More than 4.5 billion people were confined in the last months, making it the biggest lockdown the humankind never known in his history; and we should be proud of being part of it, because now, we have some great – and sad – stories to tell to our children and grandchildren as our parents and grandparents did.
Staying at home all day allowed us to discover a lot of things…
There are some couples who discovered that their mentality doesn’t match after 30 years of marriage.
There are some parents who discovered that their baby-sitter isn’t payed way enough.
And there are some people who discovered that 24 hours is a little bit too long for a day, and they experienced the boredom at its finest after dropping out their daily life routine…
• Boredom is proven scientifically that it can enable creativity and problem-solving by allowing the mind to wander and daydream.
• Free Time allows us to learn new things and shape new skills. And that’s what some people chose to do during the lockdown.
And the mix of skills and creativity is the perfect formula to create something new, revolutionary and big.
Honestly, I will not be surprised if I hear in the next years Google and Facebook are buying new startups every 15 days. And it’s not impossible to see in the next 50 years, five new giants built in 2020 because of the lockdown replacing the actual GAFAM.
After every major catastrophic event, humanity prospers larger than it was before, and new giant companies see the light, Inka Mero said, “Many of today’s unicorns have been founded or built during recessions or downturns – resource scarcity can be a source of creativity and pivoting” –
But what differs today’s pandemic from the previous major events, and makes it even more promising, is the fact that today we have a limitless access to an endless knowledge, at any time and any place in the world. Add to that, the lockdown that gave us a plenty of time to learn and a dose of boredom to think.