Risk is what’s left over after you think you’ve thought of everything.
We are really good at managing risk by looking backward and preparing ourselves to handle a situation we’ve already seen… only better this time.
But we’re not very good at preparing for something we can’t even imagine.
That’s a real bummer because “something we can’t even imagine” is precisely what we need to be prepared for.
It’s not the car you see coming that will kill you… it’s the one you don’t.
Let me be clear: The point of this is not to cover yourself in bubble wrap and lock yourself in the house. Nor is the point to create specific event-based insurance for all possible worst-case scenarios.
The point is simply to foster general resilience.
You know—like an emergency fund.
Because, guess what… emergencies will happen. And when they do, general resilience provides a margin of safety.
That’s what will protect you from the thing you never saw coming… not trying to predict the future. And certainly not bubble wrap.
P.S. As always, if you want to use this sketch, you can buy it here.
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