There are many philosophies with which I agree, this isn’t one of them:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
A process doesn’t need to be broken for it to be outdated or failing. As busy, working, successful professionals, we often shy away from change because it takes time and thought – because it means we will be uncomfortable for a period of time. Because it means we will be challenged.
The Beauty of Challenge
What is wrong with being uncomfortable, what is wrong with challenge? Most people would say because it slows us down, because it causes necessary change.
If it is necessary, why rail against it?
Disruption and challenge are, indeed, necessary parts of progress. Imagine a world where disruption and change were considered bad or non-essential. We would still be traveling by horse or train. We would be hand writing books or still reliant upon the printing press. We would be hunting, planting, and gathering our food, boiling our bath water, with limited access to education. We would have Polaroid cameras, instead of Instagram. We would have thoughts and dream, but little action and achievement.
The Movement is about recognizing when change is necessary and having the courage to learn about and implement amendments to how we live, how we communicate, how we work.
Not For Everyone
Not everyone can appreciate what this means. Why? Because it is threatening to their way of life, their way of work.
Not everyone can be an ambassador for tenacity and determination. Why? Because it means more work, it means more learning.
And not everyone can join The Movement. Why? Because it requires a willingness to shift current thinking and doing. A move forward and onward – it requires an understanding of progress. But also a recognition of what has brought us to a place where change has become requisite.
The best of the best don’t remain that way by thinking and staying the same. They are the best because they strive for more – they consistently work to increase their knowledge and become better at what they do.
Hannibal, the great Carthegean military commander, stated “Aut inveniam viam aut faciam!” – I will either find a way, or make one.
What are you destined to be, to do? Are you willing to settle for less than what can be?
Potential can never be reached if one stops reaching.
Art or Science, Truth or Fact?
Miami calls. In December, I will be joining 20 recruiters/hiring professionals/talent acquisition specialists to film a documentary called the “Art of Recruiting” which I will moderate. This project developed as a culmination of my work with LaVoie Entertainment and the realization that how we consume information, how we learn, is changing and progressing – moving forward. It is also the result of my own personal growth and how being flexible and willing to try, test, and often curse, has allowed me to achieve what I never thought I could dare to even dream, become the business professional I was destined to be — if – IF – I was willing to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new, something different, something extraordinary. And then appreciate it, absorb the impact, and give back.
*The picture above is The Temple House and the set location for the docufilm “Art of Recruiting”
**Watch for details regarding an additional documentary entitled “The Movement” which will further address our need for progress in a world and industry trapped by “this is how we’ve always done it”