Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change
One of my favorite books of 2021 was April Rinne's Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change. I was thrilled to have April on The Virtual Campfire for a deep and energizing conversation (have a listen).
Being adaptable and flexible have always been hallmarks of effective leadership and fulfilling life. But in a world with so much change and an ever-faster pace of change, flexibility and resilience can be stretched to their breaking points. So the quest becomes how to find calm and lasting meaning amid enduring chaos. A world in flux calls for a new mindset that treats constant change and uncertainty as a feature, not a bug. A Flux Mindset sees change consistently as an opportunity, not a threat, by being transparent and grounded in your values.
April shares eight flux superpowers that create a flux mindset so we can thrive through change:
- Run slower: To thrive in a fast-paced world, slow your own pace.
- See what's invisible: When life feels blurry or the future is uncertain, shift your focus from what's visible to what's invisible.
- Get lost: In the landscape of change, getting lost is how you find your way.
- Start with trust: When trust seems broken, assume good intent.
- Know your enough: In a world relentlessly striving for more, know your "enough."
- Create your portfolio career: For success and satisfaction in a world in flux, treat your career as a portfolio to curate rather than a path to pursue.
- Be all the more human (and serve other humans): In a world with more robots, your key to thriving is to be all the more human and use your humanity to help others.
- Let go of the future: Letting go of the future enables a better future to emerge. This is the opposite of giving up. It's about what we can vs. can't control and how we unleash our best selves.
By activating these eight superpowers, you will stay grounded even when the ground shifts beneath them. And as April often says, "The more you flux, the more flux-y you become!"
Check it out here.