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I thought I might spend a little more time discussing the differences between specialization and adaptability, okay?
The big problem with specialization is, well…, it’s too specialized.
If conditions are not perfect, or near perfect, it can adversely impact the survivability potential of an individual. We’ve seen this with certain species of plants and animals- the slightest change in conditions and…, bye-bye!
Think about it, how well could something that needs perfection to survive, survive in an imperfect world?
Or something that demands specific conditions in order to function, the best it could do is dysfunction until it eventually faded away.
I’m sure you can think of many examples, right?
I once read that a person can really only do one of three things…, expand, stay the same, or contract, and since one cannot stay the same in this universe, one can only expand or contract. Adaptability is expansion, whereas specialization is contraction.
And isn’t expansion livingness, anyway?
Sadly, most reach a point and begin to contract, working the same job, living in the same house, shopping at the same stores, driving the same cars, fixed in time, place, and thought by rigid convictions. I really don’t think we were put on earth to work our backsides off to find a comfy place to sit and wait for the Grim Reaper, do you?
In our office, we see people who work out and lift weights. They are in great shape for all intents and purposes, right?
One day a friend or a neighbor asks them to help move a sofa into the other room…, you can see where this is heading, and you are right- our exercise guy ends up hurting his back. And why?
He trained to do bench presses, squats, and curls…, very specific motions but did not train to lift sofas. Too much specialization and when called upon to adapt, he failed.
Consider people who require special diets, or at least who think they do, do they simply starve because they were unable to find pureed, organic, locally grown ambrosia served on a very specific gold platter by very, very specific Gods?
If so, they are not going to survive.
I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a situation- I sleep in one position all night long, using a specific pillow, in a specific bed.
Should I go out of town, I have to bring my pillow, but sleep is difficult the first couple of nights. I’m not too bad off now, but eventually, if I do not work at adapting, I might only be able to sleep if everything is perfect. Good luck!
One must be able to change or expand fixed ideas- think of politics.
Candidate X is the best person for office. Most will vote for their party, and often elect a lesser candidate. Again, the difference between specialization and adaptability, is that we all suffer the consequences.
One can become so locked into their own beliefs that his or her survival potential, including everyone else’s, is indeed in jeopardy.
Here’s the point when considering adaptability, it’s not about determining what is right, or what is wrong, it’s about being able to consider that which will work given the situation, and being able to change so as to promote the survival of not only oneself but others as well. A person has to be able to roll with the punches.
How cool would it be to simply be; be in the moment and coolly and calmly be able to determine the best course of action regardless of your opinions, attitudes, beliefs, and/or training?
That’s adaptability and it is something that we can all live better by.
And you know what? This would be your opportunity to shine!
It’s not rise and shine, but rather…, adapt and shine!
Surprise yourself and do something in a situation that was uncomfortable, and make it go right…, despite yourself- do that thing at the moment, if you thought about it, you didn’t think you could do.
We all need to shine, and the best way is to help others shine- now that would be an adaptation!
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A very good perspective. One needs to think “out of the box” own and “rattle their cage” and escape to freedom!
A very good perspective. One needs to think “out of the box” own, “rattle their own cage” and escape to freedom!
That’s absolutely right! I think in sports I’ve heard the epigram- that being a little saying that a person needs to be comfortable being uncomfortable! If one thinks about it the only trap they find themselves in is themselves. It’s the only thing that can hold them back.
Thank you for reading along, and commenting.
Thanks Dr. Dave, That is a very good article and is quite true. Cheers, Jim
Thanks for reading along and commenting! Yeah, I really love the whole concept of being able to adapt- just look around and say, “Yeah, this will work!”