Out of the comfort zone

Change is never easy. When the question asked is: do you like change? pretty much everybody says “yes”. However, when the question is: who wants to change?, not everybody responds with an affirmation.

Change is uncomfortable, stressful, and nerve-wrecking. But it is also exciting, motivating, it creates new opportunities, new ventures, and sometimes new life.

I’m going myself thru some changes that are pushing me out of my comfort zone. In the past I have followed the rules of the system: get an education, get a job, go up the corporate ladder, and retire someday.

But this kind of journey does not work in the current environment, where jobs are not abundant, and the existing ones are full of challenges with nothing guaranteed. It’s simply a rat race without significant benefits for the majority of the employees. It’s good for those who are willing to “go the extra mile”: work 12 or more hours a day, leverage corporate politics, knock down those who get in your way and, the most important, please your boss no matter what.

Maybe this is not the norm, but definitively is very common among many “success” stories. This kind of rhythm doesn’t leave much left for other important things in life, and the consequences will show at some point in time, unequivocally.

I’ve tried several times to get out of the rat race, but it’s not easy, although I’ve learned a lot. I’m now embarking on a new venture, as a side project, that is pushing me out of the normal routine. Maybe it will work or not, but the learning lessons are awesome, totally worth it.

We can always complain about our lack of success, if we have tried new things… but we cannot complain if we keep doing the same thing over and over… because the result will be the same.

And if we have tried and failed, the right thing to do is move on to something new, and make the best out of the lessons learned.

I’m sure I’ll be sharing my success soon, and would love to learn about yours too!

 

P.D. I was shared this ring tone recently, definitively different, and fun. In case you want some Latin beat coming out of your phone. Enjoy!

Nothing to worry about

I have an inside joke with my wife, when she wonders why I have no gray hair… yet. I’m approaching 48 years young :), and still can show a black mane with no hints of snowed threads. She sometimes wonders if I get up in the middle of the night to dye it. Now, that would really be stressful for me!

My answer to her frequent inquiry is usually the same: “I try not to worry too much”.

That is a little of bit of an understatement. I have a lot of things in my mind, and certainly enough to keep me busy and sometimes overwhelmed. However, when I say that I don’t worry too much, it’s a form of saying that I don’t let the problems get the best of me.

But wait… let’s go back to the beginning… is there a correlation between stress and gray hair? Or is it more accurate to say that there is a correlation between age and gray hair? Or even further, a correlation between the combination of age and stress that produces gray hair?

I’m clueless!

And while the challenges keep coming, I’m confident that I have enough character to conquer them, or enough humbleness to decide when not to pursue them, without lamenting anything later.

Let’s remember: 10% of any situation is how it presents itself, and the other 90% is how we react to it.

I have enjoyed writing this blog, even though I’ve been absent for a while, but I hope to keep connecting with people, to make more friends.

And gray hair or not, I’m learning to age gracefully, because every phase in life is worth enjoying!

See you soon!

myblackhair

Hey, no dandruff either! ¬†ūüôā