The Soldier

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In a world at war with the coronavirus, your worst enemy is the game your mind plays with itself.

The soldier will lead

We have come into a time that few of us have encountered in life. A virus has invaded our borders, thrusting us onto a battlefield in which we are called to fight for our lives, both literally and figuratively. America hasn’t seen rationing like this since World War II. The panic that the coronavirus has caused in our minds has become a more serious threat than the illness itself.

Up until now, technology has been the insurgent enemy on the attack: roboadvisors like Betterment and Acorn, the low-cost TAMPS, retail trading platforms like Robinhood. Advisors have been able to pass those off as tools for people who weren’t rich enough to be desirable. Now you are under siege by a far more deadly adversary: a global pandemic that knows no difference between rich or poor. It has set up a base. It’s armed with rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

It is fearful times like this when the soldier will lead the rest. Will you be the warrior who attacks, or will you be the target who retreats?

To quote Heraclitus:

Out of every 100 men (women), 10 shouldn't even be there, 80 are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he (she) will bring the others back.

These are the times that show who we really are, both as people and as professionals.

Which one do you choose to be – the leader, the soldier, the warrior? Or the retreating target, the casualty, the defeated?