Personal disruption can be surprising and not at all welcome, at least in the near term. Yet we often look back and realize that the jolt that bumped us off the track also launched us into a new, more productive path. If we could have stayed in our prior situation, we would have missed it.
Why wouldn't we remain in our comfort zone? It's comfortable.
In Episode 9 of the Disrupt Yourself podcast, Stacy London shares her insight on this subject. She reflects on being fired from her job at Cosmopolitan. On how being disrupted feels as we get older vs. how we experience and cope with it in earlier stages of our careers.
London has long been a prominent voice in the world of style and fashion; the co-host of "What Not to Wear," a reality TV makeover show, fashion reporter for "The Early Show," the "TODAY show" and "Access Hollywood," among others. Most of us have seen her in action at one time or another. She is also the author of the bestselling "The Truth About Style."
Despite her high profile, London finds herself confronting the disruption of her personal career. And also of her entire industry at a time of life which in which we incline to reflection. There may be a degree of uncertainty about the work we have done, and may yet do. The disruption is unsettling.
"There is this sense of fashion being about privilege. And that privilege has to do with wealth, youth and thinness. I've spent my life sort of arguing against those things," she says. "What I didn't realize was that I was not going to feel 47 when I turned 47 ... and the kind of reality jolt, the shock ... of being this age and feeling like, 'Oh, I'm not in the game anymore in the same way.'"