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Conquer your fears, do something new

Richard Branson
Filed on February 7, 2020 | Last updated on February 7, 2020 at 10.34 pm

I wrote recently about making 2020 the year of trying new things and taking on new challenges. Here are my top tips for doing just that.

1. Don't be afraid: Fear stops people from doing so many things. Don't be afraid to talk to people you don't know, or try a new skill.

2. If you're not sure what you fancy trying, start small (you can still dream big). There will be many options on your doorstep. Go to a library - check out a cookbook and try making a few recipes.

3. Try volunteering: Even a few hours of your time can really help someone else and you might learn something new in the process. Try a new sport or even go for a walk in a new location.

4. Keep a journal. I'm a big believer of writing things down. When you try something new, write it down. What did you like about it/dislike about it?

5. Persevere. Don't give up on something straight away - it's rare that people are good at something the first time they try it. When I tried to surf, I fell over more times than I can count. It's tough work swimming out to big waves and using a lot of energy to just fall over, time and time again. But eventually you stand up,

- Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group

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