Yesterday’s solutions will not solve today’s problems

Think about where you were ten years ago. How does your daily life differ today? You’ve likely switched to faster Internet connections, a faster, more powerful computer, wifi, a smaller cell phone with Bluetooth technology, a more energy-efficient car, and you watch what you want on television, whenever you want, because of Tivo or DVR. Your collection of CDs hasn’t grown much in ten years because you mostly download your music to your mp3 player. And I imagine your fax machine has become a bit of a dinosaur in your office, replaced by scans and emails that don’t require a paper trail.

Paper trail. Remember those?

It doesn’t take long for "progress" to change the way we think, act, live, and work. We’re living at the speed of life a blend of rapid-fire news blasts, messaging, demands, and calls that can reach you in even the most remote or private locations.

Why is it then that so many people have failed to upgrade their thinking plans as often as their phones? Assuming that yesterday’s solutions can solve today’s problems is a mistake. Such rigid thinking will leave you behind while the innovators surge forward.

We can certainly learn from the past, but we shouldn’t remain there. If you want to excel, don’t slow yourself down because the world is moving too fast. Take the time to learn and explore. Keep your mind open to new ideas and technologies. Ask questions. Ask "why?" Read.

Flex your mind to prevent rigid thinking. You’re never too old to take a new look.

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