Taking a new path is sometimes inevitable, whether we like it or not.

“There is nothing so stable as change.” That’s a quote from Bob Dylan, and if you have any significant amount of life experience, you’re probably nodding in agreement right now. Nothing ever stays the same, be it your job, your relationships, the city you live in or your body, and those who fully accept that change is inevitable and learn to stay present as the storms come and go are more likely to be at peace. This isn’t the easiest reality to embrace, though – who really wants to leave a situation that feels like a cozy cocoon, where the days are safe and predictable, for a risky unknown?

Based on the many pages of content we read and conversations we have as part of our work here at CU Times, we know there are some people in the industry who would rather not climb out of their cozy cocoon. And we hope to ease some of their fears by publishing content that emphasizes the importance of evolving. One common message in the op-eds we run is, “The financial services industry is changing, especially as it relates to technology, so you better make changes accordingly if you want your credit union to survive.” Harsh, but true.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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