Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Love Change

Have you noticed? People hate change. How do people react to new policies and procedures at work? Moving. Finding a new job. Losing a job. New church service times. New Coke. Having to learn a new skill. It doesn't come naturally.

One of the things Kem and I have tried to push in each other is being "good at change", embrace it, expect it, and at times love it.

In the last nine years, I've had a career change from self-employed in sports collectibles to insurance to manufacturing to the electrical industry to new home construction and now to the technology world. Here are just a few things I've learned:

  • Each change I make in life generally gets a little easier, it takes practice

  • I am my worst enemy. My fears of what I don't know and how I might look ignorant have been my biggest mental hurdle

  • My raw skills and talents translate into any industry or situation- as I've started new jobs, I lean heaviest on these things while I go through the industry specific learning curve

  • When having to learn something new, I need to have a realistic timetable of when it's going to "click". It would be so easy to give up. I experience, study, read, ask, work, study some more, and eventually... things start to click. For me, it seems like the 1 1/2 year mark seems to be a threshold to get past.

In today's world, being good at change will make us more valuable, adaptable, and with practice... can get a little easier. What have you learned from change in your life? How can we practice change?

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