The more successful the old self is, the harder it is to let it go.
It’s a lesson I’m in the process of learning.
There’s a challenge when you are successful at something – people want you to keep doing it.
Plus, it’s easy. You’ve already mastered it as much as you want to master it.
It’s known. More certain. Less scary.
For you and for others.
People see (and want) the old you.
People don’t want the uncertainty around whether you can do the new thing. They (rightly) don’t want to be victim to your failures.
Only close friends volunteer to be your lab rat as you experiment with new ways of doing things. (I hold these people very dearly and am incredibly grateful for them.)
Strangely, an article on McKinsey’s Three Horizons model in Harvard Business Review triggered these thoughts.
In the 21stMcKinsey’s Three Horizons Model Defined Innovation for Years. Here’s Why It No Longer Applies, Steve Blank, Harvard Business Review, February 1, 2019.
centurythe attackers have the advantage, as the incumbents are burdened with legacy.
Those of us in the prime earning years of our lives and having successfully put together a livelihood are burdened with the legacy we made.
How do we take the activities we are already valued for and shift them to new selves that provide value down the road?
How can we make space for that within ourselves?
How can we make space for that with others?
With all the talk of reskilling and transformation – are we providing the space for that to happen?
How heavy is your legacy burden?