Sometimes having a key life and business strategy is immensely more important than having formal education. Tom Colicchio has certainly demonstrated that truth. Colicchio’s academic record begins and ends with Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. However, Colicchio understood a life and business strategy that some people with much more formal education have still not learned (“How Did I Get Here?: Tom Colicchio” Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/16/16–5/22/16, p. 88):

Change quickly. You typically don’t get a second chance.

Being able to change on the fly is something that some folks seem to do naturally and others miss completely. Colicchio’s articulation of this truth reminds us that because our world is constantly changing, we must constantly be prepared to change too.

Once you realize that you need to make a change, do it quickly. The road of procrastination leads to a town called nowhere. Colicchio made changes quickly throughout his life and business. It served him well. Today he is the head judge on Top Chef. That strategy will work for you and me too.

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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