Journal of Self-Growth

May 18, 2022

One area in my life that has always intimidated me is social interaction—meeting new people, talking to strangers, and building connections. My fear of failure, embarrassment, and rejection has made this a challenging aspect of my life to improve, but it's a challenge I am determined to meet.

2022 05 18

Growing up, I often felt lonely at school. I found solace in reading history books rather than in the boisterous games of my peers. I also observed the bullying that occurred in my school, where students would ridicule others for their appearance or intelligence. My solution was to distance myself from others to avoid becoming a target. This avoidance strategy stemmed from the traumatic experiences that have left an indelible impression on me. The idea of being unpopular filled me with dread.

However, as I've come to understand, establishing good relationships can significantly enhance one's quality of life. Online popularity can lead to a higher income, a better career, and increased self-confidence, not to mention reduced stress levels. To improve my soft skills and foster better interactions, I need to let go of my past negative experiences and be more open to socializing. Self-reflection is key. I need to question some of my ingrained assumptions, differentiate facts from misconceptions, and adopt a more collaborative and curious attitude towards others.

By honing my soft skills, I believe I can unlock greater success and fulfillment in my life.

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Victor Leung, who blog about business, technology and personal development. Happy to connect on LinkedIn