Taking a low paying job may feel like going backwards, but that may be the best strategy for that moment. You may look down the line and see that the job you have is about to become obsolete. In this case you need to “hop off the log” and begin preparing for your next move. All analogies have their weaknesses and Frogger is just a game and not real life, but in life you will be blindsided occasionally. Layoffs and health issues are two areas that catch people off guard. It is very hard to recover financially when blindsided with something big, so preparation is the best measure.
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We had insurance and after a lot of calls, our insurance paid for all of it. We were very fortunate to have insurance, but we had always made it a priority to make sure we had medical insurance and so should you. Besides the importance of having medical insurance, this episode illustrated to me that there are events that can come along that have the ability to immediately turn your world upside down. It is prudent to expect a couple of these events in your life and prepare to the best of your ability.
Another area where people get blindsided is a layoff. Are there signs to look for to help you notice an impending layoff? There are, and some signs can be seen years in advance! When you are working, it is wise to take note to what is going on around you. You will want to continually ask yourself if the company you are working for is healthy. Is your position secure for the moment, and for how long? Is there a skill you will need in order to progress or continue? Is this job going to evaporate when a new innovation comes along, and how likely is that? Am I getting positive feedback? Are the things I’m doing relevant for this company, and could they decide that I’m not needed?
Even with watching carefully, you may still get blindsided, but you should still watch carefully and make adjustments. Using the Frogger analogy, use your footing in the current job to work on your plan to ensure you have current skills that are in demand in the marketplace.