Out with the old; In with the new.
On Saturday night, Husky Stadium at the University of Washington closed down for the final time. The stadium was built in 1920 and is antiquated, dangerous for spectators, lacking in any new amenities, and drab. If it wasn’t for the incredible view of Lake Washington, it might be considered the worst stadium in college football. The $250 million renovation is long overdue. They begin work on it today at 11:30 am Pacific and the Dawgs will play the rest of this year and next at Century Link Field.
The stadium will be completely demolished and taken to the ground to re-build (other than the North overhang built in 1985). In order to “rise from the Phoenix,” it often takes a total shift from the old. For a stadium, its demolition. For a business, it’s change management. Hanging on to the “old” ways because they evoke powerful memories or past success is a great way to become insignificant. Having the vision and creativity to tear down the old ways and bring in something fresh and exciting (even if it means a short-term discomfort) in the long run will bolster your business and your life.
This week’s quote – “We are sum of our days, and should look sharp at how they pass. Of our days, they come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party.”
– William Wadsworth Longfellow