Getting through tough times

Well here we are, going into unknown territory not certain what the future holds?

It can be scary, what about my health, my family, my job, my company?

As someone who has owned my own business for over 25 years, there are many similarities to the economic downturn/recession of 2008 and the potential impact of the Covid-19 disease on the economy (clearly the impact on health and wellbeing are very different).

In 2008, faced with the biggest economic downturn in most people’s lifetime after 14 years of trading Right International nearly folded. However, by addressing what needed to happen, making some really tough decisions I had to ask family members, friends, clients, financial institutions and others for help and support. I wasn’t sure what reaction I was going to get; however I had no choice.

I was pleasantly surprised and humbled by the response I got! Thankfully we got through that period of time as a family and as a business and I’d like to think we came out the other side in a much stronger position and better equipped to face future challenging times.

I personally learned a lot going through that period of time. I don’t have a crystal ball and know one actually knows how long the Covid-19 disease will impact all of us, however I do believe there are certain actions we can take to help us through.


My top tips:

Your family, health and friends are really the only things that matter! Never lose sight of that

Don’t bury your head in the sand ,ask yourself “what is the worst thing that could happen here” (it generally doesn’t) assume that’s going to happen and work out a plan to deal with it.

That unpaid bill won’t go away – there’s always a way out, if you address it early enough financial institutions and even suppliers will look at ways of helping you and often will come up with an agreed plan.

Write it down (helps gain clarity|) prioritise, what needs to happen first, and work out an action plan.

Who can you speak with to ask for help and advice (don’t be too proud to ask for help) be selective with who you ask for help, avoid the naysayers.

If you have a team working for you or your company, be open with the challenges you face. They’ll appreciate it and they may have some useful ideas to help.

Be open to learning and/or trying something new, it could help resolve the current challenges you face.

Don’t spend too much time listening to the news, you want to be informed but it can generate negativity and worry if you listen to it too much!

Can you reach out to someone else who may need help. By helping others it can help you feel more positive about yourself and your situation.

Exercise – It’s scientifically proven that exercise releases the body’s natural production of endorphins that can help boost a positive mindset – it might be more challenging at the moment however be creative.

Read an inspirational book.

Laugh, have some fun, play time, watch a funny movie, sitcom – my personal favorite is Fools and Horses  -Trigger’s Broom (might not be your cup of tea )
Listen to some uplifting music.

Be grateful for what matters to you.


During these difficult and potentially stressful times, if you’d like to speak with me or one of my team about any aspect of work, career or anything else I’d be happy to arrange a call.

I hope you find these tips helpful and please feel free to share.

Stay positive and safe.

All the best,


Gary Pike, Founder & MD Right International

Tel: 01932 216010. Email:

P.S We’re still open for business and if you’d like career advice during these turbulent times feel free to reach out to me or one of my team. Alternatively, if you have a vacancy please contact me and we can set up a call or Skype. 


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