Job markets go up and
down. But no matter where you might find yourself, you don't have to be at the
mercy of a financial condition that seemingly is against you.
Itís time to look at this situation differently.
A bit of history
Billy keeping up with the markets and global
events while in Thailand
Many years ago, I was working in a Michelin 3 Star
Restaurant as a waiter. These restaurants are the best in the world, and I wore a tuxedo, and prided myself on the quality of
service I gave to customers. I started there as a busboy - clearing and resetting tables, hauling
dishes - and because of my work ethic, I moved up and became a waiter.
Seeing the Michelin Star quality food that I was serving
to the guests - Rack of Lamb, a variety of fresh seafood, and awesome deserts -
I decided I wanted to learn how to cook. I was a single guy, and figured this
was a good skill to have. Not to mention I wanted to eat like these guests
without going out to a restaurant and paying that kind of money.
An offer he could not refuse
I approached the restaurant manager with an
offer he could not refuse.
I told him that I would work in the kitchen - for
He accepted my unusual proposition and I gave up
my very lucrative waiter position for an apprentice job as a cook.
Meanwhile, I studied and read historic cookbooks
cover to cover, trying to extract every bit of knowledge I could from this
unique opportunity. My work-for-free program lasted one month when my manager
offered to put me on the payroll. This started my culinary career; one in which
I cooked for President Carter, dazzled Akaisha, took us to France where I worked
and continued training, and finally ended up in the buying of
in a sesaside
community in California.
A change of perspective
What I am suggesting here is to look at any
time in your life as an opportunity to try something new that you would like to
do and to learn a skill.
What is your passion?
If you are looking for work, what would to love
to do and learn?
I have read about people sending numerous resumes to
companies trying to land a job in their field receiving little or no response.
My suggestion is: Why wait for someone else to determine your future? Go out and
grab it. This is your only life. So what if this new job is not as prestigious
or well paying as your previous job or if you have to begin at a lower step on the
You are in charge of your future - no one else.
Action often brings benefits
If it turns out you do not like the move you
made, change it.
Then again maybe you will like this change
better than your original career. Either way, the opportunity is there for you
to take. Adopting a plan of action often brings with it the sense of confidence
which will be apparent to any new employer.
Meanwhile, nothing is stopping you from
continuing to send out resumes.