What does the future hold? Know one knows for sure even if they sound like they do. Lately I have been thinking about the past. I have been downsized, right sized, merged, reorganized, laid off and fired. I have been employed, unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and self employed.
I have had three careers, one in government where I broke through a glass ceiling that was made of cement and became the first . . . trust me you don’t want to know. A second career as a consultant where I again climbed the corporate food chain as I sold my soul to heartless, mindless money grubbing corporations, who paid me very well but reminded me of it every day, as I sat in my corner office with the view of the pond and the chair that was so big no one could tell I was there if I swiveled it to look out the window.
They took care of every little thing for me. Heck I never had to buy lunch or pay for gas, but they also told me what my opinion was, and who I would be having lunch with. My friends called it a heart attack job, I am not sure if it was because of all the fine dining or the stress caused by having a boss that had my cell phone number on her speed dial or maybe it was because of the 40 or 50 people I got to fire one at a time in my role as the company hatchet woman.
As I face 2009 I am self employed so I don’t have to worry about being laid off which is nice, but there are clear signals that the already contracted real estate market has not yet hit bottom. Am I worried? No I am not worried. The reason I am not worried is because my future is more about me than it is about the economy. I am not saying that I buy into that bull shit about “being positive” and it will all work out, or that I can just work harder. I work plenty hard enough now and it takes more than an attitude to get the job done.
Our Skills Got us this far
We all have skills and most of us were looking for a job when we found the one we have now. Sales skills, marketing skills, writing skills, communication skills, the ability to run a small business and the list goes on. The skills we improve on or pick up as Realtors are valuable skills and we have been using them for years to earn a living. Those skills did not go away because the stock market plunged. They can be used to improve a business or to start another, or in my case to begin my fourth career.
I am not suggesting that I plan to quit, but I know that I can quit if I want to and that makes the job much easier. Staying on a job or in a career because we feel we have to is rarely a good idea. I did that once and it was a big mistake.
Believe in Yourself
Have faith in yourself. You got this far, you can and will go further still. 2009 is an adventure that none of us have experienced yet. I for one plan to enjoy the journey even though I don’t have a clue where it will take me.