When We Can Adapt to Change, We Can Succeed Through Change.
“It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change,” said Charles Darwin, defining not only the key to evolution, but also the key to relevancy in today’s world.
The world we live in is ever-changing. And unlikely to slow down anytime soon.
Today’s technical expert can be full of obsolete knowledge in less than a year. Skills and abilities that once guaranteed success are now no longer enough. The previous playbook of memorized process loses its value if the process keeps changing.
While change used to be gradual, it’s becoming much more rapid. What was previously incremental is quickly becoming unpredictable.
I don’t know what the world will look like in ten years. And the more that people claim to have this foresight, the less likely they actually do. But it’s a relatively safe bet that it’ll be different. And we’ll be faced with any number of changes that none of us can predict.
Without the ability to adapt with that change, we give up our agency in a changing world. We forfeit the opportunity for an active life and relegate ourselves to one of passive drifting.
A new world brings new industry. New industry brings new jobs. And new jobs bring new sought-after skillsets.
So while few of us can predict the specific technical capabilities that will be critical in the future, we can prepare ourselves to adapt into them by developing a core set of behaviors. And not simply survive, as Darwin intended, but thrive in this changing world.