“Life: A series of awesome mistakes, interrupted by brief moments of actual brilliance!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
One of the most popular pages on my Web site, since I wrote it close to 20 years ago, is “10 Great Words” – it came to me during the close of 2002 as I wrapped up the year in late December, and was trying to find a structure for my goals for the next year. Much of it was based on observations I observed within my client base at the time as I began to relentlessly study the process of innovation.
In it, I wrote:
Far too many organizations and the people within subsist in a stunning state of complacency as the world evolves around them at a very rapid pace. As the future becomes more challenging, it is a good time to take some positive steps : change your actions, attitudes and approaches, so you can manage change before it continues to manage you.
The ‘words’ became the closing call to action to many a stage keynote in the years that followed. Today’s quote is based on the key observations from three of those words: TRY, DARE, and DO.
Try. How many of your people have lost their ability to adapt to changing circumstances because they’ve lost their confidence?
Developing new skills and career capabilities is critical, given the rapid change occurring in every profession.
And yet, too many people have managed to convince themselves that they can’t adapt; they can’t change; they can’t master the new realities that surround them.
They’ve lost their self-confidence, and they desperately need it back.
Solve this problem fast.
Dare. Have you lost your ability to take risks?
Have you become too cautious; too stuck in your comfort zone that you will never enter a new zone; too worried about a potential step back to step forward?
Taking risks is critical to your future success – it’s one of the most important things you need to do!
Do. Renew your sense of purpose, and restore your enthusiasm for the future by taking action.
Too many organizations, and the people who work within them, are on autopilot.
They go into work each day, and do the same things they did the day before, with the belief that everything today is the same as it was yesterday.
It isn’t. Action is the best reaction!
And those three things pretty much define how you might find overall success in your life – it’s by trying to do things you haven’t done before, willing to make mistakes, but pursuing action – because at brief moments in time, it will all come together!