Learn to Change

To do more than survive you have to learn. But the question is how do you learn when you're surviving? Learning also requires that you be vulnerable - open to what others might be able to teach you.

Survival doesn't allow for vulnerability. In our country vulnerability is seen as weakness. The options are fight, flight, or freeze. There's no "learn" in there. No get quiet and listen. No get curious.


Modern Darwinism

Finally, I think a different Darwinism has emerged. It's no longer survival of the physical fittest (technology and health care advances have taken care of that or certainly leveled the playing field) but the talent and emotional fittest. There are a lot of truly talented people out there - but only those who have put in years of desire and dedication and had the emotional fortitude to manage it are the people you know or will know.

Can your talent be emotional stability? Yes. And I predict we'll see more of that in demand than ever before.