Lesson 11: Take on the mindset of an adventurer

In this lesson, I want to expand upon what I’ve been talking about the last couple of lessons: mindset

Stay motivated, don’t worry about making mistakes, and now — take on the mindset of an adventurer.

It’s easy to become lazy… wait, lazy isn’t the right word. 

I mean “stuck in a rut.” 

Where you just go along your normal routine day-by-day. Before you know it, you’ve been in Japan for a while, still have very low Japanese language skills, haven’t seen much… you’re basically in a rut.

That’s not to say you’re not enjoying the rut. 

A rut in Japan is still something to brag about to your friends and family back home… but I’m guessing you want more than that, and it’s so easy to break out of the rut.

Take on the mindset of an adventure. 

Be bright-eyed like an infant. See the world from a whole new angle (or well, at least see Japan from a whole new angle). 

Here are a few things I like to do to be an adventurer for a day:

  • Hop on the train, go anywhere new
  • Walk down the side roads, get off the main roads
  • Pop into a new restaurant, try to order something new off the menu that you have never tried before
  • Check out a Japanese arcade, show great curiosity, try to chat with others there

I realize that some things are harder for some. 

If you’re more introverted, don’t try the talking parts… just walk around new places with your eyes wide open. 

Realize you’re in Japan, a fantastic foreign country with all kinds of things that are so different than what you’re used to at home.

Go out, adventure, have fun.

Tomorrow we’re going to get back in a little more language to help you count and order food in Japan.