6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, due to the Coronavirus. Anyone who has gone through job loss knows just how hard it can be…there’s almost nothing worse than experiencing unemployment because it affects both your wallet and your identity. That stress and pressure is brutal.
In 2010, when I lost my job, I cried my eyes out.
I listened to Dave Ramsey’s radio show desperate for a bit of advice that would help me. That advice came in the form of a woman who called in asking Dave for advice in finding work.
Dave asked her what she had right now…skills, tools, etc. “What do you have right now?” She explained that she had previous experience painting home interiors. “There’s your answer,” Dave said.
Dave didn’t say go back to college. Dave didn’t say try to get a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Dave didn’t say take out a loan and start a new business you know nothing about.
I thought about that bit of advice for a while…
What do I have? What do I have?
I had 3 things:
- I looked on my computer and I had a folder filled with educational resources I had created the previous six year.
- I had spent several years listening to business and marketing audiobooks and podcasts.
- I knew a writer and a graphic designer.
Bingo. I started a website selling educational resources and within a few months had a full-time job and started hiring employees.
That advice was so simple, that I had overlooked it. Famous screenwriter David Mamet says, “Psychoanalysis is the art of the obvious.” It was right in front of my face.
If you’re newly unemployed, furloughed, or if your job is on shaky ground, think about this question from Dave Ramsey:
What do you have right now?
Don’t overthink it. What do you know how to do? What experience do you have? What tangible tools and resources do you have?
Here’s an inspiring story about Brian Carroll, who followed this advice and won: