoid a brainless existence at all costs.
- Self Discovery – If you are too fearful of trying new things, you won’t have a full understanding of yourself. Through trial and error of experiencing new things, you’ll discover your strengths, weaknesses, and what you can improve upon. Do not be afraid of failure; be afraid of missing out on the person you could have become.
- Life Satisfaction – You will never have a fulfilled life if you do not go out there and try new things. If you base your life off the norm, you will never be satisfied. All men die, but not all men live.
Trying new things goes hand in hand with failure. Again, you are guaranteed to eventually be unsuccessful if you are frequently trying new things. However, despite what society tells you, it is good to fail. Recovering from a failure really proves to yourself that your identity does not come from being perfect. Your true colors show when you fail. Really, a failure is not a failure if you learn something from it.
If trying new things comes unnatural to you, we recommend starting small. Begin with things that aren’t necessarily a big deal if you do them or don’t do them, such as reading 5 pages per day of that classic novel you’ve always wanted to read. Realize that if you attempt to completely revamp your whole life all at once, you will get burned out. Small, consistent changes are sustainable. To learn more about this concept, pick up The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.