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Sep 15

The Danger of Being Comfortable

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Don’t get too comfortable, it can be bad for you.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

I have always been amazed with people’s reactions when they learn of my 10-year tenure in the call center industry.  Whether it be in interviews or casual conversations, it’s almost without fail that I get a “wow” from the people I talk to.

I sometimes wonder if that “wow” was meant as a compliment for being loyal to the first company I worked for or if that “wow” was meant to question my length of stay.  I don’t understand why this is such a big deal with some people but based on how people here in the Philippines perceive call center work, I must say I’m not really surprised because in here, people see such kind of work as something meant to jump-start a fresh graduate’s career.

Whatever you took up in college, just enter a call center, gain some experience and when the time is right, you can already apply for the job you’ve always wanted.

I short, people don’t see it as a long-term career so if you stayed in one for more than 5 years just like I did, then you deserve an award.

Did I waste ten years of my life in this industry?  I don’t think so.  I was happy being there and I enjoyed what I did.  I worked with people I enjoy being with and I was contented with the pay.  I was comfortable so why should I look to get out of it?

I am in the IT field now and looking back, I would have to admit that ten years was a bit long.  Now I understand why people react the way they do.  I got too comfortable.  I enjoyed life so much that I became complacent.

I spent time doing something that didn’t challenge me anymore because of familiarity instead of learning new skills that would have increased my stock and made my credentials look better.

We all want to be comfortable which is why we prefer to do the easy things than go through the difficult ones but what we fail to realize is that it is in those difficult tasks where we develop character.

Do something difficult

It is normal for us to resist doing something we find difficult.  Why would you want to do something that will take time and effort when you can do something real easy that you won’t even break a sweat right?

Well, I used to think that way but if you look closely, it is through these difficult things that you learn so much from than those that doesn’t need you to put much effort.

If you want to lose weight, you go on a diet but if you want to lose more weight rapidly, you not only go on a diet but you also exercise regularly.  The second option is definitely the more difficult of the two but it is also the one that gives you the best and quickest results.

 

Be proactive and intentional

Every time you notice yourself drifting through life and no longer exerting effort, stop.  Think of ways to improve yourself and be intentional about it.

Learning should be a continuous process.

I used to think when I was a kid that after I graduate, everything should be paradise going forward.  No more books or homework to be busy with.  No more long exams to burn the midnight oil for.  Once I get a job, I will just go home and be a couch potato in front of the TV.

I was wrong.

Self-improvement shouldn’t stop the moment you step out of school.  It should continue because we have to continue to invest in ourselves.  We must remain sharp by reading books or attending seminars.

It’s simple.  You want to live a normal life, then keep yourself busy in front of the TV and be comfortable.  If you want an extra-ordinary life though, stay sharp and swap your TV for personal development books and audio.

 

Manage your time wisely

I understand that sometimes we need to unwind and relax.  We all need that especially since we spend most of our time working our butts off so having movie marathons or out-of-town vacations once is a while wouldn’t hurt.

It is counter-productive though, if we spend more time pampering ourselves than trying to improve it.

Instead of bingeing in horror movies or rom coms, why not watch something inspirational.  Instead of spending so much on vacations, why not attend business seminars to improve your knowledge of handling a business.  Instead of listening to music during commute, why not listen to audio books or self-improvement podcasts?

It is important to relax and unwind after a hard day at work but it is more important to continue to improve and become a better person even if it doesn’t make you comfortable.

Zig Ziglar said:

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”

Over to you

If you want to be successful in life, you have to sacrifice some of the things that make you comfortable in exchange for those that are otherwise difficult.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t become successful by watching TV or playing video games.  They worked hard, slept less, and gave everything they got to build their respective empires.

Are you willing to do the same?

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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  1. Ikechi

    Hi Noel

    You are so right. Sometimes staying in the comfort zone looks a good choice till we found out that there are no longer challenges, then life becomes boring.

    As you have said, we must constantly learn and keep looking for new challenges.

    Thanks for sharing and it has been a long time.

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Yup, been a long time bro! How are you? Nice to hear from you again and yes, we need to be cautious in being too comfortable because we may drift through life without us knowing.

      Thank you for reading the article Ikechi!

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