Over forty years ago, I made an (un)fortunate career choice to enter the computer industry during its infancy. It is a brutal business that changes radically every twelve to eighteen months, has tremendous cost pressures and has huge financial rewards. It is not for the faint of heart.
To survive during my career, I derived five principles that provide a broad framework for life:
- Disruptive change will constantly occur
- Live one day at a time
- Keep a positive attitude
- Do something significant
- Embrace the richness of life
Disruptive change will constantly occur
Change and disruption constantly occur. Disruptive change has many forms: physical, political, economic, legislative and technological. You need to develop unconventional scenarios that look at the possible effects of disruption. How do you make a 30-40 year career plan when the whole world will change in a year? Think out of the box?
Dealing with change and disruption is hard: Embrace it!
Live one day at a time
You are here today. Yesterday is history and tomorrow is uncertain. Yesterday has passed and what happened has been recorded. Tomorrow is coming up in a few hours.
You must deal with today before you can move on to tomorrow. Keep your dreams in focus, but concentrate on doing your very best today. Seek tasks in your today life that are fulfilling.
Keep a positive attitude
A positive attitude enhanced with passion, optimism and a willingness to take risks will provide a basis for a fulfilling life. People get discouraged. Face challenges and opportunities with a sense of adventure.
To achieve a good self-image and sense of self-worth is to be satisfied in your daily endeavors even under extreme conditions of disruption. Seek tasks that create a positive attitude….Learn about Ken’s other 2 principles at InspireMeToday.com.
Kenneth J. Thurber is an author and noted computer technology entrepreneur.