Chapter 8: Build Your Community Part 4
One question I have gotten from readers is this: Greg, I’m single. The suggestions to spend more time with family don’t apply to me. I’m on my own, and my work is what I have. What can I do?
To begin my answer, I’ve included the Corporate Idolatry Time Profile to the left. Working too many hours squeezes out the opportunity to do other things in life. Building a community is particularly important if you are single because we all need people to support our change in priorities. And the most reliable way to be happy is to spend time with friends.
The first step is to leave the office. “George,” a Silicon Valley Business development and strategy executive did just that, in an effort to give himself the opportunity to meet new people. Here is how he describes the experience.
“You never know what that [new person or thing will be], but you’re not going to find it staying two more hours staring at your spreadsheet. Part of it is chance encounters, and so you are not going to create new parts of your life unless you have the opportunities to encounter new places or new foods or new people or people from your past. If you limit your chances of encountering those things, in a sense you only have yourself to blame. By sending the hours from 6pm to 10pm working on your spreadsheet you are vastly limiting the hours where you can discover new things about yourself.”
What opportunities are there in your life for chance encounters that may lead to community?
You might also like this post from the archives: Treat a Community Opportunity Life a Career Opportunity