Why Inflection Point?
by Marietta Geraldino
In calculus, the inflection point is that a turning point where a curve changes from being concave down, where the slope is decreasing, to concave up, where the slope is increasing, or vice versa.
In business, Intel’s co-founder Andy Grove talked about the concept of strategic inflection point as “an event that changes the way we think and act.” David K. Williams described such a turning point as a defining moment where “there is no turning back.”
As used in this magazine, inflection point is that defining moment, a blessing in disguise, that causes an individual to change his or her downward trajectory to that of hope, faith, and positive action.
In an article he wrote this year in Forbes, David K. Williams argued that such “defining moment will most likely show up not after we have conquered our competition but when we have conquered our weaknesses” and that we will know when we have reached that defining moment, he said, “when you stop running away, turn around, and stand.”
The Inflection Point is an online magazine which chronicles occurrences of those defining moments in an individual’s journey. Each story, photo, or random thought shared and discussed in this blog tells an inflection point of seizing opportunities in adversity.
As a Chinese proverb goes: “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
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