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“What got you here, won’t get you there,” I heard someone say this week. They continued, “What got you here may have been good and wonderful, but isn’t the same thing you need to get there.” Where is”there”, you ask? It’s different for everyone, but a friend said she thinks “there” is not a fixed place or goal but rather it’s something fluid. Perhaps she meant we once had a greater sense of stability and predictability (perceived or otherwise). Clearly our world is changing. Today, in a work-related training, we drew nine dots using three rows of three dots to form a visual box. The facilitator then tasked us to, without lifting our pens off the paper, draw four straight lines that connect all nine dots. Have you already done this brain teaser? It requires two of the lines to extend far beyond the visual box of dots in order to succeed. Most people immediately see the suggested boundaries that don’t really exist as fixed and can’t solve the puzzle. That theme has come up several times for me this week. The idea that we must start thinking differently in order to find new and innovative solutions. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, then we should expect that what got us here can only get us back here again. Personally, I want my “there” to look different than my “here” if for no other reason than to keep life interesting. So clearly…wherever “there” is…it’s going to require new perspectives and adaptable solutions.

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