The Great Recession was incredibly difficult for many. Here are 10 life lessons to keep in mind as you move forward.
1) Jobs. Jobs come and go. Is your identity attached to your work? If your job goes away, do you have enough contacts to network your way into a new situation? Building a strong professional network while you’re employed is essential so that people remember you and what you have to offer. More people find jobs through their personal networks than by submitting résumés into online databases.
2) People come and go from our lives. Who are the people who are really there for you when you need them? Have you stayed in touch with them?
3) Money. Living on credit is not as solid as having cash in the bank. Live within your means and save.
4) Local businesses. If we don’t support the small businesses in our neighborhood, they go away. Local businesses keep money in our communities. Do we really only want to work with and shop at the mega stores?
5) Ask for what you want. It’s now easier to negotiate, barter, and deal as everyone is eager to work together in moving things forward.
6) Visibility. Step up your personal marketing efforts. How you are perceived both online and in the community will continue to create new opportunities.
7) Volunteering. Taking on work you can’t necessarily do in your day job can give you exposure to new people as you expand your skills. Volunteering is not just about being a pair of hands. Along the way you’ll make new friends, feel good, and help a part of society of interest to you.
8) Listen more. Active listening is important as it allows you to pay attention and understand another person’s point of view. Listening builds trust, rapport and respect.
9) Appreciation. It’s nice to have nice things, but do we need more to have more? Appreciate and be grateful for what is important and already in our lives.
10) Attitude. Stay positive and remain focused on what’s important in your life. Let the rest be background noise. Everything is cyclical and if you’re having a difficult time, this too shall pass.
Just as it’s important to network when you don’t need a job, maintaining visibility and a positive attitude will help you create what you want in your life. How would you like to be remembered?
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