"All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving - it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive."
- Life of Pi, Yann Martel
I love this passage. It fills me with wonder and appreciation for how nature rewards those who take chances... who put themselves out there into the unknown. My guiding principle in life is this...
Always be trying new things.
When I follow this rule, good things happen. When I don't... nothing good happens. It's that simple. Trying new things is how we grow. Growth does two things. It gives us confidence, and it gives us something to share with others.
The key is to lean out of your comfort zone - don't jump completely outside of it. Baby steps... and occasionally a tiger move. Try new foods. Take a different way home from work. Strike up a conversation with someone you don't normally talk to. You'll learn things you could never have anticipated. Little things... but they add up. Before you know it you'll be making tiger moves like signing up for a salsa class or taking a surfing lesson. The world will open up more to you with every step you take.