You must keep your cool at all times. There will be times when this won't be easy. You are potentially the most volatile ingredient in any situation, and in every one of those situations you have something to lose. It is, of course, a blight on our times how many people live like they have nothing to lose, which is creating an increasingly reckless society. You, at least, know you have something at stake. You can remind yourself that you depend on our friends and your allies, and that you would have little to show for your efforts had you not had their cooperation in the past, and if you don't have it going forward. So you have a good reason to be aware of, and to adjust, your responses and your tactics. One way to know you're in jeopardy is if you ever get the thought that you can go it alone. That may be your one warning, valid because it contains the idea that the people around you are expendable, and therefore it does not matter how you treat them or how they feel. Yes, it can be burdensome to think about everyone and how they are doing, all the time—and I assure you that such care and attention could save your career, your reputation, your business, or an important friendship. And if you stay alert and level-headed, you will have opportunities to solve problems and regain your creative grounding.