“People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.”
Last Friday afternoon I found myself sitting on a high stool in Dublin, interviewing one of Ireland’s most successful business people.
He was visiting Aspire Technology – a fast growing innovative and international tech company who provide cutting edge network support in the telecoms industry.
Over 30 minutes we covered a lot of ground as he shared his experience and views on business and life.
My final question was this:
What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the ‘real world’?
This was his answer:
“To keep re-inventing yourself. Re-invention is the key skill for any individual, regardless of age in today’s world. It’s also a critical part of any organisation achieving and maintaining success.”
This advice was from a battle-hardened entrepreneur who has achieved great success internationally and is involved in industries undergoing deep change.
His advice was simple but profound, and he was very deliberate in saying that the advice is for everyone – not just someone starting work – because the rules of the game have changed. With so much change happening and disruption and uncertainty becoming ‘just the way it is’, one of the key skills for now and the future is developing a mindset that enables re-invention.
Some organisations are better than others at inventing new ideas and products. But nothing happens without the people behind them.
Above all, the coming decades I believe will be about the need to re-invent ourselves again and again. Not just in what we do, but in particular around how we work and live.
And probably the greatest asset we have to achieve that, is our mind – in terms of managing mental balance in uncertainty and in using our imaginations to create better.
All of us have the opportunity to draw a line in the sand today and begin the process of reinvention which is more of a journey than an event – and now is the time to begin if you haven’t started already.
A great way to start is to ask a question:
What does the best you can imagine look like? (Work, health, life, relationships)
You’ll know if you’ve uncovered the best answer if it both excites and scares you simultaneously!
And remember, the enemy of re-invention is inertia. So what one thing can you start on today?