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  • Writer's pictureAntonise De Wet

Bright Side of Uncertainty

Assume you are standing in front of two doors.

You have two choices.

Open Door 1 to receive an ELECTRIC SHOCK.

Choose the mystery behind Door 2 instead.

Door 2 may or may not be better than Door 1, but you won't know until you open it.

What do you decide?

Which door would you choose to open?

Most people would choose Door 1.

That's because most of us would rather have known pain than risk the unknown. And this is true even if we have a 50/50 chance of getting something better, rather than worse, with Door 2.

Why? Because we crave predictability. We are more at ease when we know what to expect, even if it is certain pain, because we can prepare for it. We are hyper-aware of the possibility of pain when there is uncertainty. We're always on edge, waiting for the ball to fall. That is stressful and exhausting until we have certainty. And, regardless of the outcome, the waiting and worrying causes its own pain. That is how uncertainty takes over our minds and outlook. And this can have disastrous consequences.


It keeps us from taking advantage of the priceless opportunities that come with uncertainty. As a result, we miss out on taking advantage of all the benefits that uncertainty can provide. So, how can we make lemonade out of the lemons of uncertainty? Let's look at some of the incredible silver linings of uncertainty to find out

7 Surprising advantages of embracing the bright side of uncertainty:

1. Uncertainty inspires new thought

2. Uncertainty builds character

3. Uncertainty gives us a reality check

4. Uncertainty spotlights our priority

5. Uncertainty makes us more resilient

6. Uncertainty adjusts our perspective

7. Uncertainty makes us more grateful

Like life, uncertainty can become what you make of it — and how you approach it can make ALL the difference in what you get out of it. Financial Lesson: Enjoy a More Fulfilling Life by Learning How to Deal with Uncertainty Better

Have you encountered any of these unexpected windfalls?

Whether you have or have not, you will have another opportunity in the future. Because, whether we like it or not, uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Unknowns, large or small, can appear at any time. And they can cause us to be unsure about our options, choices, and future.

But all is not lost.

Uncertainty can be extremely gratifying. In fact, uncertainty, like life, can become what you make of it — and how you approach it can make or break what you get out of it. That is why it is beneficial for us to practice living with uncertainty. If we can do that, the silver linings can become golden opportunities for us to grow and prosper.

So, how do we approach uncertainty better?

We can start by accepting it, instead of resisting it.

And we can focus on the positive and check ourselves when we’re spiraling into the worst-case what-ifs.

We can also turn to someone we trust for support and words of reason.


Paavan Kotini, CEO & Principal Advisor Kotini & Kotini (804) 372-8307

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