Tired of Maybe.

I suspect exhaustion, like insanity, has its roots in repeatedly doing the same thing whilst expecting a different result. This morning, the thought occurred when reading an email that referred to Mark Manson’s advice that “if it isn’t a F****** YES, it’d a NO”.

There’s a thread in many of the conversations I hear and articles I read that are long on “maybe” – maybe if we just hold on and improvise, things will go back to normal. But, I think that, increasingly, the majority of us, unless we’re in politics, recognise that is not going to be the case. So, it is time to apply the YES! Filter.

If we ditch the procrastination, there is a lot of space for yes. What we want from our work, what it adds to our lives beyond money, who we work with, and what that work does. 

It is recognising that we have choices and that those choices carry responsibilities.

Every business and every project is finite and the span is getting shorter. There is the initial energy and excitement and the security of funding until it gets to viability and assumes responsibility for its own survival. Then, there is then a period of relative performance until, inevitably, the overhead it incurs provides the entropy that causes it to adapt more slowly than its environment requires, and it expires. The average period of time for this is around seven years for most businesses. It is only the ones feeding off surpluses gathered in slower times that last a while longer.

This means that what we will be doing in ten years’ time will be very different from today and that unless we are preparing for that, even though we cannot know what it is, we are relying on luck.

Which brings me back to the “YES!” filter; if we are just getting by, waiting for a normal that is not coming back, we are wasting opportunity. There are many unfamiliar, even scary things emerging that will reveal those “YES!” areas if we embrace them. 

Adopting growth mindsets, being grateful for what we are being offered, and resisting the temptation to stay put until it all blows over. 

It is not a time to just accept what we are being offered, it is time to create what we want, because we have things to do for people down the road.

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Richard Feynman

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