Why Trying New Things Is Important No Matter How Big, Small, or Scary They Are

Oh, the comfort zone. That pillow-soft, super-snuggly corner where everything goes exactly as planned and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. The comfort zone is nice—there’s no denying that. But, if you stay there forever, you’re never going to grow as a person, and we all know Katy Perry’s song “Firework” was about you, so you better not let her down.

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You don’t have to skydive or finally correct the barista that your name is spelled with a “K.” Even little new things can bring huge new benefits. Here’s why:

Get to Know Yourself a Little Better

Yeah, you spend all day every day with yourself, but how well do you really know yourself? Most of us think we are pretty self-aware, but that’s because we’re often stuck in the same routine and snuggled up in the comfy zone. Once you put yourself into a new and unfamiliar situation, how you act and react might surprise you. You might find something new to love!

Have More Interesting Stories to Tell

We all have that friend who is always getting themselves into all sort of hijinks, and they come back with the best stories. Here’s a little secret: You can be that person too, but you have to get out and do cool or exciting stuff first. If the most interesting thing about you is your large collection of funny coffee mugs (no judgments), that’s all right, but maybe it’s time to take the next step and do something you’ve only dreamed of. Then, you can be that friend who captivates others with your tales.

Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Are you a creative? Whether you’re a writer or your cute pencil pouch is filled with art supplies, getting those creative juices flowing is hard sometimes. But often when you have more experience and skills, inspiration is easier to find. Who knows: Maybe that next winning project all started because you thought of something while you were in the un-comfort zone. Doing new things helps you see stuff in a new light, which translates over to other areas of your life.

It Helps You Get Ahead

The more experiences you have, the more interesting you’ll be. Doing stand-up paddleboard yoga on the weekends can be a great conversation piece, but there’s more to gain! What if you’re in a job interview one day and the hiring manager also does SUP yoga? It could really help you connect, while coming off cool and outdoorsy. Okay, okay—it’s super hard to predict when and how your new experience or skill will come in handy, but it will! The more little or big things you do, the better chance you have to experience some of these benefits and get ahead—so get out there and start doing stuff!

About Talking Out of Turn

Based in Dallas, Texas, Talking Out of Turn (TOOT) is your plug for the coolest, funniest, sassiest, and most creative life stuff. Whether you work in a stuffy corporate office or live life by your own rules, they have the goods. From cute tote bags to whimsical stationery, colorful desk sets, and even adorable baby cards, every day is TOOTs day when you’ve got their swag by your side. The people behind TOOT are makers at heart, and they’ve figured out a way to celebrate their creativity and passions at scale, producing tons of goodies in their Texas workshop. If you like to live life with a colorful edge, head over to the TOOT shop and see what they’ve got.

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