Decades ago, Bruce Kasanoff earned an MBA from the Wharton School. Reflecting on insights gained, he identifies several key lessons (“8 Wharton MBA Lessons that Stood the Test of Time”, 3/18/13). One in particular stands out to me:
“Nothing stays the same. You have to be in tune with changes. Change is the norm.”
Things do not happen without change. Invention mean change, advancement means change, growth means change, and opportunity means change. I think the problem is too many people become too comfortable with a routine. Please do not misinterpret me—routines are good, they have their place, and they enable efficiencies. However, when we become too comfortable we begin to expect the routine to be permanent simply because it works.
If all our routines in fact became permanent, we would eliminate newness. Opportunities would evaporate and growth would cease. I do not want that for my life or your life. Every single day is a gift to be embraced to its fullest degree. A person of wholeness and health recognizes this and engages the change each new day brings.
Kasanoff articulates an excellent lesson. Sadly, too many people still have not learned it—with or without an MBA.