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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Midlife Success

We tend to think that it is the strongest that survive. The strongest boxers win their fights. The strongest athletes win their events. Those with the strongest intellects win the argument.

Whilst this is undeniably true, Charles Darwin recognised that whilst the strongest might survive (and thrive) in the short term, there is no guarantee that this will last.

Darwin identified thatIt is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”.

Responsiveness and adaptability are the keys to success in the longer term. So we can all succeed, even if we aren’t the strongest or the most intelligent.

  • Having the best plan is not enough – how that plan is executed is the key to success.
  • Having the strongest relationship with your partner isn’t enough – those in successful relationships work at it and adapt as they go along.
  • Being the brightest and most intelligent is not enough – those who understand the insight and exhibit high levels of emotional intelligence are the most successful, in any walk of life.

So there’s hope for us all!

Those of us in midlife are particularly well placed in this regard. We have amassed a mountain of experience in a number of areas during our lifetime and we (more or less) understand the implications of our decisions. We have transferable skills – yes, you have transferable skills, list them!

These can be used to our advantage in every situation. Promotion at work, finding a new job, starting a new relationship, moving to a new area – it’s all down to your adaptability. Whether you succeed or fail is down to you.

Remember ‘No-one’s coming’. It’s down to you and you alone (with advice and guidance from as many sources as you can find).

Now here's the punchline....

How adaptable are you?

1 comment:

  1. Nice post. I think, though, that MY areas of adaptability can differ from YOURS. I may be more adaptable in the arena of love, but not so much in finances. You may be the opposite.

    Part of what makes us adaptable is how many times we've been tried and tested over the years and how those times may have strengthened us or left us wrung out.

    Sadly, sometimes people just "break down" a little. Life can be tough. Sometimes it takes a lot of prayers.