1. Embrace Change.
“Nobody ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and they are not the same person.” ―Heraclitus (545 BC – 475 BC)
Change is a reality weaved into the human experience. If there’s one thing we can guarantee will never change—it’s change. To move and evolve with our changing environment is crucial: keeping up with technology, advancing in careers, and constantly learning.
That’s not to say change jobs or buy a new car every year; it’s not change for the sake of change, but being more in synch with the seasons of life. Recognize when one door closes and another one opens.
“Nobody ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and they are not the same person.” ―Heraclitus
2. Take the first step.
“Well begun is half done.” –Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
Procrastination is often defeated with a single strike. It’s the first domino that knocks down all the rest. And yes, it’s always the most difficult. But as Aristotle emphasises, the finish line becomes a sudden reality once you launch out of the starting blocks.
A popular mantra for the entrepreneur is to start before you’re ready—everything has a way of falling into place after that.
3. Iron sharpens iron.
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. –Plutarch (46AD – 120AD)
It isn’t easy to give and receive constructive criticism. It’s hard to even tell a friend they have spinach stuck in their teeth. But what’s unsaid can be more damaging than what is said. Particularly when our words can significantly impact our friends in a positive way.
Much better to tell our friends what they need to hear rather than simply what they want to hear.
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. –Plutarch