As much as I say that I’m an extrovert, I have introverted tendencies. A lot actually. If I had a choice between going out after a long day of work to hang out with friends, or just sitting at home in front of a TV with some snacks, I’ll always chose the snacks. Why? Because I love salty snacks and stories. It’s nice to get carried away in someone else’s problems for once.
The problem with my introversion is that I don’t make connections while sitting on my couch. My TV isn’t going to get me a job contrary to those online college commercials.
You can be successful enough to sit on a couch just like this woman after you get your degree at FakeUniversity.com
If I want to succeed in life, I need other people. Plain and simple. Though, how do you go out if you don’t want to? Should I just force myself?
Nah, just make it simple on yourself. Start small. What do you like doing? What are your hobbies? If you go online, you can find a multitude of groups to join. If you like watching football, why not play football? There are several flag football leagues in LA. If you like reading, why not find a book club?
The point is, you don’t have to be going to creepy industry parties at 2am where someone is doing drugs in the corner to make connections. Most of the connections that you’ll need to find a job are going to randomly show up, like at your son’s soccer matches. When I worked for Alexander Payne he told me that he found a girl for a role he was looking for because he heard some woman complaining about a neighbor. How random is that?
Life doesn’t need to be as hard or as complicated as you’ve made it in your mind. You can make connections easily by doing what you love. You can’t make connections by never leaving the house.
That and you’ll be super lonely. Trust me. Lonely people eat a lot of cheese puffs.
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