Don’t you see the Christmas lights or hear jingle bells already, Adrian? What’s with this adversity talk? I see and hear them alright. Except adversity doesn’t seem to care about our holidays. This talk can be and should be very deep under the right guidance, but I’ll be shallow and relate to relatively recent events that affected a small number of people globally speaking, but many of us who have a connection with my blog.
Online roads are really bumpy. You found a nice cosy source of income. Then something shifts and that source is gone or diminished considerably.
You relied on that source of income online. It wasn’t much, but gave you something to do. And now you have all that time to do… nothing. You are disoriented. What next?
In face of adversity and disorientation, people react in different ways:
1. Do Nothing / Play the Lottery
Let’s start with the easiest and worst reaction of all.
There will be people who will do nothing in face of adversity and simply blame others and go bitter over time. If they don’t accept help to improve themselves and their situation, try to avoid them, they are a bad influence.
The variation for this category is people who play the remaining of their money in games of chance or get-rich-quick schemes hoping for the right alignment of stars.
2. Find Something That Works For Them and Keep Doing It
This is the first reaction (and consistent plan) that can get you out of trouble.
When your morale is down, it’s not the best idea to jump into the hardest task on your list. Your low morale will prevent you from doing a good job and will plunge even deeper because you couldn’t complete your task. And that’s a vicious cycle.
Instead, go easy, with a small task you usually ace. You’ll complete it with flying colors and boost your morale a bit. Repeat the process and boost it even more. Get the point?
3. Find an Alternative
So something shifted, failed, no longer works for you. When you look for an alternative, think long-term. Despite your immediate need, a solution that has a low sustainability on the long term will bring you in this exact situation as now sometime in the future.
4. Seek Advice and Help from Like-Minded People
You are part of a community, it is likely other people are or were affected by the same problems as you. See how they handle them, their solutions, their alternatives. Brainstorm to find solutions to current issues. Almost always more heads find better solutions when thinking together.
5. Take Power Actions
Very few will take this way. When adversity strikes, they strike back harder. They take mind-blowing, strategy-shifting decisions (or as I called them power actions), move mountains or bring mountains together. You’ve seen it recently, not sure if Paypal actions prompted or favored it, but AKH and KRM are merging, which any way you take it, is a huge deal for the niche they both represent.
Adversity creates Necessity which brings in Opportunity
Necessity becomes obvious to those affected by adversity (for example, if you forgot to fix the roof, it will be obvious at the next rain). But opportunity is not grabbed by all the persons affected by adversity (until the rain has done a lot of damage at least, which is already too late, to continue with the previous example).
If something is gone, you have a clean slate, which is an opportunity to start over. And to avoid many of the mistakes of the past.