Living with Uncertainty

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So when you leave the Mothership, you have to re-imagine yourself. Ok, that’s seems simple enough. Except you don’t know what you are going to be until you have got there.

We are not used to uncertainty. On the Mothership, there is no uncertainty. We have budgets, forecasts, plans and 5 year business cases. Our calendars are bulging with meetings and events and we can’t do anything random for the next 3 months. If you want to get something done, you just find out what the process is and follow that and it will deliver the outcome you want. We can predict the future and control when we get there!

Of course, we can’t. It’s all nonsense, especially in today’s world. However, we entered the workforce when things were more stable and this stuff sort-of worked and it gave us the illusion that we were in control, we knew what would happen next.

We cling to this illusion because we hate uncertainty. As humans were are programmed to fear it, so we create these myths, these stories and we pretend there isn’t any.

Only now there is. Everything is uncertain. You have to learn how to live with it, how to embrace it because uncertainty is where all the good stuff lies. Opportunities. Creativity. Innovation. The new you.

You can’t know who you will be until you get there.

The image, “Question Mark” is copyright © 2012 brianfallen97 and made available under a CC Attribution Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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