As I wrote in my previous article, it is up to you the way you respond to a certain event that is beyond your control.
What makes a big difference is the meaning YOU assign to a specific situation.
Considering a certain event white or black is always a choice and YOU are responsible for it.
How have you been looking at Covid-19?
Do you consider it the worst ever crisis, or on the contrary, an opportunity to change, find your way, and improve your life?
As I mentioned in my story, I regard this pandemic as my WAKE-UP call.
In the beginning, I was really worried about it.
My first concern was the possibility of losing my job.
I was afraid to find myself without an income overnight, and about all the consequences that it implies.
This outbreak has fully changed our lives, both in terms of social interactions and in terms of working patterns.
People are keener and keener to avoid in-person meetings.
It still surprises me the extent to which the daily news has been building so much fear and distrust among human beings.
I guess you have already noticed how most of the people in the street change their way to avoid coming close to you as if you were plagued.
Any time it happens to me, I feel as if I was losing contact with mankind.
I can feel this gap between people widening day in and day out.
I can feel the increase in the lack of confidence towards other people.
I believe this has already affected our social life a lot, not only in our free and personal time but also in the working place.
Unfortunately, the current situation has also caused an increase in mental health problems.
In the beginning, I also suffered from anxiety and I felt overwhelmed.
Then I realized that I was falling into a vicious circle of negative thoughts.
I was continuously bombarded by the “distressing” news.
I was always listening to it and this habit made me feel lost, at the mercy of the external “dark” scenarios.
Once I became aware that my mood was affected by what I was focusing my attention on.
I stopped watching the tv news and listening to the latest Covid-19 reports.
Since I stopped spending my time getting updated about what was going on in the world.
And since I started focusing on how I could make the most out of this unprecedented situation my life has improved a lot.
I started looking for ways to benefit from what I used to consider a nightmare.
What I found and what made me feel astonished was seeing the number of people that as of July 2020 had logged onto the internet.
Back then, there were 4.57 billion active internet users.
Over the next ten years, this number is estimated to rise to more than 7 billion.
I came across also an interesting statistic, which shows how strongly Covid-19 has impacted online shopping.
Since the outbreak of this pandemic, online purchases have been rocketing.
Never before have people spent so much time connected to the net and bought so many products and services online.
Needless to say, this virus has brought about uncertainty for the future of traditional jobs.
More and more people have seen themselves being made redundant overnight.
There has already been an increase in automation and the number of workers displaced.
Covid-19 has also been impactful on the educational systems worldwide.
Schools and Universities have been obliged to close and we have witnessed a completely NEW way of teaching.
Most Universities and Schools are using digital platforms to deliver their services.
According to a research report by Global Market Insights, the E-learning Market rose to over USD 200 billion in 2019.
And is expected to grow at over 8% CAGR between 2000 and 2026.
Also, many businesses have moved online to avoid going bankrupt.
The digital revolution that had already started before this unexpected pandemic was speeded up.
And we have been catapulted all of a sudden into the digital era.
Bearing all this in mind I came to the following conclusion:
diving into the online business world and learning the digital skills required to succeed in the digital economy is essential to be able to cross all barriers and connect to the entire planet.
The question came spontaneously to me:
why not ride the wave of the digital economy?
I decided to follow Darwin’s belief:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. - Charles Darwin