What is an inflection point?
by Mayette Geraldino
In Calculus, an inflection point is the point where a curve changes from being concave down (the slope is decreasing) to concave up (the slope is increasing) or vice versa.
In business, Intel’s cofounder 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 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 in Forbes last year, David K. Williams argued that such a defining moment usually occurs “not after we have conquered our competition but when we have conquered our weaknesses.”
We will know when we have reached that moment, he said, when we have stopped “running away, turn around, and stand” our ground.
The Inflection Point chronicles occurrences of those defining moments in an individual’s journey – as they are being told one story, one photo, or one random thought at a time. It is about 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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