The past few weeks have been surreal for all of us. Coronavirus has changed life in ways none of us could have imagined when we entered this decade. Some are challenged by “stay at home” orders and travel restrictions, while others risk their lives to work on the front lines to provide health care or essential services.
The lives of millions of people, along with their careers and businesses, have been disrupted by COVID-19. When we are faced with disruption, we are faced with a choice. We must choose between inaction (giving up) and action (overcoming).
The best way to survive ANY disruption is to live with intent. When we plan and prepare for the future, disruptions do not define us, they REFINE US.
Like everyone, I had a busy schedule and big plans for March and April before coronavirus hit. The timing of coronavirus is especially disappointing to me. I had been planning this Spring to be my “come back” celebration of getting my mojo back. I wasn’t coming back from failure. I was returning from battle.
The week after I was released to walk after breaking my leg in two places (a Maisonneuve fracture) and spending months isolated at home elevating my leg, I was told I had breast cancer. I spent the following weeks and months immersed in research, surgeries, and revamp of my daily routine and diet. I emerged grateful, joyous, triumphant and DETERMINED to do work I genuinely love.
I chose to transform these disruptions into opportunities to reinvent my future. The work I have enjoyed most over the years is helping others turn their gifts and talents into profitable businesses and careers. I find great joy in helping others achieve their goals and dreams.
I am now directing my passion, decades of experience, and countless hours teaching and consulting executives, entrepreneurs and professionals. I want to help others find their passion and the genius within to build sustainable success doing the work they were meant to do.
Several weeks ago, while operating on all cylinders breathing life into my plan, I was approached by Publishizer, a literary agency that connects authors with publishers via crowdfunding campaigns to submit my non-fiction book to compete for an international publishing deal that includes international distribution and placement in airport book stores (a bucket list item for me : )
I accepted the invitation and decided to crowdfund ‘Success and the Genius Within’ the sequel to the book I had planned to release in April 2020 – and compete for the publishing deal.
In the first couple days over 100 copies were preordered, and my book rose to #2 in the crowdfunding competition. I was so excited!
Then reality set in.
Coronavirus was named a pandemic. All my plans evaporated, and the crowdfunding campaign was the only thing left. I grappled with pulling the crowdfunding campaign out of sensitivity to those losing their jobs or falling victim to the virus.
Then, I had a revelation.
I explain in the video below why the book about disruption I am crowdfunding is more relevant than ever:
“Let disruptions and pain refine you, not define you.”
~ Rebecca Murtagh
We humans are quite resilient, especially when we use disruption to refine us, not define us.
I encourage you take advantage of this time to reassess priorities and your path forward.
I address these topics and much deeper in my book, but these questions are a great way to get begin thinking about creating a “future-proof” career or business.
If this intrigues you at all, I would be so grateful for your support. My book “Success and the Genius Within: Your Guide to Human AI, the Future of Work, Innovation and Creativity Amidst the Greatest Disruption in Human History” is available for preorder through April 15, 2020 when the competition for the international publishing deal ends.
The book is accompanied by a Free Master Class and will be published whether it wins the competition or not.
To pay it forward, I am donating a free book and master class for EVERY copy of Success and the Genius Within preordered to non-profits for EVERY copy ordered, whether you order one copy or a bonus packaged with dozens or hundreds of copies for your company, team, event, book club, association, graduating class, friends or family. You can also donate any one of the deeply discounted packages to your favorite class, organization, or not-for-profit.
Together, we can inspire people around the world to transform disruption into opportunity.
If you are under financial stress and cannot preorder the book, yet still want to support the campaign…simply subscribe to campaign updates on the crowdfunding page (a metric publishers consider I am told), and you will receive exclusive updates about the book, master class and other developments.
Love and light to you and yours.
Rebecca Murtagh is a Human AI Evangelist, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author of CROWD SUCCESS® , Innovation coach, consultant and trainer. Rebecca leverages decades of experience working with Fortune 500, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Mains Street, global brands and startup entrepreneurs to help executives, their teams, and entrepreneurs leverage Human AI to innovate faster and achieve sustainable success. Rebecca also helps virtual companies, remote talent and hybrid teams improve productivity, collaboration, creativity and job satisfaction for optimum performance and long-term success.