If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
How true is that!? But the funny thing is we sort of live that way. Although we know in theory we should get outside expertise and get around people that don't think like we do, we don't really do it. Why not? Because we like to be right. We don't like our opinions or beliefs to be challenged.
Guess what? That's like a couch potato, eating Cheetos man not wanting a dietician to come into his home and tell him that he is eating his life away. He doesn't want to hear it, so he never invites any of his super-uber healthy friends over (that is if he has any healthy, fit friends). He doesn't want to be told he's wrong. He doesn't want his way of life to be challenged. Why? Because that would be uncomfortable. It would be unsettling. It would rock his boat and challenge his status quo. Instead he invites people over who will validate and affirm his lifestyle and choices.
Well friends, Life is not meant to be comfortable. In order to grow, we have to go through growing pains. In order to mature and develop, we need people around us who do NOT think like us. Why? Because it is in bringing together UN-like minds that more collaboration can take place. More dialogue. More discussion. More intellectual sparring can go on.
Just think back to the last dinner party you went to where everybody pretty much had the same opinion on everything--God, politics, kids, football….you might not remember a whole lot from it because chances are it was boring!!! But now think back to a dinner party you went to where people came from all different backgrounds and belief systems. Remember that one? You probably remember that guy you talked to that irritated you so badly. He was so opinionated. Gosh! You seemed to not have anything in common except to disagree about everything you talked about. :)
Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place to have those buddy-buddy friends over who you can finish your sentences. But there's also a time to get out of your comfort zone and interact with people who are NOT like you. It takes effort, but it will fast track your growth. It's like a shot of HGH.
So chew on that as you enjoy your weekend! Get out of your comfort zone. Go get yourself some friends that don't think like you do. Will it be uncomfortable? Yes! Will it be hard to relate at times? Yes! Will you have to bite your tongue a time or two? YES! But will it be worth it? YES and YES!