I have been at my new job for exactly 8 days and I have learnt so much that my brain is happily full every day. For the first time in my career, I have stepped outside of the mining industry, which was very much my comfort zone. Let me make a hypothetical example to show how far I am out of my comfort zone:
If my comfort zone is Cape Town, then my current state of operating is somewhere near Nelspruit.
Growth is something that happens outside of our comfort zones and it feels uncomfortable BUT it's so worth it. A few people have asked me how I managed to get a job outside of mining and I give the following reasons:
I built up my skills and experience so that some of them are transferrable.
While I was in mining I certified as a Blackbelt (many people start but not many certify)
I network, network, network ALL the time, because it's important to me
I deliberately look for a valuable lesson in every interaction and situation