The evolution of change

18 August 2019 | Columns

Leandrea Louw



Change is scary and as humans we're not very adaptable when it comes to change.

Yet everything around us is constantly evolving, and I feel that we need to evolve too.

I recently turned 25 and for me it sort of felt like 'girl, you need to get your act together'. Not because I feel my time is running out, but because I'm in the prime of my life and if I don't start doing something now, I'll just keep on procrastinating.

This week, I had the honour of speaking at the first TEDx Swakopmund. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx, on the other hand, are independently run events that help share ideas in communities around the world.

I had to speak about the relevance of print media in a digital age and I was totally freaked out. I've talked in front of people before and one of my colleagues said that 'you like talking so you'll be fine', but still. This was huge. To top it off I was the first one to speak on Thursday night. I lost count on how many mini panic attacks I had.

The other speakers were people who have been in their respective trades for a while now and for them public speaking was second nature.

Leading up to TEDx, I thought of quitting but each time suppressed that thought because I am no quitter. Through the entire process I had an epiphany. No matter how difficult or challenging something is, just go ahead and do it. If someone asks you to host a talk, assist with a business plan, whatever the case may be, just say yes! Even if you have no idea how to do it – just say yes and figure out a way.

With constant changes around the world, we should be invested in ­ourselves by always improving on our skills, no matter how far-fetched it may sound.

The world around us isn't the same it was a year ago, let alone five years ago. We can't be stuck in our same old routines, and expect the world around us to stop and wait until we catch up.

On the other hand, many of us are trying hard to stay relevant, and go with the flow. But what's the point of going with the flow, being trendy, being relevant, when you offer the exact same thing as the next person?

Each one of us was ­created with special gifts and a purpose.

Find your why, discover your passions and constantly work on them.