Socrates on Change

The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates was born around 470 BC. This implies that people have been struggling with change for at least 2500 years. So we shouldn’t feel too bad if change is difficult for us.

Change is a normal part of life. And in this day and age of technological advancement, change seems to be occurring even more rapidly than ever before. As such, we must understand that change is happening, whether we like it or not. And often times, change makes us better. We may not feel it as we are going through the change, but in the end the outcome often makes us stronger or creates a new opportunity for us to grow. So if we can focus on building the new, rather than fighting the old, we can begin to see the positives in change.

As leaders, we must be open to change; we must encourage change; we must embrace change. This is the only way for our teams and organizations to move forward rather than fall behind. So when faced with change, focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Thanks for reading,


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