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  • Going on an Adventure

    I’m the adventurous type when it comes to food. I will try a new spice, a new meat, or an odd fruit I’ve never seen before in the grocery aisle. I’ve tried to instill this in my children, and even to influence my wife. It’s not so easy to change another person’s outlook—especially their sense of adventure.

    When I’m traveling I appreciate a local restaurant, rather than rushing to a chain I could have dined at back home. Recently, I stopped in at this diner, deciding I could quench my thirst with a cup of coffee. I figured that would be a safe item, and if I was intrigued I could order something else.

    What I found in this particular place was some good conversation about cooking. I began to recall times in the kitchen with my grandmother sharing stories about preparing food and eating. One of the cooks shared that their diner is known for their “home fries” as she sat peeling potato after potato into a bucket. When is the last time you saw a person at a restaurant peel potatoes? It impresses me to see actual food being prepared.

    Adventurousness is a personality style measured by several psychology inventories. They one I use measures the Five Factor Model of Personality. On the test, being a person who appreciates Adventure means you are open to change and new experiences. Adventurousness is closely related to imagination, complexity, and artistic interests.

    This personality style can be helpful in careers that are fast paced and place you in positions where a new culture or new way of thinking is valued. Conversely, with a low adventure style you hold fast to acceptable practices and methods in the workplace.