I had two classes today and both started very similar.
The teachers would go on this spiel about themselves, their goals for the class and how you can get A’s, blah blah blah.
Then, we had to introduce ourselves. But this kind of introduction isn’t effective in no way, shape, or form; it doesn’t prepare you or build the skill of really introducing yourself to someone who you admire or want to meet, someone of importance, someone that you should be meeting to maybe connect with your life or business.
Here’s how it went (and the professors encouraged this): Name. What you do. Where are you from. Pets. Favorite music. Major. Okay, done.
Some people went as far as name, where they were from, and what they were majoring in. Done.
This is a perfect example of being comfortable with fruitless habits that squander perfect opportunities to make a difference, to change something broken. What’s worse is that this probably went on throughout the whole entire campus. I guarantee only a handful of professors — if that — took this opportunity to make a lasting first impression for everyone. To not do what they’ve been doing for years because they’ve realized the students wanted no part of it, and to go against the grain for once.
I think about the things I do on a daily basis — things that are equally unsuccessful every time... When you become aware of them, do you continue to do it? Do you stay comfortable and repeat this insane process of creating meaningless outcomes?
Being comfortable has its rewards. Same goes for doing something different, something frightening.