Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

Another great video from Ted.

Matt Cutts, head of webspam for Google, says how he felt like he was stuck in a rut. Which is surprising, considering how successful he is, and how laid back he seems.

He talks about trying something new for 30 days, as it’s just the right amount of time to form a new habit.

I think this is an awesome idea for a few reasons:
1. You start to see some kind of improvement, for example, if lifting weights, you’ll get over the initial feeling hopelessly useless stage, and potentially get good feedback both internally and externally.
2 Gets you out of your comfort zone. You get used to making a fool of yourself and being a beginner. It gives you empathy for others who may be pretty bad at something or just starting out.
3. It opens your mind a bit. Ever noticed how people re-align their own value system to suit themselves and their skill sets?  For example, an intellectual might discard any sports as useless and pointless and evaulate others and him/herself according to intelligence.  A meathead will do the opposite, etc. etc.  Trying new, challenging intellectual and physical hobbies/endeavours for 30 days, will make you appreciate the skill and effort involved, and you should also experience some of the positive results. You’ll also be surrounded by different types of people, will different views and values, which will make you question your own.

Here’s the video:

I’m going to try meditating for 10 minutes a day for 30 days:

Next month I’m going to try not to be a preachy-bellend for 30 days

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About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. Aspiring hippy/Buddhist, most of the time.
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