Entrepreneurial Thinking & Covid 19

Entrepreneurial Thinking & CV

Originally Published on March 16, 2020

For some, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) feels like looking down a road to nowhere. For others, it’s the start of a new journey.

I have had a lot of conversations recently with people about the changing times. Most people THINK or at least ACT like they hate change, but change is exactly what gets us out of bed in the morning and has us do most of of the things we do. Coupled with hope and confidence, creating change, usually, small incremental change is what we do every day. No change is usually associated with boredom and stagnation. I have been thinking about this stuff for about a year or so and it’s inspired me to write a book (work in progress), but it’s all driven by my lifelong obsession with not only being but also working with, Entrepreneurs.

Why? Well in a word perspective. I think the way that Entrepreneurs think is amazing. The best example of entrepreneurial thinking that’s relevant for these times is the “I mentality”. When a “normal” person sees a problem (or more usually FEELS a problem) any problem from a lack of loo rolls down to a lack of face masks for healthcare workers on the front line. And no apparent solution seems to be in place.. a “normal” person has the thought process of “someone should DO something about this”… Entrepreneurial thinkers have “I should.. I can… or I will.. do something about this” Now I know LOADS of people who think that way. It’s not specific to Entrepreneurs, in the same way, that charitable thinking is not specific to people working in charities or the complex thought process that puts others above your own needs.. even to the point of risking your own life to save others is not confined to the real-life superheroes who serve us as Police, fire or medical services every day.

Everyone has the ability to think entrepreneurially, it’s just a perspective you can learn. But again WHY? Well, change is upon us… and we MUST change. It’s widely accepted that if you are not part of the solution, if you are in the problem and say “Look… what is happening to me, around me”, you have no power. You are the victim of change. Whereas if you change your thought process, your perspective, and add the “I mentality” and say “what can I do, what can I change, what can I control, what can I create as a solution to my problem or challenges…” then you gain power. You will gain the power to master change that’s forced upon you and shape it as much as it shapes you and the world around you.

The old saying “every cloud has a silver lining” is woefully under-powered yet still true for this state of affairs. Whole industries are crashing to their knees as I write this. But they will be back. Millions will lose their businesses, jobs, and many will lose their lives. But we will be back. Scarred, possibly changed, definitely. But there will arise a “new normal”. I for one am going to use this time well. To discover how I can contribute to shaping how I am affected, how others are affected, and what comes next into the brave new world that we will build post this disease.

One final thing before I share a lovely (poem?) that was shared with me recently, and that I adapted to my own unique line of thoughts here. The final thing is that almost everyone that I know that calls themselves an Entrepreneur has another common shared trait. It’s the habit of stepping forward rather than staying still. They are the kind of people that are first to the dance floor, volunteer first, step towards a challenge and often put their dream of something better before the harsh realities of the present. They thrive in their vision of what the world will look like when everyone has the solution they developed by embracing the I in facing their greatest challenges…

I for one step forward. I for one say I.. I feel the power of shaping my own destiny and not being cowed my circumstance and feel inspired by what I can accomplish, the impact I can make in this world full of change. Join me.

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Amongst all the fear and confusion, there’s this… a different perspective …

There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19.

But, what if…

If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work…

That all is interconnected.

What if… the virus is here to help us?

To reset. To remember what is truly important. Reconnecting with family and community.

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?

A reset economically.

The working poor.

The lack of healthcare access for millions around the world.

The need for paid sick leave when many have none, in an expanding “GIG economy”, in a world where we needed a name (Karoshi) for those that work themselves to death.

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.

There IS a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favourable for us?

What if… this virus is an ally in our evolution?

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to limit our negative impact,  to be kinder to our environment.

An offering from my heart this morning. Offered as another perspective. Another way of relating to this virus, this unfolding, this evolution.

We all know we need to change, with issues like the environment, people feeling excluded, left behind, in income, in education in opportunities.. change is needed, we all knew that it was needed but was it selfishness, laziness? It’s not ignorance… that prevented us from doing what we KNOW is necessary? Well, its moot because change has arrived. Forced upon us.

What if… we make this a chance to reshape the world in a new better way.

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is changing the world around us and everyone on this planet is being deeply affected.

But I have decided that I will change the world around me. I am stepping forward, not retreating in the face of this challenge. Daily I see others doing the same.

WE will make it a better place, and a better life, a better world, for all of us. It’s not going to be easy, but WE can.

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Matt Black adapted from an amazing piece of work by the original author I believe is – Gutpreet Gill

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