Are You Facing Uncertainty? That’s Great News!

The outcome could be far greater than you can imagine

Mike Goldberg
3 min readJun 30, 2021


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“Uncertainty is a confident place to be.
It is the need for certainty that leads to atrocity”
-Neil Strauss

Think about that for a moment. What does that mean to you?

To me, it kind of reaffirms the way I’ve grown to see life. We don’t know what is going to happen, and I’m OK with that.

Uncertainty is uncomfortable.

The fear that’s generated by uncertainty is what leads some people to desire authoritarianism.

The personal cost is the abdication of personal power. Without personal power, we don’t have to take responsibility for our lives. And if we don’t take responsibility for our lives, we don’t have the power to control our destiny.

It’s not manifestation. It’s mathematics.

I can understand the appeal for the person who has the mindset of having no power to control the outcome of their lives. But I’m not that person, and I never will be. I will not let fear of the unknown guide my decisions.

You see, I don’t look at uncertainty as a negative. I look at it as a positive.

I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, and that’s fantastic news. It means the outcome could be greater than we can imagine.

Yes, it also means that there’s a chance things could end in disaster. But really, to place an outcome completely on external forces — to believe that anything that happens is out of our hands, completely diminishes our own part in it.

I’m saying that we’re a hell of a lot more powerful than we think we are.

We determine the course.

For a well prepared and determined person, external factors can only delay us. And if one pathway doesn’t get us there, we’re going to find another. It only stops us if we let it.

When we come to a situation in which the potential upside outweighs the risks, if we are well prepared and use good judgment, the odds work in our favor, not against us.



Mike Goldberg

3x Top Writer | Traveler | Real estate investor | Storyteller | Occasional columnist | I talk about personal growth and seizing opportunities.