11 Mar 2020
working with coronavirus

Could the Coronavirus affect your career in a good way?

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 change.work 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 has simultaneously managed two notable careers over the past 25 years. As an executive in a creative services agency she built wildly successful customer relationships, managed creative teams, and helped clients find their voice and communicate their story effectively. As a professional singer/actor, Erin was able to tap into her characters with a passion for storytelling and perform on many stages. She has been called a “sophisticated siren who captures the classics with emotion and intensity; singing the story of each song as if living it.” Erin’s breadth of research and experiences has culminated into her proudest work to date, the combining of her skills as an executive and a performer. She guides leaders, visionaries and entrepreneurs to rediscover the wisdom of their experiences. These insights evolve into a powerful catalyst for stories of change and positive outcomes leading to a unique and influential personal and professional voice. Her clients’ journeys are a testimony to the power we have within us, and when guided faithfully, they can be transformative.