There’s a difference been adaptation and evolution.
Adaptation is a specific process of adjusting ourselves to become better suited to our environment. It’s undergoing modification to fit our new circumstances.
Evolution, however, is a broader term that refers to any change in anything over time. It’s the gradual development of something from a simple to a more complex form.
But the two ideas work hand in hand. Despite their differences, the theme of both concepts is the same.
It’s about not getting stuck on something we first envisioned for ourselves. Because if we insist on consistency all the time in all things; if we are over reliant on our winning strategy for every endeavor, we will never adapt or evolve.
Personally, my mistake was being way too religious about how I earned my money. It’s my stubbornly entrepreneurial and relentlessly independent personality. Profitable as that may have been, it also put limits on where my success could come from.
And the epiphany was, oh wow, working by myself has finite earning potential. Not to mention a cap on overall job satisfaction.
And in order to become better suited to the changing environment, in other words, to adapt, my career needed to diversify. Which meant working in a real office at actual companies, joining teams and collaborating with other human beings, in addition to running my own enterprise.
It was far more complex than sitting in my living room in my pajamas making art all day, but ultimately more satisfying and less lonely.
Such is the nature of evolution. We stay consistent in the micro, honoring our skills and talents; but we change in the macro, remaking ourselves as we grow and as the world changes.
What do you need to let go of to keep moving the story forward?
Once you figure that out, just know this. Each of us needs to find the balanced commitment to whatever our primary goal is, but with a willingness to pivot quickly when necessary.
Because evolution doesn’t necessarily favor the strong, it favors the most adaptable to change.
If we can learn to do that slowly and constantly, we will triumph.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What has always been heroic about your work that is now preventing you from growing?