Amid the fallout of the last few days, I've heard the same cry of 'it happened, let's just get on with it', and I've got to ask, 'get on with what?'. Nobody seems to be getting on with anything.
It's about time we started asking better questions, so we can work out what to do next.
The referendum question has exposed many more questions that need to be asked, and answered.
Those questions are for our politicians to get to work on. You've got more important questions to work on right now.
If you are concerned about the impact on you personally, then you've got to explore what it means for you and what your options are. The news feeds aren't going to help you (they're more interested in getting you to do things that will help them).
If you are running a business, then the common sense approach may be to freeze, and wait to see what happens.
But common sense has just proved itself to be lacking in a few key areas. If you have frozen, ask yourself:
Are your business growth goals really affected by this?
Or are they more affected by your appetite for growth, making that hire, closing that deal, launching that product?
Your decision is what matters now. Your actions are what will set you apart.
For a spot of timeless advice on how to act in times of adversity, may I recommend this excellent book (and audiobook) from Ryan Holiday.
If Rome's greatest emperor was alive today, apart from being very old, I'm sure he'd be a fan of this book, and recommending it to you too.
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius
We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities.