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When was the last time, you did something for the first time?

Everyone should reflect on this statement no matter what field or profession.

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Amanda’s Answer

This is amazing! My 2020 Intention, instead of Resolution, is to RESIST! Resist my Comfort Zone. I know resist sounds negative, and if you love your life and how things are going - it seems futile. However, I realized as long as I am alive there is room to grow, people to know and skills to show - so I am resisting my Comfort Zone and trying new things every day. Today, even though I have plenty of work to keep me busy - I volunteered at our San Antonio Goodwill store - Company Event. This is not something I would normally do. It's Monday, we're busy, it's Martin Luther King day and I often March. That's what makes this outside my comfort zone. It is not what I would normally do. I am going into things I try, with an open mind. I must give it a chance and if I don't enjoy it, I just won't do it again. I believe that I will be in the right place at a the right time to receive miracles. Goodwill was so much fun - working in their e-Commerce department. Yes, they sell online - check it out! I was able to help my community and meet co-workers from other departments that I don't have business with but live in my community. I highly recommend attending a Company event or organizing one. They have facilitators for that! Today I volunteered, tomorrow I'll eat a black olive. They just don't seem right to me, so big with a big empty hole in them. I only ate Spanish olives with pimentos growing up - so the Olive Bar at my local grocery is going to provide lots of opportunities for something new! How about you? What are you going to do?

Amanda recommends the following next steps:

Resist your Comfort Zone
Fight Complacency
Put down your technology and connect with real people
I Challenge YOU!

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G. Mark’s Answer

This question certainly got me thinking. Once I decided to do standup comedy. It was one of the most terrifying things I'd ever done. I thought I should. Class clown and all that. But performing in public was a shattering event. For some reason, probably out of audience largesse or too much alcohol, I was a hit. A big hit. The confidence it gave me conned me into no preparing for the next time, and it was a disaster. First, it taught me not to take anything for granted -- most good things require work. Second, it taught me that I was not "a natural", and probably not "a natural" at anything, that no matter what you do, if there are other people doing it, there are likely a lot of people just as good as you and much better but who put extra work into it. Third, it told me I liked it. A lot. I did that for about eight years. I met some really talented people who showed me just how good other people were, and people who were really, really nice people. I can point to people on television and in movies and say, "Hey! I know that person!" I had a show and called a friend and invited him. He told me he'd really, really love to come, but he had moved to California. He was working with Larry David and became pretty famous. I very much appreciated those kind words. So the message it gave me was when confronted with an opportunity, take it. Not taking a chance is not why we're here.


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Jeff’s Answer

The last time I did something for the first time was a few months ago when I decided to move away from Pittsburgh, PA where I have lived my entire life for a new career opportunity in Atlanta. I was in a wonderful spot in Pittsburgh and always was proud to be a Pittsburgher but I also knew that it was time to explore something new and different. I wanted a new journey for myself and my family. I needed to stretch beyond my comfort zone to experience the world from a bigger and different perspective. Never be afraid of change. Well it is okay to be anxious about change. Everyone is at some point. But do not let it stop you from taking the leap to something and someplace new. No matter how old you are or how settled in you may be now.


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Priya’s Answer

Learning is a quest. Continuous Learning rejuvenates thinking and fuels the brain. Knowledge gained from our learning dissipates self doubt and instills confidence. I think we should ideally do some thing for the first time as often as possible. That is the only path to being relevant in todays changing world. I try to explore and learn something new every day. It might not be always work centric and can be as simple as learning a new word or trying a new dish.

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