Slow and steady wins the race was the golden message taught to children from this folk tale. A reminder never to be boastful, brag or be distracted in our endeavors however, we are in a different age. An age where the world is truly global, where an individual can be an institution. Barriers of trade and geographical borders are disappearing, to deny this will be to totally believe your childhood folk tale that the tortoise actually can beat the hare. But consistent, adaptive and resilient action trumps slow steadiness every day. This is the age of millennials and digital natives and we are seeing the rise of knowledge economies.
David Houle the futurist talks about the shift age as the successor to the information age. The critical characteristic as we crossed from the different ages was speed. The speed with which things were done, man wanted to travel faster, work faster, produce faster, heal faster and communicate faster. We see that the speed of change in the shift age is constantly accelerating hence as Darwin said It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”
In the rematch of the tortoise and the hare, the race path is different, there is a water course, the tortoise knowing the hare’s determination to sprint to the finish line has arranged for organized distraction, there is collusion for interference, and the tortoise is banking on its ability to swim. For the hare to win it will have to deal with the interference from a band of rats, swim across a gaping hole filled with water, beat the tortoise up hill and downhill where the tortoise has arranged for aided flight up and down. Moral of the rematch, the race is to the most adaptive to change.
Let’s talk knowledge, change and adaptability.
Miguel de Unamuno said “We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past”. Our success is largely based on our ability to predict the future, we must see and anticipate change based on the knowledge available to the people per time. There is seemingly the overuse of the words smart and thought leadership. We want smart everything as we approach what some call the century of thought.
This future belongs to thinkers, if you will succeed you must anticipate change. In business and in your personal life you must creatively adapt to redefined challenges. Society once needed quality regardless of the time required but the times are changing so fast that improvements are only relevant as quickly as they are made, hence you might be spending time and resources proffering solution to a problem that no longer exists.
Practice disruptive thinking. We have seen in the last couple of years things like PDA’s, paid email accounts, getting film developed, movie rental stores, maps, landline telephone, long distance call charges, public pay phones, video cassette recorders, fax machines, phone books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, CD’s, floppy disks and buttons literally disappear. To be an influencer you must join the folks predicting the future and if you can’t, be an early adopter.
Your competition is no longer local, the threat to your job and financial security now transcends your national boundaries, if your excuse for your lack of productivity is the unavailability of the tools you need in your immediate vicinity, not only is that lame but then you have another thing coming. It was James Baldwin that said “those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it”
Challenge yourself to new heights, do not make excuses, make adjustments. Be resilient and adaptive to new technologies, engage in intentional and disruptive thinking, and commit to constantly growing your mental ascent.
Commit to a daily routine to grow your mind.
That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.
Plan, Act and Pursue your dream.