It’s Okay to be Concerned


It’s okay to be concerned about:

  • The economy and what it means for you over the  next few months;
  • That your client is struggling to find the means to pay you;
  • Feeling like the only one in the organisation who can see the point of what it is you do;
  • The bigger boys in your market diluting the impact your products and services deliver;
  • Not feeling like you have anyone to talk to.

Whatever it is that you are pre-occupied with, just remember that hundreds, if not thousands of other professionals like you have the same concerns.

The key is to be able to take an objective look at them in order to find a new way of addressing the situation.

Reach out to those around you in your network who may be able to offer a new perspective. Don’t sit there in your head feeling so bogged down in the detail that you cloud your vision and stifle your motivation.

Take a deep breath and go for a walk outside, sit in the local cafe and listen to the conversations around you. Whilst they may not necessarily understand what it is you do, you’ll realise that their own preoccupations could easily be broken down using your objective approach. In the same way, it’s always useful to find others around you who can be more objective to help you solve a problem or find a new idea (or two).

Put your game face on and realise that simply being concerned isn’t going to get you anywhere. You’re standing at the threshold of thousands of new opportunities and all you have to do is have the courage to step through.

And if you make a few mistakes along the way, well, so what? You’ll no doubt learn from each of these experiences and be the better for it.

Life is too short reader which is why this post is too. Get out there and have fun learning.

Susanne Dansey is the Managing Director of Purple Cow Ideas Management – an organisation that facilitates a paradigm shift in the collaborative nature of the ICT Industry. You can follow her on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.

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