The economy is down, down, down. Stock markets are crashing. Pensioners are emptying their bank accounts and hiding their life's savings under the mattress.
Economists are pontificating about what politicians should have done in the past and what should be done in the future.
The messages are always the same. Bad times sweep everybody. We are all victims. There is nothing you can do. Help is on the way. Somebody important is coming to help you. Somebody is going to take over your problems and get them fixed. All you have to do is hide under the table and wait.
Well, if I were you, I wouldn't believe a word of all that. Crises are times of extraordinary opportunity. Times to implement your best ideas at an amazingly low cost. Times to make the bold professional move that you have been postponing. Times to start up a company for a pittance.
Be like the dog who is used to pissing every afternoon on an dead tree. One morning, the municipality removes the dead tree. The dog walks by in the afternoon, stops, and stares at the place where the dead tree used to be. The dog is puzzled, but only for a minute. Then it walks further and pisses on the next tree. It's that simple.
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