One of the reasons why some people earn seriously big bucks is because of their ability to see beyond the headlines and look at the bigger picture.
Take me for example(preferably to a sunny beach somewhere) I like to think I'm bright (Voltaire said "The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”) But then I find myself suckered into a headline with an increasing sense of alarm even before reading or verifying the full story behind it.
Like many of you, my day starts with a quick visit to the BBC's home page and whilst that organisation can normally be relied upon not to frighten the horses, a quick visit to their page today screams; Working in an Office is as Bad as Smoking...which I'm sure had many people reaching for their lighters!
However, read on a little and the page is full of great news; Scientists have created a drug to halt Alzheimer's, the ICE Bucket challenge that was all the range a couple of years ago (fortunately not any more) was actually GOOD for us! Apparently, the responses it produced have helped big brains develop a cure for some types of that most cruel of diseases; Motor Neuron Disease. And finally, from those anti-Europeans (The Express) great news; post referendum, Britain is Booming. Just don't scroll back up the page to The Guardian's headline which says Britain's economy is suffering tremors post Brexit.
Hmm....we're definitely in the realms of 'you pays your money and takes your choice' aren't we?
The truth is that we are ALL in a period of uncertainty and no-one know for certain exactly what the future holds so it is more important than ever that we do an internal audit of our skills and assets before making a decision about what WE want. What lunatic gets into a car with no idea about where they want to go, then complains when they get there about the view, the traffic or even the journey. Oh ok, you know someone who does that too? Glad it's not just me!
Is it all about ambition and if so, is that good for the soul or do we get too caught up in the tomorrow without actually enjoying today? This article suggests otherwise and urges us all not to sell ourselves short. The author goes on to opine "Safe bets, generally speaking, are less valuable ones," and if we're all honest we'd have to agree that the greatest satisfaction, whether a domestic task or business challenge usually comes when something was really hard but we got there in the end.
What we need sometimes, is the motivation to keep going, the faith to believe we will get there and the support of good people which frankly, is worth it's weight in gold.