Is it up to the government to make sure there is enough work for everyone?Conventional wisdom has us believing the only way to work is to work for an employer. Do you believe this?
When a person is in between jobs, conventional wisdom is, to put out resumes, and wait to be hired by an new employer. I have read many articles about mature workers finding it hard to find employment, painting a sad picture, putting the responsibility on the government to provide solutions. I recently read an article about a man that had been unemployed for 7 or 8 years, even though he was a "qualified " professional. Think for a moment....if someone is so qualified and a professional, why are they continuing to wait for someone to grant them a job? If someone is qualified enough to perform highly responsible job positions for a company, and they are attempting to sell their value to an employer, why are they not equally as willing to put that knowledge to work for themselves? If they are as valuable as they state, why are they waiting for someone to hire them?
We are conditioned to find a place to put blame and require guarantees in life. The bottom line is no one has to be a "victim". These individuals have decades of work experience, as well as interests and hobbies. They list all the reasons a company should hire them on their resumes. Yet, they are not willing to take action and put their skills to work for themselves. Working for an employer is not the only solution. We are conditioned to believe this is the only way to work. 7 years of searching for work in a particular job role, and not finding anything is a clear sign that your best thinking is not working, and it's time to make significant changes in your thinking and decision making. We are not in the industrial age any longer!
We also hear stories of people being "forced" to sell their home because of the lack of job opportunity. A person isn't "forced" to sell their home. They make a decision to, using the lack of job opportunity as an excuse. It isn't a lack of job opportunity. It is a lack of being willing to do what it takes, a lack of creativity, a lack of courage to make a change. If it was important enough to them to keep their home, they would find a solution. If they genuinely wanted to work, they would find a way to either create their own work, or find a way to go into a different line of work. There is always work for those that are willing to do whatever it takes.
This requires being willing to re-invent yourself. Change is constant in life and in business. We either choose to resist change and struggle and blame, or, embrace change and find new opportunity within it. Individuals must take personal responsibility for their work....if they can't find work, one must be willing to find a way to create it themselves. This is being self reliant and personally responsible. In today's changed world, it is important to develop a self reliant mindset and recognize they days of "job security' are over.
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