Many people get in a rut in life.???? They go to work, play a little, and go back to work.???? It is the same thing day in and day out.???? For these people, they are in a comfort zone and in my opinion, not growing as a person.
Personally, I try to find new things to learn and experience that will push my limits.???? Here is one good example from a few years back.
Back in 2002, I had just gotten out of the Marine Corps and started taking classes at a local community college.???? I decided that I wanted to try something new and take an acting class.???? I knew that this class would push my boundaries, as it was something that I had never done before.
The class totally pushed me.???? I had to improvise, adapt, and overcome in ways that I had never done before.???? Actors view the world in a totally different way than other people.???????? For example, they are much more in-tune to their body and soul than most people.???? The insight I gained from the experience has been invaluable to me even today.
I decided to take it one step further and join the college play production that was going on.???? Wow, did that even push me even more.???? We were rehearsing for 40 hours a week and still had our studies to keep up with.???? I had no idea that being in a play was so much work.
One of the most valuable things that I learned from my play experience was the leadership skills from the play????????s director, Bree.???? She drove us very hard and much of the play????????s success was because of her.
Here are some of the skills that Bree demonstrated that I learned from:
-????dealing with people from all walks of life
-????taking care of medical emergencies
-????taking input from the people under her
-????practice makes perfect
-????injecting humor to lighten up the mood
In the end I improved many skills that apply to the business world.???? Some of these include: understanding how people work, improvisation, and knowing myself.???? Although I have no further interest in pursing an acting career, the experience itself was very fulfilling.???? I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone.