Better Together

Networking has taken on a new meaning during these unprecedented times.
Words by Jorge Arauz | September 28, 2020 | Lifestyle

“Instead of worrying about things you can’t control, shift your focus to things you can control — life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’ve never met so many new people virtually as when Zooms started replacing meetings and business cards morphed into QR codes. I’ve lost count of how many deep, meaningful new connections I’ve made since the more than half a year that the world as we knew it was altered seemingly overnight. Social distancing has replaced soirees; virtual hangs have replaced happy hours; and thumbs up have replaced handshakes. But still we get through it. New buzzwords have emerged — “pivot”, “nimble”, “in this together”, etc. — that have helped define the surreal phenomenon that we have all collectively been living through. Masks have turned into a fashion accessory. Menus are being pulled up on phones at the table. Everywhere we go, we must remain 6 feet apart. We’ve all learned how to properly wash our hands. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that anything’s possible and we must always remain adaptable to change. It’s life’s only constant.