Another set of tips for embracing failure, in the area of career, comes from Forbes’ “Been laid off? Take it like Mr. Spock” which looks at the turning the adversity of lost job into a bold new opportunity…

  • Practical tips – “Update your online status immediately, on LinkedIn and possibly on Facebook…using the ‘Current’ section of your profile, where you’d normally list your job, as a spot to tell contacts you’re looking for work. Consider identifying yourself with a title that reflects your desired position, like, ‘Licensed CPA seeking consulting opportunities.’”
  • Strategic advice – “Until you settle down emotionally, don’t talk to anyone outside your inner circle…And it’s a good idea to craft a story that portrays you in the best possible light. Take a couple of days before you start spreading the news.”
  • Therapeutic counsel – “For most workers who get hit with a layoff, the toughest challenge is regaining self-esteem. The Five O’Clock Club has developed a couple of exercises that may seem a bit labored but that Wendleton swears by. First, come up with a list of 25 of your accomplishments. If you draw a blank, ask friends and family for help. Then winnow the list down to seven, and rank them according to which you enjoyed the most.”

A layoff can not only be a career and life re-boot, but it can also herald an entrepreneurial inspiration as Del Jones reports in his USA Today piece “From laid off to company leader”…

  • “Business founders likely to emerge from meltdown…As this protracted recession plays out and millions are laid off, there may some reassurance in knowing that many of the job-creating company founders and CEOs of the future will rise from the ashes of today’s unemployed…The good news is that the talented people will grow frustrated with the job search and take the dive into entrepreneurship…Crushing setbacks are a critical element of success, says Yale University management expert Jeffrey Sonnenfield, co-author of ‘Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters.’…Among those [CEOs surveyed] who involuntarily lost a job, 78% said that in retrospect, it turned out to be good for their careers. Only 2% said that it turned out to be badly. Holly Green, CEO of The Human Factor4, says recessions can give competitive people time to breathe.”

Fascinating” – Dr. Spock

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