I am attracted to people who are passionate about life. It doesn't matter if their passion is for bowling or cooking. It is their energy that I'm drawn to. The feeling that distinguishes them from the masses.
As a lifelong learner, I feel it is important to stretch oneself. Thus when I go about goal setting, I will chose something that I am not comfortable with -- the goal being to stretch a part of myself.
In the process as a newbie, I am inevitably immersed with people who are very passionate about what we are doing. They are happy that someone new has shown up and am very happy about mentoring and nurturing a budding spirit.
I've made a number of friends throughout the years this way. Connected with many kindred spirits and am a better person because of it. Some things have become hobbies, others have not, but that was never the point.
How do you stretch yourself?