Could agility be the secret to living a life without regrets? Although grit is often praised as the key to success, an excess of it may actually impede your progress. In this blog post, I will delve into the importance of agility in achieving the life you desire and discuss how you can gradually pivot towards new directions.

front cover of the book "Range"
Front cover of the book, "Think Again" by Adam Grant

⚖️ Striking a Balance: Grit and Agility

Grit, which involves determination, resilience, and a strong work ethic, is vital for success. However, it’s not the only factor. David Epstein in “Range” and Adam Grant in “Think Again” argue that too much grit can sometimes hold you back.

There will be times when long-held beliefs or practices no longer serve you. In such situations, Epstein and Grant stress the need for courage to abandon these beliefs and change course.

 

🤔 Challenges in Embracing Change

Letting go of long-held beliefs or identities can be difficult. The longer they have been held, the more challenging it is to let go. Moreover, the “sunk cost fallacy” makes it tough to be agile, as individuals continue investing in something due to previous investments, even if it no longer aligns with their goals.

 

🌱  Taking a New Path: Gradual Shifts

Rather than making an abrupt, all-in change, consider adopting a more measured approach. Picture it like navigating a new path with a hiking pole, testing the ground before taking the next step. This way, you can try out new directions without fully committing, leaving room to change course if needed.

In his TED talk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers,” Adam Grant highlights Warby Parker’s founders, who pursued their startup idea while keeping backup jobs. This cautious approach allowed them to test the waters without risking everything. Their company ultimately became a massive success.

Applying this concept to your life, consider pivoting just 30% in a new direction instead of making a 100% commitment immediately. This allows you to explore new possibilities and adjust as necessary.

 

🕰️ Time to Act:

If you’re contemplating a change but unsure if it’s the right move, start small. Gradually feel your way into a new direction and adjust as needed. Embracing agility will empower you to live the life you truly desire.