Adapting and Shaping

May 19, 2011

“In life, adaptation is not enough, however. Adaptation needs
to be balanced with shaping. In shaping, one modifies the
environment to fit what one seeks of it, rather than
modifying oneself to fit the environment. Truly great people
in any field are not just adaptors; they are also shapers.
They recognize that they cannot change everything, but that
if they want to have an impact on the world, they have to
change some things. Part of successful intelligence is
deciding what to change, and then how to change it.”

— Robert J. Sternberg in
The Theory of Successful Intelligence


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