Wow, I’m really doing it.
Never thought it would happen.
I co-starred as (half a) subject in a blog – my wife had the vision to start blogging way back in 2002 about our trip to Ireland – but I’ve never written one. Until today. I was laid off last week and decided, with my free time, it was time to give it a whirl. (And it looks good to have a blog on my linkedin profile.) So here goes…
Like I mentioned before, I got laid off last week. For me and my family, it’s a blessing, and not a disguised one at that. This is not to say anything bad about my former company. For my first five years there was a learning curve but eventually my talents exceeded the requirements of the job. I needed to move on yet was in a state of inertia around finding a new job. My friends and family probably (actually, I’m sure) felt as though I was a broken record, hearing over and over again how I needed a new challenge yet couldn’t get off the schneid (baseball reference). Sure, I’d inquire here or there. Apply cursorily to a job posting on theladders or indeed (I’m not getting royalties for those plugs). Even had my resume done twice, professionally (well, the first go, not so much, but the fee was professional). So this change in employment status was just the kick in the pants I needed.
I’ve now established this laying off is a GOOD thing. Am I scared? Yes. Am I nervous about money? 100%. But this is what needed to happen and I’m empowered and feeling more alive than I have in years (around work). But also know, although I’m absolutely winning the battle with my psyche today (and last week), it’s a very small playing field and the line between a good versus bad day, being a proud man and confident I’ll win versus feeling sorry for myself and thinking I can’t because I’m an unemployed loser, is pretty slim. So, while I know the sentiment is from a good, caring, concerned, friendly, loving, warm, supportive and overall positive place, when I tell you I got laid off (because I will – in fact I just did about five times in this post) my preference is that you ask, “is that good or bad?” rather than saying “I’m sorry.” And that will give me (or anyone you have this conversation with) a chance to add fuel to my fire by telling you “It’s great! and this is why…” And my why is because I’m committed to finding something fulfilling, exciting, inspiring and financially rewarding. “Would you like to Super Size your meal for only $2 more?” Just kidding. I’ll see you at the top because I’m a winner. World… it’s on!