Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be difficult. As the saying goes, you like what you like. But I’ve found that trying something different can turn out to be enjoyable. Like trying sushi for the first time or speaking out at a meeting when you would rather stay quiet. Who knows, you may even like sushi. But unless you are willing to take a “leap of faith” you will never know.
So, if you are interested in stepping out of your comfort zone, I propose an experiment. Try reading about a topic that you wouldn’t normally be drawn to or listen to a genre of music you don’t know much about.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you can try a book or music from the following list to get you started.
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization by W. Hodding Carter
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft by Simon Houpt
Under the Black Flag: the Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates by David Cordingly
Rock Symphonies by David Garrett
Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
X & Y by Coldplay
Plectrumelectrum by Prince & 3rdEyeGirl
Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty
Carla Bruni by Carla Bruni
Lazaretto by Jack White
If you do happen to give any of these titles a try – post your reviews (positive or negative) here. What would YOU recommend people give a read or listen, to move beyond their comfort zone?