5 Reasons You Should Try New Things
Trying something new isn’t always easy. Sometimes people let their fears or ignorance get in the way, or they focus too much on what others will think or whether or not they will be good at it.
However, life is too short to stay stuck in the same habits, hobbies, and routines. Here are five reasons you should try something new as often as possible.
1. Gain Experience
Just because you try something new doesn’t mean it will be successful. After all, the first time you try anything, you will likely not have the results you were expecting. Can you imagine painting like Dali or DaVinci the first time you picked up a paintbrush? It’s unrealistic, yet people give up often when it doesn’t happen on the first, second, or even 100th try.
The secret to success, however, is persistence. You have to realize that every time you try something new or try something again, you are building experience. If you persist long enough and look for what you can learn, you will grow.
2. Gain Friends
Another aspect of trying new things is the possibility of making new friends and acquaintances. If you decide to play a sport, you’ll have to socialize with your opponents or teammates. If you want to get into art, you may have to speak often with the owner of the corner art store. New things will take you to new places, and you’ll meet new people. This is one very enriching benefit of trying something new. Connections and friendships are never bad things to gain.
3. Gain Confidence
When you put yourself out there, you soon will come to realize that you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for and your confidence will increase.
4. Gain Perspective
Sometimes all you need to realize you weren’t living your best life is a slight change. Take musician Dan Avidan, for example. He is a renowned musician that started underground in the 90s. After changing bands several times, he found tangible success with his comedy band Ninja Sex Party and is now onto yet another promising project involving a mix of music and lyrics inspired by classic books.
If he had stayed in his first band, he might have never found the success he was looking for or come to be the person he is today. A change in perspective is an invaluable result of taking a chance and trying something new.
5. Gain Joy
When you push yourself to get out of your comfort zone, you learn new things about yourself and can experience joy. You may find new hobbies, talents and dreams. You never know what you will find until you try it.
What is the best thing you can do right now to find joy, perspective, confidence, friends, and experience? Try something new. Whether it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, something that sparks curiosity, or something that another person has invited you to do, don’t be afraid. Go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.