Reinvention?

By mrbagnall | 10 October 2016

Reinvention.... one of those words you find on a business-speak, buzzword bingo card.

The idea of remaking yourself is very popular amongst the motivational-speaker class. The concept that you can somehow fundamentally change who you are and what you are has become part of our vernacular. 

Common sayings such as "Me 2.0" somehow bring about the insinuations that major improvements to ourselves somehow make us an entirely new thing. When we know from history and the human experience this isn't possible.

You cannot fundamentally change who you are. Think about that. You can make conscious choices to be a better person, make better decisions, get healthier, be more active. But what then happens if you revert to old habits or to use the baptist term "backslide". Does the "2.0" go out the window and revert to the old version?

Life teaches us that we learn and grow as we get older. If we don't, we suffer. You should never stop growing. You should never stagnate where you are. Whether it's your job or personal only you can affect the changes that will improve your life. You don't learn if you don't stretch, and you don't stretch if you don't reach for something you want but have never had. 

So forget reinvention. Focus on improving the 1.0 that you have been given. Or to use software terms, download information, apply patches and be more stable. If you find you need to grow some more, then download the next set of information and keep going. It's ok to be v1.1 --- Because the idea of being able to fundamentally change who you are ceased when you were very, very young.

 

by Michael R. Bagnall  - @mbagnall17 - mbagnall@gmail.com