Getting back on Track Post- Covid

Truth be told, I was practically out of my zone during the lockdown, and after it was lifted and I lost all motivation, vibes, and personal encouragement vibes. Nobody knew what will happen next. We saw scientists, doctors, and pastors who were only forecasting trends but not sure of the reality or what would come next.

My money was almost useless, my goals stared back at me, every moment I lived was a miracle and I took each day as it came.

All routines that seemed important in all aspects of lives from fitness routines to sleep routines and work routines changed. Consistency became history.

The current pandemic, without a doubt, has thrown nearly all of us off of our regular routines. Where and how we work is different. When and where we eat and exercise has also changed. And potentially with all of that disruption comes unhealthy changes in sleep and consumption patterns.

My sincere condolence goes to all souls lost during this period. We pray that their souls rest in perfect peace. We pray that our Land be healed and the permanent vaccine for the virus be found for this to also move to our history books.

If you are reading this, you have survived this period or you are still passing through this phase. Although the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, and it is time to get back on track. The fact that you are reading this today should give you some confidence that, if you put in place some good study practices and set some reachable goals, you’ll be in good stead to handle whatever speed bumps are on the road ahead.

I will like to congratulate all students who participated in the online essay competition organised by my team in Nigeria during the lockdown to encourage younger Nigerians.

Osun State winner with the Deputy Governor of Osun State.
Lagos State winner with the Honourable Commissioner of Education of Lagos State.

The lucky winners were honored by the government of their states and I wish them better accomplishments in the future.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across countries, World Health Organization still recommending mask-wearing, new variants of the coronavirus still spreading, people still dying daily, the virus seems to have become a necessary evil the world would have to adapt to. There have been increasing talks and takes about the ‘new normal’, but then, has the ‘old normal’ been even normal?

Pre-covid, we had global warming, international political & security challenges, financial and tech shifts etc. Post-covid, the world should expect the budding disruptions in several sectors of the world to accelerate. Just as people with preexisting medical conditions are most susceptible to the virus, the global impact of the corona virus will accelerate preexisting transitions.

Take for example, the fintech, crypotcurrency and microblogging and video tech platforms have been screeding to explore and change the course of wealth creation and development for years, COVID-19 and it multiple lockdown effects set the boom for these tech companies and today, the numbers are speaking for themselves.

Also, the pandemic has stressed fundamental questions about the competence of world super powers, especially owning to the fact that the virus emanated from China, a rapidly rising new super power threatening to displace the established USA.

Apart from the healthcare catastrophe, the most immediate challenge resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the economic paralysis, as many businesses have suddenly lost their customers, and wonder how long they can hold out. However, despite the lows the pandemic has created, I believe that it has so far been a blessing in disguise, and the full post-crises possibilities are yet to be untapped.

So what is the much ado about getting back on track post-covid?

1. World Economy: The economy of the world has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and has even exacerbated the economic disparities that have been growing between the haves and the hav nots over the past few years. However, the ‘new world economic order’ through fintech and blockchain teachnologies seeks to close this gap.

2. Business Support on Small Businesses: Small businesses are particularly hard-hit by this pandemic. Hence, there is a growing need to restore SMEs to their previous state because they are a pivotal part of the economy. Grants and loans to support small businesses and entrepreneurs has been made available by different countries, entrepreneurs should strategically position themselves to be beneficiaries of this.

3. Government: Government must as much as possible begin to think and act on cutting cost of governance. Though the recently ratified African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) could help each african countries can supply what it produces best to others, there is also a need to trim down the cost of governance tremendously because the country cannot continue to allocate more than 70% of its budget to accommodate the huge allowances and the extravagant expenses of those in the corridors of power.

4. Technology: After the outbreak of COVID- 19, technological advancement has been used to promote and enable the business to continue running throughout. From e-commerce to fintech, to media, to telcom, to telehealth, etc, the technological advancement during and post covid is one of the postivities to look out for going forward.

In conclusion, it is evident that like malaria and flues, coronavirus is here to stay. However, lessons learnt during the peak of the pandemic should be held to heart even as we adapt to the new normal.

Words of Wisdom from Max Ehrmann

It’s been a while friends.

Enjoy this beautiful piece as you go into the new week.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

— Max Ehrmann, 1927