I do not want to sound preachy in my message in this, nor do I want to sound blind to the current economic gloom (believe me – I am seeing it every day…), but I am recommending to anyone who is looking for a job or is in fear of losing a job – Now is the time to launch…
The “pundits” might have their opinion, speaking of which Robert Gibbs this morning, in defense of the administration’s miscalculation re: unemployment said – yes we were wrong but so was every other blue chip analyst…, but the reality is clear – jobs have been lost and they are not coming back soon. So what is someone to do? Keep looking? Keep banging your head against the wall trying to find a job? I heard from a friend the other day who was describing a job fair – he said “it is a bunch of 40+ year old MBA’s standing around talking to people who say – ‘check out our web site’”.
My suggestion – launch. Control your own destiny and give yourself a chance, not only now but into the future. Be conservative, yes. But take advantage of this time to create a business that will allow you to control your future and be the one to determine your success. And I am not saying to think big – yes – no one is funding a startup. But start a pizza restaurant. Or a small service business. Or whatever you can do that can work and can allow you to be successful. I talked to someone the other day who discussed opening a golf range and doing golf and tennis lessons. Interesting idea.
Again – I am not this eternal optimist or the one who thinks the sky is always blue – in fact – if anything – I am a pessimist at heart. But the job market is going to get worse. And as we get older, it is going to get worse again. Your best bet is to control your own destiny and get ahead of what is happening and what is coming. Is it nerve – no question. Will you be happier – no idea. Will you make more money – maybe / maybe not. But will you be in control – yes.
We are headed into tougher time for workers – all around all the talk is about more layoffs, not more hiring. Make it simple. Start it while you can – even start it while looking for that new job. But take control of your future and own your destiny.
Am I wrong? Too optimistic? Thoughts?