Perhaps the truest proverb of all times is that “Change is the only constant in life”. If you think about it, it’s true isn’t it? Almost everything, everyone, every condition every element in this world changes and that is the only constant they can vouch for.
For people like us, entrepreneurs, creators of a business environment amidst the complex dynamic always-shifting ever-changing wider macro environment, this is all the more true. Our sole profession is to assess, interpret and predict changes and create business strategies around it for the benefit of all who we serve.
Where are they going wrong?
That’s what entrepreneurship and planning is all about right? Yes true, but I would like to ask a question at this point. What about success? If everyone understands the core dilemma of change and everyone is planning to predict it the best and deal with it in the best way, then why is it that some people are successful while some are not? Where are they going wrong?
I would say…people go wrong not in the handling of change but in their attitude towards it. Simply put, you need to stop always analyzing ‘what’ change will take place and primarily ask yourself this – “Am I the master of change of the victim of it?” And there, precisely in that question, lies your path towards success.
Master of Change vs. Victim of Change
So now if you sit back and think about it, like you, most of the people in the world are busy being victims of the change and planning how to deal with it the best way. If I were to give a few entrepreneurial examples….a new tax rule, an import law change, your performing employee leaving the job, a sudden rise of a strong competitor…changes that have happened to you or you predict for the future and you are trying to deal with it in the most effective way. But these are changes that ‘happened’ to you right? You are the victim of the change here. But what about changing the entire attitude towards change, for a change? How about being the master of the change yourself instead of being the victim of it?
How to go about being the master of change?
If I talk about my own childhood as an example…during the time I was the village boy undergoing the engineering course in a big city. Well, a lot of change there no doubt. And it would have led to bigger changes, of course. Becoming an engineer, getting placed in the corporate world, in a white collar nine-to-five job with a stable salary inflow at the end of the month, with a fairly known trajectory to follow for future growth and success. Lot of changes you see, but all orchestrated by someone else, not really me. All these changes I would have been a victim to.
I had a different view of success
Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying that these were bad changes, these were of course for my betterment, but I had a different view of success altogether. I needed to break away from this trajectory of the nine-to-five success that everyone follows, which is secure and stable but limited. I needed to be more. More well known, more rich, a job creator rather than a job-doer…simply put, I needed to be the master of the change, orchestrating it to get me what I wanted in life.
I left my engineering course in my last year. Apparently an extremely stupid and career-destroying decision for everyone else. However, I was at least orchestrating the change of my own life and not falling victim to it. Well, it was precisely that decision, and many more like that which I took down the line to master changes, which has made me what I am today.
Ultimately it’s all about what you want in life. If you want to be big, be the victim of change and deal with it well. But if you want to be bigger, you need to be the master of it all.