Business Mentor: Reinventing yourself during a crisis

Armando Bartolome

Posted at Jun 20 2020 10:10 AM

Quezon City tricycle drivers apply as food delivery riders under #PandaTODA, the Quezon City government's partnership program with Foodpanda, on June 16, 2020, amid the general community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Sometimes we are surprised by events that blow us out of our comfort zones and are left thinking about how can we manage our lives like we used to.

The pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainties and had us unprepared psychologically and financially. As a business owner or an employee, reinventing your career may be just too difficult. However, we must do something instead of remaining scared and worried.

Embrace the situation
We need to learn to move on. Indeed, many individuals have lost their jobs because of the pandemic, but should that keep them from living? There are more reasons to live, thus, we need to learn how to let go of the pain that the pandemic has caused us and to move forward by finding another possible source of income.

Entrepreneurs may be the last individuals to give up because of their passion and because of the investment that they made. But a few more sacrifices may be needed to restore a business affected by the pandemic.

This is a perfect example wherein the saying, “never put all your eggs in one basket”. Never focus all your resources into a single investment. It is also important that you create and maintain an emergency fund. A crisis can strike unexpectedly and you need to have enough funds that you can immediately access.

Develop yourself
You may have certain skills that are helpful to your current career. However, when disruptions occur and keep you from doing what you used to do, you may need to pivot to other areas. Again, the world did not crash on you. You may just need to do something else to adapt to the current situation. A career change is necessary. It may be a bit messy at first, but if you put your heart in it, it will not be as difficult as you think.

Never allow your brain cells to be stagnant
Make it a habit to want to always learn more. Stepping out of college doesn’t mean you also need to stop learning. Educate yourself by developing new skills, cultivating knowledge, building relationships, and gathering resources until you are equipped enough to explore a new career. Questions which may help you find your new career path: Who am I? Who do I want to become? Where can I best contribute?

When you finally find answers to these, you will learn the difference between fantasy and reality that leads you to do what you really should be doing. Again, your passion has a great effect on which road to choose.

Reconnect with your “dormant” network
You collect a lot of business cards in your work. It’s time to put those business cards to use. Build better relationships with your business acquaintances because they may help you with a current project or a planned career change.

Speak up
Talk to someone and tell what you think and feel so that you can receive good advice about your dilemma. You need someone that can clarify your thinking and propel you forward. Technology has gifted us with the mobile phone and online platforms that we can use. Trust me! You will feel so much better having to pour out your heart to someone.

If you truly feel that you need to change to adapt to the “new normal”, there is no better day than today, but you don’t need to go it alone. I know that some of you may relate to this article. I am just glad that I can be an instrument to inspire you and to get you going on your road to success amid the pandemic.

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