This single phrase as turned into a mindset that is extremely hard to shake. It can dissolve creativity, abolish innovation, and destroy dreams. Similar to bacteria that can ruin an entire batch of quality beer, this string of words is infectious. It will spread faster than the speed of light, and is probably being spoken in your workplace. It’s so popular, that you might even hear it today!
Grammatically, it sounds stupid, and professionally it makes absolutely no sense! Albert Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing over an over again, and expecting different results. The idea that a business would repeat their efforts in the exact same manner knowing that the end result will be the same as the time before is absolutely insane.
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Doing things differently always leads to something exceptional. Perfection should never be attainable. No matter how far you’ve come, there is always room for improvement. Successful people understand the power of change. They embrace it, and are always seeking innovative ways to build on their existing systems.
This country was built on the imaginations of genius men and women whose tenacity and passion were unmatched. Think of that small group of rebels who were tired of living life under the foreign rule of the British Empire. If they believed that there was no need for change because “that’s just the way we’ve always done it,” we would be driving on the left side of the road, sipping on tea and cramming down scones. Our desire to constantly improve resulted in the creation of the iPod, cell phones and Facebook!
I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.” ~Steve Jobs (Playboy, 1985)
Change is always a good thing! Even if it yields negative results, it forces us to think outside the box, and keeps us moving in the right direction. Fail fast forward is a term often used in the marketing industry. It promotes failure in abundance. Multiple failures are the stepping stones to success. Each one reveals changes that can be made to our flawed processes.
Resisting change means avoiding progress.
And avoiding progress is bad for business!
Are you in need of some change?
Let your past failures guide you in a new direction. Think outside the box, and create something fresh and exciting.
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