24. Famous Remote Workers from Cavemen to Walt Disney

Show Notes | March 26, 2020 | Episode 026

Disney. Calculus. Gravity. Macbeth. The Declaration of Independence. Can you guess what all of these things have in common? They were all born out of a home office. That’s right, remote work isn’t some new trend. It has been around for over 1.4 million years. In this episode, we take a break from all of the noise surrounding our current pandemic and celebrate the amazing innovations, creations, and leaps forward that have been made while working from home or during times of economic and social crisis. Tune in now to hear Kimber share a whole episode of one of her favorite things: factoids. 

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Did you know that remote work, or working from home, has been around for 1.4 million years? From cavemen to Shakespeare to Disney to those of you listening to this while you work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. History shows us that amazing things have come from both working from home and times of crisis.

This episode is filled with one of host Kimber’s favorite things: factoids. She gives you a crash course on remote work history, from the time of the cavemen (yes, there is evidence to support this) to today. 

So let’s talk about a few things that came out of either working from home (do you really think people were going outside during the Bubonic Plague?) or dealing with major world crises like World War I. 

  • When theaters were forced to shut down due to the Black Death, Shakespeare wrote some of his most famous plays, including Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
  • While quarantined at home during the Bubonic Plague, Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity.
  • While working in an office in his Airbnb, Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence.

These are just a few of the major contributions that have been made to civilization from the comfort of a home office. 

Look around you. Are you sitting in your office? At home? Going stir-crazy while social distancing and quarantining? Instead of focusing on the fact that you can’t go out to eat, focus on this instead: something incredible is going to come out of this crisis. Will you be the one to discover it?

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