Friday, 7 July 2017

Rule of Life’s Rule 8: Take an interest in the outside world

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The GDA with a Northern Nigerian Couple @ their Nikkhai

You may be wondering why this Rule is here and not in with the ones in the section about the world. Well, this one is about you. Taking an interest in the outside world is about developing  you, rather than for the world’s benefits. I am not suggesting you have to watch the news constantly, but by reading, listening and talking, we keep abreast of what is happening.
Successful Rules player don’t get bogged down by the minutiate of their own lives, they don’t live in a tiny bubble. Make it your mission to know what’s going on in the world—in current events, music, fashion, science, movies, food, transport, even TV. Successful Rules Players are able to hold a conversation on pretty well everything and anything because they are interested in what’s going on. You don’t necessarily have to own the latest everything but you should have a rough idea of what is changing, what’s new and what’s happening, both in your community and on the other side of the world.
The GDA with Abuja Business Woman Princess Honey Bee

And the benefits, well, for starters, it makes you more interesting as a person and it also keeps you young. I met an elderly woman in the post office the other day who was going on about PIN numbers, ‘pin numbers, pin numbers, what do I have with pin numbers at my age?’. The short answer is that of course she needs them, she can’t get her pension money without them. But it’s more than that. It is terribly easy to sink into the, ‘I have never done this before, I don’t need to do it now’, mentality. If we do this, we stand a good chance of really missing out.
The happiest, most well-balanced, most successful people in life are those who are part of something. Part of the world, not cut off from it. And the most interesting, stimulating people to be around are those who take a great interest in what’s happening around them. Listening to the radio the other morning, the head of the American prison service was being interviewed and was talking about penal reform, a subject I have no interest in personally (I don’t know anyone inside, over there). You could argue that I didn’t need to know about the American prison service any more than the old woman needed to know about PIN numbers, but I felt more stimulated and alive and interested for it. And that can’t be bad.
(Excerpts from the Book: The Rules of Life by Richard Templar. Read Rule 9 in our next post on Asabeafrika)

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