A situation that you’re uncomfortable in is a situation that is inducing growth
“I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.” -J. R. Martinez
An idea that i’d entertained while growing up was the belief that anything that didn’t fit automatically just wasn’t supposed to fit at all; That we were supposed to focus on our strengths and only through doing things that placed in uncomfortable situations will we be able to grow or excel.
Fear and close-mindedness closes the door to new skill-sets
I’d taken the idea that we should have a niche and in a way distorted it. Even within our own niches there are things that we are both unaware of and things that we are uncomfortable doing; Meaning that we would have to open ourselves up to situations that make us uncomfortable even within our niche. The realization that having a niche doesn’t mean that we must close ourselves off to different things led me to another realization; Opening ourselves up to things outside of our comfort zone opens our minds up to the acquisition of new skills.
Take this for example,
I’m usually an introverted person. I tend to sit and think, often. My introverted nature has aided me in my idea generation ability, (which is a really useful skill). The thing is that I also tend to drift towards the activities that allow me to think(sort of the reason why I’m doing this blog). My need to do things that allow me to think somewhat hinders me from gaining certain skills that aid me in inter-personally.
Bringing me to my next point
Interpersonal skills are necessary for the acquisition of wealth, at least business-wise. When I say this, I’m saying that I can’t make money appear out of thin air, yet. I’ll need other people to pay me. Which also means that I’ll need to be very good at selling myself, which means that social skills are also necessary. The only problem with this is that I’ve spent most of my life so far thinking and acting on those thoughts by myself.
While this is a somewhat abstract example, you get the gist of what I’m trying to say; One skill is useless without another or others that compliment it.
Be comfortable being uncomfortable
With that being said, to gain or improve skills we have to get uncomfortable. And to maintain mental hypertrophy we must get comfortable being uncomfortable. That’s it. We have to go out and do things(within reason) that we’re not comfortable doing. We must step out and look for new things to learn and do.
Be proactive with your acquisition of knowledge.