There’s a large team of us out for a walk together.
We need to get from one side of the street to the other.
How might we mitigate the involved risks?
TEAM WALK RULES:
— Use a crosswalk if there’s one nearby.
— Nominate a director/leader to give ‘wait’ and ‘walk’ orders.
— Traffic Checking System: Look left, then right, then left again.
— Don’t dilly dally while crossing: maintain a reasonable pace
— Stick with the group, and follow the rules
That looks like a solid list… if traffic injury was what we were trying to avoid.
None of that protects us from getting struck by lightning or swept up by a tornado, though.
A narrowly focused Risk-Aversion-Plan is just asking to be blindsided by a rare, devastating crisis.
Everyone knows to look both ways before crossing the street, but looking up? Checking for storm clouds before venturing out?
That takes a little extra effort, and a little effort is what separates them from us.
What usually hurts us the most are the things we didn’t see coming, but we’re going to see those things coming, think critically, and act accordingly.
Look all around.
COVID-19 has a lot of people worried about their future. A healthy concern is ok, so long as it drives some positive action. Just remember, while everyone’s looking left and right, the ones that are truly going to come out of this crisis on top are the folks that thinking deeper about every angle and every possibility. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Let’s figure this thing out.