Why Mid-Career Men should Try New Things

As we age and get more comfortable in our lives and careers, many men have something of an inclination to stick with what they know. In some regards, that can be an excellent thing. Getting truly good at a small set of skills, whether it’s in a career or hobby, is how we achieve mastery over some chosen field.

With that said, however, I want to make the case here that it’s vital for men, especially in our changing world, to try something new and uncomfortable when we get the chance. I’ll give you four reasons I think are compelling for you to try something outside of your comfort zone.

Learning Is Fun!

Hopefully, throughout your educational life, you had some good teachers. Even if you didn’t, I’m sure you can think of moments when something new finally clicked, and you could do something that you could not before. While the memories are probably long since lost to time, you were almost certainly immensely proud of yourself the first time you tied your shoes.

I do not see a good reason that that sense of pride should be confined to children. Human beings are at their core curious animals, and one of the major rewards we get for learning something new is a sense of enjoyment from having learned something new. Now that I am (finally) wrapping up my P.h.D, I plan on taking the time to learn how to code. Not only is it potentially lucrative, but getting a simple text game to respond put a smile on my face that I had not seen for some time.

The point here is that picking up a new skill, even if you’re a complete amateur, is an immensely rewarding experience that is well worth your time if for no other reason than it can bring some joy to your life.

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