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Embracing change

Do you often look at people who make a difference, or people who are really successful, and wonder how they do it?

I recently read an article by Victoria Rabin, the founder and CEO of Behind Every Leader. She writes that the difference in people’s lives is the difference in the standards to which they hold themselves accountable.

They also embrace change … You just have to look at the world around you to see how rapidly everything is changing. Rationally, we know that the only constant in the workplace – indeed, in every one of life’s moments– is change. We know that every moment is never quite the same as the one that went before it.

Yet, for many of us change is a significant source of anxiety that limits our performance and our potential.

In this regard, Richard Branson posted the following on Virgin.com: ‘Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. A company that stands still will soon be forgotten. Trying to provoke positive change is a principle we’ve embedded across the Virgin family for more than four decades.’

People who achieve the unthinkable are, by definition, naturally unreasonable. It seems they have made a conscious decision to replace their desires with unreasonable needs. It seems that everything they partake in requires determination, intensity, and a consistent element of risk to make sure they are operating in peak performance mode. A quest for a life of change, combined with a positive belief system, is what keeps them going.

This month we announce the Top 35 CAs(SA) under the age of 35. What sets them apart as the best of the best are their extraordinary mindsets. This is what differentiates the top one per cent of the population from the rest … their ability to seek (and find) opportunity in every situation – positive or negative.

They’ve all embraced change and opportunities and this made them stand out. We can all learn something from them. As Charles Darwin famously remarked: ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’

Editor: Gerinda Jooste
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