Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Reinvention Is All The Rage

re·in·vent
Pronunciation: \ˌrē-ən-ˈvent\
Function: transitive verb
Date: 1686
1 : to make as if for the first time something already invented 2 : to remake or redo completely 3 : to bring into use again
re·in·ven·tion \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun


This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster. As it turns out, while the concept of reinvention, especially in regard to the workplace, is a constant topic these days, the word has been around for a long time.

A friend posted on Facebook yesterday that he was reinventing himself, “yet again.” And Tuesday at the 85 Broads Power Breakfast the speaker, Courtney B.Banks, CEO of NSAWW, canvassed the attendees prior to her talk to get a temperature on the room. Turns out the recurring theme in her conversations was that word again, reinvention.

I think reinvention is much like a new workout at the gym. You think you are in shape until you try a new routine that requires some different muscles, ones that hurt a bit from under use. You start to get that maybe you have not been pushing yourself to the next level as much as you thought. And then as you get more practice, more into the groove of the new routine, the workout gets easier and you start to see and feel the results the change brought. You find you are breathing easier as a result.

I’m starting to see and feel the change.

Like Spring, reinvention is in the air. It is all the rage. What are you reinventing?
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