by Roland S. Martin via Twitter
Life lesson #1: Never live above your means. Tomorrow’s paycheck isn’t promised #companymen
Life lesson #2: You are a line item on a corporate balance sheet. Loyalty? Yea right. Always look out for yourself FIRST! #companymen
Life lesson #3: Downsizing ain’t that hard. It happens to everyone. Learn to like a smaller life. #companymen
Life lesson #4: NEVER overextend yourself. Don’t owe on your house, cars, country club AND credit cards. Eliminate debt! #companymen
Life lesson #5: ALWAYS have a Plan B. Never entrust your entire life with one company. Think multiple revenue streams #companymen
Life lesson #6: ALWAYS assess your skills & think of multiple jobs you’ll B able to do. Don’t get locked into1 area of expertise#companymen
Life lesson #7: Your boss isn’t your friend. If it comes down to you or him/her, It’s ALWAYS business. Never personal. Accept it#companymen
Life lesson #8: If your spouse needs to keep up with the Joneses, tell them to go & marry a Jones! You don’t need the drama. #companymen
Life lesson #9: Be honest with your kids. Don’t hide the truth of layoffs & income change. They need to know what it feels like #companymen
Life lesson #10: Your life is NOT over with a job loss. Follow #1-9 & u will survive, thrive & have an amazing life. So go live! #companymen
I’ve been laid off/fired due to cutbacks. It happens. I learned early: look out for yourself because no one else will. I think too many people are emotionally tied to a company. They see their job as their life. No, it’s a JOB. You have a life! I’ve been there. I had a health crisis, $100K in hospital bills; no insurance; home almost foreclosed on; filed for bankruptcy. I’ve counted pennies to put gas in car. I walked miles because car was repossessed. I watched VCR movies over & over, no cable. I never lost my faith. I never doubted myself. I never gave up. I repaid every penny in bankruptcy. But I NEVER sold my soul.
Conviction matters. Principles matter. Values matter. Faith matters. The guy in #companymen who killed himself? Too many think it’s all over. There are other jobs. There are other cars. There are other friends. There are other homes; even other spouses. Just one YOU. Why do you think I operate by Isaiah 54:17? “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.” I know who I walk with!
When the haters come at me, then Ephesians 6:10-20 kick in! I’ve been through this war before & already know the outcome! I just want those of you going through this difficult economy to know that you can and WILL make it through!