We Built This City

“We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll”
Jefferson Starship

Look at your business, project, or life. What have you built it on?

Is the foundation you built on still valid? Did you create a business to further a particular value? Did you choose to be involved in this project because of the foundational attitudes towards the environment? Are your core personal values still the foundation that reflects the legacy that you want to leave?

You shouldn’t change your foundation at the drop of a hat, but sometimes you must change the ground that you call sacred. Shareholder value was seen as the most important focal point in the 1970s and beyond. This lead to companies who didn’t care about environmental or social impacts. Fortunately, some companies are moving away from shareholder value as the only measure of success. You will now find that many new companies are thinking about social and environmental as they design their business model.

In the same way, you may have a personal foundation of a certain mindset. Your mindset may be inherited, or simply a conglomeration of what has worked for you in the past. It is valuable to consider whether this is the right foundation for your thinking or time to overhaul your mindset.

We may have built this city on rock and roll, but the question is whether this is still the right foundation. If it is: good, continue on. If the foundation needs to change: don’t drag your feet.