Aside from death and taxes, we can count on change to be right around the corner.
It seems to be accelerating these days, moving at a pace that’s nearly impossible to keep up with. So what to do? We could defend our territory, our expertise and our way of doing things and watch the tide of new knowledge and technology lap up higher and higher at our shores or – we could jump in and start swimming. We could find a wave and ride it, fall in, get back up again and do it all over again.
Go back to school, read a book, sit down and have a long chat with someone who lives and work in an entirely different realm than you. All of it counts as education, and staying open to it will keep you afloat, and ensure you don’t get left behind. Being hungry for knowledge and doggedly pursuing it will take you on amazing journeys. You’ll feel great knowing that with hard work and the right resources, you can take on new subjects and new skills. You’ll shine, and people will take notice and look to tap into your knowledge. The current of change will start to feel like an exciting ride – instead of a terrifying one to be avoided.
As your learning adds up, as your skills pile high, you will start to see the world in a whole new way. You’ll see solutions where you previously saw problems. You’ll embrace complexity, diving in with new tools for navigation and understanding. New ideas will come flying through you. You’ll be come a part of the change you once feared, become one of its drivers. So step up, and out around the corner. Embrace what you don’t know, and allow yourself to be changed by learning.