If there's one thing we've become crazy good at in recent years, it's optimizing our own comfort. We have built entire service industries around decreasing effort and increasing convenience. Who wants to pick up dinner ingredients at the supermarket on the way home from work, when you could just as easily fire off a quick Instacart order while sitting on the toilet? Or, you know, just fire up Pizza Hero and swap dinner prep for play time.
It could even be argued that this same increased convenience is becoming a core element of today's working world. Even just access to aggregated business data allows for easier decision making and action.
But while taking advantage of all the on-demand professional resources out there, we need to be very careful not to let ourselves get too comfortable.
I bring all this up because of something really smart that Casey Niestat said in a recent vlog episode:
People have a tendency to get very comfortable when they find any degree of success, and they’re like, “This is good, I'm not gonna change anything.” And then the world changes around them, and what was their security self-destructs.
Avoid comfort. Don't wait for the change to happen and try to figure it out. Just be the change – then you're always ahead of it.
As usual, Casey is onto something here: Comfort can lead to complacency, which can lead to stagnation, which will almost definitely lead to obsolescence.
So what does "be the change" mean in practical terms? Ideally, it starts with avoiding assumptions. Just because something was the case, doesn't mean it always will be. In fact, the world is changing faster around us than ever before, meaning change is often the rule rather than the exception.
Remember also to always be observant. "Stop, look and listen," is good advice in pretty much any situation. The more clearly you perceive what's going on around you, the easier it is to identify the way forward.
From there, it's just a matter of adaptation. Simple enough, right? Well if you're like Casey, you're already actively consorting with smart people who could teach you a thing or two about their areas of expertise. And if you're not – start now. Because curiosity and collaboration are catalysts of growth.
Personal evolution isn't available on demand, but that's OK. As you'll realize the next time you roll up your sleeves and cook dinner for family or friends, some things in life are just better done the old fashioned way.