How to reinvent yourself during a crisis:

Today I see yet more social media posts and news articles concerning redundancies and unemployment figures happening in the hundreds of thousands and people expressing how they are unsure in reinventing themselves in a crisis.

As someone who has experienced both events (starting off as an uneducated, disenfranchised nomad on a narrowboat), here’s some advice:

– Learn the ‘Law of Compensation’: the amount of money you will earn will be in direct proportion to; the need for what you do, your ability to do it and the difficulty there will be in replacing you.

– Human potential is practically unlimited. People once said we’d never go to the moon, but we’ve since been up there with cars playing golf. If others can learn something, so can you. Study something for a minimum of two hours every day for four years and you’ll soon become an expert.

– The best time to start learning is now and you start by defining which skills you wish to grow or what you need to learn to take the next step. The skills you already have will compliment new ones in ways you wouldn’t expect.

– Platforms such as Udemy and Corsera offer thousands of top-tier skill improvement courses. Corsera even offers hundreds of university module courses for free. Failing that, try your local library or get some 1 to 1 coaching with an expert and do exactly as they tell you.

– If you really were ‘tired’ after work you’d return home and go straight to sleep. Rather, you’re drained of willpower due to an unfulfilling job.

– You have control over your free time, and you can either use it to procrastinate or study. You can either retreat into comfort or step forward into growth. Your comfort zone will become your income zone.

– Never let society tell you your talents are meaningless because they don’t serve an economical purpose. Your talents reflect your interests, passions and what’s important to you. Let them flourish and you’ll soon find the world is weird enough that others will pay for what you can do well.

– The person you see is the person you’ll be. You also speak to yourself more than anyone else, so you might as well start saying nice things when the world is telling you you’re not needed. Someone else’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.

– Take action. There is no point in gaining new skills if you don’t put what you learn into practice. Analysis paralysis is the dream killer.

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