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Why Albert Einstein Said: The Measure of Intelligence is The Ability to Change



Why Albert Einstein Said: The Measure of Intelligence is The Ability to Change
In a rapidly changing world, the ability to change your mind or adapt is an indispensable skill. If you don’t give yourself permission to change your mind, you cannot change anything in your life…


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Intelligence Is The Ability To Change

Intelligence Is The Ability To Change

If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental belief or assumption that was held in your mind for years or decades, or if you have never questioned the basics, then you may be ignorant. Every process of transformation begins with a change of the mind.

Life is a series of changes, cycles, rhythms, seasons and systems, flowing like a river. Even your body is changing without your consent, and you can only accept the fact.


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Set The Process Of Transformation

Change is the only wave in the ocean which you can surf and take control of.

If we live life without evolving, changing or upgrading ourselves, not becoming a completely new, refined person every few months or years, then we are stuck being average and not making the most of our strengths, not participating in the great process of transformation that life is inviting us into.



George Bernard Shaw



Our Habits And Routines

  • Most people do not make any room in their lives to accommodate better, smarter, faster processes and habits in order to automate their repetitive tasks, freeing up mental bandwidth to indulge in creative pursuits that broaden their minds.
  • If we still rely on the same mental models and principles that worked five years ago, then we are not really evolving.
  • Our ability to change as the months and years go by is the only thing that can help us survive, thrive and evolve.



Winston S. Churchill

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Winston S. Churchill



Intellectual Growth in Small Increments

Human beings grow and evolve naturally, based on our ability to change, and the knowledge we ‘download’ from our surroundings. Being in a growth or a change mode keeps us out of our comfort zones and in the learning zone.

The learnings and changes need not be radical, and even small, incremental changes in our habits and behaviours will significantly improve our life.




A long-term response

Global crises are always challenging to navigate. When the time for immediate response passes, we have to dig in for the long haul.

Factors that influence operations going forward will ...

An employee-driven approach

Employees' health and well-being should come first. There may be a perceived choice between productivity and well-being. But, engagement is a natural by-product of well-being.

People are worried about health, job security, their kids' education, life on the other side of the crisis. Micro-managing will not create focus. Tactics like time-tracking software will only compound the problem. Instead, focus on easing their fears. The more distractions we as leaders can clear away, the more effective our people will be.

Guiding principles for a crisis response

  • Part of the response is to hold performance and growth check-ins to acknowledge the contribution each employee is making and help them manage their longer-term professional goals.
  • Err on the side of overcommunicating. Create a communication plan and be consistent. E.g., a daily email from the heads of each unit, or video messages from the CEO. Share even the bad news, to prevent employees from inventing their own stories to fill the void.
  • Keep a tight feedback loop. Know how your employees are coping, how their work is affected, and how they think leadership can help.
  • Be mindful of the resources you're consuming. Don't consume additional masks, disinfectants, and other supplies that hospitals need.

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“Change” means changing your identity

“Change” means changing your identity

It’s one thing to say, “I want to start going to the gym weekly.” It’s another to say, “It’s time to change and become the type of person who goes to the gym weekly.”


There is no such a thing as a "gym person"

There are just people who go to the gym.

Similarly, there’s no such thing as a “productive person.” There are just people who do productive things fairly often.

Keep your “self” out of your decisions

Think of your life as a long sequence of actions and decisions.

Just ask yourself, “Is this a good thing to do?” If the answer is Yes, go do it.