- April 8, 2020
- Posted by: ProFranchiseAdvisor
- Category: In The News
I hope you are safe, healthy, and checking in on family and friends. Each of us is facing concerns and unique challenges with COVID-19, among others. But these times also bring the opportunity for new ideas, career pivots, and optimism in people & society that will make us stronger as a community we will get through this as the glimmer of light is about to appear.
After 911, our family retrenched and started our Family Entertainment Business and Franchise Consulting Business. Almost 20 years later, both are thriving, but living our dream of independence through business ownership took courage and continues each day as we too hope our stores re-open soon.
What’s your Career 2.0? From the comfort of your home office, surrounded by family, it’s an ideal time to get educated & learn more about possible career transition options, including semi-absentee ownership and best recession-proof franchises that are thriving. No commitments are needed since you are only deciding to become educated about what industries & companies match you, and if franchise business ownership will get you to your goals. Exploring franchise opportunities takes 1-2 months and opens when it makes sense!
Once you sign a franchise agreement, you will get trained and then secure a location if brick and mortar based. Service-based, where you go to the customer, will open this summer or later at this point. If done right, during this ‘reset’ downtime, you will position your family to be living your dream of building a future you own and control.
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Use this downtime to 1) strategize your next chapter and 2) get educated by designing the tactical steps to take action when the timing is right. Hence, you control your future through business ownership. As with most Americans, this is a great time to reset your life, prioritize your personal and professional future!
I leave you with an insightful take on current times from Bill Gates: *What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Teaching us?* by Bill Gates
“I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:
1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.
2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.
14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector*. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.”
Scott Diener of ProFranchiseAdvisor.com is a leading franchise expert with 30+ years experience building franchise brands for fortune 100 and mid-size companies, and after running out of gas as a corporate road warrior, he became the entrepreneur of children’s entertainment centers based in Los Angeles together with his wife to achieve his flexibility and freedom.
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