NOTHING exists which is permanent.
Your current success is the result of your past efforts and good fortune, and how well you have responded to changing circumstances along the way by seizing new opportunities and avoiding threats.
An interesting example of a company that failed to respond to changing times is General Motors. GM was the world’s largest car maker from 1931 to 2008. In 2009, GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The gas-guzzling Hummer SUV, a brand symbolic of GM’s failure to change with the times and deliver on fuel-efficient vehicles, was one of several brands that GM was forced to shut down.
Lasting success and satisfaction would appear to be possible only if we can constantly adapt to changing circumstances.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley