Things Change -- So Must We
On May 15, 1930, the first airline hostesses boarded planes with the following set of instructions," notes TWA's Skyliner:
1. Keep the clock and altimeter wound up.
2. Carry a railroad timetable, in case the plane is grounded.
3. Warn passengers against throwing cigars and cigarettes out the windows.
4. Keep an eye on passengers when they go to the lavatory to be sure they don't mistakenly go out the emergency exit."
As a frequent flyer, I can assure you that none of those instructions are carried by the modern airliners of today, which are equipped to transport several hundred passengers thousands of miles, providing hot meals and entertainment along the way. There are many who believe we've nearly reached the maximum in comfort, speed, luxury and convenience. However, those with foresight understand that with the technology in place today, the airliners of 2006 will seem as out of date 50 years from today as the planes of 1930 seem to us now.
Change is inevitable and, in many ways, change is necessary. Yes, it is stressful, but then so is unemployment and bankruptcy -- and that's what faces the person who is unwilling to change. Basically, I'm speaking of "growth change," not change just for the sake of change. When I speak of "growth change," I simply mean we're adding things to our knowledge base that we did not know yesterday. Interestingly enough, since creativity is a major factor in our success climb in today's world, the more diversified and extensive our knowledge is, the more creative we become with each additional bit that we add.
The mind works very simply: The old information mixes in with the new, and the blend helps us come up with something entirely different. When people are learning and growing, creativity within itself enables them to make the changes almost in full stride. So keep growing, and I'll see you at the top!
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