This week, the message of being open to change has never been more apparent. On Monday, our INCPAS Scholars heard from CPAs at Eli Lilly, and of the six CPAs that they heard from, each mentioned the importance of being open to new opportunities, being willing to stray from the “easy” path and being willing to try something new.

BoardThe following day, Gary Bolinger spoke to our staff about change and the idea of keeping one foot firmly planted in the present but also having one foot looking to the future.

Same concept. Two different days. Two different audiences. Love it.

I am a huge proponent of being willing to accept change and try something new. Much of what I now do with the Society has resulted from this.

An example … and mini-story: Years ago, Gary asked staff to join various project teams. I don’t remember what the other options were, but diversity was one of the choices. I didn’t know much about diversity in the CPA profession, but I knew that I’d have the opportunity to perhaps make a difference and work with people that I didn’t typically get to work with.

So I (and the others on our team) dove in. We created Game On: CPAs in Action, we exhibited at the largest cultural festival in the nation, we awarded scholarships to deserving accounting students, we offered educational programming to our members and developed the INCPAS Scholars program.

I’ve found that so many of the best professional opportunities come when you’re open to change.

At the Society’s first Game On: CPAs in Action, we asked the students to write down their main takeaways. One student wrote, “We all have to adapt to change.” Are you kidding me? A 15-year-old got that message? Throughout my years at INCPAS, this statement has been above my computer monitor. I see it every day and it’s a constant reminder that, yes, we all do have to adapt to change.

A few weeks ago, I saw a video on YouTube from Kid President. In his video, A Pep Talk from Kid President to You, he references Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. His commentary, “…but if there really were two paths, I want to be on the one that leads to awesome.” I agree Kid President, I agree. I want to be on the road that leads to awesome, and I’m willing to bet, that’s the road less traveled.

So no matter what we do or where we are in life, we have to embrace change. It will take getting a little uncomfortable, thinking a little differently, and challenging one another. But it’s all about being adaptive, agile and dynamic – the characteristics that enable change.

Are you someone who accepts change and adapts to it?