Change is inevitable.
Nothing stays the same around you or even inside your own self.
It’s a common theme in romantic comedies that the protagonist gets a lots negative reactions from their significant other because they’ve “changed.” Well, this is quite a stupid argument that you can hold against a person.
People change all the time, but possibly not at the same rate and possibly not in the same direction, and this is why they drift apart until separation is inevitable.
And that’s OK, it’s all a natural part of life.
I’d be more worried about people who do not want to change and who actively choose to shut their brains against any new ideas or new convictions. I feel like I’m looking at a person who has a reinforced concrete slab instead of a brain on their shoulders.
Imagine a world where you have a phone that doesn’t get regular software updates with bug fixes, security patches, and performance upgrades along with a few new cool features. You would hate using that phone pretty quickly because it refuses to adapt to the times. It becomes irrelevant.
And such is the curse of all who willingly choose to forego keeping up with the times.
The business world is full of cautionary tales such as the one about the leadership of Kodak, the global behemoth in camera equipment and film products, who dropped the ball on that fast-coming tide of digital photos and chose to bury a technology they’ve developed in-house, no less. They’ve paid the ultimate price and there’s no such a thing as Kodak anymore.
Much of what we consider good luck and a ripe opportunity is just proper positioning. Being in the right moment at the right place can be a serendipitous gift from the universe or a carefully planned strategy by those who can anticipate the change in the wind and adjust their sails accordingly.
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca
You might have heard before that it’s “better late than never.” I used to despise this saying. I couldn’t make sense of it, and it sounded foolish. But the more I thought of it, the clearer I was able to see it for what it really is.
If you’re already set on the wrong course through life and your ship is taking you to certain doom, you really would appreciate someone or something to drop you some solid advice about where you should be heading instead.
Only foolish children would throw an angry tantrum and refuse to make a good change to a bad situation out of spite. This is the sort of immature behavior that causes serious consequences and sets you on a course of self-sabotage. And why in the hell would you want that? You really wouldn’t!
As soon as you get a new navigation map that will give you proper instructions towards a port of safety and prosperity make haste in that direction.
Make every possible conscious effort to adapt the sail to the wind and place yourself in the path of good fortune.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re late to the party. It doesn’t matter if you cross the finish line late, just as long as you get there eventually and actually finish. Life is a marathon and the road is littered with those who gave up and decided not to finish. Just stay in the race and trust me when I tell you that it does count for something.
Perhaps you’re just beginning to take the first steps towards pursuing your life’s task, your mission, and your calling in life. Whatever that thing may be you cannot go about it in the same way it was traditionally pursued in the past. You must adapt to the modern ways of doing things and find your niche entry point based on current trends, current technologies, and where you can provide the most value.
And do not listen to any asshole who tells you that you don’t have the relevant experience. Experience is overrated and quite frankly it counts for very little in a fast evolving world that has everything running on Over-The-Air updates and the internet of everything.
You should never anchor your mind to a certain methodology. There are always plenty of ways to lead you to where you want to go. Find one that works and if it stops to work, find another way to keep going.
Although you should aim first and foremost to cultivate long-term relationships and develop loyal partners, clients, and customers where you both can play long-term games for long-term gains, you shouldn’t be loyal to a company or organization that can dispose of your services on a whim.
There’s something out there that makes you irreplaceable to the world. This is the best position for you. This is the place where industriousness, purpose, fulfillment, value, fluidity, talent, and preparation all meet together.
Stay committed to your craft and the means that afford you to fully express it unhindered. It’s your sole responsibility to find venues to capitalize on your gifts and share them with the world.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” —Bruce Lee
Be water or become a Chameleon, you just adapt. The greatest artists and creators the world has ever known were in a constant state of evolution and when the moment was most opportune they shed their old skin and played a different tune and painted a different style.
What you are should always be self-defined and not based on outside counsel. You create your own worth in the world and you play by your own rules.
Don’t let the bastards get you down. Go out there and make a ruckus.
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