Crisis Equals Opportunity

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Crisis Equals Opportunity | In March 2020 the reality of lockdowns across the world sunk into everyone’s mind. I was in Metro Manila at that time and many were in disbelief at the new reality. It meant there would be no more nightlife. Regular mall activities would be suspended. Our commercial society would grind to a standstill.

A few weeks into the lockdown I posted on Instagram that everything has changed . . . forever. In saying this I was not being my pessimistic self. Weeks into the lockdown I realized the conventional wish of returning to normal was chimerical. It was a strange desire when one considers the economic damage that had been done to the country. Businesses were just not going to snap back into operation once the lockdowns are lifted. It doesn’t work that way. Peoples’ memories and trauma from this difficult time will stay with them years from now.

People expected a return to “normal” but there won’t be. The full consequences of government policies, of retrenchments of labor, of business closures, of mandatory quarantines, will be felt in years to come.

That the future will be different is something that’s baked in the cake. We don’t know what the future will hold, but we know that it will be different.

This crisis also brings new opportunities not only on the narrow business sense, but in our personal development. For most people, there will be no greater opportunity to eliminate bad habits and cultivate good habits. This is the best time to put their house in order, literally and metaphorically.

It takes just a little reflection to find that there are so many things within one’s control that could be improved – from habits to personal relationships.

For my part, I incorporated a real estate company and started my own independent law practice this year.

Don’t wait for the next crisis to rock your boat before you realize change – that you proactively bring about – can take you to the next level. 


Kenneth writes about life and law. He is a lawyer Varona Law, a law firm that specializes in civil and criminal litigation, contracts, immigration law, and intellectual property law. He worked in Metro Manila for three years before starting his own law office Varona Law in 2020.

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