There are some things that can’t be “future proofed”
There’s a lot of talk in the bookkeeping industry about “future proofing” your business. And I don’t disagree with looking to the future and being prepared for changes ahead. But I also feel it’s important to give the other side of the picture, which is;
There are some things you just CAN’T “future proof”…. for example, life. Reality is hard, and often, harsh.
The hard thing about hard things
I read a fantastic book recently by Ben Horowitz called “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” (affiliate link). If you’re a bookworm I totally recommend! His whole premise of the book is about “building a business when there are no easy answers.” There are so many gurus out there selling their plans and formulas. But I loved this because it was real.
Horowitz’s experience is learned through trials that happen when things go wrong. Of course, it’s inevitable that things will go wrong in business. But then there is the rest of life that can also go wrong, affecting our abilities at work. But today I have another story I want to tell you about. My story.
When life doesn’t follow the plan
We all know from experience that no matter how prepared and positive we are, there are things that are simply out of our control. We live in a world that is obsessed with having a formula and a foolproof plan. But how about when life doesn’t go the way we expected?
I haven’t had the easiest life going around, and by the age of 21 I had already been through some major life events. But things were on the up and up. In 2006 I landed my dream job with an ASX Listed Company. Life was good and I finally though things were going to improve for me. The job was challenging, the staff were great and the company vision was something I believed in.
It seemed my future career in bookkeeping was over
It was hard for me to believe that a little over 12 months later I would be in hospital with a broken neck. I had always taken my physical and mental capabilities for granted. There’s no way I would have admitted it but deep down I believed I was invincible. But when I suddenly found myself without those abilities, my future career in bookkeeping looked impossible.
No amount of preparation could have prepared me for the season that followed. It was a season of darkness, depression, loneliness and addiction. It was a season that almost ended with me taking my life.
What should we really be investing in?
But it was the hardship of that season helped me to realise what’s really important and what I should be investing in. It was that season that developed in me the character of perseverance and the spirit of hope. There was no amount of “future proofing” that I could have done to stop the events from happening, but I believe by sharing my story you will be able to see into your own situation.
If you’re full of positivity and hope that you have in fact managed to future proof your future, then it might not be for you. But if you’re in a dark place or deep struggle right now, wondering if it will end or if you have just come out the other side, you will benefit from hearing my story.
Investing in your biggest asset
During my upcoming September webinar I’ll be delving into my personal journey through bookkeeping, and share some of the lessons I’ve learned about “the plan” and what’s really important.
TOPIC: Investing in your Greatest Asset
DATE: 4th Sept 8-9pm.
(if you have already registered for the series you will get email reminders).