Since the Internet bubble and the 9 / 11 terrorist attacks, I have seen many people, including friends and relatives lose their jobs and / or personal fortunes overnight. The economy has been struggling without mercy in the labor market. It has affected all sectors at all levels, from line operators in manufacturing plants to the senior management of Fortune 500. He was confident then, that if they were thrown into a situation I would be willing. In late 2001, I had my own version of downsizing, when I sold my delivery and logistics business.

What really did was sell myself a job. After the sale was completed, I suddenly wonder what to do with my life. The sale provided enormous benefits, which give me the financial flexibility and time to actually put some real thought behind this decision. He was convinced that within 3-6 months of the sale, I would be happy and successful in my career path. I've always thought of myself as an active participant in my own life, never sit on the bench waiting for a chance to find me.

I have to admit, that was one of the most difficult, requiring enormous soul searching and reflection. And think, I asked for this and knew it was coming. During my first year of "planned unemployment", I tried day trading, business consulting, writing a script, produce a film school graduate and a variety of new hobbies. All these career choices were well thought out. I was waiting to see what would stay.