Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.
The less things change, the more they remain the same.
You can’t expect that what you’ve become a master in will keep you valuable throughout the whole of your career, and most people are now going to be working into their 70s. Being a generalist is very unwise. Your major competitor is Wikipedia or Google.
Something really big happened in the world’s wiring in the last decade, but it was obscured by the financial crisis and post-9/11. We went from a connected world to a hyperconnected world. I’m always struck that Facebook, Twitter, 4G, iPhones, iPads, ubiquitous wireless and web-enabled cellphones, the cloud, Big Data, cellphone apps and Skype did not exist or were in their infancy a decade ago.
All in all it’s a pretty great day for major league sports. At long last they’ve decided that gay people are fit to be included in their elite club—one that’s already allowed in adulterers, wife-swappers, gamblers, cheaters, rapists, racists and slaughterers of man. Those who’ve abused spouses, drugs, alcohol, family members and animals. Congratulations, gay athletes. Are you sure you want to hang out with these people?
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.
Robert E Quinn
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.
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(This story appears in the 14 June, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)