We live now in a world that is far more connected, frenetic, and unpredictable than ever before. A world that will outpace us, wear us down, change at the speed of light, disappoint our expectations, and make strategy into a flexible living and short-term plan — that is, if we don’t learn to accept instantaneous change, be flexible and not close-minded. To do this we need to adapt our thinking toward change. We will only flourish when we create a “growth mindset” not a closed one. A Growth Mindset is always trying to learn from mistakes and putting in the effort to find new ways to create the best vision of ourselves. This kind of environment may seem dire but there is hope, learn how to cope and grow in the moment through being a learner.
As Charles Du Bos once said:
“The important thing is to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become”
In other words don’t get “stuck” with outdate solutions or mental maps that are in accurate given today’s rapid and ever accelerating environment of change. We need to keep growing and evolving in response to ever changing environments and conditions”.
As modern problem solvers looking for answers it is good to remember this quote by David Smalley:
“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for (learning) and adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable (surprises in life), to harmonize with existing or changing
Summary: Today’s most successful individuals harness evolutionary forces of change to adapt faster than their peers — they speed up experimentation, learning and constructive action by aligning their thinking for seeing and capitalizing on new opportunities not just accepting the “staus quo”. These individuals are leaders because they are always looking for ways to grow and are learning machines, capable of critical and innovative thinking based on experimentation, intuitive insight, and collaborative action based on continued effort and resilience.