Daring to Change

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”  “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.  “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”–Lewis Carroll

It was 1989, and Paris was celebrating the bicentennial of the French Revolution in two days.  I was traveling in Europe with friends, camped out at a hostel three hours from Paris by train.  None of them wanted to face the crowds in Paris, not to mention the generally accepted fact that we would never find somewhere to sleep.

So I got on the train alone.  No idea what I was going to do when I got there, no idea where I’d sleep (if at all), no idea how I’d get back.  That’s daring.  Now I worry about moving across town (in the same school district of course, geesh, let’s not get crazy!) in case the neighbors aren’t as nice.

It is natural to grow more risk-averse, more resistant to change, as we age and have more to lose . . .we may even become unable to see the possibility of change.

And that natural tendency is  the death knell at work.  Especially if you work for a for-profit company.

  • What didn’t work a couple of years ago might work now that the technology has evolved.
  • The politics that stopped the good idea the last time you brought it up may have loosened.
  • And if you don’t know of a new and better way to do things, read more, attend an industry event, ask your contacts on LinkedIn.

Not changing, not daring, doesn’t protect you, it leads to entropy.  As you stand still, the industry/your area of expertise/what is required to keep the company great moves forward.  And leaves you behind . . .

So my friends, here is to daring.  Not putting your entire retirement on an obscure Brazilian stock kind of daring (or hopping the train to Paris), but a thoughtful, continual seeking out of the impossible.  Both for the company’s sake and your own.


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