‘Our greatest fear is not that we are small and insignificant. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’

– Nelson Mandela

So what did Mr Mandela have to go through to come up with that ?

Well, he spent 27 years in prison. A bit of a crisis maybe.

If you don’t want to risk becoming great, I think I understand. What crisis might you be letting yourself in for ?

I’m kind of old now, but in a way just starting out. My life has been full of crisis and I’ve spent a lot of it trying to avoid them. Well, they tend to be shocking, embarrassing and generally painful

Is it in Mandarin Chinese that the word for crisis is the same as the word for opportunity?

What about this one? ‘If you don’t take the opportunity, sooner or later the crisis will come for you.’ That would be true if our shared destiny or purpose is to become great, in our own way, whether we like it or not.

I’ve gone back to school. On the second day I got to feel like a beginner again, learning the next wave of The Secret Mystery Of Computers And What They Do. This is my first ever blogpost, which I couldn’t have done if I hadn’t gone back to the beginning and through the crisis of appearing totally ignorant again.

When a crisis hits you, say hello crisis.

Then be sure to fall over. That way you find out where the ground is. Having done that, you can then use it to stand up and start taking steps again.

There is one real advantage about being in crisis. There’s only time for action. No time left to feel sorry for myself, there’s too much going on.

So if you don’t have one, make one. Some people would call it thrill seeking.


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