There are moments in life when life itself will test you and push you to move beyond your comfort zone. It will focus on you and your weaknesses until you are all but ready to give up. These are situations where you will find it very difficult to cope with the challenges thrown your way unless you are willing to think out of the box.
I am a principled bloke. My dear old mum and dad instilled this in me from a very young age. I have always tried to be honest, never cheated, and worked very hard to achieve what I wanted to achieve without ever hurting another living thing on this earth. I am telling you this because you need to know my comfort zone to know how life tested me to move beyond it.
In the last year of my school, there was this massive blizzard where I live. My parents were out at a local home shelter volunteering when it hit. Sadly, my little sister burnt her hand because she was afraid of the blizzard. It was her first big one as she was only 2. My parents, naturally, decided to hazard the blizzard and drive back. That was when my world changed and instead of being a good little student I had to become the provider for my three little sisters. My parents had met with a chilling accident as my dad lost control of the car on the ice.
I had to drop out of school within a few days the moment I realized what my family was in for. Thankfully, I have this aunt who never married and agreed to come over and raise us. Even so, while her maternal help would be priceless to us marooned kids, she did not have the money to support all of us. I tried getting a decent job but could not. Luckily, I looked older than my age then and decided to use that to my advantage.
The next hurdle I kept getting stuck on was documentation or proof of skill i.e. a degree or a diploma. Did I really need a diploma for a position where they teach everything on the job anyways? This was my thinking and I decided to ditch my comfort zone i.e. my overly principled ways, and go for fake degrees. This was five years ago. I have a job and am excelling in it. My little sisters are studying to become certified professionals and I can take care of them and their education.