Dirty Dozen #2 – Status Quo

by Rajesh Setty on October 12, 2009


This is part 2 of the “Dirty Dozen” series. In part 1, we covered the word “Luck” and today we will look at the word “Status Quo.”

Dictionary definition of Status Quo:
The existing state of affairs

I don’t know if it is a fascination with Newton’s first law or something, we are in love with “status quo.”

Think about it – When things are going good, you want things to stay the way they are. You are comfortable with the status quo and hope that you didn’t have to “change.”

However, you also know that the world is changing at a breathtaking speed. You see it almost everyday. Simple logic will reveal to you that even if you simply want to maintain the status quo, you need to change at least at the speed at which the world is changing.

But you don’t.

Most people are out of sync with reality mainly because they can’t maintain the speed of change that is REQUIRED. Unfortunately, maintaining status quo does not cause any problems in the short-term. Small deviations are not even noticeable. However, in the long run, this frequency mis-match starts creating trouble in your life, the gap is too big to fill.

In a way this is funny because looking back, when you were young, you didn’t like status quo. When you were a baby and were struggling to walk a few steps, you were persistent and did not give up until you were able to walk. Then running was a problem and you didn’t give up. In fact, when you were a kid, you were dying to grow up and wanted to get there fast. Change was welcome. Somewhere along the way, the need for change became very selective.

You were very much in favor of change that would give you “growth” when you were young. This was probably because with that kind of change, you would see progress almost every step of the way. Later in life, you started noticing that for you to see the benefits of the “change,” it would take a long time. You started hating that kind of change. Take for example – public speaking.  Learning to speak in public takes a long time before you can reap rewards from it. There is probably no short-term reward that’s significant – so it’s get harder to motivate yourself to keep going. That’s when you start loving “status quo.”

Summary: Don’t let “status quo” hold you back!

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

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