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Issue 62 - 04 | Change Master: Why Adapting is the Most Crucial Skill You’ll Ever

By M.J. Ryan
Published Sept. 9, 2009 11:37 p.m.
“In a very real way, what is being asked of us now is no more or less than to become consciously aligned with what life has always required on this planet. In 1956, the father of stress research, Hans Selye wrote in his seminal work, The Stress of Life, 'Life is largely a process of adaptation to the circumstances in which we exist. A perennial give and take has been going on between living matter and its inanimate surroundings, between one living being and another, ever since the dawn of life in the prehistoric oceans. The secret of health and happiness lies in successful adjustment to the ever-changing conditions on this globe; the penalties for failure in this great process of adaptation are disease and unhappiness.'

In order to not merely to survive, but to thrive during the greatest period of transformation humans have ever experienced, we are all being called on to stretch mentally, emotionally, and spiritually into the future. It’s my hope that this manifesto offers you both comfort and practical support as you take on this challenge and become a Master of Change.”

About M.J. Ryan | An internationally leading expert on change and human fulfillment, M. J. Ryan works as a senior executive coach to executives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners around the world. Her clients include Time Warner, Facebook, Cisco, Chevron, HP, Microsoft, Frito-Lay, Royal Dutch Shell, and more. She is a partner with Levo, a leading female career network, and is the lead coach at SheEO, a community of 10,000 female entrepreneurs. The former executive editor and founder of Conari Press, she is the creator of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of many books, including This Year I Will…


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