When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. Benjamin Franklin
As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve recently made quite a big change to our website. Over the winter we also added even more gear to our ever-growing LED inventory. With all the changing and updating that we’ve been doing, we’re reminded of some thoughts about change itself, why we should embrace it, why it can seem hard, and why the “c” word can evoke so many emotions in us.
We’re not only making changes as a company, but we’re also striving to change for the better as individual people. We constantly learn many valuable lessons along the way about how to be better LED screen providers for our customers on an individual level as well as collectively as a company.
One thing we’ve learned is this: We as humans were made to change, and if we’re not changing, we’re dying.
Everything about us is constantly changing whether we like it or not, from our hair all the way down to things at our molecular level. Even the skin we’re in was not the same skin we were in 7 years ago. The seasons and life circumstances we’re experiencing are different then they were even a few months ago.
To not change means to not live, it’s a constant reality that’s obvious in every living thing. So if our bodies, minds, weather patterns, and all of our living surroundings are always changing, why is it so common that we are reluctant to go along with it?
More often than not, our reluctance is because we don’t actually believe we can change.
It’s easy enough to say that we believe we can, and easier still to write in a blog post, but deep down it can be very hard to believe. Many of us at one time or another have bought into the lie that “we are who we are”, and we’re wired up and programmed in a certain unchangeable way, and “it is what it is.”
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.Frederick Douglass
Certainly we were born with our own personality traits and genetic make-up, but we have to remember that we are not fixed, rigid beings and it’s quite natural for us to constantly change and adapt.
So why is something that is perfectly natural sometimes so hard to deal with or accept? We seem to have such a hard time with it because change can be scary, difficult, and require effort on our part to wade through some unknown and uncharted waters. On the other side of that water we can find that, more often than not, we have changed for the better and the effort was worth the struggle. There’s obviously some risk-taking necessary for us to grow both personally and professionally. Frederick Douglass said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
We hope this serves as a reminder that we can change, and we can embrace it to grow personally and professionally. That should be a freeing revelation. Change can renew us and take us to better places; places where we are better people. When you accept and harness change, you really can transform your future.
We’re sure that allowing change to happen is a better place to be than being “dug-in” and so set in our ways that we use our “fixed design” as an excuse to not be better people or a better company.
We encourage you to start believing that you are supposed to change, and let that be an inspiration for you today. Lao Tzu said “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”