“If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.”

Kurt Lewin

Peel back the layers of an orange and you’ll discover the tangy fruit inside. To genuinely grasp the essence of something, you have to dive deeper, wrestle with its complexities. You must dissect its mechanics, challenge its boundaries, and dare to shift its form. It’s like trying to understand the intricate dance of a clock’s gears, not just by watching them whirl, but by daring to adjust them.

Want to master a river’s flow? Don’t just watch it from the bank. Wade into the current. Alter its course. Observe how each stone’s shift transforms the water’s path. That’s when you begin to grasp the river’s secrets.

If you aspire to truly understand, you need to be ready to tinker. It’s not about observing from a distance, but about being in the thick of it, up close and personal. Uncertainty might dance around you, but that’s where understanding sparks. It’s a labyrinth, not a straight line.

Change is the canvas on which understanding paints its picture. Remember, it’s not just about grasping the present state, but also visualizing what could be, what might be. It’s not simply learning the dance, but daring to choreograph your own steps.

True understanding is a quest, an act of creative rebellion. It’s altering the shape of a puzzle piece to see how the picture evolves. It’s moving the chess pieces, and watching the game unfold in new, unpredictable ways.

So, take the reins of change. Dive into the depths, get your hands dirty, and stir things up. Because only then will you truly understand. To learn, you must dare to change.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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