Author: Bret Gornik
"Everybody look at you strange and say you changed, like you worked this hard to stay the same..."
- Jay Z
We are surrounded by nonstop change. From the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, you've changed. We live in a word of updates, innovations, and fresh ideas. Think about some of the changes we encounter on a day-to-day basis. How about the new iPhone update? Or the change in how we get from place to place, thanks to Uber? It's easy to recognize change. The key is to embrace it and ultimately create it ourselves. The ability to move forward, accept the new, and fuel change is key to progression.
Up until you join the "real world", you are in a state of exploration - a state of constant change. You try new things and test the boundaries. This never needs to stop. The thing I've noticed after graduating is that the most successful people never lose their drive to improve, their drive to change.
I noticed the opposite too. Some people became stagnant. They find a job after college, settle into a routine, and their life starts to plateau. They don't take the next step to get promoted or break out of their comfort zone. Their lack of change and advancement restricts them from growth.
Why does the mindset switch after school? The most common answer is reality sets in, and that change isn't always easy.
Socrates once said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."
I spent four years working a job that I knew was not going to get me to where I wanted to be. I finally had a realization that this is not how I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. I decided it was time to make a change and focus my time and efforts on something that I truly valued. I made a huge change and quit my job and started working for myself. I knew that I could not get to where I wanted to be if I stayed stagnant in my life. Making this change has allowed me to reach a whole new level, and has opened so many more doors for me.
We can all improve. Start by making a change in your own life. Find something simple to work on - set a goal for yourself. Change your routine and patterns to reach this goal. Sometimes it just take evaluating where changes needs to be made to start your movement. As George Bernard Shaw once said, "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
I challenge you to sit down and evaluate your life. What can you change in order to progress? What will get you to that next level? Change can be something big like switching career paths, or it can be something small like taking a new route to work so you see new parts of the city. Change may not always be easy, but it should not be feared.
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