Self-esteem @ economic recession

July 25, 2009

The current downturn in economy has affected several job losses. This is bound to affect self-esteem of people, who became unemployed in the process. At the outset, I will share the following:

A king once had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Many walked around it. Some even blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. He laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much effort, he succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained several gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold coins were for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. What is the moral of the story? Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.

Treat recession and its impact on your job as an obstacle to improve your condition- this is the message I would like to like to give, knowing fully well that it is easier said than done.  I know a lady who lost her job but then took up small assignments in an absolutely new field. She remained constructively engaged, and also learnt something new. A good example of doing something in the situation and staying positive. Now,  let me offer the following thoughts:

• Remember, you are not the only one who lost the job. In most cases, the unit/section or the project you were working on got closed and people employed therein became redundant.

• Remember, you may have lost the job but you havn’t lost your ability to work. Take a look at your experience, skills, and expertise and see where can you apply them.

• Look for short term assignments or consultancies instead of /in addition to full time jobs. They are easier to get and you will have an opportunity to get entry into different organizations. Once you do a task well, the organization may open its doors for you.

 • Now, I like to share three beautiful and most relevant quotes:

    “It is not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again”- Vince Lombardi.

    “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling”- Claude Pepper; and

    “When this door is closing, another door is opening. It is our job to go and find that door”- Mathew Perry.

 You may have been knocked down, you haven’t lost your ability to work. Get up and start pedaling. You will soon find a door that is opening for you.

I wish you good luck.