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What Can We Learn from Lizards

By Jim Moody

What Can We Learn from Lizards

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's easy to dismiss the lessons we can glean from unexpected sources. Yet, sometimes, the most profound wisdom comes from the unlikeliest of places. Let me take you back to a time when flip phones reigned supreme, and I had the opportunity to engage with a speaker who left an indelible mark on my perspective.


This speaker had an unusual fixation on lizards, adorning herself with a lapel pin in their likeness and drawing parallels between lizard behavior and the challenges we encounter as humans. Among the many insights she shared, one concept stood out: the necessity for lizards to shed their skin as they grow. Failure to do so leads to constraint and, ultimately, demise.


Now, I'm not an expert on reptiles—I tend to lean more towards snakes—but the mantra she repeated resonated deeply: "shed or you're dead." This simple yet profound message holds relevance not only for individuals but also for businesses navigating the ever-evolving marketplace.


Take, for instance, a recent experience I had while working with a company entrenched in the lumber industry. This company, boasting a rich history of serving custom home builders, had built its success on a foundation of impeccable service and strong client relationships. However, with the emergence of production builders and shifting market dynamics, they faced a critical juncture.


The company leadership recognized the imperative to adapt and innovate to secure their future growth. They faced a pivotal choice: either expand their service area or pivot their business model to accommodate the evolving landscape. Each option presented its own set of challenges and uncertainties, yet maintaining the status quo was not a viable alternative.


In confronting these challenges, it becomes evident that complacency is the greatest threat to progress. The world around us is in a constant state of flux, demanding that we shed outdated paradigms and embrace change. While there may be no one-size-fits-all solution, the key lies in asking the right questions and charting a course towards strategic evolution.


As we navigate the complexities of an ever-changing world, let us heed the wisdom of the lizard: adaptability is the key to survival. Whether in business or in life, the ability to shed the old and embrace the new is paramount to thriving amidst uncertainty.


So, my friends, let us not be content with the familiar comforts of the past. Instead, let us embrace the challenge of transformation, for in doing so, we unlock the boundless potential of the future.


Evolve Strategically,

Jim Moody


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