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Adaptability

Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Adaptability
“Action and adaptability create opportunity.” ~ Garrison Wynn
As L. Thomas Holdcroft said, "The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post."
“Only the foolish and the dead never change their opinions.” ~ James R. Lowell
Often people are only willing to adapt because they feel the heat, not because they see the light.
“When you can't change the direction of the wind - adjust your sails.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
It's never too late to change direction, especially when the path ahead is leading you nowhere you want to go.
“It's not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
Being adaptable to change may draw on strength and intelligence, but it demands an open mind above all. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation."
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
So there's this ‘other side of the coin’ to adaptability... Openness to ideas and to change does not mean conforming to others' expectations, making the safest choice, or compromising your values. Quite the opposite. It means integrity, knowing your inner truth.
“Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
He also said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
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Five Secrets to Creative Adaptability: A Resiliency Skill ~ by Eileen McDargh

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