How comfortable are you in what you’re doing? Are you still getting a grip on things or are you well ahead of the game?
How unfortunate that we can’t try everything offered by this world during our lifetime. Just the thought of it sounds depressing; even if a day had 72 hours instead of 24, it still wouldn’t be enough to cover all the beautiful and exciting stuff there are.
For growth, be it personal or professional, being comfy just doesn’t cut it. Going outside your comfort zone may be scary, but undoubtedly challenging and ultimately leading to your development. Just like the times of holding one job for life is gone, the same applies to sticking to what you’re good at.
Going Down The Scary Road
My experience in exploring outside the field of comfortableness led me to believe that no matter how terrifying this seems at first, nothing bad can come out of it. Really, there’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Two years ago, when I got offered to interpret at a business meeting, my instinct cried “no way, get out”.
Doing it with no previous training in interpretation, which was spiced up with my shyness towards the embarrassment of messing it up, this wasn’t an easy thing to do. Seriously, a single mistake can have bad consequences, but I agreed to it under the excuse that I need to start from somewhere. Truth is that I was focused on written translation and didn’t have any ambition to go down that road. Yet, I challenged myself to see if I was able to do it and how I would handle it. Consoling myself that it wasn’t the UN headquarters, I grabbed the chance and did it. If you’re wondering about the result, it went great! It helped me realize that I’m definitely not interested in exploring that path, though would be doing it well if I ever chose to.
Comfort or Advancement – It’s A Choice
Mastering a skill requires a big investment in time and effort and in order to get better at something you most definitely should devote fully to that specific endeavor. Imagine an architect designing the same type of building, over and over again. This will work just fine, of course, but having another architect experimenting with various forms, styles, designs, can lift him much higher.
After all, how do you know what suits you best until you try it? Even our living spaces need to be shuffled once in a while for refreshment. Personal discoveries resulting from experimentation are often surprising. Also, putting on a fresh perspective is invigorating.
We are in an age of continuous learning and sticking to what you know won’t lead far. Be curious and do something that shakes your bones with fear.