A New World
A NEW WORLD
By: ‘Yemi Olopade
When people say the world would change post COVID-19, not one of us know how much it would change. But one thing is sure, our normal is about to become abnormal and what we used to consider unusual is about to become the new normal.
The way we shop, travel, greet, work and socialize are all going to be impacted massively. Immigration laws around the world would change. Visa processes and requirements would change. Contact sports would be affected.
Are you going to accept the new world or swim against the tide?
This is the question we should all be asking ourselves as individuals and businesses.
Some way of life and businesses built around them are about to die out. New businesses that will support the emerging way of life is about to bloom. For instance, sales people used to put a lot of value on physical customer visitations. But the Covid-19 lockdown has shown that we do not have to drive 125Km from Lagos to Ibadan for a 30 minutes meeting when we can just Zoom it.
Hosting a seminar used to be about renting a hall, renting sound equipment, venue decorations, printing program of event and course materials. Today, we host seminars and conferences for hundreds of people via Zoom without stress. I have attended about 50 of them in about 4 weeks.
What would become of those who have used their gratuity to build event halls? What would become of the event decorator? What would become of the printing press business?
Who knew we could work from home in spite of the epileptic power supply? The question for many businesses now would be “why spend so much on office space in high-brow Lagos when half of the work force can work from home effectively thereby cutting the cost of rent, fuel and refreshments?”
Why keep a brick-and-mortal shop when you can sell as well from an online store?
Businesses would die. People would lose jobs.
Businesses would evolve. People would get new jobs.
How well and how fast you will thrive post Covid-19 would be a function of how open-minded you are (or close-minded by the way).
It is time to INNOVATE in your personal and business life.
Our normal is about to become abnormal and what we used to consider unusual is about to become the new normal. Are you going to accept the new world or swim against the tide?