If you’re between jobs (like 8.9% of Americans), now is the perfect time to start creating your ideal future.
You may have been handed a gift disguised as unemployment. The answer depends on what you decide to do with your time.
How many hours per day can you search for a job? At what point does that search become unproductive? There are millions of other people just like you searching for jobs that don’t necessarily exist.
You will find a job eventually, and the difference between spending 4 hours per day searching versus 12 hours per day searching won’t help you find that job much sooner.
At the end of your period of unemployment, what do you want to have accomplished? Finding a job is probably top on your list, but what else could you end up with?
Most people will end their unemployment having experienced a lot of stress, countless ego-crushing phone calls and emails and a string of blurry days spent at home like a sick person.
Smart people will use this as an opportunity to start breaking their dependence on corporations. Some people will use the free time afforded by losing a job to start creating a future that is self-reliant and enables their ideal lifestyle.
Don’t you want to be one of those people?
Do you have a big dream? What about an ideal lifestyle? Why not start an online business, or a freelance career or whatever else will help you live the life you want to?
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Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.