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Jul 18, 2019 23:02:04

Re: Change is Good But Scary

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Jason Leow

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@keenencharles talked about how "change is fundamental to growth", and how it's good but scary. It's such a coincidence, because I just watched a TED talk by Natalie Fratto about the adaptability quotient, and how to measure and improve it. 

She's an investor and works with startups, so she listens to startup pitches all day. The interesting thing she discovered was that founders with higher adaptability quotient seem to do better, and she managed to come up with 3 ways to 'measure' it. These 3 ways also happen to be the same way you can improve your adaptability, because "adaptability is a skill, it can be learned, and we all have the capacity to improve our adaptability quotient."

1. Asking "what if...?" questions to simulate different scenarios.
She would ask "what if...?" questions, and throw different scenarios and difficult situations at the founders, and see how they react and think. The ones with high adaptability would be able to simulate and talk in depth about how they can adapt and respond. So, to work out our adaptability muscle, we have to get comfortable with asking "what if...?"

2. Active unlearning to challenge what they already know.
Adaptable people are constantly learning to unlearn. They are always looking to falsify what they know, and open to changing their minds if the evidence shows. Like they say, "Strong opinions, loosely held."

3. Exploration over exploitation.
We tend to overvalue exploitation on current successes and forget to look ahead on what might kill us next. This is the classic innovator's dilemma. People with high adaptability quotient are always on the lookout for trend changes in the market, tech or competition that might put them out of business. They prepare for them, so that when it does come, they can adapt quickly.

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    @jasonleow thanks for sharing! And what another coincidence that I just read "strong views, loosely held" this morning! Then watching your recommendation makes me get more understanding about that.
    "Loosely held" is usually undervalued as AQ.

    "__ is a skill could be trained like muscle." is the common structure of my recent aha moments. The blank is filled with "happiness" (Naval Ravikant), "creativity"(Julia Cameron), "discipline" (James Clear) "adaptability" (Natalie Fratto)... by different people from different videos, podcasts and books.
    It's really encouraging to realize you could control and measure yourself in a scientific way, rebuild your second nature.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 19, 2019 20:32:38
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      @5plus6 Oh yeah a lot of my recent aha learning moments revolve around the same thing too, that X is a skill that can be trained, when it was thought of otherwise in the past! So far, my list includes happiness (Naval), luck (Kaplan), adaptability (Fratto).... do share when you get more of such aha moments!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 21, 2019 22:14:29
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    @jasonleow those are great points to work on. Adaptability is such a good quality to have in business and life. I think it's like a muscle that you need to exercise with consistent challenges like these.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Jul 18, 2019 12:39:01
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