Many of my friends in both the public and private sector have asked me why is it that I talk about racism in my blogs when the global economic situation is even more a worry to most people and that I should sometimes keep it light and fun. I do aim to to this as I think fun is an important ingredient in life. I agree that the global economic situation is a big problem and all eyes are on Greece this weekend as their general election on Sunday (tomorrow) will determine weather there will be a financial catastrophe throughout the world. Of course the euro crisis ultimately depends also on Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel and her austerity policies. For the ordinary person such as myself and my friends in the public and private sector, it impacts our financial well-being such as pay, pensions etc. My firefighter’s pension is being attacked as a result and even doctors in the UK are going on strike over pension cuts. And it’s the same all over the world. Business owners and even millionaires will not know if they will still have their wealth and livelihood in as much as a few months time.
My only advice in these tough times is to have composure in the ‘face of no agreement’. I know this from experience of trying to do my job whilst under personal and professional pressure. As a firefighter, I have been through all sorts of tough times personally and professionally and remained composed in the process. For example, let’s look at some recent sporting success ( yes the sporting analogy again). England’s football team managed to stay composed to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-3 last night in Ukraine. They are a new team under new management and faced pressure both on and off the pitch ( see last week’s blog ). By staying composed, they turned the game around and won. Tiger Woods is getting back to his best golf in the US open this weekend. Two and a half years ago he had the worst set back both in his sport and business, almost never playing again due to mistakes he made in his personal life. He went from tiger to cheater with his wife and kids and had to face the consequences. He managed to stay composed in the face of no agreement and has now turned his game around and hopefully his life too. So, the message I’m sending here is to have composure in the ‘face of no agreement’. Find out more about how I coped with tips in my new book — ” Firefighting from within “