The Simple Philosophy You Can Use to Handle Anything
How to deal with the ebbs and flows of life
Imagine a few months ago someone telling you that the entire planet earth would be shut down. You wouldn’t have believed it. Yet here we are.
They say “the only constant is change,” which is why I’ve developed a certain philosophy to deal with it — equal parts pragmatism and risk.
Ok, what am I talking about?
Well, I often talk about the fact that nothing is guaranteed in life. If you’ve been reading my work for a while, you know I talk about mortality quite a bit.
I talk about the fact that “being safe” and trying to “avoid risk” doesn’t make sense in the context of facing death every day.
Using that lens, the default view would be to chase after every single dream you have, live each day like your last, and focus on doing everything in your power to succeed now instead of telling yourself “eventually.”
But then, on the other hand, you also have to live your real life. You’re not in a position to just drop everything and do whatever you want. This is why I suggest slowly building out a project or working on a major goal on the side while you live your normal life in the hopes that it’ll pay off one day.
You get the best of both worlds here. You can be on the path to following your dream, so even if you’re not all the way there yet you can feel proud that even if you died before you accomplished it, you tried. And you can also be safe and pragmatic.
After you reach that tipping point where you can take your dream full-time (if that’s what you want to do), then you live below your means and save up for a rainy day.
See, being in a position of having full ownership of your life exposes the inherent riskiness of life. When you’re employed, you can be lulled to sleep and think you have “job security” when you don’t.
I built this philosophy to handle any situation. I can’t predict what the future holds, but I can count on change being the only constant, so I structure my life to learn how to be more adaptable every day.
So, what does that mean for you?
Take the current times we’re in and use them as a lesson.
I admit, when this whole thing started, I got a little heavy-handed by telling people that they must use this time to be productive.
But then I remember people have kids at home and many other variables that can keep them from being able to use this time the same way as others.
Regardless, I do encourage you to come out of this time with a lesson that will teach you to be more adaptable in the future.
Say you are someone who really wishes they had time to focus on a project, but you’re with your kids 24/7 and it’s just not feasible. Ok, no judgment. But think about what you’re going to do differently when the world opens back up and you have access to childcare again.
Say you got caught flat-footed financially. Think about how you’re going to be more adaptable with money in the future. Think about finally giving online business a sincere chance to build a cash buffer and a bridge to your eventual freedom.
In general, think about how you should structure your life given the fact that, as you can clearly see now, it can be upended at any moment.
Or…it could just end.
The crazy thing about this situation? We’re starting to get used to it! It’s become a new normal and people are settling into the fact that things won’t be “normal” for quite some time. Don’t get lulled into complacency now either.
Always think about the next move. Always.
Ayodeji is the Author of Real-Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement. Grab your free checklist here — The Ultimate Guide to Discovering Your Natural Talents and Strengths.