“The only constant in life is change.”
Greek Philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus
As cash-flow focused entrepreneurs, we have to get used to rolling with the punches. Right?
I mean, everything changes! Just think about the world of internet marketing.
When I started my business eight years ago, I could send an email and people would respond. Now, I don’t even read my emails! I just kind of glance through them. (We all do, right?)
Then, there was the whole video marketing season, then it was all about Facebook Lives, then Periscope and Blab.
The industry is constantly changing, and if you don’t stay on top of it, you’ll be stuck using marketing tactics that just don’t work.
Thinking about all of this, I had to ask myself if I am willing to change, too. But then I took it a step further, and asked myself if I’m willing to evolve. (There is a big difference here. Stick with me, because this is something you need to consider, too, in terms of who you are as a person and who you are in your business.)
Whether you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, or a serial entrepreneur, I want to ask you …
… are you willing to evolve or become extinct?
Evolution is not change. It’s not changing something. When you change something, it’s like moving the same pieces on the chess board—you just move them to different locations.
Evolution is an expansion of something you’ve built.
If you’re willing to evolve, you have to be willing to fail. You have to be willing to not know. You have to be willing to let go of everything you have.
Evolving requires a level of humility—a humbleness—that change doesn’t require. If you really are committed to evolving, you want to hold it not as a change, but as a spiritual evolution, as you become more whole and complete by letting go of that which you might be certain you need.
If you’re not willing to evolve, you will become extinct.
In your relationships, if you’re not willing to heal and evolve, you’re doomed to experience difficulty. Loss.
Same goes for yourself and your business. If you’re not willing to evolve in your business, you won’t make money. You’ll keep doing the same actions you did ten years ago, five years ago, one year ago … even though they’ve become obsolete as the industry evolves.
I’ll give you a personal example now.
For the last five years, I’ve poured everything I am into being your Black Woman Millionaire Mentor™. Black women will always come first with me, but as I move into a new space of celebrity, and I continue healing my wounds around my father (keep in mind, I didn’t see this coming at all!), what I’m really dealing with is Black Men. Healing my wound with my father has opened me up, and I’m becoming much more effective with all the Black Men in my life.
I think that’s because I’m willing to engage in a new possibility that I had never even considered before. And to me, that’s evolving. It’s something you’ve never even considered, something that wasn’t even part of your plan.
Please comment below so we can bear witness: are YOU willing to dream again, to believe again, to hope again, to try? To evolve?