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Can you Spare some "Change?"

1 Chron. 12:32

"men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do--200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;" 

A couple of hunters hired an Alaskan bush pilot to drop them in a remote location, then return in seven days to pick them up. At the appointed time, the pilot arrived and loaded the hunters and their gear in the plane. "Wait a minute," said the first hunter. "What about our moose?" "Sorry," said the pilot. "We're at maximum weight already." 

"But our pilot last year loaded our moose, and he had the same size plane as this one." 

"Really?" asked the pilot, not wanting to be outdone. "Well, I guess we could give it a try." 

With that he strapped a moose carcass on each pontoon. They sputtered to the end of the lake to get the longest possible takeoff. He shoved the throttle forward; they began to move, and finally, they lifted off the lake, just skimming the trees. But the pilot was right. They were seriously overloaded, and crashed just minutes into the flight. 

Both hunters were knocked unconscious, but came to at about the same time. The first hunter looked around at the mess, moose meat and plane parts everywhere. 

"Where are we?" he asked his partner. 

"About 50 yards from where we crashed last year." 

Doing things the way we've always done them insures that we'll continue to get the results we've always gotten. Successful people are willing to change with the times. People who cannot or will not change, run the risk of extinction. (

In the 1800's the Shaker's had colonies all over New England, but today, only one colony-the New Gloucester, Maine colony-is still active, and it has only eight Shakers keeping the "old way." At one time, the Shakers were on the cutting edge of progress and technology and were consumers of new and useful products, in fact, they were inventors. Today, they are best known for their craftsmanship and the quality of the style of furniture that bears their name. 

But at some point, they stopped progressing, developing and changing. And some day soon, they will only be a memory. (

In the October 2000 edition of Fast company, Seth Godin tells the following story: 

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