Thank You for Being Late

I’m reading a book called Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

The book is rich with insights on the speed of change in today’s world. He notes that in the days of our parents and grandparents that changes would be introduced and it make take generations for the change to get incorporated into our everyday life.

Now, changes can be introduced and absorbed in four or five years.

Examples abound. The smartphone is just ten years old. It’s own its fourth generation of networks to man it. It has moved from fad to many people having them in their packet.

The smartphone changed how you listen to music, buy your products,  do your banking, take in your entertainment, spend your time. All since 2007.

Friedman says that the way things move so quickly, we have two choices: be change friendly and oriented. Or spend the rest of your life off balance and reactive as each wave of change comes your way.

He describes a condition of “dynamic stability.” He says it’s like riding a bike. You can’t balance a bike easily if you aren’t moving on it.

He suggests that we take on change in the same way. He suggests that you take on change while in motion and you maintain your balance while moving into change.

In otherwise, you change as you pedal. You learn to do it as you are moving. You do it with speed and agility.

As I read about “dynamic stability,” it resonated. We may wish change would slow. But it isn’t going to.

We may want to ease into things, but it’s not the way it works. Easing into things may cause you to miss them altogether.

Does your pace of change need an adjustment? “Dynamic stability” might be the thought process you need. Resisting change seems to be a flawed mindset. Moving ahead and remaining alert to the change ahead is the way to survive.