I’m starting the #Bloganuary challenge a little late and am going to do my best to participate as often as I can. What I’ve learned from other challenges is that trying to play catch up usually ends with my giving up and/or not having any fun with it.
Write about the last time you left your comfort zoneVia the Bloganuary Community site
This is kind of a silly prompt for me because I feel like it’s something I do daily. In the last year alone I have taken several road trips with my family to new places, moved into a new house, and started a new career at WordPress.com. At a lesser scale, I’ve continued to learn more about 3d printing, woodworking/building, archery, drawing, muay thai, and more.
Point being…my comfort zone is me constantly learning and changing. One of the things that pulled me towards Automattic, was their creed. “I’ll never stop learning.” starts the whole thing off. On a personal level, I would add a bit to the end, “I’ll never stop learning, trying, and doing.”
Aside from my own curiosity, I have three kids and my wife who are all curious, creative, and adventurous so we’re always learning about new things, trying out new things or new ways of doing things, or creating opportunities to go and do whatever we just learned about.
Is it stressful?
Yes, not having a comfort zone can be overwhelming and stressful. Most of the time, it’s a lot of fun. Sometimes it’s a mix of both.
Is it worth it?
Yes, 100%. My older boys had done more international travel by the age of 5 than I had by the time I was 30. My wife and I have exceeded our initial professional and financial goals by more than 3x after having only been together for 10 years. I’ve gotten better at learning, which makes it easier to pick up almost anything we are interested in doing.
I encourage anyone who has an identifiable “comfort zone” to start thinking about what else you could do and take a leap to go after whatever gets you excited.