For one reason, you’re more likely to make a new, different and more meaningful connection.
For instance, did you know that if you’re in the market for a new job you are more likely to learn of a new job from someone outside of your normal sphere of friends?
The reason is relatively straight-forward: Your closest friends are likely to know the same things–and job openings–as you. People outside of your circle, however, are more likely to know of openings of which you are unaware.
Therefore, if you’re in the market for a new job reach out to someone you don’t know so well.
It’s not exactly comfortable but, then again, neither is being unhappy in your existing job.
P.S. You can also use the same trick of stepping into your discomfort zone if you’re stuck on a certain problem or are trying to get more creative in your thinking: Stop talking to the same people (with whom you’re comfortable) and reach out to some strangers who think differently than you do.
Looking for a little help in stepping into the discomfort zone? Check out these past posts: