At a certain point, we all need a little inspiration, motivation, and perspective. Yesterday was one of those days for me. Yesterday wasn’t a good day. Some days everything catches up with you and you just have to run for cover. The universe must have know I was going to take a beating on Wednesday because I started writing this Blog earlier in the week. As it turns out, I may have written my own pep-talk!
The first months after you’ve lost a job can be an emotional see-saw! One minute you’re loving the freedom of making your own schedule; sleeping in and networking like crazy. The next you’re counting spare change and wondering what you’ll do when your savings runs out! The longer your status as “unemployed” continues the deeper you need to dig but you find out what you’re made of. I’d forgotten just how tough it can be so my hat goes off to you if you’ve been on the sidelines awhile. There haven’t been any major changes in the way I’m living (yet) as I’ve made the decision to keep living my life and reach for my goals. Not having a job has allowed me to reevaluate what I want to do, make a plan, and START DOING IT! Sometimes when you’re in a job long enough or working with people who aren’t passionate about what you do you can lose focus. Surrounding myself with people that have been supportive and professionals who are cheering me on is giving me energy and I’m feeding off of it! I’m focused.
The next stage of your life is sometimes dropped on your doorstep and you can feel a little helpless when it’s not in your control or it wasn‘t your choice. That’s life. But that’s the time to TAKE control and make things happen! Chances are you won’t be successful in something you’re not passionate about so it’s time to remember what it is that invigorates you and pour your energy into it. What do YOU love doing? I love broadcasting. Always have. Always will. I know without a doubt I was meant to do this and that‘s why I have confidence and energy and enthusiasm for my next gig.
I’m reminded of the “Last Lecture” given by Dr. Randy Pausch: a smart, grounded guy with lofty dreams who found out that he had Pancreatic Cancer in the prime of his life. If you need inspiration watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncoSRKoU6GQ Sadly, Dr. Pausch lost his cancer battle in July of 2008, but I took this lecture to heart. It puts everything in perspective for me.
I’ve never wasted much time on people who told me I couldn’t do something. What do they know? They’re holding you back! No doubt about it, being in a job you hate or unemployed will have very tough moments. So today I’m refocused on the things that I know I’m good at. What we all need to remember is that “the brick walls that are in our way are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. They’re there to give us a way to show how much we want it!“ I think it’s ok to expect obstacles. You know that nothing worth having is easy. You just have to find the strength to push those obstacles out of your way and you CAN do it.
Until next time…Keep the faith!
A couple of articles you may find interesting:
How to make money using CraigsList: http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=e3f33cdd-3a9f-4e26-905d-843ac91c54bf
5 Things You Should Bring To An Interview:http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2743-Interviewing-5-things-you-should-bring-to-the-interview/?SiteId=cbmsnhp42743&sc_extcmp=JS_2743_home>1=23000