We often hear from older people “Back then things didn’t use to be like this…”. This statement reveals a very important true at its core: things probably won’t ever get back to what they were in the past but chances are that they will keep transforming and evolving to something new in a way that is fast-paced and mind-blowing.
The speed of transformation nowadays is so brutal that people that were born and raised in a different paradigm have a hard time accepting and adapting to change and oftentimes try to establish the old realities in a new world.
And this scenario brings one of the biggest challenges for this generation: they are living in a world that is changing so fast in every aspect but most times they are still being raised and influenced by people that stick to old realities and don’t want to let go of certain perceptions of the world.
In one hand we have this ever changing new reality that will keep going in directions that we cannot even imagine today. These new realities will also require a high degree of adaptability from this generation to be able to cope with such degree of uncertainty. Adaptability is a skill that the world is demanding from us and that we will need even more in the future for the things that we haven’t yet know the outcome.
And in the other hand, as a society, we tend to value stability and hold on to old ways of doing things. The educational model teaches us to learn in a passive way, memorise endless concepts and be good test takers to hopefully get a good job one day. In most cases, we are trained to follow rules, comply and try to create a reality based on security and stability for the future.
It happens that if we want to strive in a world of change, if we hold on too much to certainty and security we might be left behind and have a hard time copying with the current reality and the world we live in.
That is why the Adaptability Quotient (AQ) is one of the greatest challenges of this and next generations: shifting from a paradigm of structure and stability to a more volatile, adaptable and ever-changing paradigm is one of the key concepts to thrive in any model of reality that might arise.
We already know that IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient) are important faculties to have but we still tend to underestimate the importance of AQ (Adaptability Quotient) to a better and healthier journey towards the new era.
We may not know what is the model of reality that we will have in 10, 20, 50 years time but we know that it won’t be the same as today. If we start accepting this scenario and be more open to change it can transform our outlook in surprising ways. By doing that we will not only be doing a positive thing for ourselves but we will also be creating another positive change as a side effect: we will be influencing the children around us and they will tend to model ourselves. And that will make things a bit easier for them later on as they will learn how to be more open and welcoming to changes in life as a result of being already familiar with.
More adaptable children will be better equipped to deal with the changes in their own lives, to see and be more acceptable of different points of view and to adapt to different situations as they will unconsciously associate changes with positive things in their minds. This will have a key role in the way that they will conduct their lives as well as help them in the uncertain times the future holds for them.
Finally, for new challenges we need to equip ourselves with new skills and mindset that will help us navigate this endless river of change. It is up to us how we will make this transition.