Tom Ortega II

Staying Happy During Tough Times

In Business, Kids, Video Games on March 30, 2009 at 6:54 am

I know articles like this are bad news.  People losing jobs is not good for their psyche or for the economy.  Or is it?

I’m an odd egg, I get that.  I see life in a slightly skewed way.  The result of this is that I love experiencing everything: the good, the bad and the ugly.  I have contigency plans.  Should I ever get to the point where I have no job or any leads at all in the tech field, I’m looking forward to trying my hand at selling cars and flipping burgers.

In regards to selling cars, I have a list of ideas I’d use to help me be a great salesman.  I even went to 3 dealerships one day to do research.  The experience was so bad at all 3 (low end, mid and high) that I wrote down all the things that I would do to make the experience better.

For burger flipping, I’ve always wanted to work at In-N-Out.  I realize that I’d be the oldest employee, but I’d have a blast.  Last I checked, working your way up through the ranks was the only way to open up your own In-N-Out.  Plus, managers make a hefty salary and have wonderful benefits.

Let’s get back to the issue at hand though.  Others, they don’t have plans like me.  They’d prefer to not sell cars or flip burgers, but rather keep on doing what they did.  I’m all for that.  I say send out the resumes, make the calls, etc.  Make finding a new job your full time job.  However, in the down time, do what you want to do with your life.

So many people spend their lives doing something they enjoy with their lives, but they don’t do the projects they like.  Someone may build homes for a living, but really would like to build awesome backyard playsets.  A car painter may do traditional flat tones, but really has ideas for a wild new fade.  Yet others, may do one thing for a living that they thoroughly enjoy (tech related) but secretly want to become the world’s next great chef.

My point is that I understand you need to make money.  Trust me, this past month I’ve learned that just as much as anyone.  However, don’t forget that bad times are often an opportunity in disguise.  My philosophy is “Do what you love and someone will love you for it.”  Whether that turns into riches, I can’t promise.  Making someone happy by doing something you love though is priceless.  It may just be the lift you need in a rather bleak and sad time.

Back to the article above, I can’t help but feel a few of those people are gonna go off and do something on their own.  One of them may start a new company and build a game that me or my kids will love dearly.  It’s ideas of that variety that make America great, even during the bad times.

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  1. Great post….

    I am presently in just such a situation. Trying to decide what I want to do. Trying to find the right glove so to say. I have some ideas, and wonder if I should pursue them. At the same time trying to figure out the best way to balance being with my family, supporting my family, and pursuing dreams.

    Being unemployed is a challenge but it’s also an opportunity. My wife likes to state that more millionaires were made during the Great Depression than any other time.

    When I lost my position I endeavored to depart with grace, class, and character. Glenn Beck has talked about virtue and principles, and how such are the key to such troubled times.

    I’ve come to the conclusion I need a shift. I think I am just a tad too much the extrovert to continue in hard core programming. I enjoy designing and am full of ideas. But it’s become a bit like wearing a left hand glove on your right hand.

    – Jason the Saj

  2. Aww man, Saj. I’ve been so crazy with my life that I haven’t kept up with my friends. Sorry to hear you’re out of work. 😦

    I’m with your wife though. I know you have skillz to pay the billz. You just dig deep, talk the Mrs. about what’s important to you both and truck on my friend. This way when you rich and famous doing your new thing, I can say, “Shoot, I knew the Saj when he thought he wanted to be a developer!” 🙂

    If there’s anything I can do to help. You just hit me up. I’ll help as best I can. You know I will!

  3. If you worked at In-N-Out, I’m pretty sure they’d run out of Double Doubles.

  4. Nah, I think I’d leave 1 or 2 for the customers. 🙂

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