It is no secret that the world has gone nuts. Again. Increasing uncertainty seems to be the name of the game, even the 'get a job at a massive company' strategy is failing many people.
The trick for any of us, and our business to survive, and indeed thrive in such an environment is to fight rather than flight.
Here are three things I learnt from fighting, I did some hand to hand combat training a while back.
Three necessary things to survive chaos
What can be more chaotic than being physically attacked? Your whole world thrown into chaos in an instant. Here are three things we learnt and they are great metaphors for surviving and thriving in almost any chaos.
2. Fight Forward
'If you are going through hell, just keep going'
When you finally choose your move, you better keep moving forward. Always forward. NEVER backward. Moving forward with aggression surprises your opponent, it pushes them off balance.
As in life and work, the moment you freeze for too long at least, you will break down. Keep going, do the task that is on your desk today as brilliantly as you can.
3. Finish the move.
Once you decide to attack, to move, you better be prepared to go all the way. No one will give you a break, or a do-over, if you make a mistake halfway through.
Adapt quickly, but finish the move, never ever quit half way through. You can always reassess after, and redesign for next time.
As in life and work, nothing as bad as a garage full of half finished projects. Finish the work, learn from the mistakes, try again.
I am a flâneur, which basically means I spend a lot of time in coffee shops watching the world go by.