January 13, 2023, at 08:00 PMerika

When we start at a new company, the environment is as it is - we learn how to work within it, become experts in it if we aren't already, and develop ways that help us thrive in the environment.

As the years go on, the environment changes - the build systems need overhauling, or the IDEs or software versions need and are upgraded, or a new tool or process is introduced, or the organization is re-worked -- which might impact any number of things from how and who you interact with, to your retirement savings approach, to your long term professional motivations.

Each pivot, or adjustment, or "ask" from the company involves needing to - likely - do a messy transition, from what you used to know, to what TheNewThing is. Holding space in your memory for what you're transitioning from, while carving out space for what's being adjusted. Sometimes it can feel like changing the oil in a car while still driving. It can be tough - and as an aside, its often interesting when we don't celebrate or recognize the work involved in such transitions.

And over the years, doing this again, and again, and again, can be exhausting, demoralizing and make us weary of the next NewThing or even seeking out a NewThing.

But what I find particularly interesting is when you pick up and leave and change to a new company, you free up much of the mental space that's been carved out. You're genuinely open to a new way to do things, to whatever the new environment is like, and accepting of it, where its at.

So the question is: are there better ways of accepting a pivot or an adjustment or "ask". How can one repeatedly and actively accept a team or company precisely where its at - even during a transition - rather than feeling bogged down in trying to re-organize yet another approach. How do we stay open and excited about all these pivots, especially through the years?

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