“The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.” Will Smith says in the movie, After Earth, “That is near insanity. […] Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story.”
During this complicated time, many of us are experiencing change, or perhaps fear, on a daily basis. Last night, Sarah Tang and Abhjeet Joshi shared their experiences on managing change — the importance of finding the silver lining in unforeseen events and that communication is key to building trust.
After the prepared speeches, each volunteer had 2-3 minutes to share his/her thoughts on the following comics. The winner of the table topics was given slide 7 (see below SlideShare) to depict her life story. She eloquently spoke about how she overcame the difficulty and uncertainty of an overseas career change. If you were asked to participate, what story would you share?
Some wisdom for each image:
- Resistance to change is often unavoidable.
- Complacency is a dangerous culture. Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
- If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less. – General Eric Shinseki
- Change, before you have to. – Jack Welch, Former CEO, GE
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
- Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy
- It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
- Implementing an effective feedback loop is necessary to affect smooth and inclusive change.
Like what you read? See you in our next virtual meeting on Nov 11th.
Written by: Renee Yao, Women L.E.A.D Toastmasters President