After the worst recession in 2008, it caused many people losing faith economic development because jobs were scarce and saturated. It had caused many young graduates graduated from colleges or universities unable to find stable jobs. These fresh graduates were found to be better-educated compare to their predecessors. Many young people unable to find stable and well – paid jobs but only contractual jobs which are low – paid and it can be a very unstable cost of hiring and retaining of employees. Also, if you read the terms of the employment contract before you sign the dotted lines, you will realise that it is a temporary job with a 1-year contract where it is no longer like the baby boomers generation where jobs were permanently or lifetime employment that was once stable and secured. Because of these reasons, it had given rise to a new form of job opportunities which is freelancing and remote working where economists called it ‘gig economy’. These types of working are also known as digital nomads, these phenomena were caused by the book ‘The Four Work Week’ written by Tim Ferris.
However, being a digital nomad or freelancer either a location – independent isn’t that easy because it can be very uncertain unlike once knew lifetime employment, job security and fixed salary. In this situation, this is known as uncertainty. Our life is filled with uncertainty especially in a world filled with uncertain because the world is changing at a fast pace where everything is at our doorstep because of technological advancement where everything is low cost.
What I am trying to share with you life can be very uncertain as humans feel anxiety about being uncertain in an age where everything that seems so ‘what if’ and ‘what may happen or may not happen’. As human beings, if we know the future then we won’t be able to the toughness of bitter as what God trying to test us with. This is because when you read your Bible and Buddhist scriptures then you will know what means for accepting uncertainty.
Accepting uncertain doesn’t mean accepting negativity into your life but many well-known entrepreneurs, philosophers and inventors could tolerate uncertain because they knew that tough times will breed opportunity, eventually reap its benefits from it. This concept also accepted by many billionaires. To accept uncertainty in your life which means you are giving yourself to take on the challenges of life that throw at you, it is the greatest lesson where colleges never teach you to hone your skills to accept the uncertainty in your life after the roller coaster ride of recession.
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” ~John Allen Paulos
Here are four tips for you how to deal with uncertainty in your life:
Ignore the voices in your head – This is where you heard your negative voices, it is a norm. But, in reality, you have the power to ignore it by trying to listen to your positive voices which are your intuition. Somehow, they already knew what you really want in your life.
Prepare for different possibilities – ‘Life is filled with possibilities’. Always try to open to different possibilities and it doesn’t mean that it can be a sad ending. However, whatever the outcome of that possibilities, you can always enjoy the ride like a car driving through a long and winding road. All you got to do, embrace both certainty and uncertainty of an outcome. All you got to do, you can just play with it by embracing it. Remember these words ‘sometimes when you’re alone, it will take you to an unexpected finding or journey.’
Be confident about your coping and adapting skills – To deal with an uncertainty, you need to assure yourself about your ability to manage the negativity. You don’t need to tell yourself that you need to expect the worst. After all, it is dealing more with the difficulty that you’re facing. It means that you have the capability to rise to the challenge of obstacles.
Focus on what you can control – Let it go if you can’t control the things that you can’t, but you need to focus on the things that you can control your finances while your bank account stuck. Always remember that something is always beyond your control but as long as you take care of the current situation then the outcome will take care of itself.