I received more news about friends getting layoff and connection asking for network opportunities. In 2017, India IT has laid off more than 56,000 employees. In 2016, US job cuts were at 7 years high.
We are not safe. No one is safe. None of us is indispensable. Apple survived as a company and it did not die with Steve Jobs. If you think the company needs you? Think again.
Every business has a Business Continuity Plan. A Business Continuity Plan is a plan that helps the business keep the operation running even if disaster strikes. Do you have a Life Continuity Plan? What happens do you get layoff?
I am not asking you to be paranoid and distrust your company. Far from it, companies do not simply lay off their employees. The decision of lay off has an impact on employee morale and legal consequences to watch out for. Without employees, an office is just a building with no productivity.
Nevertheless, we all have to prepare for the unexpected.
Stay sharp. We have to stay sharp and keep our skill set relevant. Abraham Lincon said it well, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. The world is evolving on a daily basis. If you are not growing, you are dying. Here are some tools that you can keep your skills sharp. YouTube. Coursera. CreativeLive. LinkedIn Learning.
Stay in touch. No person is an island. Since the beginning of time, the human race has to stay together in a tribe to stay alive. We may not need to worry about a lion chasing us. We still require a community to stay functional. During trying times of difficulty, we need all the support that we can. Dig your well, before you are thirsty. Stay in touch with your friends. Stay networked.
Stay frugal. Do you really need that brand new car when your current car is still functioning well? Do you need that luxurious watch when your digital watch has served you so well throughout the years? The less that you want to spend the money, the less stress you have.
“For one may celebrate a festival without extravagance.” – Seneca, Epistles XVIII.4
You do not need to be a scrooge. Instead, I am asking you to be mindful of your purchases. Our basic needs are simple. The need for food, water, clothing, shelter and the ability to travel.Try to produce more than you can consume. You will be happier. Earth will be happier as well.
Stay positive. Life is tough. To live is to suffer. We cheer for a heroes’ welcome. The hero who has to face great odds and suffering. Staying positive is to prepare for suffering. When received news that is not favourable, tell yourself, “Yes. I expected that. What can I do now?”. We have to face reality as it is and make the best of it. Something bad happened may not necessarily bad at all.
Zeno of Citium founder of Stoicism survived a shipwreck and landed himself in Athens. He visited a bookseller and learned about Socratic dialogues. He soon studied Cynicism under Creates of Thebes. Eventually, Zeno established himself as one of the greatest philosophers in history. Without the terrible event of a shipwreck, Zeno would not have found his calling.
Be opportunistic. Opportunities are everywhere. Keep your eyes open and trust your gut. You will find that your life is not linear but there are many opportunities hiding in plain sight. Trust yourself and believe in yourself that you deserve better.
Want to have a side hustle? It is not as difficult as you thought. Chris Guillebeau’s podcast called Side Hustle school has more than 300 side hustle stories to inspire you. Trust yourself. Beleive in yourself and watch out for opportunities.
Losing a job is an emotionally devastating event. I love my job and I love what I do. I would be distraught if I get laid off. Life will always deal us a bad hand. We have to play the cards that we have, no matter how bad are the cards. Play the cards to our best ability. Life will eventually deal us cards that are in our favour. Until then, we have to keep improving and staying positive.