The benefits of trying new things
Subject: Don’t be afraid to suck.
I’m a big fan of trying new things. There’s really so many benefits to sow from dipping your toes into something different. You meet new people along with these new activities, a wide array of skills make you more interesting and continuous learning is healthy.
Considering those profits, you’d wonder how so many people seem get stuck in ruts and never appear to change. Well the problem with learning new things, is that you need to start at square one. Usually, that means sucking at whatever the action in question is.
For many, this is a huge blow to the ego. And it becomes larger and larger the older we get. Ever hear the phrase ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well you can, but the old hound dog has to be willing to swallow their ego and embrace instruction and criticism. They mustn’t be afraid to suck.
A lack of motivation, or discipline?..
Thoughts on discipline
A few weekends ago I ditched the city and headed to one of the most southern points of the Korean peninsula, to a secluded beach with some friends. It was the first swim and beach day of the year for most of us. Needless to say we may have overdone it a little. Drinks were had.
This following week was real slow for me. I can’t pinpoint whether it was a multi-day hangover that I haven’t had in awhile or just one of those off-times that come now and again. One of those periods where you just don’t have any motivation, aren’t overly positive, and feel overall lazy, careless and indifferent.
I’ve lived long enough to know this low points do come – and they soon leave. They usually follow periods of high performance or productivity, so I don’t overly mind the lack of output that comes with these low points.
Obviously I’m a fan of writing. I think I’ve always been. Ever since high school and university, I always found essay assignments and paragraph questions on exams to be a breeze. I feel like I’m better able to express myself through pen and paper – or fingers to keys – as opposed to spoken word.
Actually, thinking back now I know that to be true. That’s why I joined Toastmasters years ago. You’ve got to balance the strengths and weaknesses. But I digress.
Besides the enjoyment I get from organizing my thoughts in somewhat clearer ideas, there are evident benefits to moving what’s bouncing around in your head into literature. When I refer to writing things down, I mean writing a book, articles, blog posts, to-do lists, and whatever other forms of writing you can think of or imagine.
So I’m listening to a motivational video at the gym the other day, and a clip from ‘The Martian’ comes on. I remember it took me a while to actually see that film. I think I had some sort of ill feelings held towards Matt Damon from his part in ‘Interstellar’. Another amazing movie, by the way.
Anyway, I remember the night I did finally watch it. It was a weeknight and it kept me up way too late. I couldn’t help it. There was no way I wasn’t finishing the movie, that night.
The acting was pretty good and the film had a decent story line. But what I couldn’t get over was the perseverance of Matt Damon’s character, and his ability to take risks.