I had one exceptionally difficult teacher in grade school. To this day, I don’t regret the experience. She taught me a lot, but I do remember a specific instance where she embarrassed me in front of the class by telling me that what I had put in a report was wrong.
The topic was diabetes, which I was familiar with because my grandfather had the disease. In fact, so did one of my classmates, and I had learned a lot (for fifth grade in a pre-internet world) about the subject.After the teacher had embarrassed me, it turned out that I was right.
I didn’t realize it until I was much older, but the event stuck with me. As I’ve grown older (and somewhat wiser) I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a difficult balance between believing what you know(think) to be true versus what other people in positions of authority tell you to be true.
I’m a cynic, hard headed, and generally anti-authoritarian, so my nature is to question pretty much everything. But clearly, I don’t know everything, and I often need to rely on the advice of others.
Which brings me to the current health crisis. How will the Corona Virus (COVID-19) affect small business owners? I have no idea! However,I have some general thoughts on the matter:
If you really do want to fixate on the health crisis de jour then go directly to the experts and find out. In fact, this is great advice no matter the subject. For God’s sake don’t Google the answer!