When the power goes out, does your business come to a screeching halt? In the past month, there have been continual rainstorms, typhoons, cyclones, and a 6.7 earthquake, but none of that has put me out of business…
The Secret of the Black Swan
Unexpected things happen all the time.
We can't predict what those surprises will be – only that they will happen.
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The stock market will eventually drop, there will be another housing bust, and another bank will close.
We know that something like this will happen, but we don't know which bank or when it will close.
Having a plan for when stuff goes upside-down is the key to success.
Plan for a Rainy Day
We are so used to technology that we look for high-tech solutions to everything.
You might have heard the story that NASA spent millions developing a pen that would work in space, while the Russians just used pencils.
While this story is actually a myth, the principle holds true.
Sometimes the best solutions are low-tech.
You can get a lot of work done with a pen and a notebook.
Nearly every aspect of my business goes through a series of planning stages before I take action.
Just organizing a few outlines in a notebook can massively increase the speed of projects when the power comes back on.
You don't know when the power will go out, the Internet will crash or you'll get stuck waiting for a meeting with nothing to do.
It's impossible to predict when you'll have some unexpected free time.
But be ready to take advantage of it using some special tricks.
- Surprises are inevitable
- With a little planning, they don't have to derail you
- Plan for surprises in advance
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