There was a conversation at work today about challenges that growth-based businesses may be facing right now during the pandemic. Unless you’re a business that’s directly benefiting from the pandemic (e.g. $ZM), you may not be growing like you were last year. Maybe you’ve even had layoffs.
There are of course extrinsic variables (i.e. compensation, most notably) directly linked to business growth. If you’re in sales and the business is doing great, you’re likely closing more deals and bringing home more money at the end of the month. Conversely, if the business isn’t growing, your paycheck is going to suffer, and you might start wondering if you should look elsewhere.
Extrinsic growth is the obvious example. If you stop getting paid, you’ll stop going to work. But what about intrinsic growth, the opportunity to grow on a personal level? If the business is growing, especially if it’s growing rapidly, there is going to be a constant inflow of new problems and challenges such that you’re naturally growing just by showing up to work every day.
If business growth dries up, what happens to personal growth?