When the facts change

According to legend, when the famed economist John Maynard Keynes was challenged on having migrated his view on an issue he once steadfastly defended, he retorted: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

We live in a world where the facts are changing at an ever-increasing rate. The sheer volume of information is often overwhelming. And as Nate Silver reminds us, it’s often difficult to separate the signal from the noise.

But just because it’s hard doesn’t need to keep us stuck.

Defenders of the status quo will always find their excuses to stay mired in the past. Notice I said “excuses” not “reasons.”

Defenders of the status quo will argue about what is fact vs. conjecture or prediction. But the future is rarely crystal clear and recognizing that we will never have ALL the facts allows us to push through our fear of shipping.

Defenders of the status quo will engage in stall tactics, hoping to wear us down, praying that this too shall pass. Yet, more times than not, hesitation guarantees being left behind. We don’t have to play their game.

Doing our best work requires us to stay keenly aware of the ever-changing world around us, to accept the new and evolving reality and to get into action even when it’s more than a bit scary.

The facts are changing. The only question is what are you doing about it?




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