How to Be Adaptive When Things are Changing Fast 146

How to Be Adaptive When Things are Changing Fast

If there’s one thing you need to be good at, even though you may not know it, it’s to be adaptive.

Adaptiveness is a necessity these days as the world is changing literally every minute. Trying to keep up, stay up to date, change yourself at the same time, and still have the time to enjoy life, is impossible. You’ll either end up depressed, physically and emotionally tired, stressed out, anxious, or without having reached any goal due to the number of goals you’re after and the many tasks on your to-do list.

The solution lies in learning how to be adaptive.

Once you do that, you’ll simply go with the flow, and easily get used to any new environment, life change, unexpected situation, bad news, or else, and still be productive and happy.

Not being adaptive is quite obvious, because the consequences are always the same.

You experience any type of change, and because it’s something new, you need all your focus and energy to get used to it. Which means leaving behind all your business and personal projects.

When uncertainty knocks on the door again (meaning, when you realize that anything in life is uncertain and you can never know what’s going to happen next), you not only get anxious, but neglect your health, can’t sleep at night, can’t concentrate on anything important and your work performance is poor.

Over time, and because uncertainty won’t go away and things will keep changing without giving you any time to realize what’s going on, this might cost you your job, relationship, health, or peace of mind. Or all of these.

You don’t want that. No one does.

Luckily, it’s not difficult at all to be adaptive.

Once you are, life will be a crazy ride and nothing will scare you anymore. You’ll keep working on your goals, being productive and on top of your game every day, and quickly feeling comfortable with every new place you’re at, every change in your environment, the new people in your life, the new habits you’re trying to develop, and so on.

To be adaptive is to be free of the fear of failure, to let go of the insecurity of the future, to be action-oriented and focused on the now. And, most importantly, to know deep within that whatever life throws at you, you’ll keep doing what feels right and you’ll just adapt to the change.

So, let’s talk about how to be adaptive. Here’s what I’ve found to work:

1. Keep an open mind.

There are two sides of every story. But if you stick to what you’ve always considered right, you’re not only missing out on a lot, but also letting change take control when it happens.

Open-minded people survive in the long run, because anything that’s different from what they’re used to, is just another aspect of life, point of view, opportunity, or explanation for something. They accept it and keep living their life.

So expand your horizons.

The benefits of that are surprising, actually. You’ll learn how to accept other people’s differences and even be interested in their lifestyles and mindsets. That helps you learn more and connect on a deeper level.

What’s more, an open mind helps you avoid arguments and people will be amazed by your ability to accept anything you see, hear or experience.

There’s a more existential aspect to that too. Because you’ll let go of all your self-limiting beliefs, you’ll acknowledge the fact that you know nothing. And that’s something most people struggle with.

But truth is, the more you learn, the more you see how much you don’t know. And while that can be a scary and depressing thought for some, it’s actually a human trait. Admitting it and still becoming a lifelong learner is one of the smartest ways to live life to the fullest.

Usually, the principles we live by end up keeping us from evolving.

In this case, though, you’ll welcome change in your life with an open mind, will be adaptive by never considering something as the only truth, but knowing that there’s more to it and thus leaving room for improvement and knowledge.

2. Take care of yourself.

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When change happens, don’t forget to make time for yourself, to eat well, relax enough, empty your mind from anxious thoughts and negative patterns, stay active, and do things you enjoy.

It’s easy to forget that your health comes first in times of adversity and change.

Make sure you do your usual routines, though, so that you find some comfort in them. Drink plenty of water, maybe even more. Stretch, take breaks during work, and turn to your spiritual side too by meditating, journaling your thoughts or going for a walk to quiet the voices in your head.

That will help you be adaptive and stay healthy while experiencing a change.

3. Keep a few things in mind along the way.

First, know that everything is temporary. That makes our journey much easier if you think about it this way.

Even the hardest situations pass. So if you stay positive and don’t react to things that don’t depend on you, you’re much more likely to turn your life into a pleasant experience.

Change is necessary. Be adaptive by understanding the importance of change.

It’s why we’re able to live such a comfortable life these days and be able to do anything we can imagine. And to keep evolving as a species and make the world a better place.

Things will keep changing. The best you can do is learn to change with them.

4. Stay present.

When things around you are changing fast, turn to mindfulness. It always helps.

That means reconnecting with your inner self to find some peace in the chaos, slowing down instead of being in a rush every day trying to keep up, spending time in silence and doing nothing, instead of trying to get everything done.

In addition, leave the past where it belongs, nothing good ever happens if you go back to it. Don’t rely on the future too much either. It’s too uncertain to ever feel prepared enough.

So make sure you spend all your time in the present moment and focus on taking action. Be it a step that will take you closer to a big goal of yours, spending time with loved ones, or working on something meaningful.

If you keep these tips in mind and do something to be adaptive, change won’t be a problem anymore and you’ll learn how to quickly adapt and even thrive in an uncertain environment.

That’s a pretty useful skill these days.

Do you consider yourself adaptive? How do you define adaptiveness?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.