Learning to live like Doctor Who

Child in a rowing boatWhen I was 19 I took my youngest brother boating on a nearby pleasure lake. He was only six years old and as I rowed us both across the shallow water he became quite scared.

I stopped and explained that because this was the first time he’d been in a boat, the rocking was completely different from anything he’d ever experienced before. No wonder it seemed weird! But actually there was no real danger: the boat wasn’t tipping over in the way he was afraid it might. And even if we did fall in, the water was so shallow we could easily walk to shore. Once he got used to it, paddling around in the boat could even be fun!

The times of churning we are living through are a little bit like this: some of the changes we face are different from anything we have experienced before but usually there is no real danger.

The later steps in the process will help us to work out if there is danger, find more alternatives to deal with it, and choose the one that’s best for us.

But for now, our first task is to learn to centre and ground ourselves and stay calm despite the rocking.

Our first step to becoming antifragile is to learn to live like Doctor Who and to see the challenges we face as an opportunity for adventure!

Have you ever worried too much about something that was very unlikely to happen? Did you think through “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then put a plan in place for what to do if it did? Would it be fun to live like Doctor Who?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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