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30 Benefits you get when trying something new

Often times it can be easy for us to get stuck in our ways, habits and other conveniences, which can be fine and everything, some might even call it efficiency.  But of course the flip side is things get repetitive, boring and other aspects of doing an activity for too long without much actual thinking involved.

To help give some reconsideration for jumping in and trying something new, here’s 30 benefits you get from doing so:

  • 1. Can be simple to do, such as trying a new recipe.
  • 2. Can provide feedback loops to other activities you’re involved with.
  • 3. Can be done independently, just needing a little curiosity.
  • 4. Can give the illusion of eliminating time, how it seems to go away when you’re busy or having fun.
  • 5. Downsides are usually minimal outside of your pride from doing something that probably has a pretty high chance of failure.  Except of course the point of learning something in the process, such as learning what doesn’t work.
  • 6. Can be making a ripe ground for future comedy.  Usually the funniest moments or stories seem to come from looking a back at a time where you tried something new, failed, but still had the time of your life in the process.
  • 7. Can be done with other people, such as joining a group for a new hobby you’re interested in.
  • 8. Can be done while doing something else, such as reading a new book while on a train or stuck in an airport.
  • 9. Is unlimited, it’s not like a game where you can figure it out and be done with it, it’s full of unknowns waiting to be discovered.
  • 10. Every once in while you’ll find the needle the haystack.  Try this, try that, eventually after learning what doesn’t work, 10, 100, +1,000 times, you figure what does work.  Or you just get lucky, either way sooner or later some random new thing you connects, hard to replicate, predict but are guaranteed to never be discovered until jumping in.
  • 11. Can do so without a formal environment, just taking a bit of your time to go through at your own pace.
  • 12. Have better conversation material.  Who doesn’t want to hear about your latest attempt at trying something, a healthy sense of humor usually helps.  Not to mention the more perspectives you have, the wider range of conversations and types of people you can engage with.
  • 13. Keeps your mind alert, you usually need to be on your toes when trying something new, at least so you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes later.
  • 14. Keeps you healthier, similar to your mind, when trying something new you’re usually not doing it with a hangover, without sleep or without some type of meal, snack or other relatively healthy nourishment.  Of course, some activities such as making your own home brew could be exception, quality control and everything, but otherwise you’re going into it refreshed and ready to go.
  • 15. Can provide a good balance to repetitive activities.  Similar to how it may be difficult to be something new 100% of time, likewise it can be unbearable to for everything to be repetitive and the balance is somewhere in between.  Such as with your work it might be more repetitive, where failure isn’t usually seen as a good thing.  But, it’s usually more fun so the balance can come from a hobby that’s loaded with failure and getting your ample dose of fun.
  • 16. Can provide a purpose for things.  Usually when trying something new there’s a reason or motivation for doing so.   To see this or that place, to taste different types of flavors, to hear something you haven’t heard before and so on.
  • 17. Can provide watershed moments.  While most things you try to do may seem trivial, occasionally you end up something or gaining a new perspective that dramatically changes some of your past perspectives.  The kicker also comes in that whatever you discovered was right in front of you the whole time.
  • 18. Can provide extra confidence.   If you succeed you’re more confident you can do it elsewhere.  If you fail it usually ends up not being that big of a deal anyway and plus you’ll probably be on too big of a high to even care about the failure.  The real challenge was just in trying and that’s a win no matter the result.
  • 19. Can be done on low cost.  In taking the DIY approach to things, you’re more often giving up your time in exchange for both learning something new and saving money.
  • 20. Can be a relative expert in no time.  If nobody within your circles knows how to play guitar, and you can play six chords that you took the time to learn in 30 minutes, you might as well be Eric Clapton or Keith Richards.  Although you may know that in reality you’re barely even crawling, the fact that your are indeed moving is the difference.
  • 21. It adds up.   This could be learning one new recipe a week, at the end of a year you could have mastered 52 recipes, or 52 dishes from different parts of the world ready to whip together whenever appropriate.
  • 22. Can give one perspective.  Seeing something new such as the ocean for the first time can help make you forget about some other relatively trivial struggles you’re going through at the time.
  • 23. Makes you feel alive.  You’re thinking, in a new environment and your senses are on full trying to absorb as much as you can.
  • 24. Good photography opportunities, especially for new travel and social activities.
  • 25. Good writing material, have a crazy new experience and the piece will practically write itself.
  • 26. Can open new doors or stepping stones.  You never know who you’ll meet that may have more things in common than what you expected.  So what started out learning about one thing ends up being something much different.
  • 27. Personal satisfaction, even for something relatively simple but nonetheless accomplishable.  No need to climb a mountain for everything.  Get the feeling of getting something done, trying something new.
  • 28. Can be a good team bonding experience.  When everyone is equally trying something new, you have a bit more of a level playing field, everyone is struggling, sometimes leading, sometimes following but generally going in the same direction.
  • 29. Can be done through osmosis.  This can be traveling to a new place, eating at a new restaurant or other places where pretty much everything in the environment is relatively foreign to you.  You could try to pay attention to everything but even then you’re only seeing things at what you could call a surface level, connecting the dots can come later when given some time to think about it, hindsight is 20/20 sort of thing.
  • 30. Doing something new is rarely regretted.  Spending another hour, day or week on repetitive activities, well, after 20, 30 or 100 times, does one or two make a huge difference?  That versus when doing something new and as it’s new, by default, that one time makes all the difference.

Have your own network to help organize your new activities

Some of the benefits you get when doing so with an Odysen network:

  • Create as many networks as you need and share them with others as appropriate, helpful to keep content focused for each new hobby or interest.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand an activity and see integrated content from respective parent folders.
  • Within folders you can include appropriate content in the applications, including notes, websites, blogs, events, actions, office files, photos, audio or video recordings.
  • Add Newsletters to automatically get informed of new content or comments by email.  If you have multiple networks you can check the Updates Stream when logged in to see new content from any network you’re connected with.
  • Get started with the Basic plan for free!  Get initial storage for different files or photos and individuals have the option to upgrade for extra features and storage options.

Take a tour to learn more, including for getting started and setting up your account, creating and sharing networks as well as using the applications.

| Posted on | June 6, 2013 | Comments Off

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