Thanks for sharing this funny but sad life experience. I was also raised with a healthy dose of paranoia. It cause me to become a C.F.O. where my job usually entailed imagining the worst possible scenario (financially) and preparing for it. lol. The ship full of our products sinks in the middle of the ocean. The economy crashes. The interest rates go sky high. Inflation comes roaring back. The company is infiltrated by a union. On and on. I combatted it by learning to compartmentalize. I also read the book, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” by Dale Carnegie. I think that book saved my life.

Founder of Bloomers Island. Published children’s book author at PRH. Writes about big kid’s stuff like economics & business, too. CynthiaWylie.com

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