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I got laid off. Again.

December 10th, 2018

In February I got my “dream job” at a “best companies to work for” place here in Utah. It was great… while it lasted.

And then it wasn’t great.

And then it didn’t last.

That’s another story for another day. Instead of going there, I want to share something awesome with you.

Almost 13 years ago I got The Big Layoff. It was… I don’t know, devastating? Life changing?

It was hard. Really hard.

A few months later I came up with the idea for JibberJobber. I was passionate about the idea of creating “multiple streams of income,” in part because of the book by the same title, by Robert G Allen. I read about half of the book while on vacation, and I really wanted to have more than one way to make money.

When I lost my job in 2006, the people who made the decision to let me go took away 100% of my income.

Does that make any sense? Why do we let others, who have very little (if any) interest in our future have 100% control of our income???

I started JibberJobber thinking “if I can just make $100/month, the next time I get laid off they won’t be able to take away 100% of my income. There will be a little part of my total income that they can’t take away!”

Fast forward almost 13 years. I’m sitting in an office with my new boss (not the boss who hired me), and she’s saying all the words to let me go. “Your final day is November 30th…. ”

As she continued to talk, I kept thinking about the three active revenue streams that I have built over the last 13 years. Of course, I have JibberJobber. I also have Pluralsight royalties. And, not by plan but by happenstance, I have two rentals, both generating income.

Three income streams.

In reality, my job was one of four income streams.

I tell you this story because the contrast between my layoff in 2006 was drastically different than my layoff in 2018. In 2006 they took away 100% of my income. In 2018 they took away less than 50% of my income.

Who was empowered?

Which scenario would you rather experience?

For years my Career Management 2.0 presentations where about two things: networking and personal branding. I’ve struggled, for years, to imagine what else should be included.

And now I can comfortably say it is multiple streams of income AND how we spend our money. If you add the financial part to the networking and branding part, I think you can be in much better control of your career present and future than if you do just one of those three. Or if you don’t do any of them (and let your career just sort of happen).

 

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6 responses to “I got laid off. Again.”

  1. Steve T says:

    Hmmm… Noting book writing is not in as a continuing stream of income.

    Makes you think – sometimes a thing you do isn’t completely successful in one aspect, but really was a good thing to have done anyway. It’s a building block that contributes in other ways.

    That’s where I am .

    Best,
    steve

  2. Scot Herrick says:

    And here we are again. How can anyone doubt that having a job doesn’t mean you have job security?

    At best, we have employment, not job, security, And multiple streams of income. Its an excellent addition and one we should all think about doing. Including me :)

  3. Seconding what Scot Herrick says, above. Job security consists of being able to get a job–of being in demand.

    I’ve worked with many clients thrust into unemployment through no fault of their own–someone else fouled up, or someone else made a decision, and entire teams get discarded. It’s a shock for those who believe in meritocracy.

  4. Liz Handlin says:

    Good job! I can’t wait to hear the full story!

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