It turns out, taking a Mulligan, doing it over, is the key to survival in today's convoluted, fast changing economy. If you have chosen to give reinventing yourself a try, make sure you do it correctly.
Being laid off is a legitimate fear if you work for someone else. The greater fear here is after the layoff, not being able to find another job and pay your bills. You should be prepared just like for any other disaster.
I'm a 51-year-old college graduate working a $20-an-hour job clearing dirty dishes off tables at black-tie events. Back when I had money and good income, I used to attend these functions, clad in tux and tails.
Steve Jobs' greatest gift to us might not be having the Internet in a small glass square in our pocket, but rather, his reminder to look down at our own feet and make sure they are moving in the same direction as our own heart and inner vision.
The economic arguments against moderate increases in the minimum wage lack robust empirical support. Most importantly, the majority of studies looking for the job-loss effects that opponents assert will be large enough to offset the benefits to low-wage workers come up short.
I spent the first couple of weeks dwelling on the negatives aspects of having a unemployed husband. It was easy, but unproductive. The second I started focusing on the positives, my mood turned around.
Those who want to tout their preference for the EITC to lift the pay of low earners must explicitly call for an increase. In doing so, they are calling for more redistribution from taxpayers to low-income workers. I'm fine with that, but is the oped page of the WSJ?
Since World War II, Democratic administrations have, on average, added between 160,000 and 250,000 manufacturing jobs each year they have been in office. Republican administrations have lost manufacturing jobs at about the same rate.
Fear never goes away, and big life changes never fail to manifest. Both are constant; both are guaranteed. All we can do is lean into the change -- albeit fearful and trembling -- determined to emerge healthy, happy and whole on the other side.
Truth: Your loss will transform you. This is the experience, and it is what it is. The transformation is often for the better. Not always, but usually -- especially if we find ways to get out of our own way.
On June 5, this Tuesday, who will come to the voting booths? Will it be supporters of stem cell research for a cure -- or those who would ban what began in Wisconsin? As a stem cell research supporter myself, I regard Scott Walker as a dedicated enemy of America's hopes for cure research.
There is no legitimate basis for concluding that Obama has failed American workers. Bush and changes in the global economy did that. These indisputable facts point to the vital question of when a president should be held responsible for job destruction and creation.