What do you do after Covid19? Are you adapting to the new world?

What do you do after Covid19? Are you adapting to the new world?


What do you do after Covid19? Are you adapting to the new world?
 

As countries struggle to go back to normal life, a new set of precautionary measures is becoming the social norm. Now with the mandatory ‘good morning,’ ‘sorry,’ and ‘thank you,’ some new etiquettes to follow are:

1. Wear a mask or keep your mouth covered.
2. Wash your hands frequently.
3. Social distancing.

Obviously there are concerns like:

a) Feeling of suffocation
b) Dryness or inflammation of hands
c) Depression and anxiety

The only way to defeat the virus is to deny it a medium to survive and propagate. Hence, the need to ADAPT.

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -
George Bernard Shaw.


There is no politics or law that can make us do things, which we don’t want to. But, the virus can, that is if we want to live a healthy life.

And this brings us to the next topic.

The Darwin’s Theory

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most
intelligent that survives. It is is the one that is most adaptable to
change.” - Charles Darwin



Primary Professional Changes Post COVID19

Secured job, seniority, benefits will give way to contract jobs.

Why?

After the pandemic, the buying power of individuals has been drastically reduced. So has tolerance, patience, and empathy. Companies will have reduced income, and after maintaining an establishment, it will be difficult for them to keep on paying salaries. They will look for services only when the need arises - and hence walks in the contractor/entrepreneur with the necessary expertise. Now is the need to adapt to the entrepreneurial mindset. This also means along with specialized skills, Knowledge of accounting, project management, risk analysis, customer support, and public relations are needed. Take advantage of this lull in business to learn these skills. Above all empathy will be the hallmark of all commercial activities. The entrepreneur must feel the pain points of their customer and clients. That is why you will see nowadays advertisements are sponsored but depict a social message.

Localisation

How many of us have relished

  • Chinese tea
  • Italian pizza
  • American burger
  • Mexican tacos
  • Indian tandoori
  • English roast, ...?


In the quest for variety, we introduced foreign foods to our plates. But did you know, these foods were not made to be eaten away from their place of origin? The reason being, every locality has its own flora and fauna; and microorganisms. About 100 trillion bacteria - both good and bad - are present in our gut (gastrointestinal
tract). These help in digestion and over time has adapted themselves to the food normally consumed. So, when we eat foreign foods, these microbes find it difficult to act on them. This leads to indigestion and incomplete absorption of nutrients. With time maybe our digestive system ‘learns’ but still it cannot function well when we:

1. Eat 'foreign' food every day
2. Do not follow a routine
3. Do not exercise or sleep well

Adapting taste buds to local produce will keep gut microbes healthy and happy. Also if settled in a different country, your gut microbes are there from your motherland. Therefore, eating something you are used to since childhood will be always good for you and then gradually get used to the local food. Don’t we do that all the time? Remember ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison.’ Eat wisely.

If you are in the food business, consider selling your grandma’s recipe food. The benefits will be:

1. It will be cheap.
2. Locally available resources.
3. Popular.

Adapting Our Knowledge to New Needs

My husband is in accounts and I am an English specialist. We knew there will be a food shortage. We followed a course online on farming. The instructor a biologist and agriculturist instructed that bean seedlings push out in 3 days. It actually did after 8-10 days. Therefore what seems possible in theory, might be different in practice. Take the example of bubble wrap. It was manufactured as a wallpaper. Later it was adapted as greenhouse insulation. Finally, it was used as protective packaging for IBM computers and at present is widely used in food packaging.

● We have engineers running fruit juice stalls.
● We have automobile manufacturers producing medical ventilators.
● We have doctors turning to agriculture.

Whatever we learned, and then sat at exams, is merely a gateway to opportunity. If you come upon a problem, for which you think you have a solution, it is a good reason to start a business. You can either learn the skills needed or hire somebody to do it. Franky Zapata, the inventor of the Flyboard and Flyboard Air, was trained as a mechanic. He taught himself engineering, aerodynamics, and whatever was needed for the invention.

The work of an entrepreneur is to turn the concept into reality, and in the worst scenario ADAPT it to the situation.

Adapting to Clothing Needs

Our skin can adapt to heat and cold. It can adapt to wet and dry situations. But with the wrong clothing, we will be extremely uncomfortable. Clothing, which is good for one region may not be appropriate for another. Those days, I had an opportunity to work as a casual worker at the International Film Festival. I was assigned to a Swedish couple, they were much elder to me and lovely people. As it was very hot, the gentleman used to order chilled canned drinks. One day when I arrived at their room to escort him to the venue, he said, “Indrani, I don’t think I can do this. It is too hot outside.” He was going to deliver a speech. I had noticed that they wore dresses that they had brought from their native country. My family received dresses from England, and we use to wear them only during the winter as they kept us warm. The lady and I shopped some cool cotton clothes and open-toed footwear; and the rest of the day went fine.

“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Author: Indrani Pudaruth