When confronted with anxiety and ambiguity, many of us feel paralysed. Cultivating an uncertainty capability can help you find a path forward.
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“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” —Michel de Montaigne
When confronted with a situation weighed with anxiety and ambiguity, like a pandemic, a lockdown and frightening news from the economy, it’s impossible for most of us to imagine any upside. We become paralysed; overwhelmed by events, we descend into a state of mind I call unproductive uncertainty. But there are some people who manage to see their way through that paralysis and find a positive path forward.
Specifically, some manage to make uncertainty work for them: innovators, entrepreneurs, CEOs, Nobel Prize winners, as well a
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