May you live in interesting times

May you live in interesting times

In June 1966, Kennedy said:

There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.

You know I think that, if anything, this is truer today than it was 50 years ago.  Certainly, these are dangerous times for many, both in terms of life and death, but also in terms of quality of life, security of income and a host of other things that lead to that life you deserve.

The Opportunity

But I also think that this is a time of immense opportunity, where technology has enabled the little man to achieve great things for a very low entry cost.

Be it developing a product via money from crowd funding, self-publishing a book on Kindle, or promoting other people’s products via Facebook and email. In all these areas, total unknowns have become incredibly successful.

It’s true, many have fallen by the wayside, but that is the nature of things…. Many aspire, but few attain….you know, I might make that the title of a book! Many Aspire, but Few Attain.

So what is it that makes the difference between Interesting Times being a curse for some, and a Blessing for others?

I honestly believe to boils down to the willingness to take a risk. To move out of your comfort zone.  To ignore the naysayers, the stick in the muds, the timid, the jealous, the unimaginative, and strike out in search of glory.

Creativity and Energy

The two key elements Kennedy call out are… creativity and energy.

If you are a person of creative energy, then these interesting times are a blessing:

For creative, energetic people, the internet offers a myriad of opportunities, with next to low barrier to entry.

  • For them, these interesting times are a blessing.

For creative, energetic people, the internet offers the opportunity to engage and connect with a seemingly endless pool of prospective customers. For

  • For them these interesting times are a blessing.

For creative, energetic people who want to piggyback on the success of others, the internet offers a host of learning and coaching avenues. For them, these interesting times are a blessing.

  • For them, these interesting times are a blessing.

For creative, energetic people who refuse to believe that age, or race, or gender, or academic qualification,  or circumstance or anything else is an excuse  to stay where they are in life, the internet is simply busting with possibility. .

  • For them, these interesting times are a blessing.

Many aspire, but few attain

As I said before, many aspire, but few attain. Many people nowadays want to be rich, they slavishly fill in their lottery ticket each week, but few actually win.

Many people want to be famous, and post their pouting selfies on Facebook, Instagram and the like, but few make the headlines.

Many say they want to build an online business to free them from their current 9 to 5 existence, but few make the grade.

If you want to be one of the ones that attain, then recognise the opportunity this interesting time presents and start to take creative energetic action. Make things happen, Get things done. Tick of your goals. Make the most of every opportunity and decide that for you… these interesting times are going to be a blessing not a curse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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