3.) Try out new things. Food, clothing, hobby, sport, entertainment and even lifestyle – try any new variety of these just to experience it for a while. The goal is to go through the process of change yourself before you can effectively contribute to change in other people’s lives.
4.) Mingle with people outside your daily connections. One great way to do this is by serving and volunteering to your church or a non-profit organization. See how this makes you better appreciate your own lifestyle and how it grows your heart by putting yourself in other people’s shoes.
5.) Don’t be afraid to stand out alone for your ideas and convictions nor be silenced by critics. Remember: eagles don’t flock with other birds and the lion is the “king of the jungle” for a reason.
6.) Live curious. Know the trends and changes in your industry or field of interest. Watch the latest movies or try the latest gadgets. Keep asking questions. If something is unclear, do not be satisfied with just one answer.
7.) Speak up or write on! Give feedback while being generous with praise and stingy with criticism. Raise suggestions to make things better. If needed, challenge the authorities with respect and know the timing of when and where to do it. Write honest, compelling and provocative letters or emails like my Letter to President Noy and my 7 Suggestions for Philippine Tourism Campaign.
8.) Be proactive. Don’t just raise concerns without also proposing solutions. Everybody has problems and everyone needs a helping hand.