For some reason or another, I don't know why, recently I have been watching a lot of Shark Tank on YouTube. I find it fascinating some of the products and services the entrepreneurs have come up with and what the 'Sharks' actually think of what they have to sell.
However the one thing that I do find fascinating is the way that the entrepreneurs actually sell their idea in the first place. It is obviously well rehearsed, almost like a bad amateur production and they try and make it as exciting as possible. No stuffy monotone professors here. They have to make it as exciting as possible.
It reminds me of the 'Got Talent' franchise programs in which people audition in front of judges and get critiqued, sometimes very harshly.
I watched one audition recently in which a Scotsman came onto stage in kilt and everything and then proceeded to play the bagpipes. The bagpipes can be quite cool (See the first link below). They can also be a little boring to people who don't know them so well. (Like in the second video below). But they surprised the audience and judges by having cool music and having a dance. The fact was that someone playing the bagpipes reasonably well in this day in age is not going to be exciting for anyone. The same goes for a piano player. (See the third video below) The guy comes out on stage and starts playing the piano. he can obviously play the piano but people are not excited by it and the crowd and judges are wondering when it is going to end but then in their eyes it becomes cool and exciting.
Anyway, lets get back to the topic at hand and that is the three things all introverts should do:
1. Join a gym
This morning, I got up at 6.30am (Saturday morning) and headed off to the gym. Most of the regular readers will know that I do Crossfit. I find that it works for me and although it was tough workout (WOD) this morning, it was enjoyable. It took us 29 minutes to finish. Lots of perspiration, I tell you.
The point is, at least once a day I get out and force myself to socialise with people. It might be in the gym and a lot of sweat flying around but it works for me and you should try it. If you lock yourself at home which I'm sure some of you do you might start to put on weight and then your motivation for meeting more people is going to go way down
Get out and do some exercise. At the very least you are going to come out fitter than you were before.
2. Meet for a beer
I used to go out quite a bit with a great mate of mine. We would go to a popular bar and basically have a good chinwag about all and sundry. Since he has got married that number has decreased to about once a month but it is still good to get out and meet him and have that beer (or four).
The point in this one is that you are out. You are in an environment which is quite stimulating. You are with a good mate so you don't have to talk to anyone if you don't want to so your energy reserves will not deplete so quickly but if you want to talk to another person, then you have the option.
Of course, with this one you have to judge your energy reserves at the beginning of the night too. As it could become quite tiring. However, 99 times out of 100 you are going to be with a good mate so that shouldn't really come into it.
3. Get outside your comfort zone
Before writing this one, I must disclose something. This piece of advice can be applicable to anyone. Also, I find this very difficult as I'm not sure what I should do on a daily basis. I can think of one idea but it might get boring.
Anyway, I would suggest to at least try this one and doesn't have to be something planned and grandiose. Something, spur of the moment would work because the more that you think about it the less that you might want to do it.
There you have it. Three things that although not earth shattering, may change your life for the good. Give it a try. I know I will, especially number 3.