Imagine a world full of stoner slackers or Type A personalities. No one else. No variety. Everyone is moving at one speed—either a snail’s pace or 100 mph. Nothing would get done or we’d all burn out. Life would be so boring if we were all straight laced tea totalers. So next time you look down on someone because they’re not like you, remember, if we were all like one another, things would suck. Embrace the fact that the guy across from you is different.
Variety actually can help us to hit pause and reevaluate. If you’re a Type A type of guy who is always moving at warp speed and you see a guy inching along but getting things done at his pace, don’t judge him for not being a go getter like you. What you can learn from that guy? Maybe he’s grounded and at peace. After observing him, maybe I’d say to myself, “You know, that guy is moving slower than I am, but he’s enjoying the view as he goes along and I’m not. And in the end, he’s getting it done, too. So, maybe I can take some moments to relax.”
Maybe you’re a little too serious and you see some guys goofing off, having a good time. You know you’re not going to be dancing down the street, but maybe you tell yourself to let your inhibitions down.
The beauty in ‘people variety’ is that it’s like mental shopping. Look around and draw inspiration from surprising sources. Work harder or work less, let loose or pull back, add structure or free yourself up.
Go shopping! Embrace the differences.