I’ve been discussing creativity recently, so this post is going to sound strange. But several times today I’ve thought about the futility (or total waste of time) of doing things in new ways that are already being done quite well. The best use of our time might be using the existing methods, templates, or organzations that already exist. Why mess with a good thing? There is some truth in the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Creating something new is great, but remember that it causes discomfort, fear, and resistance. Change is never easy. Allowing the “wheel” to roll meets very little resistance. Do you reallly want to create roadblocks to progress?
Remember that 99% will always be followers. It is the rare person who invents, leads, creates. If you are an “outlier” or “entrepreneur”….keep doing what you do….we need you! But remember that change will always be met with resistance.
Can you think of examples of ships that have gone off in a new direction, leaving the fleet behind, never to be seen again? I’m trying to paint a mental picture here, so bear with me! My point is that new is not always better. Established methods get the work done! Don’t be discouraged when no one follows you into the unknown. Just realize that change is slow.
Maybe we just need to improve on what we already have. Can you think of a process, method, or organization that could do the work better without being re-invented? My challenge to you today is “Stay the course and focus on improvement.”
Random thoughts at the end of the day by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….