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Courage Keys and Courage Challenges to help you apply the concepts I discuss to the challenges and opportunities you face today. I encourage you to invest the time to do the challenges as you go along.Together, the following eight chapters will help you to rethink risk and unlock the power of courage in your life so that you can soar above the fears and beliefs that have kept you from achieving the level of success you want.

While I hope this book will equip you with practical tools for engaging in courageous conversations and taking brave actions that will elevate the trajectory of your career, my greater hope is that it will elevate the trajectory of your life. By unlocking the power of courage in your life, you’ll tap into the unbridled potential within you and enjoy the genuine satisfaction that flows from working hard at work worth doing.

I hope you’ll return to this book again and again as you navigate your way through the maze of choices, changes and challenges that are certain to unfold before you in the years ahead. May it become a trusted guide for unlocking your courage in a fearful and fast-changing world and for finding the clarity to make smart decision, not just safe ones. I hope also that you’ll be able to seize opportunity in your adversity so you can add the full quota of your contribution and enjoy the full quota of rewards and satisfaction you’ll earn by doing so.

Chapter 5

Learn, unlearn and relearn

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin

In 1993 about 1600 people belonged to the International Flat Earth Research Society of America. I kid you not.

Their president, Charles K. Johnson, stated publicly that he had been a proud ‘Flat Earther’ all his life: ‘When I saw the globe in grade school I didn’t accept it then and I don’t accept it now’.

Needless to say, there are people you might call ‘late adapters’!

Of course, when it comes to adapting to changes in the world around us, whether they be changes in the prevailing beliefs or changes in the actual environment in which we live, learning how to adapt to change can be difficult. For some, such as Charles K. Johnson, who died in 2001 still adamant that the moon landings had been staged, it can be more difficult than others.

While it’s easy to mock someone who maintains the world is flat hundreds of years after it’s been proven otherwise, there are many respected people who have made similar statements that, with hindsight, now seem equally short-sighted. For example, this comment made by Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, in 1946:‘Television won’t be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.’

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