Keep an open mind – 10 tips about embracing change


By Tim Lawlor

Ottawa Construction News associate publisher

Kevin Dee at Eagle Professional Resources provided inspiration for the these thoughts.

Just what does that phrase “Keep an open mind” mean anyway?

We all have preconceived notion of life, of how things are and how they should be. For many people it is difficult to get past those preconceived notions, hence the BUT.

            “Once you stop learning you start dying.” Albert Einstein 

Here are some things to think about: None of us knows everything.

When you think you have all the answers then you stop listening, which means you stop learning.

Trying new things takes us out of our comfort zone… but that is how we grow and get better.

Glass half empty people will look for all the reasons why “the new thing” won’t work.

Glass half full people will look for the ways to make it work.

If “the new way” never worked then our society would never have evolved… and certainly Amazon would not be testing drone deliveries, and companies would not be testing driverless cars!

There is something exciting about making something new work.

The big rewards come to those who innovate and change, not to those who keep doing the same old same old.

Change will happen with or without you.

The energy that it takes to fight change is far better spent embracing change.

If you can adapt to change once, you can do it again and again. THAT is where the real fun is!

            “Life does not stand still in any profession, in any industry or in any of our lives. Events happen, innovation happens, human interactions happen and therefore change happens. Some of that change will be BIG… but much of the change will be small, and often. You MUST be able to cope with change, to embrace change and to be part of the solution… otherwise, as the saying goes, you become a part of the problem!” George Bernard Shaw.

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” Isaac Asimov – 

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Tim Lawlor can be reached by phone at (613) 224-3460 ext 111 or by email at



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