I like to start my Zoom workshops lately with a question to participants, “How has Covid-19 impacted you and your business positively ?" The answers are always fascinating, and it changes the mindset. Interestingly enough, I have never answered the question myself.
How has Covid-19 impacted MultiFunding and me positively? The answer might be obvious. Our business is booming, and we've never been busier. But that’s not the answer. Covid-19 has finally taught me that I am not invincible.
Every one of us, whether we like to admit it or not, has our vice. Some people like to smoke, and others like to drink. My vice is chocolate and candy, and thinking I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want.
My stress during Covid-19 was the responsibility of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs counting on us for information that could make or break their businesses. The loan programs we were and continue to try to educate on can change before the ink is dry on the most current PowerPoint slide. The demands on our infrastructure and team were stressful.
I stood up to the challenge and didn’t treat my body well in the process. It was not uncommon for me to wake up at five am and eat some chocolate to give me "energy" to write my daily blog post and read the SBA's latest bulletins. The next meal was a coffee and morning-bun double toasted at Starbucks, and when the pizza shops opened, not a problem wolfing one down for lunch. My zoom podium was a wicker box that was filled with bags of chocolate. A trip to Costco would not be complete without a big container of 300 flavors of jelly-beans that wouldn’t take long to disappear.
Let’s be clear – I have never worried about what I have eaten, but it got a lot worse in the last few months.
And then one day, a few weeks ago, I did not feel right and called my cardiologist friend, and landed up on the EKG machine twenty minutes later. Fortunately, all subsequent tests he has ordered so far have shown nothing. But the experience finally knocked me out of stride.
In the last few weeks, I am on a total sugar and carbohydrate detox. My body still feels like I am in withdrawal. But interestingly enough, I have lost any interest in all junk food.
I have to thank Covid-19 for finally teaching me that I am not invincible. Too bad it took a global epidemic to knock me into shape. But after all, as an entrepreneur, I am as stubborn as an ox. I have set a goal to lose 20 percent of my body weight by this time next year. Now I have to make it happen.