Not The Strongest — Not The Most Intelligent

Charles Darwin is famous for many reasons, one of which is crafting this famous statement;“It is not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  The same eternal principle is true in every personal, professional and organizational life!

Every person reading this Tips for Success has probably read or heard this famous quotation.  Most of us have read and heard this true, high-impact quotation many times.

The question is… how many of us effectively and consistently apply this extremely important reality in our personal, professional and organizational lives?  Action speaks so much louder than words.

Think about it.  Our society places great emphasis, recognition, rewards, and even celebrity on the strongest.  The virtually unlimited examples permeate our lives throughout each and every day.

Our society also places great emphasis, recognition, rewards and celebrity on the most intelligent.  Again, the examples permeate our lives throughout each and every day.

Now think about the emphasis, recognition, rewards and celebrity throughout our society of those individuals and organizations “most responsive to change.”  There are examples, but far fewer.  Test me on this.  Think about it.

Virtually all individuals and organizations who have major influence over the majority of the generation and distribution of information… what we see, hear, read and discuss on a daily basis… are focused on the strongest, the latest, the greatest, the most, the prettiest, the glamorous, what looks and feels good now, the most intelligent, the negative, what went wrong, the immediate and short term.

Those individuals and organizations “most responsive to change,” particularly long-term change, are for the most part ignored on a daily, therefore weekly, therefore monthly, therefore yearly basis.  Never forget, both individually and collectively, we are what we think about… and we become that on which we focus!

What about the personal, professional and organizational issues that are most important and most critical to your success… your goals, dreams, future and legacy?

The critically important universal principle is this:  It is not the strongest, nor the most intelligent, nor the most gifted, nor the most potential, nor the most popular, nor the individual or organization focused on the latest greatest issue of the day who survive and achieve true success (which is to accomplish your highest priority goals, dreams, desired future and legacy).

The winners, the survivors, the truly successful individuals and organizations are those most responsive to change!

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