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Collecting My Thoughts

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I’ve been writing a manifesto to Build a Better Community. I recently heard a quote that resonated with me. Reese from Person of Interest said “We don’t need jobs. We need a purpose.” This was the most resounding statement I had ever heard because in my opinion this is exactly what we as a people are missing.

While doing research on unemployment and underemployment, I found the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) News Release which was publicized on September 5, 2014. It has officially been concluded that the unemployment rate in the United States is 6.1% for August 2014. How does this branch of the government come to this conclusion?

Does 6.1% take into consideration civilians who are underemployed?  I think this a very serious issue. On the BLS website the overall unemployed and underemployed stat for August 2014 is a whopping 12.0%. With that said, the Economic Policy Institute finds that a total of 16.8 percent of new grads are “underemployed,” meaning they’re either jobless and hunting for work; working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job; or want a job, have looked within the past year, but have now given up on searching. What are we the people doing about this?

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) collected test results from about 28 million 15 year old students representing 65 countries in 2012. In the key findings of the PISA 2012 results, US ranks 27th in math, 17th in reading and 20th in science out of the 34 OECD countries. To top it off we also spend more per student than most countries. When my son was in the second grade, he came home saying the school told the kids to tell the parents that C is average and okay! I was floored! In my household growing up a C was equivalent to an F now we are being told that a C is okay. With that in mind are we as a nation trying to be average?

When a young adult graduates and enters the workforce, majority had been taught to follow when many companies need fresh eyes to more updated and scalable systems. To make matters worse, companies prefer to focus on share holders and the bottom line; while too many workers are doing just enough to not get fired. Many work environments are based on competition and the fear of losing one’s job. Think… how does one usually get a promotion within a department? A higher up needs to be fired, laid off, or retire. Job Security doesn’t exist anymore. When the average person gets a “promotion” do they receive a salary increase to go with the additional workload?

I think society can only be changed from the bottom up and with a people who accept the need to change and have the courage to move in a different direction. I want my community to benefit from “forward” thinking and proven results. The era of the corporation has ended. While people are looking for jobs, are being exploited for inadequate pay, or are limited to part time hours for full time work, there is a whole other way of making a living. While some condemn all network marketing as pyramid schemes, one must ask one’s self hasn’t there been conventional companies where a vast majority of the employees were left with nothing when a few key people financially gained. Moreover, isn’t failure more likely if one isn’t taught the basic skills needed to succeed?

I decided this year to be the change I want to see in the world. Are you ready to make that decision?

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Being vs Feeling Helpless

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Being vs Feeling Helpless

I’m sure you looked at that picture and thought to yourself “That Sucks!” but being a picture there was nothing that you could do about it. If you were to step out of your life and look at it objectively with our thoughts and feelings would you say the same thing?

A few years ago a friend of mine was in a job that she absolutely hated. Her beloved company was bought out and the new company was ridding itself of the employees of the original company.  Her new boss had no idea what needed to be done and didn’t build employee morale. While my friend was at work she was expected to train her boss who was unappreciative and rude. Every time my friend had a bad day she would call and complain to me. And my comment would always be to brush up the resume and start looking. These words went unheeded until she was laid off along with the last 1/4th of the original company. Strangely enough my friend was DEVISTATED! I couldn’t for the life of me understand how she was so upset when EVERY DAY she was upset!? The funny thing is that less that 5 weeks later she had another job… that she liked! Why did she stay?

In my last job my coworker was verbally belittled and blamed for everything that went wrong in the office, including mistakes that were made before she worked at the company. My boss had it out for her and in meeting would let loose a barrage of barbs aimed at my coworker. There were a couple of time when my coworker was shaking from being emotionally overwhelmed! The rest of the office would tell her to start looking for other work as this the boss has it out for her and her response was that she was a single mom with no family to help her. I left the company and a couple months later she was fired. She was written up for 5 year old mistakes (she wasn’t working there at the time), mistakes that I made and corrected, and overlooking some details. In the past couple months she has been unemployed looking for work. Why did she stay?

 

I experienced these two incidents and the question Why did these two hard working, sharp women stay in such negativity? Did they not think they were good enough to find something better? Did they think this was the best that they could get?

Too many people don’t think that they can succeed in attaining their dreams and with that thought they don’t even bother to attempt to try. They think this is probably the best they can have.

My own story… When I first decided to quit my job a part of me said that I wasn’t going to succeed, that I would need a job in a few months. There were so many people who told me that this is crazy and still ask me every time they see me if I found my way and got another job. It doesn’t matter that I have plenty of experience with customer service, training others, communications, interpersonal skills, public speaking and business. It doesn’t matter that I’m working much harder for myself than I was for my last job. The only thing they see is I don’t have the gold level health insurance or paid vacations. It doesn’t matter that I am happier now, am able to be at my son’s school or events when needed, and can set my hours to any time.

Something pushed me to the breaking point and a part of me knew that I am able giving me the courage to leave. Over the past few months I’ve worked through hurdles, reached epiphanies, and spoke with hundreds of people. Over the past couple weeks the seeds that I planted are finally breaking the surface and I’m seeing results. The feelings of helplessness are lifting and I can appreciate that I was never actually helpless to attain my goals!