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Small Minds.

"If it's not broken, don't fix it" is a phrase often used as a precaution, or sometimes as retrospective chastisement when something goes horribly wrong. While the pithy saying may seem to be apt in some situations, it can be a dangerous mindset to harbour. This is because for some, it's more than a brief utterance in a particular situation, it is an attitude, a word-view, an overarching principle with which they live their lives.


Some people approach their jobs with a 'don't fix it' mentality. This can be an issue from the lowest of positions, to mid management, and all the way to the top. While it is often thought that a business should be driven from the top, the truth is that it's important to have people with the correct mindset at all levels. If this is not the case, one of two scenarios will transpire. Either everyone will continue to operate as they always have, business as usual. Or those who see areas for improvement, will meet resistance from those who are afraid of change. 


A 'don't fix it' attitude is antithetical to the human spirit. The candle wasn't broken, but Thomas Edison decided to fix it anyway. When an organization employs people who lack imagination, are afraid to act on ideas, or are just plain lazy, innovation will be absent or difficult to achieve.

This penchant for changelessness can also be seen in people's approach to their lives. When confronted with things about themselves that call for improvement, they quickly dismiss such criticism: "Anger runs in the family, that's how we are"; "He called me a coward, I had to show him that I'm not"; "Nobody is perfect". They will rationalize, justify, and excuse. They will do anything but change. Without efforts at personal development, they stagnate and may even persist in behaviours reminiscent of a child.

It is entirely possible for someone to be open to growth and change in some aspects of their lives, but be stagnant in others. A man may be a great father, but a poor manager and leader. A woman may be the model executive, a fine wife and mother, but poor at maintaining friendships. It is important that we engage in regular introspection, to evaluate all facets of our lives in a quest to become better human beings.
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