Think back through your life: at the age of 16 you were not the same person 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.
We are not just human beings, we are human becomings.
The people who we try to become, 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 see the world quite differently from the way you do now.
But no matter where or when you were born, something about you would remain the same. This is the essence of you. This is the person, the butterfly, you are trying to become.
The clearer you can get about who this person is, as opposed to who the people around you have told you you should be, the more clearly you will understand where you want to get to and the more energy and enthusiasm you will have to take you there.
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.
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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