Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet.” At times I’ve found that to be true, but change for me is always resisted if not feared. Billy Crystal says that “Change is such hard work.” Normally most of us don’t work at change as opposed to simply dealing with it after it falls from the sky. Jack Welch’s (former CEO of General Electric) take is one of those things easier said than done. He’s credited for saying “Change before you have to.” What immediately comes to mind are personal habits such as smoking, drinking, drugs, and the dreaded four hour erection.
Soooo, if whatever it is you’re fixated on isn’t working……”Change before you have to”
Addictions beg for change but demand the upmost levels of self control and fortitude leaving many to suffer the bitter consequences of failure. Welch’s take is such solid advice that I’ve decided to heed his admonition and do a preemptive strike. In the spirit of ‘sackcloth and ashes’ I’ll be visiting my dentist who distributes pain better than anyone I know!
I view change as inevitable but it’s always an uncomfortable if not painful experience because I rarely take Jack Welch’s advice. In terms of one’s artistic fantasies along with their associated hopes and dreams, change is typically a natural progression of hard work….that is if one is paying attention. I think it was Sam Goldwyn the legendary film maker who said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
So for the two or three of you still reading this veridical schlemiel, there’s little left to say other than to go out there and get lucky!