“Come ride with the Gucci man, I’ll take you club hoppin.”
– Gucci Mane, Club Hoppin
Saturday sees the end of my third challenge. And, to be honest, I’m kind of glad it’s over. While I met all my goals and did have a lot of fun along the way, I’m actually pretty excited to stay in and catch up on some reading. Since you can probably already tell that I have mixed opinions about my past month, I’m going to weigh out the pros and cons of doing this challenge.
- Pro: The first week of this challenge was awesome.
I had more fun during those seven days than a lot of people did over the course of a month. I met some cool and interesting people (as well as some complete weirdos), I jumped outside my comfort zone, I picked up quite a few girls, and I made new friends.
- Con: The first week was awesome, the second and third weren’t.
This decline had more to do with thrill wearing off than actual difficulty. If anything the first week was the hardest, the later weeks were just repetition. Saying some clever line that snags a girl’s phone number is fun the first time, doing it every day is boring.
- Pro: I went to a bunch of clubs and bars.
Despite the fact that I don’t drink (and aren’t even legally old enough to anyway), I prefer going to clubs over attending house parties. This challenge gave me a great excuse to go out to venues every weekend.
- Con: I went to a bunch of clubs and bars.
Contrary to what rap music taught me, nightclubs really aren’t all that. Filled with roving packs of desperate dudes and hordes of attention seeking party girls, clubbing quickly drained my intelligence and patience. While I know it sounds like I hate clubs, I actually had a lot of fun going to them during the first two weeks. After that, their novelty simply wore off and I started getting annoyed with them. I’ll still go to these types of places in the future, but I’ll do so more sparingly.
- Pro: I learned the value of going out during the day.
Guess where the bro swarms and Ke$ha imitators can’t be found? That’s right, anywhere that’s not illuminated by strobe lights. Upon realizing that I could talk to people during the day, I pretty much dropped my nightlife schedule. Not only did this save me money, but it also spared me from duck faces and pseudo-Alpha males. I also noticed that people during the day time are much more approachable. Girls were more responsive when I’d talk to them, and guys were a lot friendlier.
Looking back I had a lot of fun, I learned how to balance work with play, and I became more outgoing. I also used my new found social skills to deliver a knock out presentation, and to seek out new business opportunities. What I learned from this challenge was incredibly valuable to me, and I plan on continually using my social abilities to further advance myself. Also, all whining aside, I actually did have a lot of fun going out and meeting new people. If you’re ever looking for a way to break out of your shell, I highly encourage you to try this type of challenge.