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Can your employee experience break the human adapt down spiral?

Thankfully, humans learning to adapt has ensured our survival as a race and differentiated us from most other species in terms of what we are capable of. We can adapt and survive in some of the harshest physical, mental, and emotional circumstances. Our ability to demonstrate resilience is nothing short of a miracle in some instances.

This is not breaking news to you right? What I want to shine a light on here is an adapting cycle that I have seen play out in my 20 yr. human side of business experience, as a personal coach and in my own life journey that leads to a life apathy, in some instances, so strong that people simply give up and settle.

The cycle is this – adapting down.

In the large part I have experienced that people have learned to adapt down instead of adapting up. Whether is comes from our early up bringing, our education, or society it has become the norm that with each hardship we face – we learn to expect a little less from life.


• With each broken heart we begin to love a little less

• Each unheard idea makes us more silent

• With each bad boss we begin to shine a little less

• With each failure we come to understand that success is for someone else

• With each example of terrible human behaviour that leads to success we begin to believe that kindness is weak