Have you ever eaten a lemon, expecting it to be the typical tart and instead bite into something sweet? For Aaron, it was an explosion to the brain that by taking a lemon from a tree he would have an experience like that while traveling throughout Southern Spain. How many times is something presented in our life that makes us uncomfortable because it is the unknown? What happens when you are willing to venture outside of your comfort zone? Well, that’s entirely up to the individual.
As we venture into the unknown and deal with something that is right in front of us, even if it makes us uncomfortable with the possibility of making life worse, how many opportunities are then lost to make life incredible?
When we start to stay where it’s comfortable and predictable, but then we miss out on an amazing experience, as Aaron stated “Isn’t it a shame?” When we don’t want to try something because of the possibility of not liking it or being too far out of our element, we miss out on new possibilities.
It’s so critical to get out of our rut and try new things. So instead of remaining comfortable, block out a time each week to take yourself on a date. Allow it to be spontaneous and let your imagination take you somewhere so that you can have a freeing experience. Aaron experienced this with an out of the box doughnut shop full of crazy creations in Portland.
Sometimes being willing to try a new food is the push we need to get us to venture outside of our box and realize that some boxes come in many different shapes, colors, sizes, or are completely transparent. We’ll never know until we take the plunge.
“Keep looking up, and I’ll keep looking out!” -Aaron Young
Welcome to The Lookout Society Podcast, where Aaron shares a story from his life, then connects it with a business principle to pass on so it can help somebody else going down his or her path as a contributing member to society. As an added bonus he shares wonderful gems of Oregonian knowledge from his home state and weaves the passion he has for the community he lives in as an invitation for others to visit the Pacific Northwest.
LESSON FOR THE DAY
Go off into the world and have an artist date; try something new because you’re not done learning and you’re not done living. Give yourself permission to try new things and experience the joy of trying something new.
LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW
- The Lookout Society episode with Bill Kelly
- Visit Malaga Province and Costa Del Sol
- Malaga citrus farms
- Rental apartments and houses in Malaga, Spain
- Steve Martin’s Greatest Comedy Sketches
- Pinterest chicken feet recipe pins
- Pinterest escargot recipe boards
- The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
- Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS & REFERENCES
In the Arbinger Institute’s Leadership and Self Deception, the principle to not allow yourself into a box in the first place is applied, allowing for more growth when taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. This allows us to try new approaches and views.
ABOUT THE SHOW NOTES
Each of The Lookout Society show notes are written by Natalie C. Martin LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT NATALIE:
A life-long learner and unashamed history nerd, Natalie is a certified teacher in secondary education history and English turned stay at home mom. She is the mother of four energetic children all two years apart from 8 to 2 and recently celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary with the only boyfriend she ever had. After the kiddies are put to bed, she writes show notes as she continues to ignite her passion for writing and editing, fact checking and learning to make the world wide web a more educated place. When we learn that more gets accomplished when we replace “can’t” with “can” so many possibilities are opened to us. In the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”