Hill walkers have an adage – “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
So, maybe, with the economy. With a lot of fevered competition around as to who can create the doomiest scenarios, we are very likely to have to weather some storms even if as seems likely, they may be self induced, until such time that the weather clears.
Venturing out in stormy conditions can be exhilirating. To enjoy it requires some simple but essential precautions. Perhaps we can learn from them.
- Wear the right clothing. In our work life then, we can translate this into having a very clear resume that demonstrates our skills, capabilities and achievements. Keep it up to date, and make it accessible wherever people see you. On your website, social media, wherever.
- Carry the right kit. In periods of rapid and unpredictable change, skills and capabilities become obsolescent very quickly. We might be well enough equipped for where we are now, but what about for where we might want to go? Acquiring skills has never been easier or cheaper. There’s not a lot of excuse for allowing ourselves to become stranded on a little island of mediocrity, no matter how comfortable it might be just now.
- Have a map and a compass. I think it was Sun Tzu who observed “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”. In times of change, it becomes easy to follow the golden penny, and to become a bit part player in someone else’s story. Today, more than ever, we need to be clear about just who we are, and what we want to contribute while we’re here. The clearer that becomes, the easier it is to choose the paths that open up to us.
- Let people know where you are going. It’s easy to believe, under pressure, that we’re somehow on our own, in competition with everybody else. Easy, but not true. There are always people out there who will help us, just for sake of doing it – we just need to be in a position to let them. If you have points 1-3 right, you will be an easy person to help.
Storms don’t last. Enjoy them while you can.