I recently hosted a TEDx talk in my hometown of Chico, Calif. on the topic of disruption -- a subject I hold close to my heart. Disruption is the key to success in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes our best business decisions, insights and innovations comes when we are thrown out of our normal routine, forced to question the status quo or dealt nearly insurmountable challenges. When confronted with the right mindset, these disruptions are not roadblocks, they are the catalyst for creativity and a pathway for growth.
By embracing disruption, we are able to live up to our full potential and materialize our dreams. Here are three takeaways from my TEDx talk on the matter...
1. Put Your Hand in the Air
In kindergarten, we're wide-eyed and excited to learn. With that also comes a young, fresh energy that encourages us to participate -- to shoot our hand in the air and be part of the discussion. To share our thoughts and show-off our knowledge, right or wrong, because we have the support of our peers who are just as eager and uncritical. To be supported by our teachers that just want to see us grow.
But as we get older, a funny thing happens. Next time we raise our hand and get the answer wrong we get laughed at, we get criticized and our courage diminishes. The next time the opportunity to disrupt arises, an alarm goes off and says don't do that -- a past result has been auto saved. The opportunity for disruption came and we put it in the wrong category, as something negative. But really it's a gift and as we get older that gift is offering an escape from the status quo. Embrace it -- put your hand back up in the air and reclaim your confidence, replace the alarm with excitement. This is the chance to change your life!
2. Everything You Do Matters
Don't mistake a chance for life changing disruption because on the surface it's not grand enough. Small changes can pave the way for major changes in your future. So don't ever settle.
Having a positive outlook on a disruptive situation that initially seems like a black abyss can also make all difference. It's in the most difficult events and struggles that we live to our greatest potential. We can come back from them and be better than we were before. It's not about being comfortable -- it's about being terrified and being ok with it.
3. Tomorrow, We Are all Beginners
It's exciting if you stop to think about it. Everyday is a new day we are approaching for the first time, so we should wake-up with fresh eyes open to new perspectives.
Expectations and past experiences can predict what will happen, but pause in the moment and dream of what could be, who you want to be. Don't be afraid to disrupt your routine because something can happen tomorrow that can change the world -- yours or mine.