In his theory of evolution “On the Origin of Species” from 1859, Charles Darwin had already explained that the living creatures that can adapt most quickly to a new situation are the ones with the best chance of survival. Darwin called it survival of the fittest. American screenwriter and director Nora Ephron held a similar view: “Be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nowadays, it’s no longer a question of mere survival. Nonetheless, even in our time, those who are quick to recognize change benefit from it the most. Just ask Whitney Wolfe Herd, co-founder of the dating app Bumble, who earned her fortune by realizing that women approach dating differently than men and then developing an app to meet those needs.
Because change often doesn’t happen piecemeal, we don’t necessarily see how much of a difference each single step can make. They only make sense later, when they work together to form a greater whole. Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, but he was only able to step out into the moon dust because someone, let's call him Terence, invented the sealing material for the seams on Armstrong’s space suit. Without Terence, Neil Armstrong would have been ripped into countless tiny particles when the space capsule was opened.