• Karen

The "Now what?" watch list

Updated: Apr 12

I do realize not everyone likes to curl up with a cup of tea and a book. (Realize it yes, understand it, well not so much.) As we contemplate our next phase of life post Covid-19, post lay-off, post marriage, post empty nest (fill in your own circumstance here) let’s talk about the “Now what?” watch list.

Mel Robbins https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk2U-Oqn7RXf-ydPqfSxG5g

This is a YouTube channel featuring many live streams and actual coaching conversations with author Mel Robbins. While she became famous through a Ted Talk, and she’s written a best seller, and even had a short-lived television show, I put Robbins on the list for one main reason—she’s openly talking about reinventing her own life. Like many others she lost clients and contracts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and she’s gearing up again.

Let's Talk Business (New channel from Donna L. Johnson) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXzbmrxYh_96lXmHfiMs8A

Donna is in my own personal network, and she’s been a source of down-to-earth advice and needed support for me many times over the years. And, we’ve never actually met in person. Her YouTube channel is fairly new, but if you want to hear someone talk about life and business without a sugary coating of nonsense, Donna is your gal.

Crash Course Entrepreneurship https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH2l6uzC4UEVY8arV3ExtMVamFxTzMtZ4

Maybe now is the time for you to start a business? Believe me, you would not be the first person to launch a new enterprise after a disaster. Recessions can be good times to take risks and create opportunities. Crash Course videos are fun and engaging and I use them in classroom situations all the time. This series provides a great overview of all the essentials of entrepreneurship.

The Minority Mindset https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT3EznhW_CNFcfOlyDNTLLw

Many people discovered exactly how fragile their financial standing was in the wake of Covid-19. This channel, with fun and fast-paced videos by Jaspreet Singh, is a great place for boosting your financial literacy. Singh covers everything from basic budgeting to branching out into investing.

Eudaimonia https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1mFW0Nibo8d6eh9_abm31w/playlists

This channel contains classical wisdom and historical insights in entertaining and digestible videos. The animations of philosophical works are particularly enjoyable. If you know you want to add some educational viewing to your day, but aren’t sure where to start, then consider this channel.

Ted Talks https://www.ted.com/talks

No matter what your interest, background, or problem, chances are there’s been a Ted speaker who has covered it. Even during the current crisis, new talks are being added all the time, as venues get creative about hosting a speaker and maintaining public health guidelines.

Education, motivation, and a bit of research are a great start to your reinvented life. Whether you choose to read books, watch videos, or access other sources like webinars and workshops, take advantage of the wealth of information available. It can be so tempting to spend all your down time in passive entertainment or hate watching the news—resist that temptation. We might be tired, but there are still possibilities.

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