My life, over the past several years, has been shaken up, multiple times. Anyone who knows me, knows this. I live with the results of this disruption every day. I haven’t forgotten it, but that’s not what I want to write about here. Right now, I want to write about where I’m at today.
I met a new partner, to whom I’m now engaged, and together, we have committed to trust and love each other with abandon. To raise our four teenagers, responding to their needs with radical agency. To do whatever it takes to help them along their life paths. And whatever it takes to live our lives authentically and in alignment with who we are.
This good place I’m in is the outcome of the disruption that happened to me and my family, over and over. And through all of this, I’ve developed a philosophy that I try to live by, every day: Never let a good disruption go to waste.
Disruption is everywhere. Especially in how work is changing because of the gig economy. Today’s disruptions, due to the speed of change driven by technology, seem like a new and frightening trend. Disruption can shake our certainty, divide us, create economic disparity, cause cultural tension between the future and the past, and affect us personally in profound ways.
Disruptive technologies, at their core, threaten our identities. They are scary, and sometimes we feel as if we will not recover. But as I’ve learned these past few years, disruption may also lead us to powerful solutions that we need.
In my work as an entrepreneur and at LISH, I’ve been studying disruption and innovation, and how organizations adapt to change. As we study the future of work, we’re seeing that often the best talent resides outside any organization.
And that’s disruptive.
The gig economy has been around for many years, and on-demand talent networks available through platforms make gig workers more accessible than ever to companies. Yet cultural barriers within organizations get in the way of change.
There is a need to help organizations make this transition to the future of work by creating more consistent knowledge, research and models to follow. It’s critical to start promoting a culture of exploration. Empowering people to try new things. To fail faster. To break old systems.
Disruption is always personal. Change affects all of us. So, how do we make sure we don’t waste a good disruption?
Let go. Face our fears, get comfortable with change and embrace uncertainty.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Forbes.