Five Lessons from Meeting a Stranger Every Week for a Year

“At times, it’s easy to feel disenchanted by the routine of catching up with the same people, doing the same thing, and having the same conversations. What I learned in my experiment is it’s important to go out of your way to meet people who are not like you, with different backgrounds, expertise, and experiences.”

Madeleine Dore is a For The Interested reader who runs a great newsletter called Extraordinary Routines in which she interviews creative people about their daily work and life routines.

You should subscribe to it here and when you do, she’ll even give you a free morning routine workbook!

But the post I want to share with you today is about what she learned from forcing herself to meet a stranger every week for a year.

The lessons include that there will be a ripple effect, strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet, and opportunities flow through people.