Feel uncomfortable at least once a day: Widen your circle
Ever hear that if you want to improve your life, you should review your circle of friends and acquaintances and widen the circle?
So let’s say you want to make more money, but all of your friends pretty much make the same amount as you, and you all spend the same way.
What you have to do is not give up your current friends, but widen your circle to talk to people who make more money, or have more interesting ideas on how to get money.
It can be anyone, such as reading about …
- people who are doing slightly quirky things like buying farmland as an investment (Freedom 35)
- people who have managed to pay off their mortgage before they’ve turned 30 (Financial Uproar)
- people who invest in buying houses for the right price, and putting in the work required (Paula)
- people who make you feel humble, such as those who have supported, organized and held together their entire family all alone with nary a complaint (Revanche)
The point is not just to encourage you to read their blogs (they may not all be to your taste), but it is to make you feel uncomfortable.
If they make you uncomfortable with your situation (the way that I feel when I read what they’re up to), then it’s a good thing.
You don’t need to copy them at all, you can find your own path while copying their (good) behaviours to help you change.
It makes you realize that even the most so-called impossible things are possible, and it pushes you to do something different with your life if you are unhappy with it.
The greatest thing of all, is that these people are so accesible online — they can interact with you at any time you want (and they want).
You don’t even have to necessarily interact with them either if you don’t want to.
Just read their blogs and read comments from other equally-as-inspiring readers, and you may realize that you’re more interested in than you gave yourself credit for.
This doesn’t even have to apply to money, it can be career-related, artsy blogs, travel blogs, food blogs, anything that makes you think: Hey.. she/he did that, that looks cool, I wonder what I could do!
In fact, it doesn’t even have to apply to talking to people per se.
Read biographies of interesting people, read their works, watch films from other countries in other languages, or watch documentaries on how other people live in other countries.
Widen your circle in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable and be challenged a little.
If you always stick with what’s safe and comfortable, you’ll never know what you can achieve.