Here are some thoughts you might want to mull over a cup of coffee. It is my pleasure to treat you with these reflections from a wonderful colleague of mine, Jeff Levy.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way . . .”Charles Dickens
As someone who works within the career transition industry I was thinking of the above opening lines from “A Tale of Two Cities”. If “two cities” is an allegory then perhaps we are in two cities today, those who are working and those who are not. Those who are experiencing a “spring of hope” becoming very busy in bad economic times, and those who are weathering a “winter of despair” because they suddenly find themselves unemployed. Here is a question for you to ponder. Could “the worst of times” be the catalyst to usher in “the best of times”?
I have been touched and humbled by the sheer number of seekers trying to find their way. Those who reach out for entrepreneur coaching redirect their thinking as they are encouraged to explore an alternate path to the traditional job search. A side benefit is that these individuals start to gain control of their future as their”epoch of incredulity” is transformed into a belief in themselves. Realistically, only about 25% of my clients end up with their own franchise business, however, the process is transforming for all of them.
Please feel free to respond with your observations of the current times. I look forward to hearing from you. Jeff can be reached at JeffLTheESource@JALevy.com