One thing that’s evident about the pandemic is that it has seemingly leveled the playing field between generations. We are seeing that the older generation has minimal knowhow of existing in a digital world. On the other hand, the younger generation is nimble in this environment.
Not only has the pandemic been an equalizer between generations, but between global supply chains where we are uncovering how overtime production/ manufacturing has shifted to certain parts of the world, as a result border restrictions are affecting the domestic economy.
I have always been a firm believer of seizing opportunities in a permitting environment, however in order for one to leverage an environment; one has to be prepared for those opportunities. We can attest this ideology with Eric S. Yuan, the CEO and founder of Zoom and Malcolm Gladwell makes this point in his book Outliers. If this is true and young people are nimble in this environment then why are we so rigid in finding solutions for our respective economies?
One might argue resources being an issue and how the pandemic exposes how unsustainably unequal our society is. However, a strong part of me perceives action faking as a driving factor. According to MJ DeMarco, action faking is when you take solitary and/or uncommitted action that is NOT part of a bigger process.
Action faking can be many things, from trivial busywork, to data research, to reading books—none of which coax progress. You might indeed act, maybe once or twice, but your actions aren’t directly correlated to what moves the needle. Instead, we’re tricking our brains into secreting a momentary dopamine high, fooling ourselves with the progress illusions, when in truth, we’re wasting time. Of course there’s scientific evidence concerning dopamine highs and we all know how addictive that is (story for another day).
The point is as young professionals we tend to be just satisfied with instant wokeness and fail to see the bigger picture and that’s the reason we are not effectively participating and capitalizing in this equalized era we find ourselves in. The hidden truth is that the new world is output driven, i.e. “what can you do with what you know”, compared to input driven. If you are not agile in how you adapt, your qualification won’t save you; and if you’re myopic, you’ll live to tell the tale of how you were a consumer of escapism.
I am however sympathetic when it comes to the availability of resources and the diverse backgrounds that shape our mindsets, because that is a reality we cannot overlook. Hence, I am writing this to caution against the trap of voluntary action faking, in the hopes of inspiring a change in mindset. Sometimes it’s not economic stimulus programs that we need but a change in mindset that will drive tangible solutions.
As I conclude, history has proved that recessions have made many people wealthy. I’ve always comprehended them as disruptors to the “system” like the number eight in a Crazy Eights game (lol). Therefore, when the cards are not stacked against you, take charge of the situation and be a creator of circumstance. Think of yourself as a product in terms of what you can give to the environment you find yourself in, because when you have nothing to bring to the table you are voiceless. Let’s apply our minds by seeing the bigger picture, our respective economies need us!