5 ways to broaden your horizons

It’s time to ditch the daily grind and get excited about your life. Here are 5 ways to expand your mind and enhance your possibilities.

1. Study more
Knowledge is like fuel – the more you have, the further you can go. Whether you’re fascinated by food or crazy about computers, there are many courses, lectures, seminars and even degrees that will take you further down the road to doing something you love. And if you enjoy what you do, you’re more likely to do it well – and reap the rewards!

Of course, just like fuel, knowledge costs money – and there’s no such thing as public transport when it comes to getting somewhere in life. But believe it or not, fuelling your brain can cost less than buying a cellphone!

Many universities, colleges and technikons offer a range of useful and affordable short courses. You can also find hundreds of free online courses from some of the world's top universities.

If you know how to budget or if you start putting just 10% of your salary into a savings plan every month, you’d be surprised how quickly you’ll be able to afford to boost your brainpower – and your life.

2. Travel more
You don’t have to be a billionaire with a private jet to visit new places and see new things. All you have to do is hop on a local (not-so-private) plane or pack up the car and hit to road to discover a range of exciting destinations. Or you could keep it even simpler and just jump in a taxi or take a walk to become a tourist in your own city.

Did you know that South Africa has the largest manmade forest in the world (Johannesburg), the third-highest commercial bungee jump in the world (Bloukrans), some of the oldest human fossils in the world (at the Cradle of Humankind) and, of course, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World (Table Mountain)?

And let’s not forget all the wine farms, game reserves, exhibitions, expos, theatres, concerts and festivals that are always on offer. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring.

3. Break out of your comfort zone
If life was just about being comfortable, there’d be no such thing as rollercoasters. Or reality TV. Take Deena Naidoo, who was an unknown IT specialist in his mid-40s until he decided to enter the first season of Masterchef South Africa… and won a new, exciting career!

The message? Sometimes, one big, bold step can take you further than 20 small, careful ones. If you want to improve your life, don’t be scared to do something you’d never normally do, be it entering a competition like Masterchef, asking your boss for a promotion, volunteering for charity work or taking out a loan and starting your own business.

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4. Be curious
Many of the world’s most important ideas – from life-saving penicillin to the life-enhancing iPod – began with a few simple words: ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’?

If Sir Isaac Newton had never asked ‘Why?’ when an apple fell from a tree, he would never have discovered gravity, and worked out how the planets in our solar system travel around the sun.

Questions are the keys to opening new doors, learning new things and coming up with new ideas. This applies to everything from your career (‘Why don’t I enjoy my job?’; ‘What can I do to get a promotion?’) to the way you manage your money (‘Why am I paying such high bank fees?’; ‘Why can’t I afford to buy a car?’; ‘Why do I have to earn a certain amount before I can open a bank account?’), so start asking the right questions!

Start being more curious. Visit Fact Daily for a steady supply of fascinating facts, or visit The Naked Scientists for a collection of mind-boggling questions and answers.

5. Get a network
And we’re not talking about cellphone coverage. We’re talking about meeting people. Making connections. Expanding your circle of friends. Why? Because if knowledge is like fuel, then people are like airline tickets – they can help you get from A to B in half the time (or even less, if you know the right ones).

Get to know your bank service consultant, talk to the waitress at your favourite restaurant, introduce yourself to the new guy at work, and start making connections via social media – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, you name it. You never know where a new relationship might lead.

Remember that Jesus came to give you life and life in abundance (John 10:10). Use your life wisely for His Glory.

Source: Capitec

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