Living through the pandemic the High Energy way (part 2)

Continuing from my previous post (which you should read before reading this), if you want to see two more powerful reframing suggestions, here they are! The “Self-Improvement Angle” and the “Change-the-World Angle”. Enjoy! And remember to leave your feedback in the comments please.

The Self-Improvement Angle

This frame is based on the idea that despite being a global tragedy, COVID-19 is also a great equaliser: many people are getting laid off or furloughed, many businesses are downsizing to survive. When things go back to normal, most businesses will be hiring again, including that company which you’ve always wanted to apply for. So the Self-Improvement Angle pushes you to develop a new talent. In “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” Scott Adams coins the concept of the talent stack: instead of trying to be the best at one thing, “you can raise your market value by being merely good – not extraordinary – at more than one skill.” Watch a great summary of this idea by Tim Ferris here. Think that each new skill will double your chances of success (even if that is inaccurate and likely impossible to prove).

With this in mind, here is a good resource (Abl, 2018) to get you started, start with as little as 5 minutes per day of new learning (a YouTube video!) and make it a part of your daily routine.

In “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” Scott Adams suggests his top picks of talents that can boost your career:

  • Public speaking
  • Psychology
  • Business writing
  • Accounting
  • Design (the basics)
  • Conversation
  • Overcoming shyness
  • Second language
  • Golf
  • Proper grammar
  • Persuasion
  • Technology (hobby level)
  • Proper voice technique

A few places to look: Alison, Coursera, Dale Carnegie Training, edX, Futurelearn, LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, The Open University, Udemy. Find the one that best matches what you’re looking for.

The Change-the-World Angle

A big trend that has been flying under the mainstream radar is how coronavirus will change the world. Watch this (Tom Foolery) for some inspiration. The Change-the-World Angle is all about how COVID-19 is giving everyone time to think about accepted truths that might change after the pandemic. Here’s a few questions you may have asked yourself:

  • Do I really need to commute to work every day?
  • Are schools and universities really the best forms of education?
  • How can I better protect myself from this and future pandemics?
  • How will society reorganise itself after this?
  • Is working a 9-5 job the most effective use of my time?
  • Are conferences really necessary for businesses to connect?
  • Are all my employees indispensable?
  • Are there new ways to be productive?
  • Do I really need to eat out so often?
  • Can I develop better hobbies?
  • Who are my friends who enhance or deteriorate my happiness?

There are trends that have been accelerated as a result of isolation: home working, online conferencing and online shopping are obvious examples. But questioning your accepted truths may lead you to find a new and exciting trend and you can be an agent of change. This blog post by Michael Carty explores this issue more in depth and he asks a revolutionary question: “What do you want the post-pandemic world to look like?” Maybe coronavirus a black hole, that has sucked all of our lives into it; or is it actually a wormhole, that is transporting us to a new Universe? So, what will you do? Maybe you’ll start an innovative online course as a side gig, or a website unifying all of the new “grocery box” delivery services, or you’ll start a business installing separators in Uber cars in the UK.

Here is an article from the Boston Globe that puts together predictions from influential futurists.

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