Today, we want to focus on the need to follow trends. Good trends. In whatever you do, be it in employed work or in business, there will be trends that are typical. You need to constantly study and understand the trends that are important to your trade. You need to pick out the good trends and follow them in order for you to survive, for you to continue to lead or if you are behind, for you to become the leader in your field.
No matter how wise you may be, you need to be adaptable and flexible for you to be the prominent operator in your field. You cannot remain stagnant and expect to become the leader or to remain the leader in a world that is ever changing. At the same time, if you simply jump at every good and bad trend, expect disaster. You need to study and understand the trends. Pick and only follow the good trends.
Understand what technology does to your field of practice. Be the first to adopt the new technology and to adapt to the new ways of working. This way, you will become not only be the leader but also be the pace setter. You will be the path finder. You will be the one everyone in your field will look to. Therefore, you will command and direct your field of practice.
Following good trends gives you a good chance for achieving a desired goal. You will have seen the paths that your role models followed and things they did for them to be where they are. The paths of several of the people you admire will form some kind of a trend. It means that if you can follow that trend, coupled with the usual ingredients like hard work, focus, networking, good communication, drive and passion, you should stand an almost guaranteed chance of becoming successful.
On the flip side, if you want to try out your own ideas outside the trends, you are basically gambling. You may set new records if lucky or you may indeed completely fail. At best, your chance is half or 50 percent but at worst, your chance could be very slim because you are basically shooting in the air.
Once you have mastered some trends, you can then shape new trends that others can follow. You will have gathered the confidence, the know-how and the determination that enables you to shape new trends. At this stage, you will become a towering figure that everyone can look to in your field. This does not happen overnight. This takes time. You need the experience. You will have gone through some failures, some great lessons and some achievements that will have made you fully aware and knowledgeable about what is possible and what is not possible, about what can go right and what can go wrong.
There are times when you want to achieve something but your background rules you out of trend. If you really want to achieve your goal, do not give up. In the words of Barrack Obama; “It only means that you have to work very hard and long.”! Look at the bits in you that fit the trend and focus on those. Then look beyond the typical trend and challenge the system by offering the alternative which is you. Basically, show the decision makers, be it voters or selectors or buyers or customers that there is supposed to be a better and new trend. Sell the idea and convince everyone and show how the better and new trend is you and only you. Then you will break the record. It is hard but doable!
Remember that you must try as much as possible to follow the good trend except when you fall out of trend in which case, you need to build a new trend that fits your background. Good luck as you excel in trend with the changing real world. n