Rise of the Innerpreneur

Adapt to Grow

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I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with a fair number of innerpreneurs since launching this blog and I’ve found a common lesson that we are each learning about business and about life. Adaptability is the key to growth.

We All Know Change is Inevitable

Things will change. Our plans will shift. What was the goal yesterday will not be the goal today.

Being on such a personal, spiritual journey we may find that we are on one path and our soul begins calling us in another. What was right and true now is not. What seemed like a good idea before now seems wrong.

We make plans for an unknown future. A future that shifts and reshapes with every decision we make. We can’t know where tomorrow can lead, but we can be open to its evolving path.

Don’t fight change. Let it run through you. Embrace it. You can’t know what exciting avenue it will lead you down.

My Ever-Adapting Plans

I’ve come to understand and embrace change and see how important adaptability can be. In less than a year my goals have morphed and changed almost constantly.

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When I first decided to start my business I simply wanted to write. Anything for anyone. But the universe seemed to be shouting at me that my plan wasn’t quite right. It still needed (and needs) time to take shape.

I had great plans for an elaborate Elastic Mind website. A Choose Your Own Adventure-style site that step-by-step helped a small business owner to build or improve their website. I designed it to show just how helpful I can be, how much help I could provide. I thought my site had to make a splash. A big one. I didn’t plan on anyone connecting with innerpreneurship or my blog as deeply as they have. I thought my business site would need to be my showpiece.

After working for months on it, writing 100+ pages of content, this week I realized that yesterday’s strategy didn’t meet today’s reality. I needed to adapt and change the plan. The site just didn’t make sense for me or my business anymore.

So I am packing away all the content I wrote and adapting what has been built to create a much simpler but still effective site. My goal for the last 10 months changed overnight.

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I don’t feel like I failed or wasted time as it was a learning experience and I understand that what I know today, I did not know yesterday. My business today is different from what it was yesterday.

I have grown and my everchanging plans prove that.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

About Tara Joyce

Hello! I'm Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me. I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

18 Thoughts on “Adapt to Grow

  1. That's what I love about this ride. We're all changing and growing, and it's freeing to discover let go of your old maps. Can't wait to see where you go next!

  2. Tara,
    “A wise Man turns Chance into good Fortune” – Thomas Fuller(1654-1734).
    In our permanently changing concept to the world, what becomes obvious for us is that we are constantly changing. This is also reflected in the widespread recognition of its accelerating rate. For example, the speed with which we can travel has increased more in our lifetimes than it has over all the time before our births. The same is true for the speed with which we can calculate, communicate, produce, and consume. The rate of technological and social change,makes it more and more difficult for humans to adapt and adjust, for the older generations in particular.Human beings seek stability, and are members of stability-seeking groups, organizations, institutions,and societies. Their objective may be said to be “homeostasis,” but the world in which this objective is pursued is increasingly dynamic and unstable because of the increasing interconnectedness and interdependence of individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and societies brought about by changes in communication and transportation, our environments have become larger, more complex, and less predictable – in short, more turbulent. Many experts on change see the solution to the problems created by change in improved forecasting, learning, adaption and further development as versing the the pursuit of only growth. Growth, strictly speaking, is an increase in size and numbers. Contrary to what many believe, development is not a condition or state defined by what a person has. It is a process in which an individual increases his ability and desires and those of others. It is an increase in capacity and potential, not an increase in attainment.
    To make a long story short , I will recommend to the honorable audience of DISQUS, to take a serious and respectable course in -“Systems Thinking &Learning& Creative Holism, for Managers”, to be able to full appreciate the problematic issues, discussed and spare themselves the eventual mental funk,so threatening in mass-media now days.

  3. Are you offering such a course, Mike? Please spare us from our mental funk;)

  4. Tara, Thank you for sharing your growth journey. It was much needed and appreciated. I really felt your words: “We can’t know where tomorrow can lead, but we can be open to its evolving path. Don’t fight change. Let it run through you. Embrace it. You can’t know what exciting avenue it will lead you down.”

  5. Yes. I feel ready to sacrifice myself for such a challenge! We have to clarify and spell out
    our outcomes, purposes and goals on our way to where we want to be and how this can be reached, compared to where we are now. Also after designing and undertaking such a course,we should be able to identify -What is changing in our environment that we need to consider, as an ongoing question throughout all the phases of our development ? The way we think creates the results we get. The most powerful way to improve our results, remains to improve the way we think and the ability to change our mindsets(out of the box thinking,etc.).

