For me, starting a new job has always reminded me of how I felt as a child, on the first day of school. There is the anticipation of a new adventure, the thrill of meeting new people, the little voice in my head that alternates between excitement and trepidation. Then there is starting a new job in the middle of a pandemic.
For all the history of humankind, the nature and shape of work has evolved, as curiosity and innovation have allowed us to develop tools and technologies that advance nearly all aspects of work and play. As machines are able to do more and more for us, we find ourselves wondering how the definition of work will evolve and what it means.
As business leaders, we’re motivated by a lot of emotions. Perhaps none more powerful than fear – fear of failure, fear of losing the respect of those who we respect, fear of – well, you name it. What I realize, more and more, is that we’re so busy taking action, we don’t take the time to explore what our fears are and how they influence the ways in which we work….
Tarzan is a great metaphor for trusting our gut instinct. That’s what allowed him to trust his choices, accept the risk that it might not all go as hoped and to trade the safety of what he knew and go for it anyway.