Tips for learning to face unemployment and surviving it

People get laid off their work every day everywhere. It is often necessary to learn to face unemployment and survive it.

For those who are holding a job, it often comes as a nasty rumor that so-and-so has lost his job. They often ask themselves, "am I next?" As we approach the end of the year (this article is written on Boxing Day, 26 December, 2007), we hear that next year, there is going to be more job cuts, and more people in senior positions will find themselves without a job, or struggling to avoid the axe. Those who have lost their jobs often withdraw from society. Not only are they forced to cut back on their expenditure, often they feel self-consciously inferior to announce their fate. Only a rare few broadcast their unemployment with pride - I count myself as one of them, who not only announce my jobless state to everyone, but also celebrated it by creating a website to help others who share my fate.

If you are facing unemployment, or you know you are going to be next, face it without shame. Remember, whether or not you hold a job has nothing to do with your own personal value. You are just as good at what you can do, with or without a job. The fact that the company that once employed you no longer require your services has nothing to do with your ability.

Not everybody approaches unemployment with dread. I know a number of my friends who are looking forward to receiving a separation package from their company, and kicked themselves each time they are bypassed. Some times, especially if you have been at the same company for many years, it is a good thing to be given a package. At least, you have a big sum of money to take home all at once, something you can never have expected if you had stayed working till retirement.

Naturally, in order for life to move on after unemployment, you need to have something to do. And no matter how well you save, that separation package will not last forever.

Some people consider going unto business. To me, that is a huge risk to take. More businesses fail that succeed in the first year. And fewer still last beyond 5 years. Hence, for those contemplating going from redundancy to business, think twice. Think three times, four, twenty times if necessary. I see a lot of people going into business that have no business being in business. Needless to say, they burn themselves quickly. The end product is they lose a lot of money, and along the way suffer stress, embarrassment and humiliation which together could take a toll on their health. Is that what you want?

When I lost my job, I was delighted. In fact, I have been dreaming of getting a separation package from my company, and it was indeed a dream come true. And unlike other people, I made plans not to seek another job. I have had enough of having someone be my own boss. From now on, I want to be the boss. But not just a boss to other people, rather a boss to technology.

The thing is, it is now entirely possible to earn a living without holding a job. The world is such that we can now earn a comfortable life harnessing technology. Why use our own energy to work for ourselves when we can have technology working for us? And the beauty of it is that technology never grows tired, never needs to take a rest, never complains, never talks back, and never asks for a raise. When I go to sleep at night, technology continues to churn money for me. I do not need to motivate or empower technology. All I need to do is to be smart enough to get technology to work for me.

I know it is easier said than done. While I said that I let technology work for me, I work hard to build my technology infrastructure. Just like a farmer building canals to irrigate his fields, I build streams of online income. In this case, my streams of online income is derived from my websites, which continue to grow and expand. And while canals get clog up and need regular upkeep, so too my websites. Of course, it would be a big waste of time to continue to fix something that ain't broken, I do need to ensure that, as far as possible, the websites are running at an optimum level.

If you ever wonder whether you can do it too, well, you certainly can. All you need is to have something to write about. I am sure every one of you have a hobby or interest. If you can select a niche that you are passionate about, so much the better. Then you can tackle it without too much effort. I think it is a grave mistake to write on a topic you have no interest about, simply because someone somewhere says it has money potential. You must, absolutely must, write about things that you are passionate about. Even if you have no indepth knowledge about the subject, you can always research it. But to write about something that you have no interest about will quickly show. And your audience is more perceptive than you imagine. You know when you are talking crap, and they'd quickly close on the browse. You don't want that. You want to engross your audience in your subject, not only because you know your stuff, but because you are communicating with people who are equally interested in the subject. You make the connection with you - you click.

Once you have established yourself as a subject matter expect in your chosen field, your audience will be more ready to accept your recommendation. That's because they trust your judgment. Think about that. Isn't that the most rewarding experience?

If you have just lost a job, and are wondering whether you have what it takes to earn a living without holding a job, let me tell you this: it is not easy, and you've got to work hard for it. But the result is entirely worthwhile. But how do you know whether you've got what it takes? Go through some of the articles in this website and see if they make sense to you. Would you be interested to learn stuff such as Google Adsense, online advertising, and how search engines are going to find your website? If you answer, yes, yes, yes, then there is a future for you in this. But if it elicits a yawn, then you should reconsider.

Thank you for visiting my website, Happy Jobless Guy. I create it in November, 2007, two weeks after I left my job in the corporate sector. It is to celebrate the alternative lifestyle that I have embrace. I told myself back then, that as long as I am able to continue supporting myself, I will never return to holding a job. Well, so many years later, thanks be to God and my family, I am still happily living this alternative lifestyle.

My name is , you can call me Tim. I am a full-time website author. My main website is called Penang Travel Tips. I created it to satisfy my curiosity about places and sights around me, and it has grown to become my main income earner. To know more about me, go to

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