The COVID-19 pandemic came out of nowhere shaking our comfort zones, showing us how powerful something that we cannot see, can be.
Although we have been growing aware, fed by the news and our personal experiences, that technology advancements are bound to impact our lives, we could have not foreseen, just what has been unfolding before our eyes.
Reading about the fourth industrial revolution and technology advancements, we would sit back questioning what are the facts and what is fiction, how could the world we know really change, what it would look like and mean to us – as individuals and communities?
Little did we know that our jobs will not be claimed by technology – not yet anyway, but by something much trivial in size – COVID-19, an invisible microscopic enemy that brought grief, financial difficulties and severely disrupted our economies and daily lives in a matter of seconds.
The old skills, the new skills
With what we have seen over the past few months, it is unlikely that the old, as we know it, will ever come back.
COVID-19 and other geopolitical challenges have pushed the world towards a global crisis, shaking economies, countries and their leadership teams.
It feels surreal that regardless of where in the world you are reading this article, you, like me, are at home isolated. You, like me, have the same questions and concerns – what is going to happen to the economy, businesses, jobs and the payment of bills in the future?
Regardless in which country you reside or how many passports you hold – we are all equal and right now the value of each of our passports is the same… worthless.
The clock seems to have stopped and so have we, suspended in the disturbing limbo of the unknown – trying to predict what comes next.
Facing the prospect of losing what we have built to date to start crafting our lives over and over again, will require mental stability, resilience and as suggested by Nassim Taleb – antifragility.
As the pandemic disrupts our daily lives, it also gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on how we can start reinventing ourselves to build foundations for our future reality.
Whilst we can’t control the future, we can influence how our journey may look like.