Over the course of my career I have been laid off, downsized, and let go. No matter how it was done, the feeling of being terminated from a job lingers for some time.
This then is followed by the process of finding another position. Interview after interview spent rationalizing the state of my resume all with a smile on my face.
What are the alternatives? Starting my own company is always something I could pursue. But the more likely alternative is staying at a company for decade after decade. While for many people that would be an ideal situation and I applaud them for that.
However, despite the ups and downs of my career I have learned so much from my hardships. These lessons will trying have enriched my life and made my life better.
So given the choice between lifetime employment or occasional employment hardships and personal growth I will always choice the latter. Not because there is something inherently wrong with lifetime employment or that it doesn’t offer chances for personal growth.
The choice I am making and have always made is to follow the path less taken with all the twists and turns accompanying it.