Life has changed; how do we adapt without losing sight of what we want to achieve?
As you’ve heard us say before, no one knows how the future will play out, but we should still look ahead and think through the consequences of what’s happening.
Our society and our economy are experiencing a massive paradigm shift.
We will never go back to the world we had just a few short months ago, and the lens that we used to evaluate ideas, markets, economies, and personal choices over the last decade may not be sufficient for the next decade.
Here are just a few things that we see changing as a result of what’s going on now:
Social Support: 36.5 million Americans have become unemployed in two months, and the effects are rippling through families, communities, and the economy.1 The government has responded with trillions of stimulus dollars to individuals and businesses. More relief is likely to come. What does this mean for our society? Who should get a helping hand in tough times? Will we permanently expand the social safety net?
Work: Thrown into the largest work-from-home experiment in history, more workers and employers will transition to remote work post-pandemic. This shift in work has major implications. Which places will be a draw if workers can live anywhere and employers can have their pick of a nationwide (or global) workforce? Will those who must physically show up demand different compensation?
Education: Students, parents, schools, and universities are being forced to re-evaluate the definition of education (and its price tag) now that the on-campus experience has gone online. What’s missing if you attend from home? How much should education cost? What alternatives to a traditional four-year degree will arise?
Shopping & Entertainment: Brick-and-mortar retailers may never recover from the body blow dealt by pandemic lockdowns. Online shopping, grocery delivery, and digital services may finally overtake offline channels. What will the retail landscape look like when it’s easier (and maybe safer) to eat, shop, and watch at home?
No one has all the answers about the new world and things are not always what they seem.
Though it appears that the stock market has moved past the pandemic, we shouldn’t celebrate just yet.
Understanding the new world that’s growing out of the pandemic requires thinking through consequences of the new changes and developing a new lens to navigate the uncertain waters ahead.
How can we adapt? How can we still pursue our goals in a totally different world?
We think it through with humility and an open mind: what could happen? And then what? How likely is it that I’m right? What could happen if I’m wrong? How do I position myself?
We’re taking it day by day.
We’ll do it together.
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