Maybe it’s best not to build things that are recession-proof

If you have enough stocked away and can survive the interim, maybe we don’t need all businesses to last through calamity, maybe it’s fine for these companies to fail. Of course it will be inconvenient, but inconvenience and the end of the world are two different things (which some people fail to realise).

Recently someone told me it’s times like these when it’s good to be a public servant because your paycheck is guaranteed. On the surface that could be true, but you also miss an excellent opportunity for growth, or if your company were to fail, a chance at rebirth. Once a public servant, always a public servant. No growth.

I have every confidence in humans to come out of this calamity, and I wonder if some of them are just putting off the inevitable.

My opinion is that it’s better to transition as soon as possible to the new reality so you can take advantage of it. It’s partly why I have so many jobs, for the versatility and also the challenge it provides in different contexts.

The problem is coming to terms with the fact that there is a new reality, and I think this can be put down to nostalgia, with people wanting, at times irrationally, for things to be the way they always were. That’s never going to happen, and plus you’ve already experienced it, why not go for a new experience, however scary that may be?

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