“ Life is 10% of What Happens to Me and 90% of How I React to It”

So you have just been laid off from your job and you think the world has ended for you. Don’t worry, it hasn’t. And you can be sure you are not alone. We all have been there some time or other. But between devastating pessimism and illusive hyper optimism you should choose constructive realism.

Our era is not one of long, lifetime careers: it is estimated that in the US and Europe each working person will change an average of 6-7 jobs prior to retirement.

For the past quarter of a century, Western economies are in a state of almost non-stop recession and consecutive crises. The world’s largest economy (the US) has a dazzling $17 trillion national debt and production is stagnant in both America and Europe.

As societies evolve, consumer preferences change at enormous speeds and employment markets alter continuously. Technological development has an impact on virtually every field of our society, including the workplace. The market calls for smaller, more flexible businesses. With active population aging, and the environment is uncertain, more traditional job sectors have become hectic, with unemployment reaching high levels by all standards.

So where does that leave you? The first thing you have got to consider is the reason that you lost your job.

Did your company go bankrupt? Did they have to make major job cuts? Have they hired someone younger and/or cheaper in your place? Should any of the above is the case, there’s nothing you could have done, so forget about it and don’t lose your self-esteem.

If, however you had serious issues, like for example you were not in good terms with your boss, your superiors or colleagues, that’s a very serious reason for you to get sacked. Remember that very few corporations (especially giant ones with glass feet) encourage initiative from their employees, preferring to use human robots until technology provides mechanical ones and we are all out of a job. So if you are not a “Yes, sir” person you must find something else to do.

Another thing you must ask yourself is “Did I really like that job? If I didn’t need the money, would I do it for free, or would I rather do something else? “. You understand that at this point you would find precious few people who would answer affirmatively.

So, then why do most of us prefer a higher salary to job satisfaction? This is a question every person will have to answer for themselves, but having two points in mind.

First, that work is an integral part of our life. It takes up a great deal of our time, it is a field where we can express our personality and its strongpoints, and it certainly affects our psychology one way or another.

Second, human beings are by nature creatures of free will, and there are limits to how far a person can go on making concessions, as when you are in a constant state of suppression, finally something has got to give.

With these things in mind, try to improve your weak points and elaborate on your strong ones for your next job interview (and you pursue as many as possible), and while you are at it, why don’t you try out your entrepreneurial skills?

Don’t look for security in any job, you won’t find any. Instead by starting up your own business, you have the chance to be your own boss, to enjoy your work and generate income, and have the sense of freedom we all need to let out what’s best in us. Let your imagination run wild, start small and give yourself a chance in the challenging world of entrepreneurs(from French entreprendre: to undertake). Curiously enough, the French word is chef d’entreprise (Google)

Read as many relevant books and bios as you can; you’ll be surprised what people can achieve. And to add my own personal story, I started my company off the back of losing my job , and now looking back, that was one of the best things that could have happened to me.