Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quit trying to guess the future

Just a quick thought.

Quit trying to guess the future.

When the people of Germany voted for Hitler, I am sure no one expected what all was to come. When America voted Ronald Reagan, I remember educated people saying he would start WW3. The leaders of the Russian Church were arguing over decorating hours before they were killed by the communist. In WW2 many thought that Germany was going to win and the allies had no chance. On 9/11 everyone thought it was just another day. 

I could go on but the thought here is that we are really horrible at guessing our futures. We often try to adjust our lives to what we feel is coming and it never arrives. To make things worse some of the things we never considered as possible actually happen. We just aren’t that smart. 

What should we do?

I think the key is not to figure out what is going to happen in the future, but to live our lives and run our businesses on solid truths. Are things going to happen? Yes, but you are more likely to succeed by living by those principles than to try to constantly adapt to the whims of the day. No, it won’t save us from everything that is going to happen, but it is a better guide than trying to guess the future.  

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