Like everyone else, our world has come to a crashing halt as the COVID-19 situation affects the world. Classes, workshops, reunions and talks I had scheduled not just at MIT but also in Poland, Germany, and France had to be cancelled or completely rethought. Just getting basic essentials of life to keep going were now complicated. How all of this ends, and when it ends (if that is the right term), is not clear at all. What is one to do?
As we have discussed for years now, the pace of change is only going to keep increasing. These unusual disruptions should not be considered unusual in our planning process if we are realistic. We don’t know exactly what “normal” will be, but we know it will be something new, and it will come with great speed.
We must be antifragile. This is at the core of what we strive to do as entrepreneurship educators: create antifragile humans and teams. We hope that these building blocks translate to making society more antifragile as well, but, realistically, we have our hands full with just the individuals and teams at this point. So what does this all mean in practice in light of our current crisis?
We must not wallow in despair or blame others. We must have a constructive and positive attitude that we control our own destiny and we can help solve this. Even more so, we must see this as an opportunity to rise up and solve a huge problem to make the world a better place going forward. That should energize us. We need to be the leaders in this time of vast uncertainty, adversity, incomplete information, and people out of homeostasis.