We are made for change. From the day we were born until now, we have evolved to become what we are today, and we certainly will not remain that way in the future – things come and go. Thanks to human intelligence, common sense and caution instead of luck, we were able to bring changes to our side, working them to bring us growth, adaptation and evolution. Several methods, such as the Continuous Improvement Cycles, make sure that we can work with the changes in our favor. Without further philosophical delays: the point I want to make here is that, basically, nothing will be the same for a lifetime – thankfully.

First reason: survival

When we think about change, most people are usually left behind – fear, insecurity, uncertainty… The fact is that we shouldn’t be frightened by changes. We depend on them to keep working. Do you want an example? Whoever doesn’t change, stays behind. Those who do not react to the changes and new demands of the people tend more and more to failure. It is the case of a social network known to all of us, which unfortunately met its end: Orkut.

Everyone loved Orkut. But it’s over, isn’t it? If you ask yourself how it happened, I can answer you with these basic reasons: bad user experience, spam, easy of being “hacked” and the main thing: not following the changes that users wanted. The user simply realized that Orkut was no longer giving what he wanted and left for Facebook.

Second reason: improvement – specifically, continuous improvement

If you are still not satisfied with the reason I gave you, I give you one more to rethink: the improvements, most of the time, come from changes. I bet you use Facebook, or at least you know the social network. This is your first version:

And this is facebook now:

Different, isn’t it? Can you imagine yourself using the first version?

The conclusion of all this is that Mark Zuckerberg, seeing what made people away from Orkut, started to implement everything they were looking for. He learned from the mistakes of the competitors and does it today, taking into account also the successes – today, Facebook is a complete social network, where we can post a photo to buy a house.
That is why it is important to never let go of the desire to improve. Have you heard of continuous improvement cycles? It is a great example for you looking for a starting point. Actually, it is one of the main methods that Facebook uses today to stay active. It basically consists of understanding what has been done well and continuing to do it, while cutting what has been bringing more results. You can learn more about continuous improvement in our PDCA paper.

Third reason: necessity

Last but not least: the need. Facebook was not the only social network that has changed a lot to remain active. Did you know that many ages ago, Instagram was a photo location app? Strange, isn’t it? But an application that used to show your friends where you were, has now become a giant content sharing platform, from which several people can make a living.

If social networks are not a convincing example for you, I can show you more: do you know Nokia? Before, it produced power cables, rubber and paper. Nintendo produced playing cards. LG, one of the leading electronics companies today, produced chemicals and cleaning products. In times of war, Mitsubishi produced tanks of war, and today sells passenger cars, and Samsung, a producer of cell phones and electronics, today is still the second largest manufacturer of ships in the world and other products, accounting for about 18 % of South Korea’s GDP. And so we can draw an extensive list. The circumstances that lead us to change are diverse, but they are always present. The new Coronavirus pandemic, for example, came to make that clear to each of us.

I’m not saying that you should throw it all away and start from scratch, especially with something you’ve never heard of or have no aptitude for. The main point is: learn from the transformations of the world and bring them to your side. Focus on your skills and turn them into the best you can get. It is worth letting continuous improvement help you. Count on Roads for that too.

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