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February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02

Are You Flexible?

By Perry Isenberg

It's 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning in early January; I'm in my office, finalizing some issues from 2002, so we can start moving forward in 2003. As I contemplate the next 12-to-24 months, it occurs to me how fast everything is moving.

I realize that 2003 has already been planned, and what I am really milling around in my brain are issues for 2004 and 2005.

As much as I want these things to happen in 2003, they will be impossible to accomplish. Frustrated by the thought of having to wait, some contradicting clichés come to mind, including:

  • "patience is a virtue";
  • "the early bird catches the worm";
  • "all good things come to those who wait";
  • and "there's no tomorrow."

Wow, talk about confusion. Which approach should we embrace as a company? Obviously, the abovementioned clichés are appropriate, depending on the particular moment or situation.

We all want to plan our career or business to achieve defined goals; however, there are so many outside influences at a given time, we must be flexible.

Some say there is no such thing as luck. These people believe that opportunities are always out there, and that being in a position to take advantage or the risk of a new opportunity is being prepared, not lucky.

In certain situations, I've considered myself fortunate and lucky, but I do understand the above position. Regardless, I have learned to rely on determination, commitment and flexibility to keep delivering positive outcomes.

I've always considered determination and commitment part of our company's makeup. We have had to learn to be flexible, and not sweat the small stuff. When an opportunity presents itself, you should take it, even if you don't think you are ready. The mere fact you contemplate the issue at all means you're close enough to go for it. Be flexible, and make the leap!

When a better opportunity arises that requires you to stop something midstream (even if you may not be able to come back to it right away), jump at the new opportunity. Be flexible; you can always come back to the other project eventually. Putting a current project on hold to address a new opportunity does not suggest lack of loyalty, commitment or focus. In the times we live in, I believe flexibility is more important than any other "directive"; in fact, I believe flexibility alone can be the key to both personal and business growth.

Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.

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