Update on Last Week’s Posting

As expected, some were affected, some protested and others agreed that ailing companies should be allowed to die regardless of the short term rammifications. There were some who felt that the posting was indeed cold as they would be personally affected should their company fold.

My question to them is; “Why then, did you not look for alternatives if you knew your job security was compromised or were you hoping for some reprieve?” I call that Living in Denial. 

Some did return with valid comments like being unable to do anything else because that is what they’ve been doing for more than 20 years. Others said that at their age, it would be risky to take on a new career. I couldn’t comment on those reasons because as someone who was faced with both scenarios, I overcame them and got myself a new lease of life after 20 years in the media business and being in my forties. But I was bankrupt and desperate … these people are not.

Maybe that’s the difference –

… when you have no choice, you have to make a decision …

… but when you still have a choice, that decision is hard to make.

It’s also called a comfort zone. Such zones gives us a false sense of security. The inevitable truth about such zones is that they don’t last forever if you don’t do anything to protect that zone. It’s called Recession Proofing. Sadly, many don’t believe in recession proofing because they are “secure” in their comfort zones. It comes from the it-could-never-happen-to-me attitude.

In WWII, America sent 18 to 20 year olds onto the beaches of Omaha and Utah because these young men had this it-could-never-happen-to-me attitude. They believed that they could dodge a bullet and come home safely. This attitude saw them do heroic deeds like bayonet charges in the face of wilting enemy fire. Of course, many died and didn’t come home while a few survived and became heroes. Decades on, these same 18 year old heroic survivors of D-Day were interviewed as 70 to 80 year old veterans. In their interviews, a common reaction surfaced; as fathers and grandfathers now, they wondered how they ever had the courage to do what they did. They would also discourage their sons and grandsons to ever do what they did in battle. But the tradition of it-could-never-happen-to-me lives on.

The recession has brought on a lot of pain and for now, it seems it will get worse before it gets better. Yet many of us live with this it-could-never-happen-to-me attitude attitude and would rather live life hoping and praying that it won’t happen to us. Good if it doesn’t, better if we prepared for it.

But most would rather blame, complain and take on the why-did-it-happen-to-me attitude after the it-could-never-happen-to-me attitude fails. 

After all that has happened to me, I will never ever take anything for granted nor trust anyone with my life or money ever again. I believe and trust in myself and will do whatever it takes to make sure that I remain economically strong, physically healthy and mentally sound. 

It is only when you have lost something that you realize how much it really meant to you. And how you wished you had done more not to lose it. When you get a second chance, you get wiser about what you have and will treasure it more and will do anything to protect it.

Spend your time creatively protecting and treasuring what you have rather than waste your energy on blaming and complaining. Use this time to build on your strength and shore up your weaknesses instead of waiting to have them exposed and exploited. Reflect on your past to build on your future. Take positives from adversity and turn negatives into advantage.

There is always something positive to be gained in any situation. You only have to look and take action. Nothing good has ever come from a negative state. So why not do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do?

FOOTNOTE: For more on ailing companies being allowed to fail, read:

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