Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Life's Disappointments

Losing a job is just one of life's disappoints, right? The best thing to do is to put it behind you. Smile. Laugh out loud and you won't even notice it.

Have a look at this.

What do you think?

For more see the Somatosphere blog item, Smile or Die: Barbara Ehrenreich on Positive Thinking (the cartoon version)


John FitzGerald said...

I agree with Ehrenreich, but some issues are being conflated here. I've been unemployed several times, more than enough times to know that advising the newly unemployed to be depressed and abandon hope is not going to help them find work. Telling people that your attitude will attract work is criminal, of course, but certain types of attitude serve to motivate job-seeking -- internal locus of control, for example. What the newly unemployed should be told is something more like the information you would give them, Bill. In fact, people would do well to work on their jobfinding skills while they're employed. Many people with jobs are terrified of losing their jobs because they have no contacts, they don't know where to look etc. The result of which is that their bosses can manipulate them like Play-Doh.

Bill Bell said...

John, I can't disagree with anything you say. What I find curious is that many of the practices and techniques that are valuable for job finding--like networking and using the Internet well--yield pleasures and benefits when you're not looking for a job, yet many are reluctant to give them a whirl. Thanks for commenting!

John FitzGerald said...

Well, I see that problem as part of the general cowing of the population that's been going on for 20 or more years. The Business Council on National Issues and similar interests have got people worrying about everything (in particular whether they'll have enough to live on in old age), longing for security, and terrified of losing their jobs. They don;t look for other jobs because they're afraid their current employer will find out and fire them.

That's my theory, which is mine, which belongs to me. And to the people I stole it from.

Anyway, I'm glad you're promoting the exercise of initiative and the pleasures of using your head.