On Adaptability

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

 

On Adaptability

 

Pondering Adaptability And More

 

 

 

On Adaptability

 

I assume we can each appreciate the importance of adaptability in our lives.  A quick look at the Internet shows us this definition from Oxford Dictionaries that adaptability is the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions.  Easier defined perhaps than is actually practiced in real life.  

 

Let's leave the definition as the goal I guess. As is often my way of discovering and exploring things around me I look to quotes by others for some insight.  Today, I share three quotes from people of diverse backgrounds.   

 

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. 

The truth is outside all fixed patterns. 

                                                                                                        Bruce Lee

 

Adaptability is a great asset to have because life is so unpredictable,

and things can change overnight for any of us

                                                                                                        Chanda Kocharr

 


 

A lot of work in, say, construction or restaurants involves visual and motor flexibility. 

It also requires adaptability, in terms of answering questions,

giving people directions or taking orders. 

                                                                                                         David Autor

 

The quotes and thoughts on the this subject and related topics are extensive.  Those selected include quotes from different parts of the globe and from different times as well as from different worlds. 

 

I do not attempt to provide answers but merely set forth some thoughts for me to ponder.  A little bit more perhaps but no promises are promised or given.. 

 

The photo in this post was taken by Michael Jacobs of the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA.  It has nothing to do with adaptability but is one of the iconic images of this historic city.  

 

 

 

On Adaptability 

 

 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Mchael, I am thinking how some would react to adaptability if their devices were taken away from them...Could they handle not being connected?

May 17, 2019 08:51 AM #22
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - good point.  

May 17, 2019 09:09 AM #23
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Hi Michael Jacobs - As soon as that phone rings, I need to be able to adapt. 

May 17, 2019 11:31 AM #24
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - and that's your cue.  You better be ready for your close-up!

 

May 17, 2019 12:04 PM #25
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 You succeed on a daily basis By giving me a thought to ponder Michael Jacobs 

May 17, 2019 10:10 PM #26
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I think that I've become more adaptable as I've aged. 

May 18, 2019 04:10 AM #27
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Good morning Michael - come to think of it adaptability is probably one of the most important traits.  We all have it or we would have ended up like the dinosaurs.

May 18, 2019 04:10 AM #28
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Good morning, Michael Jacobs this one says it all:

"Adaptability is a great asset to have because life is so unpredictable, and things can change overnight for any of us"

                    Chanda Kocharr

May 18, 2019 07:16 AM #29
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Since change is inevitable, we must learn to adapt. I too consider it to be a  skill that really determines how well we do in life. Right now, our market is shifting a bit and we are working to adapt and adjust to better handle the slight nuances we are observing. 

May 18, 2019 07:40 AM #30
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - my pleasure.

Kat Palmiotti - does it get easier?  I don't know but I agree with you. Priorities change and evolve.  

Grant Schneider - sound advice.

May 18, 2019 10:32 AM #31
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Barbara Todaro - a good quote and it was previously unknown to me as was the author.  

Debb Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - inevitability, shifts and nuances comprise our being and like adaptability are a part of life.  

 

 

May 18, 2019 10:35 AM #32
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Thanks, Michael!  This is probably one of the main problems for many of us.  We go forward based on a construct that we developed and put faith in, which even may have worked successfully for a time.  But every good plan and reasoned tactic has to be re-evaluated constantly to see if it is still workable and worth pursuing.  I liked Bruce Lee's comment as it goes into a different realm of thinking.  You have to ponder on that one.

I remember a saying about the willow tree vs. the oak.  One stays pliable in order to withstand the high wind; the other snaps when adversity is overwhelming.

May 19, 2019 04:41 AM #33
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John Henry - thank you for the reminder of the willow tree versus the oak - it is certainly appropriate to this conversation. 

And while I don't live in the Orlando area or have yet to visit there I like how your recent Turkish restaurant experience prompted a response to the comment left by Beth Atalay.  A good dining recommendation has a lot of power.  

May 19, 2019 06:29 AM #34
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Hi Michael:

There is no question that being adaptable is important, and perhaps in some case even essential to survival.

Jeff

May 19, 2019 10:57 AM #35
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We must adapt Michael Jacobs or be left behind . Yet we must still stay as individuals .So glad sista Carol chose this post as I missed it  

May 19, 2019 01:54 PM #36
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - it very well may be essential. 

Hannah Williams - it's a balancing act of sorts for sure.  

May 19, 2019 05:51 PM #37
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I used to adapt well...as I age though, not so much.

I am not a very adaptable person. My husband calls me an indoor cat. LOL

May 20, 2019 09:51 AM #38
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Sharon Tara - hmm, I may have to ponder on that image for a second courtesy of Rick.

May 20, 2019 10:14 AM #39
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Adaptability is commonplace in my vocabulary and my lifestyle - both personally and professionally! In our business, we have to adapt to a multitude of transactional situations, help our clients do so as well and adapt to a fluctuating, ever-changing market. 

At home, partnered with a quadriplegic who thinks about adaptability on a daily basis - and I must be on the same wavelength at all times there too!

Life is an adaptability challenge and I can't imagine it any other way!

May 20, 2019 12:31 PM #40
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - your very real experience underscores the role of adaptability in real estate and in real life.  

May 20, 2019 01:00 PM #41
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