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How to plan for what will go wrong in your career

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20.08.2021

Ever made plans only to have them upended by an unexpected event? Of course. We all have. (Hello 2020!) Things go wrong—it’s life—but instead of being thrown off by change, what if you planned for it? The challenge is that you have to give up your need for control, says April Rinne, author of Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change.

“Humans want to know what’s going to happen,” she says “It’s how we survive, and it’s not without merit. In today’s world, we’ve been fed messages that we can control our environment. If you have the right device, app, or tool, you can engineer your future in a certain way. Yet, if you think about the last 12 to 18 months, how much of what you thought was going to happen played out?”

Rinne learned a big lesson in change at the age of 20 when both of her parents died in a car accident. “In a moment, my whole world melted, and my future changed,” she says. “Looking back, that was my entry into flux. I started asking existential questions about change, and I’m fascinated about how we relate to change. Everybody has some aspect of their relationship to change they can improve. Our fears and anxieties come from thinking you can control those things you actually have no control over.”

While you can’t always control what happens, you can control how respond and how you contribute to the future you’d like to see. Getting better with........

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