Think back through your life: at the age of 16 you were not the same person as you had been when you were six. Nor were you the same at 16 as you later became (or will become) at 26, 36, 46, or 86. Throughout our lives, in different ways, we are always changing and becoming someone new.
We are not just human beings, we are human becomings.
The people who we try to become, and the lives we try to lead, and the degree to which we are helped or hindered along the way are all influenced by the family, the country, and the times we happen to have been born into. If you had been born into a different century, a different country, or even a different family, you would likely have access to different resources and see the world very differently from the way you do now.
But no matter where or when you were born, something about you would be the same. This is the essence of who you are. This is the butterfly you are trying to become.
We are all human becomings. And, unlike a caterpillar, we can make that becoming a deliberate, conscious process.
In a time of change, this will make you antifragile — able to use change to become stronger.
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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