The Andela Challenge: Adaptility

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” 
― Bruce Lee

Andela boot camp has been quite a journey for me, challenges have been the norm of the day and the ability to quickly adapt has important. Andela is a fast growing and well-known startup that has managed to survive the dynamics of change. It is only reasonable that this will reflect as one of their core quality trait, in potential fellows.

The best way to master a skill is through practice which eventually makes one a master. I was of this notion and I had perfected my flask skills with the hope of undertaking this task as my project. On to my surprise the second week project where changed to a command line application. I had to find ways to level up my CLI skills as to make the most out of this challenge. In doing so I found out the key is to take on challenges as if they are opportunities to grow and learn new skills.

Planning out one activity and tasks happen in a given context.What this means is we have to plan for adapting, being able to understand the context and respond to it in an effective manner. I learned this from my planning on how to do the project assigned to me. I had a plan and if it doesn’t fit, plan B is still available. I have to exhaust the resource available to me to curb and manage dynamic environments.

In conclusion, I have had to anticipate change and be ready for it. This is echo furthered by the nature of the world around us which is ever dynamic and uncertain. Andela challenges have served as an eye opener towards my approach on problems and how we adapt around this problems. It’s a good experience as it serves as “human debugger”, helping us to find our biases and weakness and face them.

“People seem to get used to anything, and it is a short step from adaptation to attachment.” 
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin