On Adaptability 

20 thoughts on “On Adaptability ”

  1. I enjoyed this post, especially because of its timing. I recently started a bookkeeping business so that I can (hopefully) earn some income from home. I’m about to start attracting clients, but my self doubt is tormenting me. This is so far out of my comfort zone and skill set that I’m tempted to give up. The only things stopping me are my stubbornness, fear of failure, and persistence. I agree that persistence is essential in adaptability. Like you said, I’m going to do it anyway!

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    1. I think it’s most difficult to persist when you’re not seeing any rewards, like when you first start a business, you’re full of self-doubt, and you’re working tirelessly with seemingly no success in sight. Hang in there! 🙂

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  2. Oh, and I love this quote by Steve Harvey:
    “If you want to be successful, you have to jump, there’s no way around it. When you jump, I can assure you that your parachute will not open right away. But if you do not jump, your parachute will never open. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar!”

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  3. Love this, I also find we limit ourselves because we have a preconceived notion about the type of person we have decided we are. Take a risk! after all, you can’t really stop being yourself…

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  4. My favorite part is about telling ourselves who we are and not allowing room for growth. I’m in the midst of stepping way outside of my comfort zone in multiple areas of my life, so I really sat up for that part. We don’t have to remain the same person forever. I can’t believe how much technology I’ve been learning, and… I am not a tech person… haha, just had to say it to tease you. 🙂

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  5. This piece sent me spinning off on a slight tangent, and I think you’re right on target.

    Forgive me for this, because we’re not supposed to use this word any more. But I heard someone –I think it was Garrison Keillor– who said he thought he was an elitist, that he’d gotten the idea of what that meant from his parents and grandparents. They, being staunch Lutheran Midwesterners (being a Midwesterner, I get this; I’m not a Lutheran, though) they saw elitism as never being satisfied. That no matter how well one does, you can always do better the next time.

    My yeoman Ohio farmer/Quaker/Puritan/Scots/Irish/Danish/Swiss/English/French/Jewish/ German/Norman French/African ancestors (the latter nations via DNA and Ancestry) would approve.

    I gradually learned that always striving, always looking at what was possible, was the true creative path. It wasn’t supposed to be easy. It became liberating, this dour, disapproving, elitist Calvanist mentality. It kept me looking for the hard truth of things, not settling for easy answers. It forced humility on me, too, this constant awareness of my inadequacies. My parents were not the types to worry about my self-esteem, certainly not more than my education and character. They’d both had hard lives, living through the Great Depression and World War II. On both sides, they came from people who pushed into unsettled country, leaving everything and everyone behind. So, I guess it’s in the genes.

    I don’t think life would have been nearly as interesting another way. I may be making a virtue of necessity, but I think it’s also why I love detective fiction, where the stories are always about basic human motivations, of greed, and hatreds and loves and desires and loss and honor and weakness and strength. Those are the stuff of life. The genre gets a bad rap by people who are, shall we say, a bit snooty.

    I found I liked the challenge, and got a lot of satisfaction from never settling when I might push on a little further. I don’t have illusions about my writing.. There I go again. Maybe I’ve trained myself not to think in terms of looking for praise. It’s nice to get . I’m pretty critical of what I do and people who don’t understand are put off by that. We’re not supposed to be too judgmental these days; might hurt feelings. But my self-criticisms don’t register internally as discouragement, and they don’t make me feel bad. The inner editor in me keeps me honest. “Was that *really* the best word you could have used? That phrase is clumsy; do it over. Is that original? Can you come up with something a little different?”

    But I do want to always do a little better. I may be getting older, but I don’t see a reason to try less for as long as the words still come. When they don’t, any longer, I guess I’ll be done. But at least I won’t have quit too soon.

    I’m sorry to go off on an essay here. This has been important to me lately.

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    1. Don’t be sorry! I really like what you have to say here. I think self-examination is critical to growing creatively and personally–in all aspects of our lives. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful response. As always, I appreciate your feedback!

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  6. I have recently set a target list of various small to large challenges. It has made me feel so much better about, what I thought was a dull 9-5 life. I would recommend this. Ive had fun, set up my own blog, climbed many “mountain” etc. The only thing is you must stick to it!!!

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