One of the remarkable things which occurred as a result of the Great COVID-19 Global Pandemic of 2020, is that new Laws for success came to light. We’ve all had to rethink what defines success and more importantly how to achieve success during this unprecedented time in world history.
As a student of people, trends and leadership, I’ve been able to come up with a developing list of the top 7 Laws of Success During the Pandemic of 2020. These principles will help you see what others have done not only to survive during this once in a lifetime worldwide experience but to prepare yourselves for a harvest when things return to a more normal level.
The Law of Believing in God
Now before you get uncomfortable or think that this is going to be the Sermon on the Mount, let me settle your spirit and tell you this won’t be one of those books on being a good Christian , What it is about putting things into perspective.
Most books on success are full of tips and tricks on getting everything you want out of life without being concerned with anyone else. The end result is a feeling of emptiness. Like the book on achieving all of your goals by cheating, driving hard and fast, chanting in some Himalayan mountain retreat and expecting after its all said and done that you will feel like a million bucks.
Most wildly successful people may have a huge bank account but on a personal level they are bankrupt. Look at some of the most successful people in Hollywood. They are A listers but their personal lives and especially their spiritual lives are F’s at the best.
Having a full and active spiritual life is one where you base your goals, desires and motives, not on the making of money for making money’s sake. It is fulfilling your God-given mandate in life.
Put another way, you are youworking to please God and not to please man or to please your ego. Money isn’t your motivator. Money is a natural manifestation of doing the right things in life.
Look at the owners of the largest companies in America Walmart, JCPenney, In and Out Burger, Hobby Lobby, all of these companies are wildly successful. In and Out and Hobby Lobby aren’t even opened on Sundays in order to allow their employees to attend church services and they still make more than most companies opened 7 days a week. It’s all about prioritizing your life.
The Law of Taking Inventory
If the pandemic has taught us one thing it has made it abundantly clear that we must work harder at knowing what we have and do not have in our business. When the pandemic first hit, there was this sense of “Oh well, I’ve got enough to keep my going for a week” then crap hit the fan. That week turned into weeks and then into months. Those adequate enough inventory supplies turned into not even enough to make it through the weekend.
To put it plainly, most businesses didn’t have nearly enough to make it though even a short shutdown.
People were hoarding the most basic of needs like toilet paper and bottled water. We live in the most progressive society on the face of the earth and within a weeks’ time, most of us were scouring the shelves for toilet paper. Did any of you notice what thee was plenty in supply of? Starbucks Coffee., soda pop and potato chips. No, Meat, potatoes, sugar, rice the basic staples were gone, within days.
It became a running joke that people were trading toilet paper on the black market, but it was true. People took stock of the things that mattered most in life and wiping their behinds was one of them. No one needed that fancy Lexus or high-priced roast beef, just the staples, no sugar coated this or that.
The Law of Continuing to Learn
As business owners, we tend to get so busy with the minutia of life that we forget to pick up a book or listen to the motivational talk. Heck, enroll in a class? Not on your life.
When was the last time you picked up a book and studied something that had anything to do with your business? Nada. COVID ended all of that.
Now we had so much time on our hands due to the quarantining of America, that anything to fill the time was a welcome change. Had we known that we would be out of work for several months, we would have enrolled in a full-time course of study at an accredited college.
The internet has made it virtually impossible not to be able to access world-class workshops, webinars and meetings, some from the planet’s experts. Digital platforms which once were novelties are now mainstream. GotoWebinar, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and many others had been thrust into the mainstream as platforms not only for meetings but for learning.
No one has an excuse for not earning a degree, it can all be done online. Need a book to read, it’s online. Want to binge watch an entire series of speakers on whatever subject one can think about, it is there at your fingertips. The only thing holding you back is the initiative to look.
The Great Wolf of Wall Street, Warren Buffett, owner of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest men on the planet, was quoted as saying, “Endeavor to end each day a little smarter.” He was right and it is made all the more accessible during the pandemic.
The Law of Living One Day at a Time
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it is to live each day like it is your last. This may be a tip that is highlighted by our present situation, but it is one that we should have adopted long ago.
There is a biblical saying that says a man cannot guarantee his next day…. the writer of that passage was trying to convey this same principle. We should all live in the present. While planning for the future is prudent and we would never dismiss it. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, you aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, all you have is your present.
