Friday, December 28, 2007

2007/2008-now what?

Yes ladies and gentlemen we are about to enter a new year(again). Can you remember back a few years ago when all the talk was about Y2K and the new millennium? Seems like only yesterday to me. Now we are talking about 2008, where does the time go.

No matter what you remember or don't remember the time is now. Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today. This phenomena of being unemployed, out of work has never been fun. Your job is to make it as fun as you can to help make you more productive in your search. As once said by Sir Winston Churchill " Never give up, never give up, never give up". As hard as it seems.

Find a group, friends or even a Toastmasters group to help you keep your spirits up and plod forth with a positive attitude.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

"How Starbucks Saved My Life"

"How Starbucks Saved My Life" is a new book out by Michael Gates Gill. This is not an endorsement as I haven't even read the book. The point for this lead was seeing Gill interviewed Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, and hearing his plight.

It was a good piece and brought to light what all of you know. Being fired, downsized, re-engineered, right sized etc. is devastating when it happens to you. You go through depression, wonder what you did wrong, are you human, wonder why you got an education. None of these thoughts or feelings helps at this time.....or does it?

Many of us find our way through life and the next obstacle in ways we never considered. This was portrayed by Gill's interview as he talked about being a Yale grad and his job at Starbucks showing him the way.

Sometimes your pain and suffering actually show you a new path to your next future. All this points to my credo of "Have fun, Meet people, Learn something". Time is the healer and your persistence is your momentum to your next opportunity.

Friday, December 21, 2007


You've had plenty of time to hear about, see and even participate in blogging. There is the surreptitious blogging, spilling our guts blogging, flaming blogging, informative blogging, political blogging and on and on infinitum. Why should you blogg or not blog?

No reason not to blog!!! (fine) Numerous reasons to blog.Sharing ones ideas, explanations, imparting wisdom, making oneself known to others. These are but a few reasons to blog. You will find that others can and will learn about you through blogging.

One can set up a blog for free so there is no excuse. This is a free blog. (Hint: Google(verb) "free blog")

Think about it......try it...move forward.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Networking!!! Everybody is talking about it. Some are doing it. You've actually been doing it since you were a child. We just never called it networking.

LinkedIn has been written about in many of the business magazines, business section of most major newspapers and with over 16 million folks joined in why aren't you checking it out? LinkedIn is an excellent tool for keeping track of your connections, finding old contacts, friends, work associates. You can search and find potential contacts.

If you are already in LinkedIn please feel free to invite me to join your network, include a note that you ran across me on this blog.

If you are new and want to linkup please feel free to do so and let me know where you found me.

Friday, December 14, 2007

What's in your stocking?

Thank you Sean, one needs to write more in these blogs if they are to be effective.

So!!! What are you expecting in your stocking this year? In my father's youth if he got an orange and a few walnuts and pecans he felt overwhelmed. It was about joy and love, not quantity.
As you know by now there is a good chance you won't find your next opportunity in your stocking this year. Then again that may depend on how you view the contents. Having a positive outlook and remembering how lucky we are can make a difference. Many times we are used to having our way or be in control of our lives.

You can be in control of your life (destiny) if you keep your chin up and walk proudly. Everyday when you awake just remember that there is something out there for you and by golly you're going to watch and listen in case that opportunity surfaces today or tomorrow.

Remember to Have fun, Meet people, Learn something. Seems trite so just try it. Too many people have returned to the support group to report how it has worked for them.

Merry Christmas to all!