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In a world where most people live by the "fake it til you make it" creed, you put on the happy face, head into work every single day giving up your family and personal life in hopes that all your hard work will pay off and the CEO of your company will cruise on by your cubicle and give you the promotion/pay you deserve. Well wishful thinking, right?
There is no such thing as "job security" in today's economy. You just never know what will happen when you step foot into your job. I remember when I was working at SunTrust and they were merging with another company, Symcor, that they were laying off people left and right no matter how long they had been there. I'll never forget the one lady I was really cool with they let go after being there for 15 years after allowing her to work half a day. Now y'all know had that been ME, they would've had hell to pay because for one gas was damn near $4/gal and I was driving my Avalanche to work. Had they decided to let me go their best bet was to hit me up before I got there.
Unfortunately, you can't control market shifts, mergers or layoffs, but what you can control is your next move in the event plan A doesn't work out. If your job was to lay you off today, what is your plan B? Or do you even have a plan B? If not, here are some ways to help you start thinking about your plan B.
Keep a positive attitude:
Losing your job doesn't mean it's the end of the world, but what it does mean is that you have to find another source of income. Whether you are a hunt for another job or deciding to take a leap into entrepreneurship, just know that it may have been a much needed push to get you exactly where you want to be in life.
Most people are unhappy with their jobs anyway they just go because they need the money. I know I've been that way for years, but out of routine and the fact that I had bills is the only thing that kept me going day after day, unhappy and all. I recently stepped out on faith and decided to pursue entrepreneurship full time after working a job from home that I absolutely HATED. It just didn't make any sense for me to hate having to get up, roll out of bed over to my computer and dread answering calls from customers just to make a buck.
Find other ways to make money:
Contrary to popular belief, the economy really isn't that bad. There may be job cut backs, but that is what's forcing people to create jobs and find other ways to make money. Find something you love or that you're interested in and create your own income. Whether it's baking, sewing, or selling your old stuff, you can generate income. In the end you'll be a much happier person and on top of that still able to pay your bills.
Create your plan B:
Your job is just that a JOB. It does not define you as a person. You have the ability to do and be whoever you want it's up to you to make the next move.
While attending a vision workshop last year, the instructor posed a question: "If you walked into your job today and they told you they had to let you go, what would you do?" That really got me to thinking of just how much a JOB really has control over your life. They have the ability to allow you to stay or force you to go and that's when I decided it wasn't for me.
Always work to improve yourself. Make a plan/blueprint of where you want to go and get there. Don't allow a job to keep you from your dreams. With there being so much technology it's a free highway for you to make the right connections and make you dreams reality. You might even find your next dream job or create the next billion-dollar idea.
What's your plan B?