  6. “I am quite aware that for any organization to reach its goals, one man must do the thinking and directing and generally bear the responsibility. But the led must not be coerced, they must be able to choose their leader. In my opinion, an autocratic system of coercion soon degenerates; force attracts men of low morality… The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.” – Albert Einstein

  7. I am so happy to hear that you connected with what I wrote, Ananda.
    Hearing it gives me the greatest pleasure, so thank you.

  8. What a fantastic quote from Einstein. I am consistently amazed at the
    depth and breadth of his intelligence. Not only was he a revolutionary
    scientists but a great philosopher and lover of the human condition. A
    truly amazing man and great source of inspiration for any innerpreneur.

  9. Thank you, Sarah! It is quite a ride, isn't it? Scary yet so unbelievably exciting at the same time. I am so glad that we are on this ride together.

  10. Learning in the 21st Century
    People are talking, a lot about the skills our children will need to thrive in the 21st
    century.
    o What kind of future are we preparing our students for?
    Thinking about (Living) Systems
    Is everything a system? If not…
    o What is a system?
    o Why are the obstacles to thinking about systems?
    o What are the habits of mind of one applies systems thinking in everyday
    situations?
    o Where do we see these habits being encouraged or demonstrated in
    school?
    o What are the deeper questions a systems thinker asks?
    Systems Thinking can be an antidote to:
    o Fragmented thought
    o Jumping to conclusions
    o Short-sighted decision making
    o Event focus
    o Excessive reductionism
    A Bold Claim:
    Systems thinking will make students better thinkers, better readers, better
    consumers and better citizens.

  11. Is everything a system? If not……

    Can one explain Why, War Is Not a SYSTEM !???
    What a difficult question!!?
    Nearly everything in this accelerating and changing world, can be viewed like a system,

    without something, not that uncommon,like war.
    A war is a conflict and the whole world is a system of endless conflicts;
    Unity (referring a system) and struggle (referring conflicts) of opposing forces;
    Our methodological task is to invent or create a union between the theory of
    systems and the theory of conflicts, otherwise we are going to fail in building
    a better and all encompassing model of reality!
    We have to design the dialectics of systems modeling! Don't we?

  12. Thanks, Mike. Great thoughts to help innerpreneurs understand the
    value and importance of systems thinking.

  13. Liviu Caliman on March 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM said:

    Why war is not a system?

    My hint:

    Because it is a state, a temporary state of a system: a state of conflict, of exacerbated disharmony, characterized by lack of cooperation and lack of coherence between subsystems/countries within a (global) system.

    Boltzmann showed us that matter tends to change irreversibly towards states of equilibrium, which are the most probable states.

    A state of equilibrium is a state of coherence, of common purpose, of cooperation. It is a more probable state – as opposed to a state of war which is temporary.

    We can learn about this, for example, by looking at how the cells in our bodies work. When they work/function together they serve the common goal – the welfare of the body. This this is a state of coherence, equilibrium, homeostasis.

    At the other extreme, cancer cells can be seen as forming a “selfish” subsystem working only for itself, in conflict with the body, at the expense of the body/system.

    We can think in the same terms with regards to the current financial crisis, too: financial companies/subsystems that have worked selfishly against the system, like cancer cells, in conflict with the common goals/interests of the other subsystems and of the larger system, endangering the other subsystems and the greater systems.

    As with the war, this too is a temporary state, as matter and the universe tend towards equilibrium, coherence, unity and cooperation – the more probable and more healthy states, which correspond to growth.

  14. Liviu Caliman on March 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM said:

    Tara,

    I always felt that what you started with the “innerpreneur” blog may become a wonderful community, that will also bring you further than website-related services.

    My very best wishes to you and everybody that visits this website.
    Liviu

  15. You made me cry a bit. Thank you. That means so much.

  16. Well said. “the universe tend towards equilibrium, coherence, unity
    and cooperation – the more probable and more healthy states”

    We're evolving constantly towards harmony.

  17. This thread has become waaaaaaaaaaaay too highbrow for me. Can we please have something simpler? I'm feeling excluded. :-)

  18. Ha, ha, ha. Can we dumb things down for gulliver? I've spoken to him
    in great length and he isn't the sharpest of tools, let's make it easy
    on him;)

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Adapt to Grow

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