President John F Kennedy once said that when written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and another, opportunity. Every crisis offers an opportunity. A crisis is often caused by unexpected difficulties.
Just as governments, businesses, and individuals, my work of feeding minds, inspiring souls, and transforming generations has also been greatly affected by the pandemic because of the social distancing rule. Despite that, I have continued to continue to inspire generations even during these harsh times.
It is a fact that the world is currently suffering from a crisis if not a pandemic. What began in Wuhan as flu ended up in Bergamo as an epidemic and finally ended up in New York and the whole world as a Pandemic. The world is currently on its knees.
How should a nation respond to such a crisis? I was curious to know… ‘Before the nation responds, individuals respond..so the question is, how should individuals respond to a time like this? To answer this I’ll take you back to 1929. In 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed. It was the beginning of the Great Depression. Most people were just surviving. But for one John D Rockefeller, he decided to thrive. He went ahead to build one of the biggest business empires during one of the harshest economic times in the history of humanity.
Talking about Rockefeller’s business empire, is this the right time to open a business?
“For that, I have two answers, both Yes and No. Yes if you’re solving a problem and no if you’re just starting a business. My principle is “Don’t start a business, solve a problem”. This is the best time to solve societal problems because there is less competition, low overhead costs, and customers will stick with you even after the pandemic”.
How does a person’s leadership affect how they cope up with the virus?
‘Whenever I think about Leadership during Crisis, I remember Franklin D Roosevelt. Roosevelt was in his second term as the governor of New York when he was elected as the 32nd POTUS in 1932. With the country suffering from the Great Depression characterized by declines in input, 25% unemployment, acute deflation all over the world, declines in standards of living, reduction in income, homelessness, and near starvation. All these are also the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The number one thing the FDR did was to restore public confidence. Most individuals have fear, and not confidence. They are uncertain. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of FDR, defeating the Great Depression then later defeating the Nazis in the second world war.
Are you prepared to defeat the Corona? It begins with you. Change your mindset. Believe. Learn. You’ll get out a winner.”
Sam Vidambu is a startup mentor, high-performance coach, an author, success trainer, the CEO of Ambigen Ltd, and the President of The Royal Mentors. he is also a motivational speaker and lecturer.. He is reachable at 0743 480 435, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.samvidambu.com
GET IN TOUCH
Location: Adlife Plaza, 8th Floor, Yaya Center, Nairobi – Kenya.
P.O Box 1760 – 00100 Nairobi.
Office: +254 746 896 669.
Tel: +254 733 633462.
- August 5, 2020