Is being unemployed a good thing?

No, I am not trying to be controversial or insensitive.

I’m asking because right now, anyone can find themselves unemployed and/or will know someone who is.

Losing work is tough, and can negatively impact our emotions, self worth, sense of human dignity and ultimately our identity. It’s normal. But. It’s not the whole story. The single best career move I ever made would not have been possible if I hadn’t been unemployed first.

When you think about unemployment, what springs to mind? Is it negative or positive?

The most common thing to feel when we think about unemployment is fear and whilst fear has it’s place, one thing it doesn’t do is help us create. When we are unemployed, we need the highest levels of creativity, and can ill afford to waste any energy that takes away from this. The first best thing we can do is to approach unemployment as an adventure and opportunity to be, to do and to have. With that mindset we optimise our chances for success in our career journey.

With the right mindset in place, here are a few ideas about how  we can approach unemployment.

  • Use your time wisely.
  • Create Boundaries
  • Be Creative
  • Use your time to research
  • Invest in yourself
  • Work on your psychological game

Finally, it’s important to remember that everything happens for your good and where focus goes, energy flows, so be sure to put your focus somewhere you get a good ROI for it.