On Monday morning, October 6th, two headlines appeared on the front page of CNBC.com?s website.
- Goldman Sachs: Recession Risks are High and Rising
- Buffett: Chance of US Recession ‘Very, Very Unlikely’
My first thought was, Wow!? How could two very respected financial voices have such a different view on essentially the same set of data??
My second thought was how great the daily contrast of thoughts, ideas and opinions provides such incredible validation and reinforcement to look within ourselves for answers.
If we spent hours, days, months trying to figure out who’s right (Goldman or Buffet), we would have missed the point entirely. There is no right answer as the factors and assumptions to make either of these statements correct will probably change 1,000 times before either of these hypotheses will be able to be proven.
Either way, does it really matter? There will be plenty of people who will thrive if the world is falling apart, and others who will fail as world economies begin to skyrocket.
The real message, in my opinion, is as long as we look outside of ourselves for answers on how we are supposed to feel about life (economy, relationships, career, etc.) we will never be able to live the life we were intended to live.
In one of his many inspirational quotes, Steve Job’s discussed this very point. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Nobody outside of yourself can truly know what path you are intended to go down. So stop allowing all the noise around you to shape your thoughts, beliefs and actions, and begin to listen closer to the voices within.
If Goldman Sachs and Warren Buffett can’t even provide a common roadmap for the state of our economy, do you really think your mom knows it is your life’s destiny to become a doctor?