Thinking Clearly — Archive of past newsletters Volume 1

#108 – What to do when shit hits the fan?

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Hello Wonderful!

“What will you do when shit hits the fan?” my dear friend Kane asked me after I had shared my worries of failing in business and running out of money. I don’t worry all the time, but when I do, it gets in the way of doing things and enjoying it while I do it. Kane reminded me that there are people out there who will help me if I ask. Do you ever worry about stuff in the future?

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You will need

_Notebook + pens

_15-20 minutes

_A good cappuccino


Set the frame

Divide the page in two. On the left side draw the little cliff diagram as above. On the right make a parachute like below. Leave room for notes.



  1. Which cliff is this? Going bankrupt with your company? Losing your job? Define which cliff you’re on.
  2. When will you reach the edge? Maybe you will have to do a little math. Be precise.
  3. You may not know exactly what will happen beyond the edge but try to describe what you imagine. What are you afraid could happen? This is not easy!Screen shot 2013-10-22 at 10.22.11
  4. On the right side of the page, make a list of the ten people you would ask for help.
  5. Optional: write a short letter to one of these ten, as if you had hit the edge.


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Hugs and love until next week. Mathias







(Traduction française disponible)

 #108 FR


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