Mr. Doubting Thomas & Mrs. Doubt-Fire – 2021

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” H.P. Lovecraft wrote those words in the 1920s and they are still relevant today and will be more relevant in 2021 and beyond.

These days of the “New Normal”, inevitably means Online Banking transactions, Online Marketing, Online selling and buying of Services and Products, online booking, e-commerce, Online Classes for Schools, Colleges, University Students, Online shopping, Online FOREX Trading, Online Training, lonely working from Home, Online on your Personal Computer (PC), Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone, attending online presentations, Virtual meetings, Workshops, Training and Conferences using ZOOM, Webinars, Podcasts, Microsoft Teams, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, Snapchats and other Social media etc.

We are always being introduced to Subjects we never knew existed in 2000 or indeed paid attention to such as Machine Learning, Coding, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and the cyber world of the Digital Currency, Cryptos, Block Chains and Digital Wallets. We all need to understand where the World is moving to. We all need to play catch up. You speed up or get peed on. The Digital Currency is simply unstoppable. The train is still moving and moving forward. We just have to trade with the trend and jump on now in 2021 if you are already not on. If you you have to fall, fall forward but make sure you wake up, dust yourself up and move forward. Do not just make movements. Rocking Chairs and Rocking Horses make movements but they do not go anywhere. You have to take action and move forward.

It is understandable to question things. A doubting Mr. Thomas and or a Mrs. Doubt-Fire is a skeptic person who refuses to believe without direct personal experience, someone who rarely trusts or believes things before having proof : a doubtful or skeptical person. Granted, but how will you prove if you are not willing to find out by learning? Some learning and knowledge is acquired through practical action of doing, e.g. When you are told to Download Apps on App Store or Google Store on your Mobile Phone or Google Search up the name of the Company. You do in order to learn more.

Willingness to learn is defined as a desire, wish or readiness to acquire new knowledge and develop. It means that a person does not want to stand in one place, wishes to be more qualified and keep up with the modern trends and tendencies. It refers to both professional competence and general education. This willingness to learn is an extremely valuable quality to have especially now and beyond 2021. As all aspects of society are constantly changing, your willingness to learn will ensure you can adapt, grow, and be successful in many areas of human endeavor.

One thing is for sure “Success won’t fall in your lap — you have to pursue it”, Beyond being personally or professionally beneficial, taking risks may be a necessary step in actively pursuing success. Embracing risk-taking helps you overcome a fear of failure. Arianna Huffington has long identified the fear of failure as a major roadblock to success. You don’t achieve your dreams by playing it safe. Risk-taking won’t only potentially benefit the career-path you’re already on — it may actually open you up to a world of possibilities you have yet to consider. President and CEO of EngenderHealth Pamela Barnes urged female professionals to leave their comfort zone in order to achieve their potential in an interview with The Grindstone:

“It is fear that reinforces the walls we build, people are afraid to be swayed from their convictions, afraid to question their moral instincts and expose themselves to ideas that may challenge the fabric of their entire existence, but what are we if we are not seeking to better ourselves?” ― Aysha Taryam

“In moments of great change we suffer, somehow hoping deep down that our emotions and our dramas can change the future or prevent it from happening. Future happens regardless.” Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D. May I add, Digital currency is here to stay. What we thought of the FUTURE is already happening. We are already in the FUTURE on CRYPTOS. We just have to learn them.

The term risk-averse describes the investor who chooses the preservation of capital over the potential for a higher-than-average return. You may be so bogged down with worries about the consequences of taking a risk that you forget there are consequences involved with not taking a risk also. If you never take risks, you will always be settling and living with regret. This constitutes a serious risk as well, as you may not be living the fulfilling life you really want.[1]

Let go of what others think. Stop living the life that you think other people expect you to live, and start living the life you really want to live. If you aren’t constantly worrying about disappointing others or embarrassing yourself, it will be much easier for you to take risks in life.[2]

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan “Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” — Samuel Johnson

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain.

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.” — Samuel Johnson.

A Chinese proverb goes like this. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”

Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor. You can’t always be watching from the terraces or the Balcony. The floor is open. The music is playing. The DJ/MC is live. You have to Dance. “Let’s Dance in 2021 and Beyond” Happy New Year 2021. See you at the Top. The Bottom is just too crowded Lol!

Published by Kemman

Regulatory and Independent Consulting Professional with expertise in Financial Crime Risk Compliance encompassing Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering Terrorism Financing (CTF), Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC – FCPA & UKAB), Global Trade & Sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD), Internal Audit Testing, Reviews, Validation, Risk Assessment. Worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America (USA). Banking & FinTech, Anti-Sex & Human Trafficking Advocate, FOREX & Cryptocurrency trading, Travel & Tours, Telecommunications & Energy.

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