Things Millennials Need to Know
You should know
Comfort is something that pleases the heart and everyone must have it. Although different forms of comfort. Trust me, everyone has this. But some people choose to avoid their comfort zone. Including me, I choose to get out of my comfort zone.
Of course, it’s really hard to get out of your comfort zone. At first it was just lying down, playing games, eating, and sleeping. Turn 180 degrees, to be productive. Read books, develop skills, exercise, and other things that can be useful for the future.
Getting out of your comfort zone is not an easy thing to do. It takes commitment and desire from the heart to do it. Cannot be done because of coercion or advice from others. Therefore, many are stuck in their comfort zone.
I am 21 years old. I’ve been out of my comfort zone for a long time. I very rarely set foot to the mall to gather with friends or get together every week at the coffee shop. Even now I’m not doing that. For me, it’s just a waste of time and a waste of my money with momentary pleasures.
Since childhood, I was different from most people. Others are busy playing. I’m busy studying. But it’s not strange for me to do that, because of the tremendous pressure of life. The hardest point in my life was when I was 10–15 years old. Honestly, it’s hard for me to write down the details here. Because every time I remember that, my tears still come out. Maybe one day, I will share that painful experience to the public as motivation. But not for now.
Since I graduated from Vocational High School. I am getting more and more intense in learning various things. Such as investment, financial freedom, mindset, communication, active listening, and many more.
Many children my age are stuck in their comfort zone. Some spend their time playing games all day and interrupt their working hours. Some spend time lying down. Some spend time talking with their friends.
Honestly, sometimes I avoid my friends. But I didn’t do it because I hated it or didn’t want to talk to them. I did that because of my hatred for cigarette smoke. Kids my age mostly smoke and I hate the smoke. Because it makes the mask smell like cigarettes. Makes clothes smell like cigarettes, and makes breathing uncomfortable. Therefore, I chose to avoid for the sake of my health. Because for me, smoking has no benefits.
I often do research and ask my friends who smoke. I asked why smoke? How many packs a day? Financial burdensome or not? Why not quit smoking? Then I also once asked my friend, who has asthma. But he smokes. It’s one of the craziest things, I’ve ever seen.
From the research I did. The answers vary.
o To look cool (Sounds crazy right? But it’s a fact I know)
o Stress due to life problems
o Get social
How many packs per day?
The average answer is 1 pack in 1 day. But there are 2 packs in 1 day. That sounds crazy to me.
Financial burdensome or not?
The average answer is yes. In fact, some even seek additional income, just for the sake of cigarettes.
Why not quit smoking?
All said they wanted to stop, but they found it difficult. Because it’s addicted. So, they choose to keep smoking.
I really enjoy watching other people’s habits. I have learned from this habit. If it’s a positive thing I will learn and follow. But, if it’s a negative thing I will avoid it.
Comfort zones are hard to beat. But if we don’t get out of our comfort zone, there are consequences that we must accept later. I want to tell a story of someone’s life. I learned this story from a 58-year-old refrigerator repairman. Here’s the story.
He has a friend who worked in the factory for ± 20 years. His friend was lulled by the comfort he received while working and did not hone any skills while he was still working. And also do not have a side business while still working. Until one day, his friend was dismissed from his workplace. Then, after being dismissed. This person is confused about what to do. Want to work again, but he has over 40. Want to open a business, but don’t have the skills. Wants to work with his friend who is a repairman. But there is no expertise in that field.
From the story told, we can learn a big lesson. Never be lulled by comfort. Pull yourself out of your comfort zone. Learn skills that can make money. Diligent to develop yourself and never stop learning.
For me, it’s better if I struggle when I’m young. Compared to having to struggle when you are old. I am determined within myself. My child later, his childhood should not be the same as my childhood. Therefore, I continue to develop myself and learn without stopping. Although there are times when I feel stressed by this. But that’s no reason to stop. Rich Roll once said.
“The important thing is to realize that even if for some time you’re feeling really bad, it’s not how you feel all the time. Things are bound to change if you keep moving forward.” Quoted from Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuck.
Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone. Of course, the bad impact you feel is not happening now. But it would be better if you get out of that comfort zone before it’s too late. You can take a valuable lesson from the story of a refrigerator repairman friend above. Don’t let you regret it.
I have no intention of lecturing anyone. I just want to share this experience for the benefit of many people. Hopefully, those of you who are reading this get useful lessons for your life.