In 1914, a massive explosion erupted in New Jersey. Thomas Edison’s factory was blown into flames. He told Charles, his son to go fetch his mother and all her friends, saying “They’ll never see a fire like this again.” When Charles objected, Edison said “It’s all right. We just got rid of a lot of rubbish.”
Later that day, Edison was quoted “Although I am 67 years old, I’ll start all over tomorrow.” He immediately began rebuilding the next morning.
Your attitude and ability to embrace change play's a big role in life. If change happens to you, rather than you influencing change, then you are most likely going to feel like life is dragging you through. Embrace change with a calm and relaxed mind and you will feel more in control of your success.
Sure, Edison could have wept, yelled in anger or locked himself in a state of depression, but instead, he put on a smile and told his son to enjoy the flames. You need to know where you are going and what you can accomplish. If you can picture the changes, you’ll be more motivated and ready for the change.
To do great things we need to be able to overcome failure and setbacks. We have to love what we do and all it entitles, good and bad. You need to learn to find joy in little and big things that happen.
We choose how we see change. We see it as either an opportunity to grow or a catastrophe. Sometimes you may not realise that a change of career is actually a gift. It might not feel like a gift at the time and you might not be happy about it, but it’s a chance to innovate and re-assess. This type of change could feel uncomfortable and uncomfortable doesn’t always feel right, but you need to go with it. It is only by pushing out of our comfort zones, we are able to grow and improve.
It is essential to embrace change. It allows growth as an individual and being a better person. If you repel change, you could go through life never living up to your full potential, allowing yourself to express who you really are.
No matter how happy you are with how things are currently, life will always change and the longer you resist and avoid change, the more jarring it can be when it arrives.
Along the way of change, maybe there is failure, or in the friendlier term “teachable moments” and success. There is a cycle that naturally forms; we fail, we learn, we succeed and even if we do fail, we still learn – it’s a win-win really.
Earlier generations of marketers never experienced the recent pace of innovation and change that we see now. Today’s reality is this; the rapid pace of change is a blessing or a curse, depending on the type of person that you are – it’s the root of all evil or the mother of invention. I realised that if I’m not learning new skills, I’m pretty much dead in the water, both personally and professionally. If I don’t learn or change, there is a good chance that inevitably, I will get bored.
You need to make changes while you can. It is better to initiate changes ourselves than let our lives go off track.
When you are consciously aware of change, it becomes much easier to embrace. You can explore the world with endless possibilities, finding new opportunities and relinquishing to unforeseen pathways. You just need to be brave and face fear.
Unexpected change can be dramatic, challenging and uncomfortable but it can also be very beneficial if handled thoughtfully. If unexpected change happens to you, it is best dealt utilising a curious mind coupled up with an experimental approach. This powerful combination will help you through unexpected surprises that life will throw your way.
Sometimes, change will signal a new beginning and with beginnings, some things must come to an end. The question is; what will you be focusing on? Will you focus on the new beginning and the opportunity it could bring or will you struggle to accept what you have lost? It’s much better to see the change as a fresh start filled with new opportunities and perspectives that will help you to improve.
Setbacks should be seen as gifts and if you endeavours get blown into smithereens; enjoy the flames and start again tomorrow.
-- By Lottie Foskett --