What Worried You Away From Doing Your Job?

Trigger Question #4

Don’t let worrying distract you from doing your job, which includes worrying about the worst.

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Once upon a time we worried about many things, big and small. We even worried about things that we knew, deep down, would never happen.

That was then. This is now. Now even things we could not imagine are happening. Things we did not know we should worry about. Like Big Nasty Things playing out on the global stage. A modern-day pandemic, for example.

The problem with those Big Nasty Things is that they hijack your attention from the little local things you actually should worry about.

Hang on. Stop worrying for a minute and consider this: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Who said that? Mark Twain? Yes, he did. Winston Churchill? So did he. And so did a host of others over centuries. Who knows who really said it first.

Maybe it was Seneca the Younger who started the trend way back in AD 50ish or so. He said, “There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!”

And here we are centuries later, still worrying about troubles that we may never have to face.

Ah, but. Your job as a manager is to consider all possibilities so that you, and your team, are prepared, even for the worst. The beauty about being prepared for the worst is that, if it happens, you won’t be surprised into inaction.

So worry, I say, but don’t let worrying distract you from doing your job. Which includes worrying about the worst. (Make sense of that, if you can!)

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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