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A reflection with friends on the global pandemic

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 10/15/2020

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We are connecting more now, more intensely, and have less in-room tensions and emotions, going from one video call to another. Are we making the right connection? And what are we taking away from it, and how do we avoid the negative impact his pandemic and lockdown has on our our children for years to come.

Points from the discussion around the situation around Covid19 and the lockdown:

  • The rat race stopped for a while
  • We put things in perspective
  • Reflecting on our career & situation
  • Supporting each other
  • Being shaken up to find a direction more lead by our soul rather than outside pressure
  • Review the information you received from the news, and evaluate them
  • We do not know what’s ahead of us, we are like entrepreneurs, dealing with uncertainty all the time
  • People are stressed of being stressed
  • The emotional cost of Covid isn’t known yet
  • We have more time with our families, resulting in more fulfillment
  • Not knowing what comes next lead to personal development
  • We have the power to use the situation in our own way
  • Things work differently, we need to diversify our services but also our emotions
  • Collaboration taking over from competition
  • People are more heart centred than before
  • Our children will change and their mindset has been influenced through Covid19
  • Lockdown was an opportunity, and people worked even harder
  • Managing emotions to get through the crisis
  • Keeping the balance of what information we let in to build and keep resilience
  • The lockdown allowed us to live inside ourselves, focusing on creating our world and connecting to our world
  • We have to put our wellbeing first
  • We go back to a question of choice, and can make decisions to create, and navigate our life in a way we want to do it
  • Connecting to ourselves, and reflecting
  • What can we do to make ourselves more energetic
  • Lockdown allowed for more personal care, including personal habits and stress management
  • Companies are opening up to mental health and wellness issues
  • Teaching our kids that it is ok to choose and not to constantly chase the materialistic values, e.g. self worth comes from inside
  • Education should also focus on handling emotions and being more empathetic
  • Parents have a big role on what our children learn too
  • Resilience comes from recognising who we are, and accepting who we are
  • Will the change last, or do we go back to what used to be normal, both in terms of our approach to life but also our attitude to personal development?
  • Will we learn from the situation?
  • How can we tap into the system to change the system to support the individual change?
  • Leadership needs to step up for the well being of their employees
  • It’s not only about whether we care, but how we get other people to care too
  • How do we connect people through values?
  • How do we allow empathy for ourselves?

Guest for this episode:

Catherine B. Roy is an internationally recognised Business and Personal Growth Coach and Bestselling Author. She is a MENSA member with an IQ>156 which qualifies her to be in the less than 1% of the human population. Catherine has won loads of awards and is also an experienced business entrepreneur & IT expert. Catherine is certified in the fields of positive psychology, assertive behaviour, emotional behaviour and emotional intelligence (EQ). Catherine has only one mission: To help you do what you love and make your dream business flourish.



Davida Ginter is the Co-founder and CEO of Enkindle Global, and the author of the book "Burning Out Won't Get You There". She specializes in Participatory Leadership processes, and operates on a global scale to support leaders and organizations in preventing burnout, cultivating wellbeing, and developing emotional resilience.

Author of Burning Out Won't Get You There

Founder, Be the Change 

Co-founder and CEO, Enkindle Global



Stephanie Schaffner looks back at a career working for international companies in sales and business development. However, she became a certified trainer for stress management and a coach for burnout prevention due to her own experience and the need for change in the corporate world.



Barbara Vercruysse is a mentor, business coach, thought leader and public speaker. After facing several challenges in life and surviving a stage 4 skin cancer at the age of 32, she decided to live her second life at the fullest.





Volker is a career and leadership coach, and also works as a sales and strategy consultant. With a passion for mindfulness and personal development, he helps individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website.