Could the Coronavirus affect your career in a good way?

by | Mar 11, 2020 | Blog, Change

I was on a plane from LaGuardia to Minneapolis last week.  I got through TSA in record-breaking time. The airport was like a ghost town due to the Covid-19 precautions.

My flight on Delta Airlines had many open and empty rows. I’ve never seen a plane that empty.

Now, corporations are asking their employees to work from home.

I thought to myself that I started working from home in 1992. At that time, I was probably one of America’s earliest telecommuters. I telecommuted from Minneapolis to Silicon Valley, working for a creative agency. I had the luxury of working from my home office, with the occasional trip to the Bay Area to work from the office and visit my clients. I loved the freedom that I had at the agency, and I did it for 25 years.

After those 25 years, I felt a calling for space

Around 2016, the spark and excitement I had for the creative agency had become just a simmer and it wasn’t enough anymore. There was a calling inside that said it was time to do something where I could take all of my experiences, talents, skills, and passion and create something wonderful.

And that’s why I left. That’s why I set up InspirationSQRD. Right now, I am seeing so many people who are not getting the joy out of their job or their career.

Is it really possible to find joy in your job?

Take a look at the spaces around you. Maybe you’ve already been directed to work from home?

Perhaps you’re sitting there with fewer or more distractions.  Maybe this is the time to listen to that voice inside you that has been nudging you for months or years that is saying “this isn’t enough anymore”.

This “working from home” may be the new norm for the next few weeks or even months. We’re in a time in history that is unprecedented

Is this where you want to be or can this be a catalyst for change?

Maybe, maybe not. For many people, a great, well-paid, secure job is all they want.

Whether that pans out, who knows these days?

For a lot of people, there is this burning desire inside to make a difference and to be passionate about what they do.

And they’re my kind of people.

So, let’s say you’re a woman in business, in the prime of your life, perhaps working in the marketing industry, even at an agency like I was, and it’s not quite scratching where it itches…..

If that sounds a little familiar, why don’t we talk? Hey, you never know. You might find some inspiration too!

Talk soon?


Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Founder, InspirationSQRD

Erin Duffy guides mid-career professionals to focus and define their next act. She helps her clients to reflect on their life experiences and use it as a compass to chart new future life and career options. In this curated process, they develop a richer personal narrative. This well of personal stories enriches their personal brand. She then coaches them to bring these new personal insights to life with impactful delivery and stage presence. After 25 years of managing dual careers, first as an executive in a creative agency by day and simultaneously as a singer/actor by night, she longed to combine the two as her next act. Out of that journey of search and discovery came a curated program rich with insight and foresight. She discovered that others were seeking similar mid-career transformation. With no programs specially customized to their needs, Erin launched her business, InspirationSQRD, to do just that. Her curated programs successfully help mid-career professionals rediscover the wisdom of their values, traits, skills, and life experiences to create a unique personal brand and a fresh distinctive personal narrative. This new narrative lays claim to the richness of who they have become. In the stage presence portion of her program, she helps her clients deliver this with authenticity and eloquence. She invites you to do the same. She is here to support you to Own Your Story and find the happiness and success you deserve.