Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – I Lost My Job – Now What?
In a time of increasing unemployment and job loss, I thought it might be helpful to write this series. It is my hope that it is a help to those who have experienced a job loss.
Part Three - Stay Away From The Doubters, The Naysayers, and the No-sayers
I have seen it countless times. A person is in a financial pickle and is pursuing income, and they allow others to shoot down their ideas for generating additional income or reducing outgo.
Here are some examples:
- "You don't need to get a second job. Think about how hard that would be." Oh, so this is supposed to be easy?
- "You can't possibly get employed there. They only hire such-and-such type of people. Not you." If you don't apply, you DEFINITELY will not get the job!
- "Why would you sell your motorcycle? I will go broke before I sell mine." Always check the financial advice against the financial condition of the advice-giver.
- "Why would you go to a financial counselor? That is just admitting that you are in a bad financial situation, and they will yell at you for it!" Look, the fact is that it is a tough financial situation. As a financial counselor, it does no good to yell at someone about past financial mismanagement or a tough financial situation. A good financial counselor is focused on preparing a plan to walk out of the current crisis and prevent future ones.
- "Your grandparents struggled with money. Your parents struggled with money. You will struggle with money." Wrong. Just plain old wrong.
Remove the negative people from your life. Focus on using this job loss as an opportunity to go do something you have always dreamed of doing or as a stepping stone to get toward your calling.
I wonder what other negative statements you have heard (or are hearing) as you went through a job loss?