In this episode, we talk about the importance of staying true to yourself.
I met a really cool person today. He's also a Six Percenter of the Entrepreneur and we had dinner and we were talking about business and talking about a whole bunch of things after the dinner, he wanted to invite me into his WhatsApp groups. He has this WhatsApp group with a bunch of people in Medellin.
I'm in Medellin right now, so any time you meet another expat, you want to connect with them, etcetera. But he wanted to invite me to his WhatsApp group and actually politely declined. And I think the older me, the older Robin would have joined the group, would have kind of done all these different things because the social pressure is real, right? Like you don't want to seem like you're just the oddball or something like that, saying no in declining someone's invitation when they're trying to extend an olive branch or extend a hand out and try to be a friend, right?
But I politely declined because I know that in my years, every time I've done something that I don't really want to do, it ends up being a waste of my time. And what I've learned about myself is that I'm a home body and if I had embraced the fact that I'm a home body much earlier on, I think it would have been a lot happier gotten a lot more things done and now the new Robin is able to politely decline to these things that Robin just does not want to do.
So it's okay if you're a home body, it's okay if you're trying to go out and have fun, whatever your values are, whatever you want to do, it's okay. But what I think is important to realize is you don't have to bend to all these social pressures if something really doesn't feel right to you, if you have this like strong inkling that maybe I don't want to do this, you know what, just don't do it. Like honestly, you just don't do it because it's going to save you a lot of time. Be true to yourself, understand what your needs are, what your true wants are and just live that way.
So the reason I say this again, social pressures, I have some serious introvert. I'm a home body, but I'm very good at being extroverted and I would go out a lot in my younger years when I was in college, I would throw a lot of parties, etcetera. But even with these parties, the reason that I actually enjoyed throwing parties was not the party itself, but I just actually enjoyed the organization of it, like building it.
And if I ever went to a club or a party or something like that, I wouldn't really go mingle with a lot of people. My fascination would be at the DJ booth, in terms of what is a DJ doing? How is he doing this? How is he reading the crowd? What can I learn from this? Like it's all about, it was all about learning for me, even vacations, I'm not really the type of person to go to a resort and just relax. I mean don't get me wrong, I like doing that, but that's not the main thing that I like to do, I actually like learning vacations.
So what I would do in my past is I would just take solo vacations, I would go to Paris to go learn French, I would go to Panama, Colombia to go learn Spanish and I would just take these learning vacations. So again, the point is just be true to yourself, understand what your wants and needs are and it's okay to say no to things that just doesn't feel right to you. The other person is gonna understand. There's, you know, no hard feelings.
Hopefully the other person will understand, with time with time, they definitely will because with time you get maturity. So the other person will understand and as long as you're true to yourself, you can keep yourself happy And this is a way to protect yourself as well. This is Robin Copernicus. Boom, bam, I'm out.
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