Have you watched Jim Carrey’s movie ‘Yes Man’?
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In the movie, Carrey’s character, Carl Allen, becomes withdrawn and has an increasingly negative outlook on life since his divorce with his wife. An old colleague of his suggests that he attends a motivational seminar, and he reluctantly gives it a shot. At the workshop, Carl meets an inspirational guru who publicly forces him to promise to say “yes” to every opportunity, request or invitation that comes his way. Feeling cornered, he agrees, says his first “yes”, and starts to try new things.
In an attempt to seize every opportunity that comes his way, Carl initially becomes stranded and disillusioned, both physically and metaphorically. Soon after, he gets the hang of it and starts to feel more optimistic about saying “yes”. He then meets the love of his life, renews his friendships with his buddies, becomes close to his boss, gets a promotion at work, learns Korean, and even throws a bridal shower.
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If there’s one part in the movie that I don’t agree with, it’s when Carl is pressured into trying new things. We shouldn’t try new things for the sake of it; we should do it because we want to and wholly embrace the experience. If we leave our comfort zones and attempt things we’ve never done before, we too can meet new people, learn new things, and excel professionally, just as Carl does.
Trying new things helps us overcome fear
One of the many reasons we don’t try new things is because of fear. It could be a fear of failure or a fear of the unknown. In one of my companies, I encourage my employees to jump out of a plane. This is so they can combat their fears. I disclose this during their interview process. Most are incredibly apprehensive at first and give every excuse to why they cannot jump out of a plane; the obvious being “the idea scares me to death, Andres!” I explain to them that fear is the number one thing that holds people back from being wildly successful.
If we can conquer our fear of jumping from a plane, what else is there to be afraid of? We’ll then try more new things and learn about the endless possibilities, making success so much easier to achieve.
Trying new things lets us understand ourselves better and grow
We think we know ourselves well. However, when we try new things, we start to discover more of our likes and dislikes, as well as our strengths and weaknesses. We never know if we’ll like square dancing or be good at stand-up comedy until we try them out. Once we do, we’ll never be the same.
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Trying new things also forces us to grow. Our growth is stagnant and close to none when we’re within the confines of our comfort zones. If we want to grow, we need to take new actions – whether it’s adopting a new way of thinking, embracing new attitudes or literally taking new steps that challenge us. Putting ourselves in situations we’ve never been in before forces a beneficial change in our mindset as well as the perception of self and possibilities. As a result, we become open to new ideas and take actions accordingly that will only help us grow.
Trying new things eliminates boredom and makes you interesting
Even people who love routines would agree that sticking to it 24/7 could become tiresome. We all prefer to be challenged in some way. If not, we’d feel like robots hardwired into doing the same chores and activities every day. Trying new things – whether it’s a cuisine or a new career field – could cause either significant or slight changes in our lives and eliminate the boredom attached to routines.
Trying new things also gives us more to talk about in conversations and makes us more interesting. Picture yourself standing in a room full of people, and you’re the only one who has traveled to over 100 countries and can speak over 10 languages. Those around you would naturally want to know more about your stories and exotic experiences. You’ll even be a source of inspiration.
“Our potential lies between what is and what could be,” says Kim Butler, and it holds true in every sense. By trying new things, we discover more of what’s right for us and head in the direction of a future that’s best for our needs, wants, and goals. If we don’t, we’re merely settling – and that’s not a winners’ attitude.
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand, where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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