Thursday, September 06, 2007

Learn to adapt to changes

"To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail." - Abraham H. Maslow

One of the reasons that may hinder us from reaching our goals is our inability to be flexible. Being too rigid in our thinking tends to make us difficulty in adapting to change. Adapting to changes in our lives sometimes can be easy and at other times can be difficult.

Everywhere, major change is occurring. Those especially in technology fields have to rethink the way they look at markets. I remember in the past, all banks put up signs that mobile phones are not allow in the bank. However, as more and more people are having mobile phone, I could now see many people using mobile phones in any of the bank without any problem. Think why?

The key to success is often the ability to adapt.

"When we allow ourselves to adapt to different situations, life is easier." - Catherine Pulsifer

"The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings." - K. Okakaura

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher” - Chinese Proverbs

“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.” - Nolan Ryan

"If you do not change, you can become extinct. Get out of your comfort zone and adapt to change sooner. Take control, rather than let things happen to you." - Dr. Spencer Johnston

The only constant is change. Sometimes things change and are never the same again. Will you be ready?

Photo 1 by oskay taken from this source
Photo 2 by mattymatt taken from this source

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Jennifer said...

Hi Sam,

Ahh is this post timely!

We are experiencing change at such a rate that I have a feeling unless we become excellent at adaptation and flexibility, we will not survive! ;-)

Thanks for this my friend,


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lilifxt said...

hi sam graet post as usual "The key to success is often the ability to adapt.”

but it still difficult sometimes to adapt quickly

best wishes

p.s it was nice knowing more about u GOD bless u and your family

WaterLearner said...

Hi Sam!

A good post on Change! I share the same views. A quote from Charles Darwin is my favourite (which I placed at the bottom of my humble blog) "It is not the strongest species that survives. Nor the most intelligent. But the one most responsive to Change."


p/s: Hope your stomach is now ok?

mr fong said...

Wow, thank you :) Adaptation's importance...

JesseTheCat said...

Hello Sam, I agree that we must be adapptable and ready for positive chabges all the time.Otherwise we shall become stuck in a small world of our own making and never see the bigger picture.Without constant change and adapting, we become clogged up with old ideas and small minded thinking, which then limits our success as human beings.I beliece that chane is very important! Thanks for this post, it made me remember to be flexible and ready to learn new things !! :)

surjit said...

Oh yes!! Sam, we have no option but to adapt ourselves to the changing realities.
we have to accept life's conscious shocks other wise it gives us unconscious shocks which are more difficult to absorb.
Thanks for today's dose of wisdom.
God bless.

La Chanson de Phoenix said...


Unless we initiate the change or are made aware of it prior to it commencing, we can hardly ever be 'ready' for it when it happens.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Don,

Thank you very much for the award. I really appreciate it.
Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

I agree it is difficult to survive in a world that changes so fast! Nevertheless, let's learn to adapt well to changes without forsaking all goodness.

Blessings to you, Jennifer

Sam Chan said...

Hi Erin,

Thanks for the invitation. I will check it out after this.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for your continued support.

Indeed it is difficult sometimes to adapt quickly. It is just like what children nowadays have to study more books at a much shorter time than we do. It can be really stressful. However, the message is that we need to learn to adapt to changes. How we individual adapt to changes depend a great deal on our level of skills and expectations.

Blessings to you, Lili

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks for sharing the nice quote - "It is not the strongest species that survives. Nor the most intelligent. But the one most responsive to Change." The quote is right! One must be more responsive to change.

I had fully recovered from diarrhea. I had a good dinner tonight. Thanks.

Blessings to you, Karen.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Since you are of the newer generation, I believe you shouldn't have any problem to adapt to changes - Right?

Best wishes.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for adding your insight and valuable thoughts.

The Internet and e-mails technologies are two examples where older generation had succumb to it and finally learned to adapt them in their life.

Blessings to you, Jesse

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

Very true, we have no option other than to adapt to changes that are coming very fast!

It is still better to learn a little a day than to avoid them so much so that finally a tonne of new learning drown us! Thanks for your insights and wisdom.

God bless you always my friend

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sue,

You are right! Let's be aware of all the necessary changes that are taking place and learn to adapt to it before it is overwhelming. Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts. I really appreciate that.

My Best Wishes

spookygrace said...

yar, like we should suit the environment, and not let the environment to suit us, Should give this post to my papa n mama to read it.. =P

mr fong said...

Haha Sam, you never know, I am quite old-fashioned! :)

It is ok, I understand as one gets older, one has to be more and more adaptable, or they risk alienating themselves, which would refer to the unexpected shocks Surjit mentioned so aptly just now.

I hope I can adapt too..Haha, sometimes in school there are so many changes too!

Btw, nice picture in the previous post, I used to think you looked very Eurasian :P

keeyit said...

After read this post, I feel that I should give chances to my new job again. Try to learn how to adapt to this new environment .

mr fong said...

Keeyit: I agree with you. As we move from one job/assignment to another, circumstances change and suddenly, we are out of the comfort zone.

However all these problems will inevitably let us learn though!

Good luck.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Spookygrace,

Thank you for your compliment on my blog. Hope you papa n mama love it.

My Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Hmm... you are quite old-fashioned? Well I really cannot tell because I haven't seen any of your photos.

You are right! As one get older, the need to learn to adapt to changes is even more necessary. That could be why this idiom exist: "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks"

Thanks for your compliment for my picture. Well, when are you going to share your picture?

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Keeyit,

Thanks for your kind and motivating words. I am glad this post had managed to encourage you to continue with your new job.

Check these out:
Tips for your career
Working Attitude

Hope it helps!
My Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Thank you for helping me to reply to Keeyit. I really appreciate that.

Best Wishes

Honman said...

Good Post Sam. Human are good in adapting to changes that is why human can survive until now. We can be flexiblie to envirnoment, but when there is a conflict against our moral principle, we still need to stand firm to our moral principle and try to change the envirnoment.

Open Your Mind to Prosperity

Sam Chan said...

Hi Honman,

Thanks for adding your insightful views and wisdom. I really value your participation.

Indeed, let's transform like a butterfly when necessary but never conform to situations that erode our moral values and principles.

My Best Wishes