Hustler’s Mantra: Be adaptable
"By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes."- Robert Greene
"Just when you think you've got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about something, and feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs change, the wind blows the other way, north is suddenly south, and east is west, and you’re lost." - Cecelia Ahren
Does this sound like something that happens with us more often? That's because our world is ever changing and the changes happen real fast. Whatever we thought 2020 was going to look like was all wrong. All those plans and strategies that we had created for 2020 had to be deleted, the pandemic has changed it all. Today, across the world, everybody is living through a period of extraordinary change, with lost jobs, work from home, businesses closed, events canceled and familiar routines tossed out of the window. That's a lot of change to get used to all at once, and it's not static. Moving forward, there will be more uncertainty in the horizon so adaptability should be our best asset.
As human beings, we don't like uncertainty and unpredictability and have a tendency to shut down in the face of new things but we should learn to stop fearing change and play it instead. We know that not all changes might lead to progress but the thing about change is that it's inevitable. If we don't adapt to the changes, we will not be able to make any progress and would be overtaken by the many that have. Laurie, a professional counselor says that Changes are like rip currents and if we swim against it, we would never reach the shore so we should learn to ride change like a wave. If we are in a fall, a rise would definitely follow.
Have you ever heard of this company named "Blockbuster"? It's a former provider of movies and video games rental services. In 2004, the company was at its peak; it had over 9,000 outlets and employed around 84,000 people over the world but it failed to change its business model with the rise of Netflix and on demand streaming model. It didn't change with the times by adopting a trend which ultimately proved to be its downfall. Blockbuster's senior Vice President Jonathan Salem Baskin states that:" Digital would have changed Blockbuster's business, for sure, but it wasn't its killer, that credit belongs to Blockbuster itself."
Imagine if a whole company couldn't fight change by holding on to its own ways, neither can we. The game of change will never end, so we should learn to see every change as an opportunity rather than fearing that it might lead to failure.
A person's resources can be taken away but their resourcefulness can't be removed. Highly adaptable people always have a Plan B, rather than getting stuck with one solution to solve a problem. Obstacles don't stop them, they're just a chance for creative problem solving. There's never really anything that we don’t know, only thing is that we haven't figured it out yet.
Moreover, we must learn to adapt working with different personalities, living conditions, and income changes and make the most of what we have. It's a really useful skill as more options in life will open to us because we will learn more ways to move in the world.
In conclusion, a wise person adapts themselves to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. I would like to end with a quote of Brue Lee: "Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind; be formless and shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."