Traveling at 900 km/h over vast seas containing tiny islands, I continued reflecting on the value of connecting with different people. I mean really different people. Completely different. Foreign. People with opposite views and experiences.
Dismissing people with an assumption “I have nothing in common with these people” is dangerous. Your learning is stunted, your options limited. I could list more reasons why it’s dangerous, but I love to consider the impact of connecting and collaborating instead.
I stood in the back section of the plane to Manila, in conversation with a well-travelled young woman from New Zealand/UK, then we were joined by an Aussie investor who spends many months of the year in the Philippines, and then a beautiful travel-agent/young mum who had great tips for seeing the Philippines. All shared really interesting insights and experiences about travel, business, recruitment, family life and relationships, and the connections made will open doors of opportunity for many people.
As I returned to my seat, pondering the amazing conversations of the last hour or so, I realised that I hadn’t gone looking to meet people, but I was open to it. The key thing was, I left my seat. The other people I spoke to had left their seat. So many people didn’t leave their seat at all, or just went straight to the bathroom and back to their seat without connecting with anyone. As it is in life. Do you leave your seat? Do you get out of your comfort zone, your local community and group of friends? If you get out and about, willing to meet people and see new places, your creativity increases, your enthusiasm grows and you learn and contribute in the most rewarding ways.
As I was packing my suitcase at home a few nights ago, I watched the first part of this TEDx Talk – Can Speaking To Strangers Boost Your Creativity? Check it out for more insights about this. It’s so important! We can solve more problems and make a bigger difference in the world by talking to strangers.
CONSIDER AND TAKE ACTION
Where can you go this week? Maybe it’s a different place in your local area, such as a cafe you’ve never been to, or maybe you’ll take a different route to work, or maybe you’ll jump on a plane…
Be open to conversation! Be curious and ask questions. Listen.
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