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Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the beach...

We have a saying in radio for when you're out of work.

We call it "being on the beach..."

But it's not a vacation. Not by any means. If you've ever been out of work, you'll know what I mean. And I'm lucky that the last time I was out of work, it lasted about 24 hours.

That was 12 years ago.

For some of my friends, the separation packages and severance packages they received when - for whatever reason - their relationships with whatever company came to an end - have now come to an end.

And that 'on the beach' feeling has become a feeling of, "okay, I need to do something now to get back in the game..."

After all, when you don't have an income coming in, life isn't a beach. Nor is it  a dream.

So this evening, I wanted to address my friends who are indeed very good at what they do, but who aren't doing what they love right now.

Keep the faith.

Things are getting better. The economy is healing itself. Our industry, like many others, has had to become more lean, and those of us who are doing what we do find ourselves doing more than we ever imagined we would be when we got into this game.

And for you, I have no doubt that times - and fortunes - will change soon.

But do your part to bring the change. Use your time now to make yourself better. To identify your best strengths and how to spotlight them as you seek a new adventure. Identify the areas you need to improve and work to improve them so that they become weapons for you when you get back in. Make calls, mend fences, improve bonds and do the things you need to do for yourself so that you become the best possible choice your next boss could ever make.

Take it upon yourself to make yourself the only option instead one of many great applicants.

Take it upon yourself to eliminate any other possibility.

Above all, don't be discouraged. Find the optimism that grows from what we think to be adversity.

And believe. Believe that your best adventure will be the next adventure, and  that the adventure is just a sunrise away.

I know so many great talent and programmers who are waiting for the call to get back in the game. Tonight, my best wishes and hopes are with you...

... that you might continue to live this great adventure we call life when we work in our industry.

To your success...

-t.