#23: Adapt fast

In his theory of evolution Charles Darwin explained “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Darwin’s theory of the evolution of species sounds like a perfect match for consulting business too.

“A true champion can adapt to anything.” is a famous quote by Floyd Mayweather Jr. – an American professional boxer who won 8 world titles. What’s true for boxers can’t hardly be wrong for consultants.

A recently appointed management might implement a new strategy. Preconditions or requirements for your project might change. Deadlines might be moved. Team mates might be assigned to another business unit. A project manager might quit and replaced by a new one. Budgets might be reduced. That’s why rule #23 is that important: Adapt fast.

William Arthur Ward – author of Fountains of Faith and one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims – couldn’t find better words: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

Be a realist. Accept change. Adjust your behavior and adapt fast to any new situation.

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