Can You Step Into the Same River Twice?

River Rolls On (Image: Shawn Ward)

The simple answer is no obviously. Even if you thought there was some creative way to do it, you wouldn’t be able to. New sediments come in and out. The waters we first step in move on and each time we go in, it’s different water we step into. It’s not possible. So, why do we try to do it with our lives?

One of my favorite philosopher’s puts it this way:

New things come into being, others die, and everything is transformed. – Heraclitus

Take the current landscape of news, social media, and things around you as you take a look. New laws come into enforcement and others are no longer enforced. We get to express our selves artistically and fashionably at one moment while ways of doing it  previously are completely discarded.

We need to continue to update our outlook and make sure the goals/strategies we are executing are the appropriate ones to the problems and opportunities before us. Growth is not linear, yet people approach it in a spreadsheet linear fashion.

The point, you have to keep in the front of you as you tackle this 2018 is that every right idea is eventually going to be the wrong idea. Innovation isn’t always about creating new ideas. It is also about escaping from obsolete tried and true ones as well.

Here’s some questions you need to ask yourself to test whether it’s an expired idea or not.

  • Why did this rule come to be? Do these reasons still exist for it to be a rule?
  • What assumptions should you update?
  • What needs to get discarded because it’s just not relevant?
  • How can you freshen your outlook?

There is no shortage of creativity or creative people in either academia or industry. The shortage is of innovators. All too often, people believe that creativity automatically leads to innovation. It doesn’t. Creative people tend to pass the responsibility for getting down to brass tacks to others. – Ted Levitt

Escape the gravity of what you’ve always done and thought worked to really achieve your best work this year. Have a great weekend.

✌🏻 Shawn

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