“When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.”
I mentioned last week Warren Buffett’s classic quote: “When the tide goes out, you can see who is swimming naked”. Which, by the way is pretty risky and not very mature. Well, the tide is pretty far out and we are also reminded on why when times are good we are to preserve working capital for the downturns. Not everyone has that luxury I know, but we might as well wrap our minds around this going into the future. We may well be required, like banks have to now do, to show a certain amount of liquidity to cover future business interruptions. I read a Gallop report about the transformation that startups must do to grow out of their early stage. I wonder if the findings are not applicable to all of us right now. Five conditions were pointed out that companies growing up should consider:
- Organizational Alignment
- Operating Discipline
- Predictability of Performance
- Endurance of Shareholders
- Value Creation
Seems almost too obvious doesn’t it? It might be that the future is right here, right now, asking for us to grow up.
When the tide recedes in our professional and personal lives we have to learn to swim really fast, or we fall back upon what we learned and we are forced to grow up quickly. So many times in life we hang onto those things of our youth and past, but really what we are to do is to look to the future and be ready, as best we can, to swim above the receding tide. It might be that we are still holding onto some childish things that God is telling us within these circumstances that now is the time to grow up.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:11 (New Living Translation)