Every species that fails to adapt to its environment dies. What is adaptation? Adaptation is the ability to change or be changed to fit changed circumstances. Imagine a person who fails to co-operate with a winter season. If you do not put the appropriate clothing, winter will kill you. How many people have lost opportunities because they were not willing to adapt. Every opportunity lost can be traced to a failure to adapt. A business that fails to adapt to the changing demands of its environment cannot last. A lawyer who refuses to update himself with the latest or current laws in his or her specialty will not survive in the legal profession. A business that refuses to adapt to the changing needs of its customers cannot survive in the market or in its industry.
Adaptation is not synonymous to compromise. It is possible to adapt without compromising your values and what is important to you. The success of a marriage that has been together for many years can be attributed to its willingness to adapt to the needs of each other. Dinosaurs failed to adapt, that is why today they are extinct. Leaders who fail to adapt to the changing needs of their followers will soon walk alone. Leaders who are rigid run the risk of loosing their effectiveness in their leadership roles. I challenge you to develop the art of adaptation. Your future will require that you adapt. If you do, you will go far in this life in every endeavor. Adaptation is one of the required and necessary ingredients of success.
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Published January 5, 2011