We live in uncertain times, but maybe the world has always been like this? Maybe things are just as uncertain today as they've always been? Maybe uncertainty is a constant, not a variable? Fact is, we simply don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. Uncertainty is constantly un-certain. But practically, what does this mean?
Maybe it means that, in reality, we all sit with questions and anxieties that is linked to uncertainty, yet uncertainty will never disappear - it's always there. Questions such as: should I change jobs, am I living in the right country, where should I send my kids to school, and will I have enough money are all just some of the common questions linked to uncertainty.
In truth, I believe no one knows the answers to these questions because it is simply uncertain.
Uncertainty is the same for everyone.
At the end of the day, no one knows what's going to happen tomorrow, no matter their wealth. Money does not buy you more certainty in the bigger scheme of things.
Sure, Bill Gates worries about vastly different things than me, but remember, we are not talking about worry, which is simply an emotion. I am talking about the real levels of uncertainty in our lives. Bottom-line, no-one knows what's coming. Life is uncertain for everyone.
Perceived uncertainty fluctuatesOf course, how we perceive uncertainty fluctuates as we live our lives. We may feel less uncertain in a car than in a plane or with our money in property than in the stock market. I think perceived uncertainty is our greatest enemy because it fools us to think things are sometimes much better than what they really are and other times much worse.
We either live in a state of euphoria or anxiety. Perceived uncertainty dictates our emotions and isn't based on the facts. We either stress too much or too little.
Perceived uncertainty doesn't care who you areIt doesn't matter if you are stinking rich or dirt poor - your perception of uncertainty can be sky high or rock bottom. In fact, one could argue that the beggar on the side of the road feels much less exposed to uncertainty because, in his mind, he knows exactly what's going to happen tomorrow: he will be back here, begging. He has nothing to lose and quite a predictable life. This leads me to plot the possible perception of uncertainty between myself and Bill Gates like this:
On any given day, either Bill or I might have a higher sense of perceived uncertainty. We often hear Hollywood stars struggle with anxiety, and I believe some of this proves that uncertainty can feel overwhelming to you no matter who you are.