Ask, Practice and Build

It’s always a good time to try something totally new.

Recently I attended a conference for a new industry I’ve joined. It was a small first step. I was the new guy in town and didn’t know anybody.

I jotted in my pocket notebook,

“…that feeling of not having any context. The new face in a room of new faces. Who to approach or should I wait to be approached? I like this vulnerable feeling. It’s the closest thing there is to being invisible in the place you’re supposed to be.”

It wasn’t like walking through a busy lunchroom on the first day of school. This was an ‘arrival’ feeling. 

I unknowingly wrote on my name tag in a way that was not easy to read. I wasn’t nervous. I was excited.

By the end of the day I was having great conversations with new people. And laughing with them. And being introduced to their friends.

The next morning I had people to look for when I arrived. Day two was different. That previous feeling was gone.

What am I getting at? I’m getting at that initial anticipation.

Being a new face is exciting in the best possible way. You’re a fresh slate for new ideas. You're a collector of great advice.

I’ve never done martial arts but this might be similar to being a ‘white belt.’ It’s up to you to ask questions, practice and build something for yourself.