What I learned in 2020

Well, what a year that was! Probably a slight understatement but it’ll be a year we won’t soon forget and one forever burnt into our history.

I’ve heard many people say that 2020 has been a lost year.

However, I can’t agree with this. I don’t think it’s been lost, rather I think it’s one that’s presented a variety of opportunities, and time (whether good or bad) to slow down to assess how we’ve been living up till now.

So, with the turbulence of 2020 comes a somewhat diverse set of learnings from my own world in the last 12 months. Here’s a few that I believe are worth sharing.

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If you have the will, you’ll find the skill

The power of the human mind is often underrated.

Many of us conform to believe we only have a set talent potential. One that only allows us to perform in certain scenarios or complete specific tasks. However, as technological innovations continue to evolve, we are finding more and more that the in-ability that many preach they have to learn new skills is not true at all.

It is rather a question of will.

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The mystery of “making it”

“This is it, this is the life, I’ve made it… haven’t I?” are the words I said to myself whilst sitting in the first class lounge of Dubai’s airport deciding which smoothie I wanted from the delicious looking buffet. I was half way through a trip to India. Another business trip for my employer at the time to launch an innovative project that I was immensely proud of.

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What should I do now? The extra time conundrum of 2020

In these strange times, it seems that many of us are finding more available time than we are used to.

I keep seeing lots of content telling people to do lots of stuff with the extra time they might have right now. Whilst encouragement is great, I can see how it might negatively affect others who don’t feel this way.

We are all different and I think most of us are in two frames of mind right now:

1. I’m going to use this time to learn lots of stuff, build my skills, read that book etc.

2. This situation sucks, I just want to chill. I know I should probably do something with my time but I just feel a bit crap about all this and want to chill out.

Both are equally valid and we should let people feel and do whatever they feel is best for them right now.

I personally, drop in and out of both these mindsets. Sometimes several times in the week and even several times in a day. But that’s ok, as like you, I am a conflicted human after all.

We are in strange times and adding even more pressure with telling yourself that you should be doing this or that won’t help. Just connect with your feelings and process this moment as you wish.

Perhaps that is reading lots of books and learning new skills. It might also be chilling out, letting the mind wander and processing everything day by day.

No matter what it is, do what works for you.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to go and learn a million new things in any extra time that you might have. Just because someone on a social feed somewhere says you should do this, doesn’t actually mean you should.

Sometimes doing nothing and letting the mind wander is exactly what we need.


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Keeping mentally healthy in strange times

Thoughts and tips on looking after our mental wellbeing during strange times.

First of all, I’m not a doctor and not playing one on the internet. Here, I’m just going to share personal thoughts and some stuff that’s helped me so far. None of this is medical advice.

I’m not speaking from a place of authority but one of experience from past isolation moments. What you do with this information is up to you.

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