Whoever said, “the best way to predict your future is to create it” was either a genius or completely nuts.
While on the wild and woolly Coronacoaster ride of your life, how can one practice pragmatic optimism?
Here are my two simple tips.
The first is to keep TRYING.
It takes 10 years to be an overnight success (Jeff Bezos).
Angela Duckworth (www.angeladuckworth.com) identifies the key driver of success is “grit” not “smarts”. Grit is passion and sustained persistence towards achieving something worthwhile sans the need for rewards or recognition along the way. Your heart has to be in "it".
The second is to keep LEARNING.
I’ve learnt more from my many mistakes than my few successes. Kids fall off a bicycle a few times ‘til they get it. Why is being "Adult" any different? By actively seeking feedback we can only get better. If you are constantly looking backwards ask these two questions:
Did I do what I think was right?
Did I do my best?
What has helped me is to focus on the PROCESS of “trying” and “learning” and not the END result.
Life feels like a David and Goliath-like battle with a silent killer atm.
All we can do is do what's right and do our best, and that is good enough.
PS Thx Peter Drucker for the quote, you were a genius.