Try Something New

21 Jan 2013

At Jepson Holt I am always sticking my nose in where it’s not wanted and putting my neck on the line. I suggest different ways of approaching everything from technical challenges to humdrum day to day tasks. It can be hard to change “the way things are done around here” when youth is no guarantee of innovation but it’s nice to remember that age is also no guarantee of efficiency!

Trying new things is what keeps us ahead of the curve at Jepson Holt. It can take some serious courage to put yourself out there in the workplace but the feeling of those unexpected benefits is always tremendous.

By doing something you usually wouldn’t, it opens up the chance for you to enjoy something you haven’t before. Many careers are carved out by those investigating their curiosities. 

Let’s take Steve Jobs as an example:

Below is an extract from his Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

 “I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to [learn calligraphy]. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture. And I found it fascinating.

None of this had any hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.

If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.”

The lesson?

Keep learning and experiencing new things. You never know how or when it may make an impact in the future.

Trying something new stops you from becoming bored and forces you to grow. No one ever grows as a person by taking actions they have taken before.

What can you try?

How about following the example of Steve Jobs?

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I am going to give it a shot. What are you trying that’s new? 

Iwan Roberts