I posted the following earlier today on Twitter & Linkedin:
LOTS of people are scared of what could be a large scale economic meltdown. Some suggestions that may help you through this crisis, mentally and financially.
1. If you’ve been RIF’d / laid off because of the coronavirus crisis, you are not alone, nor have you done anything wrong. You are not alone.
2. You still have bills to pay. Call – don’t email or text – call the organizations that you owe rent, car payment, credit card payment or whatever. Ask them if you can skip a payment. Some will say no, but you do not know until you ask.
3. You need to find a new job. Share that here on Linkedin. Tag the people you trust to help you. Tag me. Share your best skills, and ask people to like/share and send you any leads for possible jobs.
4. Don’t complain, at least not publicly. Everyone wants/needs to vent, but nobody likes a complainer or someone who makes excuses. Vent/complain in private.
5. Everyone is scared. Everyone. NOBODY you know and nobody I know has ever been through an event like this. It’s ok to be scared, but put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving forward.
The bottom line is that last point: nobody has ever been through what we’re experiencing here today. It’s surreal. I can imagine the few remaining WWII veterans reacting to this current ordeal, and asking us, “Well? What’re you gonna do?” If they were in D-Day, they might even tell us to “suck it up, buttercup.”
They’d be right, of course, but you know they were scared going to Europe or the Pacific to fight the Nazis and the Japanese. They were scared. Can you blame them? Now you’re scared. It’s ok to be at least a little scared when you’re thrown into a situation that you’ve never experienced.
Nobody has ever experienced a global pandemic that has shut down almost the entire global economy. We’ve had worse pandemics, statistically speaking. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (speaking of WWII veterans) was far more deadly. The H1N1 Pandemic of 2009 infected far more people. But in neither of those cases did the global economy shut down.
That’s new. New to me. New to you. New to everyone who is alive today. So it’s ok to feel that weird “I dunno what’s gonna happen” feeling. It’s what you do about it that matters.
There a a zillion inspirational quotes out there about how “courage is not the absence of fear, but _________________________.” And they’re all attributed to different people. But they’re saying roughly the same thing: you’re scared, but you do what’s right even though you’re scared.