Change Outpaces Learning

1 11 2012

This talk raises a very important issue that things are changing faster than we can process them. Hence we are playing catch-up with the world and often find ourselves living quite literally in the past.

One aspect of this that I  believe is relevant for small business owners and self-employed people like me is that sometimes we create innovation, because we put two and two together, but we are outdated for our own ideas. That is, we come up with something innovative, but because we live by outdated rules we reject it. Something within us tells us that we have a good idea anyway, so we develop a “love-hate” relationship with our own prospects. We spend years fighting our idea until our maturity and knowledge finally catch up with it and we “make peace” with our own projects. What I ask myself is, where could I be now had I accepted that I may not fully understand it and got on with it, instead of fighting my instincts for so long?

Ironically, after so many years of society putting logic and knowledge first; it seems that those who are the most sensitive and intuitive, i.e. those who are willing to take action despite not fully understanding what their instincts or ideas – or whatever you call it – are telling them to do seem to be better equipped to be successful in a world that changes faster than we can.

As small business owners, we are in charge of our processes and vision. Hence, we can implement changes more easily and tend to be more tuned to our area of expertise, so we are actually in a better position, if we believe so and follow our instincts, to compete in this fast changing world than many of the large corporations of the past. Isn’t that something to think about?

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11 12 2012
Bill Funk

Good, sound observations! One thing I keep in mind is that ALL of us face the same “instant obsolescence”. This can be viewed as a relatively good thing, since all of our clients and customers will be “stuck” in the same or similar “old thinking” and paradigms as we are. I think that’s how we survive – by carving out little niches of sanity and stillness in the chaos we perceive, and hanging our shingles and viewpoints and businesses in those niches.

11 12 2012
englishandportuguese

You are probably right Bill. The collective “obsolescence” does give us some breathing space! Many thanks for the comment!

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