How prepared will you be when the 21st shockwave arrives at your doorstep?

The excerpt below is from our book, Reinvention, and was contributed by Murali Krishnamurthy, Founder and Executive Chairman of Sankara Eye Foundation.

Our era is rightly called the Age of Disruption because the set of large forces defined in this book have dynamically interacted over the past 35 years to shift the very energy of our planet away from stability to turbulence. It will be a long time before those forces are spent. The future belongs to the people who are energized by the possibilities and to individuals, organizations, and societies that develop the capacity to capitalize on them.

The good news is that these individuals, organizations, and societies can deal with sudden and disruptive change—even get ahead of it—when they are alert to what is happening and when they have a roadmap for action coupled with the desire and discipline to act on it. The past 35 years have shown much success as well as failure.

As an individual, you need to be prepared to do what it takes to thrive in the Age of Disruption. Doing so is often difficult. For Indians to thrive in the shockwaves facing our nation, they often had to make the very difficult choice to reinvent themselves in a new land. Indians traditionally live in very supportive networks of extended families. Any Indian who ventured abroad likely made a choice that was very unpopular and countercultural to his or her family.

Simply seeing the global shockwave is not enough. As an individual or as an organization, you must plan and prepare yourself to be strong enough and skilled enough to ride it. In my case, I pursued my bachelors and my masters in engineering in a foreign land. Are you willing to do what it takes to be prepared to thrive?

Becky Schrumm

Boston, MA