Let's talk about the time I made “muffins”.
So I put quotations around the word muffins because I’m not really sure if one would call them muffins. I’m by no means a baker and I’m not fully sure what the differences are between various baked goods (aside from the taste), but if forced to classify what I made, I would probably actually call it a scone, but I digress.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know I purchased an air fryer a few weeks ago, heavily influenced by my good friend Forrest. You can click here to check out the podcast episode I did with him. Forrest and I are very similar in many ways, including our fondness for efficiency and our willingness to try new things.
For those wondering, this is the air fryer that I got, and I recommend it 12/10, so make moves.
I'm not writing this to encourage you to become a food blogger, but because I wanted to dive a bit deeper into the willingness to try new things.
I truly believe right now is the best time to be alive. We have endless opportunities to create our best lives, and we can literally learn anything with just the tap of a few buttons.
Those muffin-scones I made came about from me simply reading the back of the Kodiak box and doing a little searching on the interwebs. In a little over 20-minutes, I had done something that I had never tried before, and while they didn’t turn out perfect, they were still good enough to eat and I had a starting point from which to work and look to improve.
I feel that most adults just don’t do this.
You all know that I am an extreme creature of habit, but I also have the willingness to try and figure things out which has served me millions of times over.
I’ve fixed my toilet, I learned how to change my own oil, I modified my weighted sled to be neighbor-friendly, I learned how to put up a volleyball net, I learned how to light my office for the best Zoom quality, I learned how to run my DSLR as a webcam, I learned how to build a website on Squarespace, I built a dope community on Instagram, I started a podcast, I moved across the country, I launched an online product, I hosted my own movement course overseas, I got a cat, who is my now my best friend, I got weights during the pandemic and got in on the ground floor with a new company, and legit so much MOAR.
Google, combined with a willingness to try new things, can literally make you unstoppable.
Trying things not only helps you potentially get better at those things, but it gives you the confidence to try other new things, an action that opens up your entire world.
While my goal is always proficiency (and oftentimes mastery), I am well aware that we don’t start at the end. I think people believe that we’re supposed to be good at things from the jump, and this prevents many adults from ever trying new things. And honestly, being unwilling to try new things makes it really fucking hard to build your best life.
Yes, I did relate my time making muffin-scones and to building your best life. It’s all connected, it’s all the same.
Check out episode number 367 of Maestro on the Mic. In the epsiode, I talk about how to get back in your groove. One of the things I said was to do other things that make you happy, borrow that happiness, and then look to use that momentum to push forward in whatever area it feels like you’re out of sync. The kicker here is that if you’ve never tried new things, you may only have a single area from which to draw happiness and confidence. That’s literally the definition of putting all your eggs in one basket. You must be willing to try new things in order to discover what lights you up. You probably won’t be good in the beginning, but again, the most important part is that you have a willingness to even try.
I will absolutely be refining my recipe, but in the meantime I encourage you to think about where you fall on the willingness-to-try-new-things scale, and if you realize the last time you tried something new was when you were five years old, perhaps consider taking a step forward and trying just a single new thing. It could be something as small as making muffin-scones.
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Here’s the recipe for the muffin-scones (it’s literally on the back of the Kodiak box I just modified it a little bit):