Joshua Fuson Under Fire!
Are you worried about the future?
Man, have I gotten a lot of flack the past couple of weeks for having my “head in the sand” about our economy!
Thing is, I don’t give bad news much attention. So I’m starting to get feedback from people asking if I’m oblivious to “everything” that’s going on.
They’re saying “Joshua Fuson has his head in the sand”.
I’m not oblivious at all.
But if you have worried for more than 5 minutes about the state of our economy and how it will affect you, then I have a very important exercise that will either help you tremendously or scare the hell out of you.
I’m not exaggerating.
It starts with a few questions:
What if you woke up tomorrow, and you had no idea where your next meal was coming from?
What if some jerk dumped sugar in your cars gas tanks – rendering them useless?
What if your insurance company turned Enron and went bankrupt?
What if your financial adviser decided to move to Paraguay, and take your 401k with him?
What if the Internet crashed, we ran out of oil, a meteor hit the pentagon, China stopped selling us stuff, and Russia invaded Alaska?
We’d all be screwed, right?
Sure. We’d all be screwed.
Ok – this is the important part…
Right after you concluded that you were screwed, what would you do?
Call your parents?
Try to sell all your possessions on Ebay?
Dig a hole and hide?
You probably don’t know what you would do.
I sure don’t know what I would do if all that stuff happen. I just know I would do what needed to be done to continue.
And you probably would too.
I’m very aware of the climate in the US and other countries right now.
There is a lot of fear out there.
But I can honestly tell you there’s none over here.
And I’m not saying that to be some over-confident jerk that is underestimating the state of affairs. I have a business that depends solely on consumer discretionary income, a mortgage, a 10 month old child, and another kiddo on the way.
I’m not unaware all.
In fact, I’m very aware.
I’m aware that there are some countries in which the majority of the populace does not know where their next meal is coming from.
I’m aware that while publicly traded markets, exotic financial instruments, and “professional investing” has multiplied wealth in this county, wealth existed and flourished well before their existence, and will continue long after their extinction.
I’m aware that the world we live in has survived ego-centric tyrannical rulers, economy-decimating wars, famines, plagues, natural disasters, terrorists, and all other sorts of fear-inducing scenarios.
And through it all – we continue to live.
Through it all – we continue to pass pass the world we live in to the next generation.
The question I ask myself has nothing to do with plagues, disasters, or political leaders.
The question I ask myself after I wake up every day is –
“What am I doing to improve this world today, to make it better for the next generation?”
And I make sure that every morning…I have a distinct answer.
I know what I will do and focus on each day to contribute to a better world.
We live in a world with no certainty. A world full of “what if’s” and potential disasters.
And hard times might come.
It might REALLY suck.
But we’ll get through it (and even thrive) if we wake up each day, committed to do all that is in our power to improve this world.
So go ahead – be aware of what is going on around you, what’s happening in the world, etc.
Be aware that you can’t control tsunami’s, financial crashes, the mistakes of our elected officials, etc.
But be acutely aware of what you focus on, and what you do. Because that will define you, just as it defines all of us.
That’s the exercise.
Once you realize that what you do and focus on is really all you can control, you can hopefully see how it simply makes no sense to focus on and fear potential situations that may or may not materialize, and instead, focus on and participate in the constructive opportunities that you have in front of you today to create the situations you want to materialize tomorrow.
Hope this helps.