In Botany, there’s a phenomenon called heliotropism. In simple terms, it’s the hability of some plants to track the movement of the sun. Thanks to this, the plant can grow faster and stronger.
The most interesting part about this phenomenon is that if we unearth a sunflower and rotate it 180 degrees before burying it again, we’ll find that in the first hours, the sunflower bud will sustain its movement against the sun, but little by little it’ll pivot in its base (the bud’s) until it restablishes its original moviment. The plant doesn’t lose momentum during this change, it doesn’t start from scratch: there is, in fact, a dialogue between the essence of its cells and the external world.
We have a lot to learn from this phenomenon.
From a western society in which the meaning of life was essentially defined by the institutions (school, family, church and government), during Baby Boomers youth, we moved towards a society in which the meaning of life was essentially defined by the individual. In search of success and happinness, we’ve skipped from excessive focus on the external world (with linear and stable lives) to an excessive focus on the inner world (with individual plans that ignore context), without looking for the balance between those worlds.
The 21st century, with its crises and opportunities, will demand of its leaders, entrepreneurs and citizens a constant reinvention: of themselves and of the many failed systems in which we evolve. Adaptability is already the most important skill in becoming successful in today’s world.
But what to do when our passions are multiple, ever-changing ou when the environment is just not ready for them yet? How do we listen not only the inner calling, but also the external environment?
During this speech, at the Junior Entreprises Annual Meeting (EFEJ 2015), I explore the theme in depth, share with the audience my own personal and professional tales of pivoting and make 6 sugestions for anyone wanting to become a pivoting genius.
Are you ready to follow your future that is waiting to emerge?