The wheels on the bus go round and round

The more I experience, the more I am convinced there is nothing “new” in the world…or possibly nothing new that really matters.

I love to read quotes (those who are “LinkedIn” to me would know) and two of my favorite folks to pass along are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC- AD 65).  Let me give you an example of what I mean…

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”  Seneca

“Talent develops in quiet. Character in the torrent of the world.”  Goethe

These two quotes (and many more by numerous others) are essentially the same musing on the same topic and the first was made over 2,000 years ago.  I also did not select quotes at random as they speak to something that is at the core of the human experience and also points out that the challenge for us is no different than it was for ancient Romans or Germans during the Romantic period.

We can talk of innovating (Ad nauseam) but that is all just variations on themes that have been around for thousands of years.  Especially when it comes to business.  Business has always been about a person selling a product/service to another person and nothing will ever change that.  We can try to make it more complicated but it isn’t.  We can change the medium but that doesn’t change the underlying foundation.  We can try to improve on the process but still doesn’t change the fundamental skills needed for success (long-term).

Take it for what it’s worth but I am of the opinion that most revolutions are more evolutionary than they think…we change (at least we like to think so) but the issues do not.

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