Weathering Unpredictable Environments

With
our country in these seemingly unstable times, I have been thinking a
lot over the last few weeks about a concept and example given in the
book Great By Choice Jim Collins on the importance of preparation.
Although
this book is about strong leadership in successful businesses, I think
there are many life lessons that can be learned from it.
Here was the biggest:
In 1911, two teams of adventurers began their quest to be the first in modern history to reach the South Pole. Both
teams faced an uncertain and unforgiving environment with extremely low
temperatures and strong winds – without the fancy equipment we have
today.
In preparation, each team took a different approach.
Roald AmundsenAmundsen
was prepared for the trip with native stay in a similar environment,
the Inuit, to know their practices in clothing and transportation.
He also provided three times the amount of food needed and set a very
specific rhythm in travel and workout regimen driving the trip.
Robert ScottScott,
who had the same age and experience level as Amundsen, used motorized
sleds that was used for transportation, which were frozen at extreme
temperatures.
His men wore jackets that did not allow ventilation and sweat froze leaving his men frozen. I also wanted to avoid carrying an extra weight, so I did not bring any extra food. In good weather, they doubled their pace, leaving them exhausted and spent the days of bad weather.
Amundsen reached the South Pole 34 days before the Scott team and
returned to safety while competitors lost their lives in a terrible
storm.
Regardless, we will always live in an uncertain and unpredictable environment.
So the question is, are you an Amundsen or Scott?
How to train as Amundsen:

    Understand that there is uncertainty that we can not control
    
It rejects the idea that forces independent of their will to determine your results
    
Trains and prepares with fanatic discipline
    
Be creative in their ability to adapt to their environment
    
Be productive paranoid – the keywords being productive. This does not mean that you walk around fear and afraid to make decisions. This means that you constantly question “what if” to stay ahead of the ever-changing environment.
So
no recipe to share today, just a story of two men who have approached
the unpredictable forces of nature in two very different ways and the
lessons we can learn from them to prosper independently of the
circumstances.


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