I’ve always liked reading those tips that people give on things they’ve learned in their life. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes insightful, but almost always it’s interesting. In the hope that some of my knowledge could be of use to someone (perhaps even to myself), here are a few things I’ve learned about trying new things:
- Even if you fail at your task you will learn something about yourself.
- You regret most the things you never tried, rather than what you tried and failed.
- Most people don’t even notice when you make a mistake. (It’s just not that important to them.)
- Excitement and anticipation can keep your body and mind alert and aware for weeks leading up to a big event.
- It’s amazing how many smart and interesting people are waiting to meet you.
- Being scared out of your mind often creates your clearest memories.
- Success makes you stronger; and so does failure.
- Learning is a lifelong pursuit.
- The only way to learn something is to do it. (Thinking isn’t doing, you have to take action.)
- Your biggest mistakes often make the best stories after a few years go by.
- Never put off until tomorrow the fun you can have today.
- Your tastes will change over time. If you don’t instantly dislike something, give it a try at least once.
- Make sure to put both big and small goals on your list. Sometimes the smallest ideas create the biggest changes.
- If you don’t take a chance, you’ll never find out.
Some of my best new experiences were flying high above the ground in an open-air plane, learning to ride an ATV, going white-water rafting, reading a new book each week (I learn something from each one), relearning how to make a snow-man (new because I’d forgotten how to do it!). There are many, many more. What are the best lessons you’ve learned by taking a chance? Your favorite experiences? Talk back and tell me about it.