If you want to do more than just survive, you must learn to adapt to the changes of life.
I am a man of faith. When I use the world evolution I do so cautiously, but there is a principle in evolution that is true regardless of your belief system. Louisiana State business professor Leon C. Megginson in a speech summed up the idea:
Yes, change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. Applying this theoretical concept to us as individuals, we can state that the civilization that is able to survive is the one that is able to adapt to the changing physical, social, political, moral, and spiritual environment in which it finds itself.
The one who can adapt is best able to survive and prosper.
If you put a rock on top of a weed growing in your garden and it gets water, it will grow around the sides of the stone. It adapts and survives.
Adaptability is listed various lectures as one of the 5 signs of life. Alongside of growth, reproduction, assimilation, adaptability demonstrates life.
If you are alive emotionally, financially, and spiritually, you must adapt in order to thrive in your life. The only true constant in life is change. What you counted a “given” in your career last year, may be obsolete today. Tried and true practices of success that worked a decade ago may not work today. You must adapt.
The computer age has made adaptability exponentially more important for success. Computer’s rapid evolution creates constant change in every area of our lives. Take a moment to think of how different life is today because of the ever-present computer universally present in the hands of people, their smartphone. We have been forced to give up the idea of “time off,” unless we can head somewhere distant and unplug. What the long terms effect of these changes will have on us remains to be seen, but the people who thrive in life will adapt to these technological realities.
Grade your adaptability by checking how many of these technologies you use:
- Electronic deposit and other evolving banking technologies
- Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest
- Navigation apps on your phone or in your car for directions
- E-mail and texting
- Streaming for television viewing
I am not promoting any of these technologies. I am simply acknowledging that in an incredibly short amount of time they have become a standard part of most people’s lives.
Change is coming. If you are going thrive you must learn to adapt.
In my next blog, I will share principles for helping you develop this needed survival skill.
Take a minute to post the most challenging area where you have had to adapt in your career and life in the comment section. I’d love to hear your story.