“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” —Henry Ford

Change is necessary to progress in your career – whether you’re a career professional or entrepreneur. Although most people want to achieve some level of career success, very few like change especially when it’s constant or out of their control. These people are considered change adverse – inhibitors of change.

As a career professional if you’re not part of the change you run the risk of getting left behind (slow career trajectory or worse termination). And as an entrepreneur if you don’t change often and quickly your business is liable to suffer (lack of growth and/or profitability). People who are change adverse make all sorts of excuses as to why things should remain status quo and will avoid being part of the change. Unfortunately it’s difficult for people who are change adverse to become Change Agents (a catalyst for change). And where there’s no change, there’s no growth, and ultimately a low probability of success.  

Change agents make change (sh$t) happen. They ask themselves questions like…

  • How can I prepare for future opportunities?
  • Is there a more effective or efficient way to do this?
  • What do I need to do to remain relevant?
  • How can I best add value to my employer/clients?
  • Does this make sense? If not, what do I need to adjust?

Change Agents know that the only thing constant is change; it happens whether you like it or not. Think about it, change is happening as you’re reading this blog – technology, politics, the economy, your personal situation etc. If you don’t change with it, things will change without you. And if you remain change adverse, the chances of you achieving career success will change from possible to improbable. Is this what you want?  

Change is needed to achieve your desired level of success. So instead of denying change, EMBRACE IT!

Remember whether it’s in your career, your job, your business, or just life in general, you have the power to make things happen. You are the captain of your ship. Now answer my question again. Are you a change agent or are you change adverse?

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