What you believe, does not change the facts

May 1, 2003

No matter what you believe, it doesn’t change the facts.
– Al Kersha

I played with a thought that we live our lives in batches. Once in a while something big happens and we change the course of our life either professionally or personally. On those moments we are in tangent with the reality. Either by forced or free-willingly we face the reality and see the world as it is at that particular moment. Then we act accordingly and do something new and unexcepted. We reinvent or renew ourselves. We change or should I say adapt to the world that is constantly changing.

Most of the time we are dreaming and fixed to the last impression of the tangent point. We see the world from the old angle and want to ‘freeze’ the point of view. We purely extrapolate and interpret the surrounding world by those old standards. This works for a while and then we drift apart further and further away from the actual reality. And suddenly once again we are too far away from the changed circumstances and the gravity pulls us back. The reality hits us and we are in the tangent again. For a while at least. Batches.

People hate change, we all do. It’s uncomfortable and unpredictable. Old patterns and ways of working may not work. We have to make an effort to analyse and be innovative. That sounds like work. And we hate working (=thinking). We hate to change. Still the only certain thing is the constant change. Why cannot we change gradually all the time? Wouldn’t it be easier and more comfortable to live without big revolutions and crashes every now and then?

The same analogue applies to various occassions and phenomena around us. The economical cycles, businesses, cultures, countries, economical models, fashion, industries etc. We regard things as granted and then they suddenly change. Boom and bust. The greed turns to fear. Only the point of view has changed. Permanently. For some things the change is more evolutionary and therefore not so drastic. It can be observed over time. Fashion is a good case in point. Look those old TV series from the 80’s or 90’s. Miami Vice, Dallas, Twin Peaks – all of them popular series of their time. Today we don’t see them the same way as we once did. They look old and funny. We have changed. Once again.

Can we do anything to be more observative and awaken? I think we can. If you study successful people or businesses they have something in common. They are all humble and open-minded. They are paranoid for change. They have learned that they have to be proactive and sensitive for new things. They don’t know from where or by whom the change will come. They just have to be ready and seize the opportunity. Faster than the others. Therefore they are the leaders. They are never satisfied. They need to change, themselves.

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