Tyrannosaurus rex, Palais de la Découverte, Paris

My two boys, Hayden and Logan, love dinosaurs.

From the terrifying T-Rex, to the massive Brontosaurus, they love reading and learning more about them.

They are fascinated by all sorts of dinosaurs, make up stories about them and often ask questions about them, expecting that their wise old dad will have the answers.

Of course, the most popular question is, “Why did dinosaurs become extinct?”

My response generally is something along the lines of, “Because they couldn’t adapt and were unable to cope with changing conditions as effectively as other species.”

Sound familiar?

I’ve come across a lot of people over the years who have become dinosaurs.

In an ever-changing economic environment with constantly changing technologies and global impacts, there are too many people who are unable to adapt and change.

Their skills are redundant.

Their knowledge is irrelevant.

They’ve become cumbersome and very difficult to employ.

And too often, their attitude is that it’s someone else’s fault.

It was Muhammad Ali who said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

So don’t become a dinosaur.

Keep updating your skills.

Keep learning and growing.

Stay aware of what’s happening in the wider world.

And take responsibility for this, because like it or not, the world waits for no-one and doesn’t owe you a living.

Dinosaurs are extinct because of their inability to adapt.

Make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

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