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The musicians out there will likely think of one thing when they hear “inflection”.  The scientists another.  However, no matter what the background or context, when we speak of inflection, it triggers thought of a fundamental change in form.  Whether it’s a change in the tone of sound or voice, the change in the curvature or shape, or – as I’d like to highlight today – a change in a person, inflection points redefine the situation.

Inflection points occur when the stresses [resent cause something to “flip”.  When the flip takes place it’s prominent and significant. It fundamentally reshapes the situation at hand.  The interesting thing about inflection points is that when they’re formed by the steady pressure, the new state is often stable, beautiful and sustainable.  Conversely, when they’re triggered by transient sporadic forces, the new state is often rough, choppy and generally unsustainable.

How you reach the inflection points in life is critical.  Points arrived at through long term forces, pressures, and experiences are the source of beauty and stability.  Points that arise from short term, transient forces, pressures, and experiences are normally unattractive and chaotic.  The question for each of us is when we’ll bend to the force at hand and allow the inflection point to occur.  Recognizing the type, duration and severity  of the stress at hand is critical in making the decision on whether or not to allow the inflection point to occur.  As with everything, the choice really is yours.

With that in mind:

Will your next inflection point lead to beauty and stability or ugliness and chaos?

As always, thanks for the time.