Super Habit #46: Get a Hobby or Two

I’m going to come right out and say it. People without hobbies scare me. So what do you do in your downtime? Just sit there? Super Habit #46 is simple. Successful people have hobbies.

One advantage of having a hobby is that it’s simply a way of winding down after a long week of work. But there are many other advantages to having hobbies. You can learn skills that can increase your knowledge, creativity, and leadership abilities.

4 Reasons to Get a Hobby or Two

  1. You learn to be a leader: Sports and team-based hobbies can teach you how to become a better leader. Organizing team-based events or coaching kids’ teams builds both organizational skills and leadership skills. That’s a good payoff for doing something you love.
  2. Your creativity will improve: My two biggest hobbies are playing music and writing. These activities are both creative. By practicing creative hobbies, you become more creative. Many careers reward creativity. Movies, music, advertising, marketing, and a plethora of other careers looks for creative people.
  3. You gain extensive knowledge: Reading is a great hobby because you also gain knowledge. Studying a specific historical era also increases knowledge. You also learn to be more self-disciplined if your read and write every day.
  4. Your network increases: You’ve heard people say it’s not what you know, but rather who you know. Having a hobby can help in this area, too. It’s said that many business transactions are made on the golf course. When you actively participate in a hobby, you meet people. Sometimes those people can have a profound effect on your life.

20+ Hobbies You Can Start

  1. Individual sports such as running and cycling
  2. Team sports: softball, basketball
  3. Extreme sports: surfing, motocross
  4. Tech hobbies: computers, sound engineering
  5. Puzzles and crosswords
  6. Strategy games such as chess
  7. Mentoring hobbies
  8. Photography or film
  9. Playing a musical instrument
  10. Reading
  11. Gardening or landscaping
  12. Writing and journaling
  13. Cooking
  14. Hiking or backpacking
  15. Camping
  16. Hunting and fishing
  17. Collecting
  18. Boating and swimming
  19. Raising animals
  20. Investing

Hobbies Can Be Fun and Educational

We can learn a lot from hobbies. Practicing a hobby can also show potential employers that we have self-discipline and stick-to-it-iveness. Plus, I know that I have a lot of fun practicing music and writing.

If you already have a hobby, I encourage you to stick with it. If you don’t have any hobbies, I encourage you to find one.

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