As you trawl mindlessly through the Internet at work, on your tea break, on the commute home, on your latest bout of recalcitrant slacking, consider this: are you afraid of change?
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” -H.P Lovecraft. We fear what we can’t control, we tremble at the thought of a disruption to our safe routine. Yet change is as a small spark preceding a great flame; a catalyst for vast self-benefit. Change not only broadens our horizons or reveals us to talents we never knew we had, it does something most paramount to the human psyche-it encourages our keening hunger, sharpens our claws in the face of adversity.
1. Broadening horizons, unveiling talents
For most people, they go through the humdrum of life blindly. Blind to their true strengths. But what happens when you do find it?
Greatness is prone to follow. In the above image lies Heavyweight Champion of the world Deontay Wilder-19 when he first put on boxing gloves, and within 6 years he knocks out previous title holder. Clearly, such a meteoric rise is not guaranteed if one finds his or her talent, but success on a decent scale is sure to follow. And who knows for sure anyway?
Hunger keeps the mind sharp. The same is often true for change. New things challenge us, new things perplex us, new things scare us. Yet rightly so, for only under great pressure and heat would we be tempered into tougher, more competent versions of ourselves.
Overcoming challenges, learning novel skills-are these not the fruits of change, the stuff defining seasoned, grizzled veterans? Change keeps us excited, on our toes, filled with adrenaline. Change, is most intoxicating.
As Steve Jobs said, “Stay hungry, Stay foolish!”
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