I am in the Washington, DC area so there are lots of people affected by the furlough and the government shutdown. With this being the nation’s capital, there are lot government workers in this area as well as government contractors. In fact, I am a government contractor but have blessed to not be affected by the furlough, at least not yet. On the news, they interviewed couples where both spouses are furloughed. As I live through this fiasco, it makes me even more determined to get my Plan B in place ASAP.
Someone posted the following quote from Jim Rohn on Facebook:
“Your paycheck is not your employer’s responsibility, it’s your responsibility. Your employer has no control over your value, but you do.” — Jim Rohn
Now when I first saw this, I thought that this may be a little unfair. What do you mean your paycheck is not your employer’s responsibility? You work hard every day. Why shouldn’t they be responsible for your pay? You earned it. Then I pondered on it a little bit more. A lot of times we get very complacent with our jobs and career. We expect raises and promotions. We start to define ourselves by our job and equate our self-worth with our position in the corporate America world. A lot of people may not want to admit this, but I know I did this as well.
I think what Jim Rohn is trying to tell us is that we have to take our life in our own hands and control our own destiny. There are a lot of ways to do this and I have decided to do this by starting my own online marketing and information product business. Just think if you had already started creating your business before you were furloughed. That would definitely reduce some of the worry and stress.
If you are at home now because of the furlough, take some time to determine how you can earn a living without being dependent on an employer. What is your passion? What would you do even if you did not get paid? Start putting things in place. Don’t just sit in front of the television. Do something productive. Do something that will start you on your road to independence today.