The Danger of the Comfort Zone
Comfort is dangerous. How comfortable you are in your life dictates what risks you’re willing to take, and how much you care about your own happiness.
You should never get too comfortable. Especially not in your 20s. You should always be seeking new opportunities and trying different experiences. You should look forward to stepping outside of your comfort zone, so you can grow and blossom into the best you you can be.
This philosophy translates to personal finance because by forcing yourself out of your comfort zone, you’re able to try things you normally wouldn’t, such as taking a sales job, or perhaps applying to a job you think you’re under-qualified for.
For example, here is a story about a 23 year-old guy who applied to a job he didn’t think he would get, and now makes $80,000 a year. Taking these relatively small risks will go a long way for your potential earnings, and now is the time to do it.
Sales makes people uncomfortable… But did you know that in nearly every company that exists, the salesmen and women make more money than everyone else? Sometimes they make even more than the high-level executives! It pays to do the job others won’t, even if it’s uncomfortable at first.
If you want to be more than average, you can’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Your 20s is generally when you have the most freedom to pursue whatever you feel. For some people, that means partying every weekend and spending every dollar they earn immediately. For others, that means living with 5 roommates in a tiny apartment and grinding for a while so they can save up enough money to travel the world.
Find Your Comfort Zone, and Escape It
Where is your comfort zone? For me, I’m great at one-one-one interactions with people, but not so good at public speaking. Like many people, it makes me uneasy and I’d rather not do it. To force myself to learn, I took a public speaking class and am joining my local Toastmaster’s organization.
I know that public speaking will be necessary in my career, so learning it now is essential, even though it makes me uncomfortable. I’d rather learn it now while I’m young than grow older without those necessary skills.
Practice Makes Perfect
Any salesperson will tell you that fear of rejection is real, until it doesn’t exist anymore. By practicing your moves and experiencing failure over and over, after a while it just becomes another part of the experience.
The key is to recognize when you’re too comfortable, and do something about it. You never know what opportunities are out there until you look, and if something makes you uncomfortable now, that won’t get any better as you age, unless you practice it.
You know you’re capable of greatness. All you have to do is reach out and grab it. Instead of limiting yourself with comfort and luxury, maximize your 20s by escaping that comfort zone.
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