We’ve all heard it before, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” For years this has been the mantra used by those unwilling, or unable, to adapt to new techniques or willing to try new things opposite of the norm.
People are creatures of habit. We tend to find a comfort zone and refuse to divert course. It’s this mentality that can lead to professional demise, especially in the trade show industry. It is crucial working in this business to be able to adjust to the times. Trends tend to change as often as the tides. What was popular at one show might not be the chosen method to work at another.
Above all else, it’s the willingness to accept change that can lead to the most substantial growth, both personally and professionally. This is a learning process, accepting that the status quo is continually changing. After all, you have to learn how to change, and in some cases change how you learn.
If positive outcomes are achieved through this adaption, your outlook on change will start to breed confidence. Once you’re confident that change can work you’ll be open to new ideas more often, and in that case you’ll never become an old dog because YOU keep learning new tricks.
How have you made personal and professional growth a lifelong habit?