Why do people love to push themselves? Over the years – pretty much since the end of the caveman days – people have traditionally tried to push themselves out of their comfort zones. Apart from it being a healthy way to gain strength and stay in shape, mentally, stepping out of one’s comfort zone has been a proven tactic of bettering all skills.
According to an article in Business Insider written last year, the benefits of pushing oneself are beneficial to one’s career. Sammi Carmela listed four reasons why:
- Confidence booster
- Perception by others enhanced
- Broadening of horizons
We sent two members of our staff to the Ultimate Ninjas Chicago a few months ago. Last week we interviewed them both on the impact they felt it had on their careers. Here is the transcript of the interview our editor conducted with photographer Mozes Victor Konig.
Editor: Mozes, why did you initially agree to take part in the Ultimate Ninjas Chicago? Have you ever done anything like this before?
Mozes: Actually my job sometimes requires me to enter into situations that are out of my comfort zone. But when I’m on a job I feel I do not have a choice. In my regular day-to-day life, if I can avoid such situations then I will. As my boys are getting older they increasingly pressure me to do things like this. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea.
Editor: Do you not feel like it benefited your career?
Mozes: On the contrary! Because I pushed myself for a leisure activity, it gave me much more confidence for when I am faced with something like this at work. Usually when photographing in an event – if I get stuck in a tight spot – I feel like I’m having a panic attack. Just last week I was asked to take shots at Six Flags and I really enjoyed it. Usually I wouldn’t have a good time at all; I would just get on with it.
Editor: Would you say that getting out of your comfort zone in a fun way has helped you at work?
Mozes: Absolutely. And I would advise others to do the same. If you do something for fun and make a decision ahead of time to enjoy it, it can be so much more awesome than just being forced to do it. Plus, when you enjoy what you’re doing on the job, you’re going to much more successful. You should have seen some of the shots I took!
Editor: Thank you for your time Mozes. We look forward to seeing your great work in the future.
The good thing about the Sacramento Ninja Warrior Obstacle Park is that while it comprises 7 obstacles, it enables participants to go at their own time, on their own terms and within their own levels. This is already helpful for confidence bolstering that is such a huge part of career advancement.