I always have this fear about emergencies. This fear has cultivated in me the attitude of having my cell phone on hand at all times. A fear which is unfounded and sometimes inconvenient because I almost always hold my cell phone in one hand. Which gives me only one useful hand. My fear is that when an emergency strikes and my cell phone is in my pocket, I might not hear the incoming call or text of an emergency.

Now here comes this 4-hour work week guru Timothy Ferris who says:

“I call myself an informed and responsible citizen? How do I stay up-to-date with current affairs? I’ll answer all of that, but wait – it gets better. I check business e-mail for about an hour every Monday, and I never check voicemail when abroad. Never ever.

But what if someone has an emergency? It doesn’t happen. My contacts now know that i don’t respond to emergencies, so the emergencies somehow don’t exist or don’t come to me. Problems as a rule, solve themselves or disappear if you remove yourself as an information bottleneck and empower others.”
Powerful words. Then, empower others. Wow. In emergencies, let the people who are there present solve it themselves.

Have you not realized that when you get called for an emergency, there is really nothing you can do about it. And the person who called you, can actually solve the emergency themselves?


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