The secret to making uncertainty our friend is to look at the alternative. When we do, certainty and its cousin predictability are a form of hell. All turns out as it should be not as we hope.
Forget about any hopes of your children having a better life than you do. Research shows that in terms of income and status children usually end up on the same rung as their parents. Without our friend uncertainty, this would be certain.
Creativity and innovation would be gone too. Why? Mike Fox, a man who has devoted decades to studying these, says that motivation threw all predictions of creativity out the window. Without our friend, motivation would not matter.
Do you have an outside chance of getting a job? A promotion? It is no longer there. Those will always go to the favorites no matter what happens. Nothing you do will matter.
Trying to do the impossible? You would fail. It would be certain. Nothing would change that. There would be no hope of us even being wrong about that.
No Hope without Uncertainty
When dictators set up shop, the first thing they do is remove hope. They remove hope that things could change. They want certainty. Without our friend uncertainty, hope does not exist.
There would be no miracles, no underdogs, no Davids to slew Goliaths. A single highly motivated person would not be able to achieve something totally out of proportion to his or her personality, education, intelligence, skills and background.
The Secret to Making Uncertainty Our Friend
The secret to making uncertainty our friend is realizing that without it we would not prevail against the odds, the doubters and the critics. We would not prevail over the facts, statistics, calculations and logic that say, “It’s impossible.”
Our friend allows us to challenge all of them by asking, “Is it certain?” Of course it is not. Uncertainty is alive and well. It helps us do what others say we cannot do. It is our friend.