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7 Ways to Make Your Layoff Pay Off

By Alexi Calvo | HRPeople

June 08, 2009

All too often, work and what we really love doing are two very different things. If that’s your situation, a layoff can be a blessing in disguise. The blessing might be disguised as a severance package or a chance to reorient towards a more fulfilling career path. It might be a time to reconnect with family and friends or just the perfect chance to decompress. While it might take some getting used to, a layoff that brings us closer to our true destiny is well worth the shakeup.

Most of the time, we have to wait for PTO to build up in order to get out there and do what we love. In the back of our mind we dream up ideas that get us excited and motivated, but we too often fail to act upon them. Fear holds us back. We emphasize practicality over passion, and we concentrate on paying bills and being responsible. Before long we’re working to meet deadlines instead of working to live. A routine is an easy trap to fall into and one that can rob years off our lives.

Here’s the good news: A layoff can be just the right medicine to awaken us from our stupor.

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