3 job disasters and who’s in charge of you

What is the connection between these 3 job disasters and you?

A director of accounting went to the SEC with evidence of fraud.  Several executives were put in jail.  He was told by the new managers, “Trust us.  We’ll take care of you.”  Exactly a year later he was on the streets looking for a job.

An industry downturn was coming.  A merger happened.  The worker trusted that his 20 years of service would save him. He was laid off.  It was too late to get a new job.  The people who were laid off first got them all.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans.  FEMA came in to help a few days later.  It was too late.

You are in charge of your life.  You are in charge of your career.  If you hear yourself saying that someone or something will keep you from getting fired, stop and think.  If you die tomorrow, you will be replaced.  You can always be replaced or eliminated.

If your performance is outstanding you can find another job.  If you have been growing your credentials, learning, getting certifications and networking, then you’ll get that new job very quickly.

It’s your career.  It’s your life.  You need to be in control.  You have to be the first person to respond to an emergency involving your job. Don’t be paranoid.  Be prepared.

If you don’t accept responsibility for your own actions, then you are forever chained to a position of defense.  (Holly Lisle)

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