The one thing I’m proud of, is probably being able to push myself out a lot from my comfort zone, and discovering a lot more of myself from doing so. One of which is by making a contra-popular decision to leave my job in corporate business and starting a career in education, although my background has been rather scientific. I sort of have written about this in my other post, but I guess today there are more things I am aware of, compared to when I wrote the post.
What started out as one act of pushing myself out of the comfort zone (leaving such a promising job, rank, salary), continued to extract a greater will to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone, until I realized that I’ve discovered things I never knew I had. I’ve never felt so alive before. I realized that there’s this huge potential I’ve never noticed at all. Where have I been all my life?
The thing is, I always thought of myself as an introvert, an antisocial. Meeting people was the least thing I’d like to do. I don’t like to open up to people I barely know, I don’t want to seem stupid or vulnerable. I even passed up a lot of group hangouts, avoiding places where I might bump into somebody I know. I’d rather avoid being in awkward situation of not being able to start or keep a conversation going.
But ever since I decided to leave my job, somehow I started to push myself to do things I don’t usually do, because I’m changing my life and career direction into something (almost) completely new to me. So I guess I had to try to do things in a different way. I started to make new acquaintances, at first it was because I needed some information, and most of my existing friends or colleagues wouldn’t know about it because most of them are in the same or similar background like mine (i.e., engineering/industrial).
Realizing that I need much more information and insights, I start meeting more and more people. And then I realized I actually liked it. I liked meeting people, getting new ideas, knowledge, insights. I even got kind of addicted to it.
I used to avoid meeting people, but now I feel like I wouldn’t pass up a chance to meet people, even meeting someone new. I just realized how much I enjoy building a network, getting to know awesome people, listening to their great ideas, even sharing them my thoughts and ideas.
I am proud of myself for being able to push through what I thought was the limit, to find new opportunities out there, and most importantly, to discover so much potential in me.
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