Weiss Advice Issue: 244, November 2023
By the time you read this, I don’t know what the situation in Israel will be after the brutalized slaughter of civilians created by Hamas. I expect a lot of Palestinians will have been killed and wounded, along with Israeli civilians and military.
Meanwhile, after over 600 days, the grinding attrition in Ukraine continues, with apparently deliberate Russian missile attacks on hospitals and malls. (The Hamas killers threw grenades at ambulances.) Many people have lost everything they had.
From Afghanistan to India, from Brazil to the Philippines, drought, flooding, earthquakes, and fires have killed and injured tens of thousands. The US has suffered from these disasters, as well.
They are often “dismissed” on the media when the following story is about a reality show, or a cooking show, or the weather report. They are diminished by the mundane reporting surrounding them.
I remark on all of this to remind you of how fortunate we all are.
So there is really no excuse to be afraid of a business meeting, to fear asking for a referral, or to avoid spending a relatively few dollars on personal development. We tend to think our own challenges (which we too often call “obstacles”) are the worst that can happen to us.
My advice here is to gain some perspective. Understand that you are not the center of this universe and that you have it pretty damn good. So instead of complaining about issues which other people would love to have as their gravest problem, “man-up” (woman-up? person-up?) and deal with them.
TIAABB, there is always a bigger boat, but there’s always a smaller boat, too.
© Alan Weiss 2023
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