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Episode 318

What is happening? (You Got This!)

Enoch SearsMar 3, 2020

Let's face it – right now we're facing some unprecedented circumstances.

Schools are shutting down, gatherings are cancelled – there's no question that this will have a real economic impact for many of us.

So what should we do? How will this impact architects and the architecture industry?

With all that's going on, it's far too easy to slip into worry, anxiety and fear. I'm struggling with this myself.

We moved into a new house last year and with six kids, a business and team members, I have some decent monthly expenses.

It's too easy to worry about what might happen – this does no good at all.

When we're fearful, that's when we retreat and stop taking positive actions.

What I'd remind you today is that it isn't the circumstances or the challenges that define us – it's how we respond to these challenges.

Let me repeat that: it isn't the circumstances or the challenges that define us – it's how we respond to these challenges.

No one individual has control over what is happening right now.

The only thing within our control is how we respond. Are you with me?

So, how do we respond? How do we move ahead with the best foot forward? How do we make sure that the best version of “US” continues to show up every day?

Today I want to give you 5 strategies for moving ahead with power and faith.

  1. Realize that you're ok.
  2. Avoid the virus of the mind.
  3. Reframe this opportunity.
  4. Analyze your routine.
  5. Get cash / financing heavy.

You got this. You've been through challenges before and you'll make it through this one stronger than ever before.

A last tip is to look at alternate ways of packaging your services as an architect. There are some very cool things you can do to deal with times like this and still stay profitable and moving ahead.

This Friday, March 20th, Rion Willard and I are hosting a webinar around COVID-19, what it means for architects, and how to thrive (not just survive) in a possible down market.

I'm not saying a down market will happen – and I hope it doesn't but we all know these cycles come and go – the best time to get prepared is yesterday and the second best time to be prepared is today!

To register for the upcoming free training, go to http://www.businessofarchitecture.com/future.

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Enoch Bartlett Sears is the founder of the Architect Business Institute, Business of Architecture and co-founder of the Architect Marketing Institute. He helps architects become category leaders in their market. Enoch hosts the #1 rated interview podcast for architects, the Business of Architecture Show where prominent guests like M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. and Thom Mayne share tips and strategies for success in architecture.


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