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6 Reasons You Should Try New Things

If you're like me, you often flit from thing to thing, a practice that elicits eyes rolls and head shakes from the people around you. You may have even been called a dilettante. (And not in a good way.) But trying and doing new things has it benefits. Here are some things to consider as you consider macrame and bungee jumping.

1. Trying new things expands your worldview.

If you grow up in a family of die-hard football fans, you may never know that you have a true love of skiing, surfing, or rock climbing. On the other hand, if you say yes to that friend that invites you on a beachside camping trip, you may learn that you love waking up to the sound of ocean crashing on the sand.

2. Trying new things reveals your strengths.

You may not know that you have an eye for color and proportion until you give that Sip & Stroke painting event a go. Or maybe you discover that you have an ear for language when you stumble into the Russian community on the hunt for traditional smetana.

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3. Trying new things gives you passion.

We tend to enjoy that in which we excel. If you discover you have a strength in letterpress stationery, you very possibly will develop a passion for the art.

As Ramit Sethi notes, "Becoming world-class at something, ... the passion follow[s]."

4. Trying new things refines your interests.

Say you try something and you decide you don't love it. You now know to turn down the next invitation to go crabbing.

5. Trying new things leads you to other new experiences and connections.

You may not see the immediate benefit of attending your friend's child's dance recital. However, you may discover that you enjoy the local arts scene, or you may meet someone that fills a personal or professional need in your life.

6. Trying new things makes you interesting.

Not everything is going to pan out. You may be terrible at cake decorating or computer programming. But, as T&C editor Micaela English notes, "[I]t'll still be handy cocktail conversation."