Uncertainty Or An Opportunity In Disguise?
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind not with it” – Henry Ford.
Nine years ago, I experienced something that prepared me for this pandemic. I had a head injury, lost three of my five senses, and then was made redundant from my career of over thirteen years in the fashion industry. I was forced to relook at everything in my career. I really wanted to get out of the industry because it was very difficult for me to go back. But I challenged myself to do something new.
Imagine yourself doing a bungee jump. If you do not want to stand still in that jumping platform, you have to jump, take a leap of faith. Trust your capabilities. Trust the expert who is guiding you through your jump. Trust the equipment, your jump gear. Once you jump, first it is exhilarating and then you find your calm. Let me tell you how I found my calm and my happy place.
I chose to take a big step and go back to studying after my redundancy. It was scary as I had been a college dropout and in fact failed thrice in college! In my mind I knew I was not a great student. That is why I wanted to prove myself wrong. Change my perception of myself.
Presenting at the Golden Key APAC conference also led to me being nominated and invited to present at TEDx Uni SA in Adelaide
The uncertainty I faced gave me the opportunity to relook at my career and redirect towards something I would never imagine doing, if I were still in my old job. I found my new calling in teaching, training, and motivating others. I realised this is something that comes naturally to me and I what I truly enjoy.
Embracing uncertainty has helped me to be where I am today. The learnings and experiences have shaped me to find balance amidst chaos by focusing on my strengths and the willingness to explore and create new opportunities.
So many things have happened because people have challenged themselves to think differently, and they have had the opportunity to reflect back on what they are good at and what the world might need. We have seen an increased number of new businesses that have been created by people who would have never dared to try before. Students who were sick of looking for a job and decided to go out on their own, others who finally took the leap to turn a passion or idea into a business or saw a gap to fill. People have found success and are motivated to do more.
COVID-19 also gave us the opportunity to spend more time with family and to do other hobbies we would not usually have found time for. So, if we really think about it, COVID-19 has been an opportunity in disguise and there have been some positive experiences to come out of it.
Ask yourself, how can you use this uncertainty as an opportunity to create a positive experience for yourself? What areas of your life can you reflect on and use this opportunity to take a jump?