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Look Where Nobody Else Is Looking

August 1, 2016

I’ll admit it… I had a weird feeling about coming here.

Nice, is supposed to be… well… nice… right?Ever since the attacks a couple weeks ago on July 14th, everyone else has had that concern too.

In fact, many vacations have been cancelled and Nice has seen a drop in foreign tourists’ bookings by up to 10%.

But that’s not what I am seeing. The streets are packed with traffic. Bars and restaurants are standing room only. People are enjoying the beach and life is going on.

That’s not to say that there isn’t a feeling of sadness in the air. The multiple memorials setup on and nearby the boardwalk are very apparent.However, the important part is that people are not afraid. Or at least not afraid enough to hide.

It’s quite a testament to the amazing will power and fortitude of humans. We push on and continue to live, not letting anything stop us.

We’re a bit stubborn – but in a good way. We won’t back down and we won’t quit.

Whether it’s terrorism, disease, war, famine or any other challenge, we always rise up.

Now, that’s not to say that everything is rosy and perfect, because it’s far from that. In fact, we as humans are statistically due for a large disruption in the way we live.

Cyclicly speaking, we are “over-due” for a turn around in a number of areas, including: finances, war, and disease.

The amount of time that our civilization has existed without encountering a large scale crisis in any of those three areas has been record breaking. However, it doesn’t mean that we are doomed to fall victim to one of those issues; it’s not like we are a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

If you are not aware to what is going on, you may fall victim. But you and I are aware. We can avoid those imminent threats.

Inversely, there is quite a bit of opportunity out there that you may not be aware of. One example is Peru.

Yes, the land of alpacas, Machu Picchu, and the Nazca Lines.

Peru just got a new President and he is talking about exciting things.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who is a former wall street-er, has proposed lower sales tax, less business regulation and more infrastructure projects.

Wow… what ideas! We’ll see how much actually comes to fruition.

The larger idea to think about here is that there are places in the world that are very promising.

We may hear about terrorism, economic disasters and social unrest, but that’s just what we ‘hear.’

Right now, where I am in Europe, there is a lot of pain on the horizon for this region. Brexit is just the beginning of a larger scale deterioration of the Euro-region.

There will eventually be tremendous opportunity with the fall of Europe as we know it. For now, we can look to other parts of the globe that nobody else even knows about.

Meredith and I are probably two of the most stubborn people you will ever meet… but it has lead us to some incredible places. Just listening to the news, most people have avoided the south of France. Dangerous? Maybe. But we’re doing just fine… and can chalk up one more instance where our stubbornness has proved beneficial.