ADAPTABILITY AND RESILIENCE

The Abilities To Adjust And To Recover

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again,” Nelson Mandela

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it,” Margaret Thatcher

Positive Uncertainty has been my mantra for years. Maybe I need to supplement it with some additional decision making principles. I am proposing two possibilities. 

Adaptability is the ability to make suitable to a specific use or situation.     

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from illness, change or misfortune; buoyancy.

I believe adding adaptability and resilience to supplement my Positive Uncertainty will be helpful. In today’s rapidly changing world, adaptability and resilience will be needed skills. When we don’t know what the future will be, we need to be prepared for anything. This means being openminded and inclusive. Adaptability and resilience will be useful when things change — and change again. To be adaptable is to be changeable, resilient, versatile — able to change again, and again. To be resilient is to be capable of dealing with change and dealing with change again; buoyancy.

Once upon a time change was slow and somewhat predictable; no more. “Today’s change is more rapid, more complex, more turbulent, more unpredictable. Today’s change is unlike any encountered before,” George Land. I think you could say that today’s change is different. It requires adaptability and resilience, the abilities to adjust and to recover — and to adjust and recover again. In today’s world, you need to become as capable of change as the environment. 

Being as capable of change as the environment has been my theme song. But people don’t like change. “Change is good; you go first.” Dilbert, Scott Adams. Change IS good; even if it isn’t well liked. It can be considered another word for growth and learning. Most people like learning, even if it is change. 

Adaptability and resilience, the abilities to adjust and to recover, are important skills in a future world that will be full of change, full of the need to “do different.” However, changing one’s mind and doing different is not what most people want to do. “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof,” John Kenneth Galbraith.

Adaptability and resilience, the abilities to adjust and to recover, are key skills to respond to change. Some advice about change from others I admire:

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek,” Barack Obama

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often,” Winston Churchill

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change,” Albert Einstein

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1 Response to ADAPTABILITY AND RESILIENCE

  1. Beth says:

    Very good, HB
    Happy thanksgiving
    Beth

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