Unemployed or Ready to Launch?
By Dan Miller
With the continued uncertainty in the workplace, we are fielding lots of questions about the 48 Days to the Work You Love seminars. Churches, universities, skill training centers, and prisons are calling to make this seminar available for their members.
My daughter Ashley and I are offering a one-day training program to help anyone who wants to be ready to lead this six-week program. We'll provide you with a complete set of leader instructions, DVDs, and the confidence to begin sharing immediately. Here are a couple of recent testimonials about the effect of this material:
Dan, I want you to know that your book and message have changed my life. I read 48 Days to the Work You Love last April. Your book helped me identify my transferrable skills, market myself, identify companies to work for, and hone my interviewing skills. Since then, I have been offered professional jobs with six different companies!
Dan, I am delighted that you have this program. I bought the 48 days package last year, and it has enabled me to branch out and truly LOVE my work. Today I have my rewarding job and I'm growing my Virtual Administration & Web Services business from home while raising my kids.
If you’d like to be the deliverer of hope and encouragement to everyone you meet, check out the details here to join us for the March 27th 48 Days Facilitator Certification Program. It’s a day that could change your life – and the lives of many others.
If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything. — Allyson Jones
Losing a job can lead to anger, resentment, guilt, and depression. I once worked with a gentleman who, having lost his job, tried to reposition himself and do a job search, only to become discouraged after just a few days with no success. Then he started hiding out from his wife, pretending to be doing a job search, while in reality he was going to the library to surf the Internet and read magazines. He consoled himself in fast food and high sugar snacks and quickly added about 25 pounds. This, in turn, made him self-conscious about his weight and ill-fitting clothes. “I hated my job, but I am still angry about being let go,” he said.
This story is not unusual. New research confirms that losing a job can put people at an elevated risk for emotional and physical problems. Unemployment can start a vicious cycle of depression, loss of personal discipline, and decreased emotional health. “Depression can contribute to much longer searches,” notes John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.
Failure in a business, the dissolution of a relationship, a breakdown of health, or a financial disaster can also be a set-up for these negative, self-defeating feelings. Any of these situations can make a person a candidate for the downward spiral of anger, resentment, guilt, and depression.
To break the cycle, take charge of the areas where you can experience immediate success.
Five Tips to Break the Cycle of Losing
- Start with doing what you can to stay sharp physically. If that’s walking two miles a day, then start with that. Notice the birds, children, trees, and sky as you’re walking.
- Spend at least two hours every day reading or listening to positive, uplifting materials. Limit TV watching – much of what you see and hear there will add to your pessimism and discouragement.
- Invite a friend and treat yourself to a great concert – in every city I visit there are amazing concerts at the local universities and churches every week.
- Take a class – there are multiple agencies and churches offering free career transition classes and workshops in nearly any city.
- Volunteer to help someone else. A man asked Dr. Carl Menninger, "What would you advise a person to do if he felt a nervous breakdown coming on?" Most people expected him to reply, "Consult a psychiatrist." To their astonishment he replied, "Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need, and do something to help that person." Helping at one of the prisons, your local mission, or the Salvation Army will do wonders for helping you see your own brighter future.
Making deposits of success in life areas aside from the career and financial pieces are the best way to prepare yourself for success in those areas ultimately. If you are depleted in personal areas, you will come across as weak and needy when presenting yourself for a job opportunity.
None of these are directly related to getting a new job, starting another business, rebuilding your health, or finding another friend, and yet they are very much related. From these actions come the boldness, confidence, and enthusiasm necessary to nurture the success you are seeking in the work area.
"They say when one door of happiness closes, another opens. But the problem is... we look so long at the closed door that we never notice the open one."
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What are You Doing While You are Unemployed?
In 1934 Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, was unemployed. To amuse himself and pass the time, he created a board game that provided the possibility of fame and fortune.
He originally presented it to the executives at Parker Brothers, but they rejected the game due to "52 design errors"! But Mr. Darrow wasn't daunted. Like many other Americans who have been unemployed, his situation and personal passion for the game inspired him to produce it on his own.
With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved it! But as demand grew, he couldn't keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers again. The rest, as they say, is history! That game is called MONOPOLY. Today, it's the best-selling board game in the world, sold in 80 countries and produced in 26 languages, including Croatian.
In its first year, 1935, the MONOPOLY game was the best-selling game in America. And over its 65-year history, an estimated 500 million people have played!
- More than 200 million games have been sold worldwide.
- More than five billion little green houses have been "built" since 1935.
- The longest game in history lasted 70 straight days.
So what are you doing while you're unemployed? One good idea is all you need to change your life!
Chapter 2: 48 Days to the Work You Love
48 Days Online Radio: $45,000 or $12,000?
Each week I create a new online radio podcast — that you can hear in iTunes or at the 48 Days Online Radio Show link below.
As you can see, the writers of the first two questions are pretty discouraged. This is just a sampling of the tons that I’m getting right now – discouraged and defeated. In the first 10 minutes of this podcast, I address how to break the cycle of defeat.
- Okay, so I am facing really impossible odds, a family who is unsupportive, abusive at times, a church family who has misunderstood me, and financial and housing woes. No help from anyone. Not to mention I am worried about my health. When is it time to give up?
- Dan, help me. I'm miserable. My current job is literally ruining my life. I'm a fairly young man with a family. I feel I'm stuck in my current position to "pay the bills," but it is making me severely depressed and affecting every part of my life.
- How do you create your podcast? I would like to create my own podcast, but do not know how to get started. Any help would be great. As always, thank you for your TREMENDOUS ministry.
- Thinking of starting a career/life coaching business. In light of the economy and the wave of layoffs that seem to be in the news lately, is it practical to start a career/life coaching business? Is it reasonable to think that this would be successful, when folks with and without jobs are holding back on their expenditures?
- Any idea on how the natural and holistic health field might be looking in the near future? I hear it is growing because more and more people are looking to prevent illness due to lack of health insurance and such.
If you have a question, just e-mail me at askdan@48Days.com and you can ask about starting your own business, getting a better job, or finding your purpose in life.
48 Days Highlights
Coaching with Dan
Many of you ask if I still coach people individually. Yes, I do. I have always felt that my writing would become weaker if I were not working with people in the day-to-day challenges that finding meaningful work presents. So while I have many new opportunities, I am still energized by hearing your stories – and finding creative solutions that move you toward the life that you love. See the details here: Coaching with Dan.
I Need a Favor
Wow! Last week I asked if a few of you would write reviews for No More Mondays at the Christian Book Distributors Web site. Well, my publisher was blown away by your response – thank you! You can check out the reviews here: No More Mondays. Incidentally, if you have a book or service yourself, writing a review helps get your name out there.
By now, most of you know about 48Days.net. This is different from 48Days.com. At 48Days.net, you’ll see lots of other excited people who have ideas and they’re willing to share those with you to help your business grow and profit. If you want your life to be different this year, get involved with people who are on the same path.
Need a New Beginning?
The most popular product in the 48 Days arsenal continues to be the 48 Days Career Profile. Before you begin seeking a better job or self-employment, you need to be sure you are pursuing opportunities that match your personality style and will fulfill and reward you for a lifetime!
"Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden." — Orson Scott Card
We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work. — John F. Kennedy
The hardest work in the world is being out of work. — Whitney Young, Jr.
Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is. — William E. Barrett
Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature – unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause. — William Henry Beveridge
You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live. — William Shakespeare
Dan Miller is the bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and a renowned Life Coach specializing in career fulfillment. His weekly newsletter reaches 70,000 subscribers. Dan’s articles are featured here at CBN every Tuesday, and you can find out more about Dan at www.48days.com.
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