“You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”
Are you a homebody? Do you enjoy getting out and meeting new people? Do you avoid social events? Are you a social butterfly?
These are all important questions to ask yourself because meeting new people is very important when it comes to business and life in general. If you stay home all of the time and never make the effort to get out, you won’t be able to grow past your current level. Do you want to move on to the next level or do you want to stay at the same point forever? Do you want to meet amazing new people?
Why do I think it’s important that you get out and meet new people constantly?
A whole new world of opportunities.
When you meet new people you can be potentially introduced to new opportunities. There are many ideas out there that you don’t even know exist right now. It’s like when you first started college or joined a new gym. You get exposed to ways that you never would have thought of before. There’s no telling how far these opportunities can take you. Instead of being nervous about these new chances, it can benefit you much more by embracing them as they come. What do you have to lose? Get out there and see what opportunities are awaiting you.
Explore new ideas.
We all look at things differently. This is why I try to discuss business concepts with those that are polar opposites of me so that I can gain a perspective into the other side of the argument. When you surround yourself with those with similar mindsets you’ll never see things from a different angle. When you interact with someone that sees things completely differently, you’ll be surprised by what exists that you never thought of. This is why I always speak with a friend that I know will share a different side of things before every business decision. You want to cover all of your bases. Especially when you’re taking big steps. You don’t want to miss out a specific angle on something just because you never took the time to address it with someone.
Get out of your shell.
Do you ever meet someone that appears to be really awkward? This person just hasn’t stepped out of their shell just yet. A younger friend of mine went away to college last fall. He asked his few friends for some tips on how to meet people. We simply told him to get out of his shell and do things that he normally wouldn’t do. This includes saying hello to strangers and speaking to the most beautiful girl in class. After a few months his Facebook profile grew exponentially and he had more contacts on his number than he could keep track of. Getting out of your shell can be very risky for the introvert. However, the benefits will be seen in many ways. You’ll have more friends, an easier time finding work, and you won’t be intimidated by social situations as much as you were before.
By meeting new types of people you expose yourself to new knowledge. Think of what you didn’t know about the human body before you started working out? Think about what you didn’t know about different cultures until you started working in a diverse workplace? I could go on for a long time with this. Essentially, the more people you meet the more you increase your knowledge on a variety of topics.
Better understanding of life.
It’s difficult to understand why certain people behave in a certain way. Instead of judging people that you perceive as being different, you can stand to benefit much more by taking the time to speak with them to see what they’re all about. This will eventually give you a far better understanding of life as well.
At the end of the day, the benefits of meeting new people far exceed not getting out there to take chances. What are you waiting for? Have you met any cool people recently?
(photo credit: zhetta )