In a time of change, there are only three things we know for sure. The first is that we can’t predict what is going to happen. The second is that the approaches that used to work in the past might not work any more. And the third is that all ways forward are likely to be difficult.
So success in a time of change doesn’t come simply from repeating what worked in the past. Success in a time of change comes from finding what will most inspire us and the people around us to wake up every morning, longing to make it happen.
Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb by looking for better ways of making candles. He succeeded because was inspired to change the world. And each time he failed he said:
Success in a time of change comes from finding new inspiration for the way the world could be.
And the more options we find, the more likely we are to find a way forward that truly inspires us, and to understand why.
What inspires you most about what you’re working on today? What would happen if you were working on something that you (and the people around you) found even more inspiring?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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