Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
I fancy that many people are currently a little worried.
The world is in the grasp of peculiar forces. It's spinning along a jagged trajectory, one that defies control.
In these circumstances, a relative few people have prospered.
Many, I suspect, believe things have gone wrong for them and there's no way to set them right.
Which induces angst and panic.
Should you feel this way, there's an excellent piece of advice recently offered by Tony Robbins.
Please, I'm not overly moved by these professional self-helpers. They're a little too much teeth and evangelical fervor for my taste.
Yet in a recent interview Robbins gave to CNBC, he offered an exceptionally moving few words that seem so relevant to those currently living in angst and doubt.
Robbins was talking about wealth, naturally.
He spoke of how he observes the extremely successful such as Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, Carl Icahn and Richard Branson.
He explained that all of these famous businessmen don't let fear and anxiety overcome them. They don't look at what markets are doing and feel an instant impulse to react.
They're able to accept life's vicissitudes.
From this, Robbins offered this summating mantra, one that applies to life, not just business:
My job is never to let what's happening in the moment define me.
How many times do we find ourselves banging our heads against solid objects -- metaphorically or literally -- because we believe we've failed?
How many times do we bemoan a difficult event because it's clearly ruined our aspirations and dreams?
But if a single event can define us, where does that leave everything else that we've done and all the other aspects of who we are?
It's not easy when so many want to divide us into two teams: winners and losers.
But though some reviewers like to believe the lives of, say, artists and sportspeople are defined by a single work or a single game, there's a lot more to success -- in both life and business -- than that.
Yes, the world's in turmoil right now.
Some of it is damaging lives.
But never imagine that one element of damage dictates your fate.
I'm no self-help guru, but even I know there's a lot more to being a success than that.