Quick Poll: Reframing Your Narrative

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
― Alexander Graham Bell

This week’s query, kittens, is whether time and distance has ever changed your mind about a financial circumstance or event? Was losing a job ever a blessing in disguise, or did a promotion or a move turn out to be a kick in the teeth?

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Perspective is everything. 

One of the biggest changes of mind I’ve had to make is about my experience with the Great Recession. For a long time I’ve looked on this global circumstance as a personal setback that ever since has had a delaying effect on my career goals and work life. I’ve resented it and oft played the “what if” game, dreaming of what might be different today if I didn’t “get stuck” at the job I had then because I wanted and needed financial stability.

When the truth is that not only was I lucky enough to have a job during that time, I made enough to be the breadwinner while my partner finished both an undergrad and a graduate degree abroad, which in turn is what enabled us to move to the UK. Seen through this much more long term and less childish lens, far from being a setback, my experience was that that dead end job actually turned out to be a launchpad.

Your turn.

One thought on “Quick Poll: Reframing Your Narrative”

  1. Hindsight is always 20/20. 🙂 I haven’t enjoyed surviving three recessions in 20 years and I do know I could have made a lot more money without them. It forced me to pivot and be frugal. Both have proven useful.

    The worst job I had (I quit within 6 weeks) forced me into FT freelance, a leap I would not have made without a firm kick in the butt, as I was then single, w NY-area cost of living.

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