If you have a song you want to sing, sing it. If there is someone you want to say I Love You to, don’t put it off until the “Right” moment, that moment may never come. If you are planning on starting a business, by all means do your research but there is never a better time to get started than today.
I am reminded of the man who planned his whole life to take his dream vacation. He told all of his friends, “One of these days I’m going to take that trip to hike in my favorite wilderness area” As luck would have it, the day before the man was going to retire and he would finally take that long awaited vacation, the man was struck by a car and died. The moral of the story, don’t wait, do it now, live one day at a time and live it to the fullest.
The Law of Turning Lemons into Lemonade
At the start of 2020 many of us had dreams of starting new adventures, businesses, families, etc.… The global pandemic put a decided halt to plans throughout the world. What would people do now? There were couples who had decided to be married, those marriages were put on hold. Entire industries were forced to look at the plans they had made. Business as usual would have to be rethink. In many cases pivoting became the new word for business. How would companies, which had just opened their doors be able to make it now that the world was closed for businesses? The answer, Make Lemons out of Lemonade.
The key in business as it is in life, is to never stop moving forward because there is an obstacle in the road. When you come to the end of the road and there is a tree between you and your destination, you have some real choices to make and retreat isn’t one of them.
One of those choices could be to reimagine that tree as the wood you need to build a bridge, or the wood you need to build a road. No longer is it an obstacle, it is the material you need to get you to the next level.
COVID-19 forced business to change its way of delivering services. It also opened up a digital world that many of us hadn’t thought of utilizing but should have. Maybe your business operated solely on face to face interaction, COVID has now force your company to move from being a one-dimensional operation to a multi-dimensional platform.
In most cases, in order to survive businesses, families and individuals were force to embrace the new paradigm and that has been for everyone’s good. In the short term it has been a learning curve but in the long-term, it has served to expand opportunities.
The Law of Prioritizing Your Life
At the beginning of the world-wide shutdown there was panic in the streets. One of the best examples was at grocery stores. People were flocking to the stores to by the staples of life, one of those basics of life was toilet paper. Within days all of the paper products nationally were gone. People had made their voices heard. They made is clear that toilet paper was a priority.
The following weeks as you checked the store shelves a remarkable phenomenon started to take shape. The items people didn’t really need were the4 only things on the shelves of major stores.
The largest companies on the planet products stood out on store shelves like a soar thumb. Here is a shortlist of those items, Soft drinks of all kinds, Starbucks coffee of all varieties, sugar laden foods, candies, people had prioritized their lives with their wallets.
Gone from the store shelves were the staples of life, water, bread, yeast, rice and flour. It’s funny how life makes more sense, when there is a global pandemic. No one cares about lattes, or zero calorie syrups. All people care about is surviving.
This prioritizing didn’t stop with food stuffs, it spilled over into all facets of life. People looked at the things that really matter in modern day American society. Gym memberships now became important. Church, visiting grandma and grandpa reclaimed their spot of import. Even simple things like walking on the beach took on a new status because people had said, “This is important.”
The Law of Never Quitting
In life there is one thing that separates the winners from the losers, Winners Don’t Quit. It has yet to be concluded but so far, many businesses have closed for one reason or another. In most cases, it was due to the pain involved in keeping their doors open. I’m happy to say that most of those entrepreneurs may have closed their shops but they by no means have stopped being entrepreneurs.
Many of those who have had to close their doors just decided to try another vehicle to express their creativity and passion. Faced with losing everything they worked in some cases, their entire lives to build, they pivoted to another platform or venture. That is the sign of a winner.
Like the majority of businesspeople, families and providers they decided to bide their time for a better opportunity. That is for sure, it is impossible to keep a good man or woman down.
In my case, I was very fortunate to have closed my restaurant late in 2019, before VOCID hit. Unfortunately, I was in the midst of starting a new business just as the community was told to shut down. The easy thing to do would be to hunker down and lay low until someone told me it was alright to live life again. I chose the only path I know, forward. Quit isn’t in my vocabulary, frustration is but that doesn’t include retreating.
Since the global shutdown, I have made more contacts and created a larger base than I ever did in the 7 years of being a restauranteur. All of this came as a result of being flexible and never quitting on my dreams. I hope you gain some inspiration from these 7 Laws and that you continue to move that much closer to realizing your dreams.
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