We hear things like this a lot. 'Failure is good.' 'If at first you don't succeed ...' 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained.' And on. And on. We even believe it - most of us. Except when it comes to this failure, this difficulty, this seemingly insurmountable problem that we're facing right this minute. Gratitude for problems, if it comes at all, always seems to come in retrospect. But if you could change that - if you could see every problem as an opportunity to grow stronger and better able to cope with future difficulties - wouldn't that be something? Oh, wait. You can.
Michael Byrnes, StrategyPal founder
It's strange, in a way, that people are so averse to change. Isn't a change, as they say, 'as good as a break?' Isn't variety 'the spice of life?' Fearing change dooms you to stagnation. The times, they are always a-changin', and if you don't change with them - or better, far better, ahead of them - you will become irrelevant, and an irrelevant business is no business at all.
It's actually really easy. It may be the most common failing of business managers to bury their heads in the sand to avoid facing a reality they cannot bear to cope with. But rust never sleeps, weeds continue to grow, and the enemy at the gates only grows stronger every moment they are ignored. The only way to change an unpleasant reality is to look it squarely in the eye and take action.
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