Embrace change. Out of the comfort zone. Panta rhei. Agile life.

In life like in software, changes should not be feared but just embraced, as a potential opportunity for improvement and a way to augment your personal cultural level, learn new things and generally train your brain to be flexible and responsive to new conditions.

This might sound obvious to all of you, but there are many more aspects of our lives (or at least mine) which, instead of driving me to change and constant improvement of my and other selfs, would be much better off if we were “constantly” stable and predictable.

Think about it, our governments would love to have all of us adhere to perfect statistics, being as controllable and predictable as a mass.  Same goes for a discreetly successful love relationship. Our minds, or at least them, once in a comfort zone, tend to naturally relax and search for common solutions to problems already solved. Even our parents, in many cases, would love for us to do the most conservative choice possible for our lie, i.e. stick with what they know and with what they thinks it’s safe for you, in many cases ignoring the world is “actually” changing.

And, as we happen to be on a quite technical blog, if you consider the software, the last 20 years (at least) have been spent on a religious battle between who wanted to prevent / lock down change as much as possible (typically waterfall methodologies) and who instead wanted to define methodologies to cope with change, embrace it as part of the natural process of software development, make it a driver to constantly improve and deliver better quality products.

And as my life (fingers crossed, will be soon moving to the USA and live with my partner) and my company (Doug Dennerline recently stepped up as Alfresco CEO)  go through enormous changes these days, I am feeling how much routine and the “status quo” of my life right now are actually comfortable and easy to be in.

Do I really want to cross the ocean and change my residency and work condition? Do I really want to step up and be proactive in finding my career path in a company that is radically changing? Won’t be much easier to stay here in Europe, fostering an already very lively network as a successful software consultant?

I think about those questions, and soon after, maybe after 30 seconds of mumbling, the answer comes clear and it’s a SOUND YES!!!

Life is change. Panta Rhei, Heraclitus use to say, or, in other words, everything flows. It’s only by change that you can improve you condition, feel fulfilled by reaching new heights and objectives, hitting new targets. You just have to be “fluid” enough to respond to change and don’t break, as sometimes, or practically never, everything is going to be the way you planned. It all takes stepping out of your comfort zone, be proactive and show yourself and the world you can actually make it. Really, it’s just about doing the first step, then it’s all going to come along.

This is my call for life. Actually starting DOing all those things I have been just TALKing about for the last two years…

And, oh yeah we are on a technical blog, so let me say something even sligthly software related…this is my new objective on how I am going to do it: I want to apply whatever I learned and successfully used in software development methodologies to carry out the next few challenging months of my life. And I’m not talking merely about Pomodori-zing my life (which I never got to yet), but especially to “live” the agile manifesto not only as part of my daily job but also as main rationale to make my decision and progress in my life. Mao, my agile best friend, any practical suggestion?

And hopefully in a few months from now, I can report back on how my “agile life” is going on, and whether I made any new big release in this ever flowing life.

Too philosophic today? Almost radical chic? Sorry, too late, you already read almost all the post 🙂

And if you wonder why I got to the conclusion we should not fight change once and for all, just check out my friend Fabio Bucciarelli’s speech while receiving the Robert Capa Gold Medal award. I connected with him recently, many years after I met him, while we were both studying Engineering at Valencia’s Polytechnic University, discovering with great pleasure (and a bit of positive envy) that dropping everything, taking a left turn and embracing change can and often carries great improvements in our fulfillment.  He left his career and safe job as a Telecommunications Engineer for jumping in the photography world, and in JUST 4 years, he was awarded the Robert Capa and the World Press Photo for a great (and dangerous) reportage from Aleppo, Syria.

Right on Fabio, you tell them! And if that’s not a life lesson about change, than what is?

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