Do you go out often? Do you feel bad about going out?

I love to go out and get out there. I don’t care if anyone wants to judge me or bash the idea of going out.

Last week I covered the idea of a booming social life on a budget. I truly believe that you should use your creativity to have as much fun as possible without going poor in life. I don’t want you to end up broke. I also don’t want you to miss out on life either. There’s so much going on. There’s so much fun to be had.

I wanted to look at the idea of getting the most out of a party…

Meet someone new.

I’ve really come to enjoy meeting new people. I’ve met all sorts of characters. I’ve had doors opened for me. I’ve opened doors for others. The beauty of going to a social event is that everyone usually brings a guest. There’s a whole bunch of random people joining forces in one room. This allows you to meet all sorts of new folks that could turn into life-long friends.

One of my best friends today I met at a club. Now we chat every single day. We might end up being friends for a long time.

Bring something to the party.

Please, always bring something, anything, to a party. Never show up empty-handed. Bring a board game if you have to. Bring a few beers. You’ll have a much better time if you manage to bring something because you won’t have to worry about feeling like a mooch. What will you bring?

Make strong conversation.

I freaking hate small talk. I don’t like elevator pitches or answering the same awkward questions. I would rather take the time at a party to chat with someone one-on-one to actually get to know them. I’ve made business deals, found new readers, learned about new tools, and shared laughs by taking the time to make solid conversation at parties.

Don’t get too drunk.

Yes, I know that drinking is fun. Just please don’t try to go over the edge. You’ll embarrass yourself and be seen as a fool. Do you really want that? I don’t think so. I’m not your parent, but I just don’t want to see you go overboard.

While partying is often seen as a negative, it doesn’t always have to be. You can get tons out of a party. You never know what new door will open up or what new friend you’ll make.

“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends.” — Tom Petty