Six Lessons in Manliness from James Bond.

The one I most relate to?

6) Stay Cool – Remember that one segment in the last 007 movie where Bond cracked under the intense pressure of his mission? Me neither. Bond shows us that being a man means staying cool under pressure. Life is tough for everyone; get over it. Great men have the inner fortitude to handle themselves with confidence and self-control even when the world around them is crumbling.

Good advice for people having regular freakouts in response to the dour news about the economy that seems to come in a torrent every day (and, I’ll admit, things are not good, but I’m not buying the “we’re heading for a depression” nonsense).  Gas prices seem to fall a penny or so everyday, but they’re sure to go back up as we head closer to the holidays (which is expected).  Still they’re no where near the nearly five-bucks-a-gallon we were spending during the summer.  The jobless rate is up and companies are laying off people, but the online job boards are full of new good-salaried positions, especially in health care.  Department stores are reporting their sales figures are off, but the malls around here are full nearly every night and people roll full shopping carts out of our favorite Target every three minutes.

My point:  there’s every reason in the world to stay cool despite the shit-faucet news you hear.  I’m sweating out the loss of a regular freelance gig, the negotiating of a sizable advance from another, and making daily calls to (not from) people we owe money to while at the same time firing off resumes, making phone calls, and going on interviews (where I also use Bond Lesson #4 – Dress to Kill).

Handling the world as it is handed to you with confidence and self-control un-knots the ball you feel in your gut and keeps you focused.  And when you’re ready to strike at an opportunity, you can strike. . .like Thunderball.

(h/t:  American Digest)