What Canadians Can Teach Us About Risk and Survival
Everyone is a genius when times are good.
Costs are low, supply chains are working smoothly, demand is high, laws are favorable, and interest rates are low. We’re making more money than we know what to do with. The problem is when we assume good times will always be good. Our sunny San Diego-like environment can become a barren Siberian wasteland.
Everyone is a victim when times are bad.
Costs rise, supply chains buckle, demand drops, interest rates rise, and laws become stricter. Money isn’t easy anymore. We have a few choices when these things happen. We can do nothing and hope things get better. Or if we actually want to survive, we can take a hint from Canadians. Every winter Canadians can choose to hunker down, play ice hockey, and eat poutine. Or they can go to Florida.
The lesson is that we don’t control the environment, but we do control how we adapt and which environments we choose. This is why the first step to surviving our environment is understanding it. That means knowing what makes it habitable and why it would become uninhabitable. Next is understanding how we can adapt to our environment or change to a better one.
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