We now live in an uncertain time.Things that seemed certain just a few months ago may seem uncertain now.What seemed like sure bets back then may turn out to be the opposite.
So how can we go through this?
Well, I believe thatthe key to survive and even thrive in uncertain times is beingadaptable.
You see, it’s not enough just to be good at what you do.Anentireindustry could be turned upside down in a time like this.When that happened, running faster on yourcurrenttrack wouldn’t change the situation.Instead, you should be prepared to move to adifferenttrack.You should be prepared to movehorizontallyinstead ofvertically.
It’s easier said than done, though.First, it’s hard to leave our comfort zone.Second, we may not be sure about where to go.But still,it’s worth the effort to become adaptable.
I still have a lot to learn myself, but here are some tips I’ve learned on how to become adaptable.
1.Build your portfolio of passions.
Moving to a different track will be easier if you build yourportfolio of passions.These are things you are passionate about that youcultivateover time.Cultivatinghere means that you develop the knowledge and skills related to your passions.
This, in turn, will be easier if you havecuriosity.Curiosity is like fuel in your learning journey.The more you have it, the further you will go.
2.Find ways to combine your passions.
Why is it important to build your portfolio of passions?Because it gives you thebuilding blocksto help you adapt to new situations.
In most cases, you use your portfolio of passions bycombiningthem to offer something unique.It’s like having several colors on your palette.You can combine them in many different ways.There is a good chance that at least one of them will give you the solution you need.
3.Make small bets.
What should you do with the combinations you find?You should makesmall betswith them!It’s abetbecause there is a risk of failure.But it’ssmallbecause youlimit your downside.
So what you should do is this:make small bets based on your portfolio of passions.
4.Put more resources on the promising one.
When one bet shows promising results, you can put more resources into it.The resources here could be your time or money.
But you should still keep your other options open.Remember, it’s abet.The results areprobabilistic, notdeterministic.So always be prepared for the possibility of failures.
Being adaptable doesn’t mean giving up easily.On the contrary, you should be persistent.Do your best to make the most of the bet that you have made.But if it doesn’t work, learn the lessons and move on to the next bet.
With these tips, you will be ready to face the new situations that come your way.
Do you have other tips on how to become adaptable?Feel free to share them in the comments!