|Day 3429856 (I mean 10) of self quarantine and the natives are getting restless.
I strolled into my office this morning to this war of the whiteboard notes:
But in typical Angie style, I ain’t mad. I’m channeling that feistiness into something productive.
I made you a video about creativity in a time of crisis… and I think the inspiration behind it is pretty cool. I saw a news story about a taco restaurant in LA and how they pivoted in the wake of sweeping shelter in place orders that forced restaurants and bars to close their doors.
I admit – I haven’t always been a pivot kind of person. Historically I’ve been a worrier… I have a unique ability to spot problems coming down the pike. But it wasn’t until my former boss looked at me and said, “Hey Angie… got any ideas for solutions to these?” that I started to really think about what I was doing.
I focused on the problem. I let it take up all my mental space.
And quite simply, that meant there was no room for finding a solution because worrying had all my focus.
My friends, to quote Van Wilder… worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.
So in that vein, I challenge you (me, all of us) to start thinking about solutions. The more of us who don’t give into overwhelm and fear paralysis, the more quickly (and wholly) we get out of this.
That brings us to…
Kick Monday’s Ass Video
This one is me getting a little ranty about the aforementioned problem approach vs a solution approach. That taco joint could have sat back and wallowed about food going to waste, people being laid off, and hard times ahead (not that I’m minimizing the very real fears associated with this pandemic).
Instead, they found a solution that allowed them to bring in five figures in sales (in the middle of a crisis! When people are broke and not spending, right? WRONG). I’m willing to bet that this goes a long way toward keeping them in business as soon as the turbulence is over. Here’s a link to the video in case you don’t see it embedded below.