Lesson #20 from last week’s post 24 Lessons I Learned from Meeting 100 Strangers Over 100 Days had a subtle “opportunity” moving forward, not necessarily a lesson – the role of perspectives.
I debated making this the 25th lesson. I believe there are other ways to slice outcomes from journeys such as #100Strangers100Days by looking at what the journey enables moving forward. Like reading a book and sharing take-aways, one can gain perspective from a journey.  
Perspectives enable…
  • Understanding and empathy. Instead of asking how could someone vote for XYZ candidate, and asking in a negative, shocking way, consider the same question with intrigue. Ask to find out why – did you miss some valid point? Instead of jumping to a judgement, ask to learn why.
  • Expertise.You can gain a deeper perspective in your field. You can read a host of books that support your research. You can go on a journey to meet 10 Strangers to help you cope with social anxiety. You can deepen your knowledge, and become an expert.
  • Adaptability.Adaptability, athleticism, fungibility… all words one of my former bosses said all the time to me when recruiting. Now, those words are some of my favorite. I’ve taken them to heart. I hear often from others who struggle to translate prior experience to some amazing job opening. Well, many lessons and examples from your experience, the interactions, the best practices, you can port to new companies. Perspectives allow you to adapt and apply a possibly foreign concept in a new, novel way.  
  • Some kick-ass conversations. This one was for fun, but so true. Perspectives can bring about change. Perspectives can bring fun and laughter. Perspectives can lessen burdens.

Perspectives can shape the way you think about otherwise static thinking. Perspectives can open opportunities from “completely” different worlds. The beauty, too, is that perspectives just take curiosity and patience.

(Deep, right? I know. I can hit that note every once in a while.)
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