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Being ahead of changes

In the current society, everything around us is changing at a relatively fast pace and one of the greatest change is the way we communicate with each other.

Nowadays with technology advancement, people no longer need to send snail mail letter to ask how their loved ones are doing, nor the need to travel hours to meet each other to talk, as all we need is just a mobile phone and the internet.

Such concept applies to our lives as well where if we have decided not to change due to fear of failure, or fear of losing current comfort or status, we would eventually become the "snail mail letter".

To avoid becoming "obsolete", we would have to be ahead of changes, and there are a few ways to stay ahead of changes:

1) Be open and eager to learn anything and everything (Be "Kiasu - Fear of losing out" to yourself)

By opening ourselves up to learning anything and everything, we will then be able to see things from various perspective and helping us understand things better.

2) Believe that anyone or anything can be your teacher in life (It could be a 4-year-old child, a quote from an animation movie, a short conversation with anyone, etc...)

It was my 4-year-old son who inspires me with his words while he was playing with his lego toy, and he said that in order to transform the toy, we will have to first break it into pieces. The toy represents us in life:

In order to "transform" (progress),

we will have to break free from our usual routine

and move away from our usual comfort zone!

Apart from that, there are many animations that have inspirational quotes and one of the examples was from "Kungfu Panda":

If you only do what you can do,

you will never be more than what you are now.

When our mind is open to learning from anyone, we will definitely see inspiration from anywhere!

3) Take any actions at all (Not just planning and planning!) and apply the new knowledge gained!

There are people who do not like to leave things to chances, thus planning extensively in the attempt to come out with a well-rounded near perfect plan. What happens usually is that the plan would eventually have to be amended as time goes by due to some unforeseen circumstances. To create change, we have to begin by taking actions no matter how small a step it might seem! Focus on the process instead of the end result, and the result will take care of itself.

Start taking actions, today!

Author: Kendray Lau

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