Evolve or Die - Taking the next big leap

Or Carry on and Wither Away

Have you ever wondered why that best friend of yours moved on from you and become a hugely successful multi-millionaire? Or maybe how some people seem to come from nowhere and become the CEO of an incredibly successful global firm?

It is because they evolve.

These people are, quite simply, different from ordinary folk. They see things in different ways. They never let the dust settle under their feet or stand still. They are always looking to learn and grow their knowledge across all sorts of sectors, regardless if it has got anything
to do with what they are doing right now.

They basically never stop asking questions and weighing up what
things mean to them.

Over the years I have met many enormously successful business people from Steve Ridgway, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic, to Stellios Hajiloannou, the EasyJet founder, to hotel entrepreneur Rocco Forte, and they all have these characteristics in common.

What is perhaps most striking, is they all have knowledge way beyond the scope of their core
businesses and an intellectual curiosity to constantly learn even more.

You cannot help but surmise that if you want to build a multi-million pound empire you cannot do so by being insular. You have to be constantly aware of what is going on around you in your business, the economy and the world.

You have to keep asking questions and then relate the information back to your core business to make better, more impact-full, decisions.

Evolving means change and change is good. Adapting to times and economic factors means that a business can push boundaries once again and lose the staleness that eventually happens once you hit a 3 year, 5 year and 10 year milestone.

Evolve - Develop over successive generations as a result of natural selection

Take this blog and challenge your business every step of the way and always remember its not all about the money bu tit helps growth.

Lyndon

Otis Bess

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As Bruce Lee put it we must be like water. Strong but flexible. I look forward to the next evolutionary big step. O

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Fred Rutgers

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A must read! Who nicked my cheese! Succes is never your right to own! Nurrish it when it is there, appreciate it! And remember it is gone before you know it! And only you yourself are to blame! Let's get things moving! Fred Rutgers

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Dean Grimshawe

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Evolve or Die - Taking the next big leap

Reminds me of the old Eagle story, which as much as I don't think is accurate it still illustrates the idea of change; This is the story of an eagle The Eagle has the longest life-span of it's species It can live up to 70 years But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision In it's 40th year its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food Its long and sharp beak becomes bent It's old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to it's chest & make it difficult to fly Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on it's nest There the eagle knocks it's beak against a rock until it plucks it out Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out it's talons When it's new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking it's old-aged feathers And after 5 months, The eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present. Essentially there are only ever 2 types of people. The Learning and the Learned. The Learning will always have a future and the Learned are perfectly placed to succeed in a world that doesn't exist any more.

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Gordon Wheaton

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Great blog and advice Lyndon Regards Gordon

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Richard J Francis

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Many settle - because it's comfortable. To be truthful - I may have settled for comfort - but circumstances dictated otherwise. I realise now it was a gift.

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Michael Hargreaves

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Evolve or Die - Taking the next big leap

I cannot help thinking there is a subtle, or not-so-subtle, message in today's blog. I am writing between teaching at a university in Queensland Australia. North of where I live (about 1,000km) experiences cyclones. From there a story originates, or so I am told, that I would like to share. Two trees planted side by side and the larger of them, a huge solid Moreton Bay fig, extols the virtues of its size to a slender palm tree. When the cyclone came the huge fig was shattered into pieces whereas the plam tree that bent under the stress of the storm survivied. The moral of the story is that those who are flexible survive storms that those who are set in their ways do not Similarly, I have experienced success on more than one occasion by intentionally entering the eye of a storm where customers will give frank feedback that is integral to survival. Over the last couple of days I have seen a loyal band of ecademists offer frank feedback on what is required for ecademy to realise its full potential. Lyndon, you must feel like you too have entered the eye of a storm but rest assured that there are many people who want you to succeed.

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Fred Rutgers

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Corporate DarwIn, Never want to look like anyone else! Stay authentic! Always adapt quicker than others to new circumstances! Those who adapt quickest will survive in the end! Let's get tings moving! Fred Rutgers

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Richard Carman

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Excellent words of wisdom Lyndon... thank you for kick-starting the day! :) Best, Richard Carman

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Great blog Lyndon. I help organisations to make profit out of change. So, without change, no business... Brand & Business | Design

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Robert Craven

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LW "never stop asking questions and weighing up what things mean" A good thought for the day... RC

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Mike Morrison

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or maybe in some cases.. evolve or live in the past onwards and forwards...

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Fred Rutgers

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Brilliant Lyndon! This is so true! Cheers, Fred Rutgers

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