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The Fellow Journal: Stepping out of your comfort zone

By: McKenzy Lilliock, Human Resources Fellow

My life began at the end of my comfort zone. I found myself turning down opportunities throughout my life because they weren’t something I had previously done before.

That mindset hindered me from growing to my fullest potential and experiencing all of the fantastic things that the world has to offer. I was stuck in my comfort zone, filled with worry, scared of how to adapt to change. On my first day at the O’Pake Institute, I was encouraged to say yes to any professional opportunity presented to me. I took that advice, and I ran with it.

I stepped out of my comfort zone, which allowed me to grow more in my time at the O’Pake Institute than I have in my entire life. I have broken out of my shell and have led client projects and team projects, met and collaborated with community members, and developed new skills I never imagined myself having. I have applied this advice to my personal life, which has allowed me to meet new people, become more adventurous, and live more freely. I have begun living more in the moment and trying things outside of my comfort zone that I would never have attempted in the past.

I want to pass on that advice and encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and find solace in being uncomfortable because that is where I have found that I have grown the most. I have developed new passions, unlocked new potential, and acquired knowledge in subjects I usually steered in the other direction. I want to encourage others to say YES to more opportunities presented to them, both in their professional and personal lives. I want to push others to begin to find comfort outside of their comfort zone, and then some more. Get ready for your life to start at the end of your comfort zone.

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