COVID-19 Entrepreneurship Mindset

Purpose and re-purpose – Day 14. Business shut down – COVID 19 / Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020. San Diego, CA. – 12 days without blogging. I have to confess, a few of those days without a post were because of the uncertainty of the future given the Coronavirus crisis. The rest, I’ve just been too busy with many tasks that I’ve been able to work on and move forward.

Before the rest of my post, I’d like to share a story (to my knowledge by Allen Klein) that pretty much explains some stuff going on with my life today:

Here is a story about a bird who found his lessons in the most unlikely of places:

Once upon a time, there was a nonconforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started southward. In a short time, ice began to form on his wings and he fell to earth in a barnyard, almost frozen. A cow passed by and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end. But then the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe, he started to sing. Just then a large cat came by and hearing the chirping, investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure, found the chirping sparrow and promptly ate him.

Now, it may seem that there are no lessons here, but there are. In fact, there are three:

  1. Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily doing you a disfavor.
  2. Everyone who gets you out of shit is not necessarily helping you.
  3. If you’re warm and safe in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut.

During the past couple of weeks I have worked on my personal taxes, business taxes, bookkeeping, following up on a dozen or so open damage claims with Turo, Getaround, and Ryde. Hey, I have even dealt with a couple of guys that went batshit crazy and have been trying to take advantage of me, my partner, and our company. It’s not wise to discuss impending legal matters, but surely, some humans’ lack of knowledge of the law is patent and often overlooked by them, and I’m constantly reminded of how human stupidity knows no limits.

Anyway. Past the work I’ve been doing in dodging, not bullets, but pea shootings, and actual real work on my car rental company, I’ve been offered some new business opportunities I plan on analyzing and potentially assuming them within my and my partner’s portfolio of companies.

Opportunity knocks, and knocks loudly.

  • These “Plan B” opportunities that I’m looking into, the most lucrative, happen to also be the most humane in their vision: With COVID-19 out there, sterilization of humans and surfaces becomes a necessity. Being able to provide easy to assemble and transport solutions to aid in the eradication of the virus would help greatly flatten the curve and keep more people safe, healthy, and alive. May God allow me to be part of this new initiative.
  • Another potential scenario for “Plan B” would set me even closer to one of my life goals, owning a law firm. Remember that learning above from the bird story? “Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily doing you a disfavor.” – And it’s so true! I’ve been involved in MANY legal battles, as a defendant, as a plaintiff, writing amicus briefs, as an adviser to every possible party, as a researcher, as a strategist, defendant and plaintiff in pro per, and as an attorney. Today in my impending case, defending myself and my company isn’t an option. I will quote an adage usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” – “and a moron for a lawyer” – sayeth me in addition. So in planning and strategizing my defense, in my plans, this takes me a step closer to owning a law firm. For now, I’ll allude to the third learning from the bird’s story: “I’m warm and safe in my pile of shit, and I’ll keep my mouth shut.”

And what about my business, Mango, the current Plan A?

Mango is still a thing, and one with a successful and promissory landscape – whether lawsuit or not.

Rentals are about to restart but with a smaller fleet. Not airport based, but neighborhood based. Private, direct rentals will be more of a thing than just peer to peer. While traffic might be slow, it should at least keep the cars moving and making some money – even marginally.

Consulting clients are still there and willing to keep on working with us despite the noise around us and the Coronavirus thing. My reputation, my partner’s, and my company’s have been built throughout many years, and a simple, meritless complaint won’t affect us. We’re stronger than that, especially when we have done no wrongdoings. These clients trust out track record, and are happy to be driven to success by us. They are smart.

Claims processing services are also a thing. We have nearly $200,000 in claims we are handling for ourselves and other clients. We have been recovering money on behalf of them. They are happy, and continue to work with us. We are also adding new clients. This shall keep our company afloat until the crisis of the shelter at home subsides.

Brokering and selling cars is in a hiatus. The economic situation makes it a tough market with limited earnings. As this business runs in tandem with car rentals, this one will revive as soon as car rentals do.

Overall, I am happy and optimistic about the future. I’m ready to overtake apparently adverse actions. Those who know me know about my litigious nature and about my constant fight for justice through honesty. If a fight does start I am happy to fight it. I am confident of the results, and I will battle fiercefully and vigorously (whatever your interpretation of this word might be). At the end of the day this battle is tiny compared to the many other I have successfully fought and won.

My advice to all tonight: Stay strong, stay focused, keep your head up and your goals high. There is nothing the world can throw at you that you can’t overcome. You will always be presented with problems and situations to your size and abilities.

Write soon! Peace out!

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