Change and Its Importance

4 years ago by in Action Not Words, Featured Articles, Leadership Tagged: , ,

I’m a huge quote guy. I love learning from the great minds of generations current and past by these golden nuggets you find in great books, readings and speeches.

I read a few recently to do with change. There is much change occurring around me professionally, personally and generally in this age of technology and increasingly fast communications.

“It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.”
–Mignon McLaughlin

That quote by Mignon McLaughlin, a journalist and writer who once penned stories for Vogue and Redbook, captures a very important point and a keen observation.

From my experience, McLaughlin is absolutely right. Those leading change in an organization, or even in their private life, have an energy and enthusiasm you don’t find in those resistant to change.  Like life, your job or your family life and personal relationships are always in change. Humans are more life fish than you’d expect. If we don’t move and constantly adapt to our environment we die. We might not cease breathing but we die inside if we’re not willing to change.

Like the gills that help the fish breathe, change is our oxygen and we must always find the good and the positive in it. It might not always be apparent to us, but change is always good. It knocks us out of our comfort zone and keeps us young of mind and keen in logic.

The naysayers of change (think of the old neighbor who yells at kids for just being kids) are not happy. They lament the current state. They dwell in the past and how it’s passed them by. Those who resist change are doomed to fail. Their mindset is negative and their fear is high. You can’t be successful if you fear the new, the now, the innovative or just the progressive.

I’ll close it out with yet another gem – this time from playwright Henry Miller:

“The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.”
–Henry Miller

As true as true can be.

Now go enable change. Don’t get stuck and chop your own limbs off.



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