🙌 Reinvent yourself, and don’t stop!

💙It’s OK…you have permission…

🚨Your degree or training doesn’t define you…in fact, letting it is probably one of the biggest career risks today…

🙌Reinvent yourself, and don’t stop!

💪Add “Solopreneur” to your resume and be proud of it. It’s an asset!

Some thoughts from author Herminia Ibarra:

✅ Start experimenting now! Don’t wait until you have settled on a destination. There is beauty and discovery in the journey. 💡

✅ Experiment with “possible selves” and challenge old, fixed job boxes…color outside the lines. 🖍️

“An estimated 10% of Americans has a side hustle. The solopreneur — whether operating literally solo or in new types of partnerships —  knows these gigs are only partly about income generation; they’re also about being happy. Roughly three in four US independent workers are “highly satisfied” with their work and their work-life balance.”

The Rise of the Solopreneur: Reinvention Is the Key to Career Longevity https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-11-17/solopreneur-how-to-make-it-as-an-entrepreneur-on-your-own by Julia Hobsbawm

You are more than any one role, so play a little and see where expression takes you! 😃

You’re not alone. Transitions, though tough, are gateways to new horizons. 🚀 If you feel my experience or insights could be helpful, please feel free to connect, send me a message, or refer a colleague!

I care. Transitions are easier with a buddy! 😃

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💪 Turning a Layoff into an Opportunity for Resilience and Growth 🌱

Inspired by the insights of Vivek Gulati and Emma Seppälä in their article, “Shifting Your Perception After Being Laid Off,” this blog post explores how a layoff can become a catalyst for personal and professional growth. Vivek Gulati, a former Google employee, recounts his experience of being laid off as part of a larger group of 12,000 employees.

🤔 Embracing Change: More Than Just a Job Loss

If you’ve recently experienced a layoff, it’s natural to feel a whirlwind of emotions: shock, confusion, perhaps even a sense of loss. However, as Gulati and Seppälä point out, it’s crucial to reframe this experience. You haven’t lost your job; you’ve gained an opportunity. You still possess all the skills, knowledge, and character that defined you in your previous role. These qualities are now the tools you can use to carve out a new, potentially more fulfilling path.

💡 The Unseen Benefits of Being Laid Off

While it’s easy to view a layoff as a setback, it’s also a chance to build resilience and redefine your career trajectory. Your former job, while comfortable and familiar, may have unknowingly limited your growth. Now, you’re poised at the threshold of a journey that could lead to incredible personal and professional development.

🎯 Strategies for Navigating Post-Layoff Growth

1️⃣ Prioritize Self-Care: Gulati emphasizes the importance of self-care during this time. Maintain a routine, look after your physical health, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This foundation of self-care will keep you grounded and ready to face new challenges.

2️⃣ Seek New Connections and Community: Your network is a powerful resource. Reach out, reconnect with old colleagues, and forge new relationships. These connections can offer support, advice, and might even open doors to unexpected opportunities.

3️⃣ Reflect and Reassess: Take this moment to reflect on your career goals. What truly motivates you? What are your passions? Sometimes, a layoff can be the push you need to pursue a dream that seemed out of reach.

4️⃣ Embrace Learning and Growth: Consider upskilling or reskilling. This could be the perfect time to acquire new qualifications or explore areas you’ve always been interested in but never had the time to pursue.

5️⃣ Stay Open and Optimistic: Approach your job search with an open mind. Be open to roles in different industries or positions that offer new challenges. Each application is a step towards discovering what truly resonates with your career aspirations.

6️⃣ Cultivate Resilience: Embrace the uncertainty and use it as a catalyst for growth. Each setback is an opportunity to learn, adapt, and emerge stronger.

☀️ Your Layoff: A Stepping Stone to Greater Things

Remember, a layoff isn’t the end of your career story; it’s a pivotal chapter. It’s a time for introspection, exploration, and growth. The skills and experience you’ve gained are still with you, ready to be applied in new and exciting ways. This period could lead to opportunities you’ve never imagined, allowing you to grow in ways your previous role may never have permitted.

🙌🏻 The Future is Yours to Shape

So, take this moment to pause, plan, and propel yourself towards a future that excites you. You didn’t lose a job; you gained a chance to redefine your career and yourself. The path ahead is open, and it’s yours to explore. As Gulati and Seppälä’s insights remind us, every challenge is an opportunity in disguise.

🎙️ 🔈 More of My Thoughts

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➡️Shifting Your Perception After Being Laid Off

💙 Related News This Week

💙 The recent news of layoffs at NextGen Healthcare and Health Catalyst has brought to light the complex emotions and uncertainties of career transitions. 🍃 Having seen various aspects of layoffs, I deeply understand these challenges. I have many friends at these companies.

☀️ While these moments can be daunting, they also present opportunities for growth and self-discovery. This can be your time to reflect, learn, and emerge stronger. 💪

If you’re in the midst of this transition and could use a listening ear, advice on career strategies, or a space to share your journey, I’m here to support. 🤝 Conversations can often lead us to paths and possibilities previously unseen.

You’re not alone. Transitions, though tough, are gateways to new horizons. 🚀 If you feel my experience or insights could be helpful, please feel free to connect, send me a message, or refer a colleague!

Transitions are easier with a buddy! 😃

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