It’s pretty scary.
Millions of talented people are without jobs in this country. Millions. Lots of them have been out of work for several months. I know people that haven’t worked for over a year. (I bet you do too.) Can you imagine the pressure they must be feeling?
I have a vivid recollection of coming home from school one day and seeing my Dad’s car in the driveway. (Considering the fact that he was usually out of town travelling for business, it was quite an unusual sight.) I remember walking into the house that day…a house filled with some serious tension. My Dad told me that he had lost his job. It frightened me. What were we going to do? How would we eat? Would we be able to buy clothes? What was going to happen to us? (I had a younger brother and sister, too.)
Did you ever have a similar experience?
It’s scary, especially for a kid. It’s scary for us adults, too. I’ve been unemployed before, and each time it happened, it sucked. And it was kind of scary. But, never again.
I made a commitment to myself when I lost my last job, well over 10 years ago. That commitment went something like this;
I vowed that I never wanted to feel that sense of powerlessness ever again.
The kind of powerlessness that I’m referring to comes from being employed by someone else. That’s because when someone besides you is signing your paycheck, your control of your professional life goes right out the window.
When you work for yourself, you have the control. (Mostly)
2012 is just around the corner. Could it be the year that you decide to do something about your own lack of control?
If you do it right, it’s really not that scary.
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