Being comfortable is for scaredy cats!

You don’t know what you don’t know… right? Well you’ll never ever know if you never ever go is the saying and that’s exactly how I’d sum up my past two months.

For my third placement of my graduate program I decided to not only pick a placement where the work I’d be doing was going to be challenging and not a huge interest of mine but I also decided to move 20 hours north of home to a city I’d never even visited.

Now I could have just picked a placement that was 20 minutes from home doing work that I was comfortable and interested in. The key word there was comfortable. I don’t ever want to be comfortable. I want to be constantly challenged and developing as an HR professional.

This can transfer to all facets of life, university and even picking what to cook for dinner tonight. When was the last night you made an uncomfortable decision and pushed your own boundaries. Did you pick that elective at uni because you’ve heard it’s easy and the lecturer hands out High Distinctions or did you pick that elective because you knew it would challenge everything you know about yourself and make you think a little differently.

Overtime do you honestly think you’ll develop and succeed by taking comfortable step after comfortable step or do you think you’ll succeed by taking a giant leap of faith into the unknown only to find a whole world that you didn’t even know existed?

Pushing this boundary has been beneficial not only for me professionally but also for me personally. Sometimes you have to view life from a different angle, or in this case a different city, to really grasp what’s important to you. Plus the ability to take some time out and reflect and look back at where you have come from and how you got there is extremely important.

So next time an opportunity arises to push yourself that little further ask yourself how will I know if I never give it a go?’ The risk in my opinion has nothing on the reward!

4 Responses to “Being comfortable is for scaredy cats!”

  1. Judy

    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
    Henry David Thoreau

    Most people let fear run their lives and avoid doing what you suggest Damon because they are afraid.

    I love your thoughts (actually I really dig your mind in general) on risk taking and I always ask myself this question “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?”

    This helped me make a big decision recently and I know the reward is behind a door that I will open soon.

    PS I have never taken a comfortable step in my life…high heels are hell!!!!

  2. Damon Klotz

    Love the quote and very similar to what Wayne Bennett wrote in his autobiography “Don’t die with the music in you.”

    Can’t pass comment on the high heels but living life afraid is no way to live life. I’m looking forward to hearing all about this soon to be opened door.

    So here’s to the crusade of not being afraid.

  3. Adam

    Long quote time! It’s about the cost of living a life versus living a life, but relevant somewhat to the challenge of escaping the daily routine to do something extraordinary.


    To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… cruising, it is called.

    Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

    “I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.”
    What these men can’t afford is NOT to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

    What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

    The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer?

    In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? – Sterling Hayden

  4. Damon Klotz

    Wow! What a quote Adam! Very fitting as well considering some choices that I have to make in the new year. The question I’m going to ask myself is not can I afford to go but rather can I afford not to go? That is the real question.

    I’d happily live a minimalist life with limited possessions, a job I love rather then a paycheck I desire and the ability to take risk after risk chasing experiences and living a rich life.

    My only exception is a well equipped Kitchen. I invested in a quality griddle pan last week and all I can say is wow. It has definitely made a difference to my cooking. My Bacon and Asparagus Pappardelle was delicious.

    Can I still be a minimalist with quality pots and pans? Riddle me that.


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