Many years ago after the personal computer was taking root in our business world, I finally had my home-office PC set up exactly the way I wanted it to be.  My hard drive and RAM were perfect.  I had my main applications loaded, running, and customized to all my personal preferences.  My desktop looked the way I wanted it to look and behaved the way I wanted it to behave.


  . . . . Until the next software upgrade.   

I can remember naively thinking, “But why do I have to upgrade [name of your favorite application]?  I like the way this version works!”  I literally did not want anything about my beloved desktop PC to change.


My how far we’ve come!  Thankfully, I finally learned with hardware, software, and PC technology, change is the name of the game.  Rather than weep, wail, and gnash my teeth, embracing the change tends to work out best in the long run.  Plus my teeth last longer.


Most of us have experienced the frustration of learning the new place to click after the upgrade occurs.  Rather than just thinking about that experience with frustration, remind yourself of the positive side.


Learning something new is always a good thing.  Staying fresh and up to date with the latest hardware and software keeps you current in today’s business world.  Being willing to embrace change is a positive character and leadership trait.


Finally, being willing to change is a sign of a healthy, enlivened, productive person.  Personally, professionally, and physically, refusal to change is the first sign of death.  Lord willing, I plan to live a very long time.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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