February 13, 2015
Watching a press conference the other day with Obama and Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, I had an eye opening moment.
They were discussing the crisis in Ukraine and whether they should supply “lethal aid” to the Ukrainian government and army to help their fight against the Russian invaders…I mean, um…Separatist rebels (does this remind anyone else of Star Wars?).
Lethal aid. That’s a life or death decision. If we supply lethal aid, more Russians will die. Of course, if we don’t supply lethal aid, more Ukrainians will die. Either way, people die.
But the thought of making this decision and determining the best way to respond to this crisis, really makes my problems seem insignificant.
It’s easy for me to get stressed out about project, employee and client issues. Nothing ever goes according to plan and being the boss is wrought with challenges.
You can’t say running a fast growing business isn’t stressful, but at least I don’t have to decide who lives and who dies. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
Next time you’re freaking out about a missed deadline or an unmet expectation or a problem employee, take a minute to be thankful that your problems are so small and don’t require “lethal aid.”