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Where's The Pride?

I have not had a "real" job since 2002. I left my job to build my house. It was beautiful but I lost everything including any respect I had for my husband.  We divorced and I had to find something to bring in money.  In 2006, I was able to make $20,000 in 3 months of work as an independant contractor doing loans.  Then I did some business with my father and he paid me to remodel his house (again without a regular paycheck).  Then I opened a business with a partner who screwed me over. In 2009, I had to close the business.  During all this time I slowly dwindled away at my savings trying to create a way to make money.  Then the recession hit.  I was already behind in all my bills.  I do not qualify for unemployment because I have not worked for a company in so long and I am not counted in the unemployment figures.  How many others were self-employed and now have no work due to the economy?  These people are not counted either.

To barely survive month after month is taking a great strain on my health.  I just want to feel proud that I have accomplished something.  I desire to make a difference.  I am torn on whether or not to return to school and get my bachelor's degree because their are so many students leaving school and unable to gain employment.  Pride in an individual's work has made America great for many years.  When will the government get out of the way and let us do what we do so well?  I don't want a hand-out because that doesn't give me a feeling of pride.  Pride will give us peace in our lives and make our country great again.  I hope we can get there again.
stetson1 stetson1 41-45 6 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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My strategy is to sell whatever I can for basic money income. Downsize my budget. And work on internet marketing. I have had some good success with it. If you are interested in a way out...it takes about a year...but it's hopeful. God Bless.



I worked in Columbus, Ohio for an Advanced I.T. Consulting Firm. One day they dropped the bomb with no notice...and I was out. Since then it has been hand to mouth, food stamps, and self-employment. But I learned how to do internet marketing and I am pretty excited for the long term. It just takes some time to get started.



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Peace



Greg

I agree with imathinkin in that you should not be taking on the expense of a Bachelors degree right now. I'm trying to pay off a college loan and it's a constant burden. Also consider this: employers often use graduation date as a means of calculating how old the job applicant is. The more recent the graduation, the younger you seem :-)



Since you've run your own business, you obviously have initiative. Consider volunteering for a local organization, and put that initiative to work. The key thing is not to become isolated and inactive. You sound like the sort of person this country needs more of--proud, independent and enterprising. Take stock of your knowledge, skills and expertise. You are very articulate, and it sounds to me like you could teach a course in business!

We are in weird times stetson, with no hope in sight. I too was self-employed when the recession hit. It was great being my own boss, and having a comfy amount of revenue pouring in...then poof! Nada



My advice would be to ride out the storm and live frugally. Delay getting your degree for now, as there is little to no guarantee that it would help you in any way. There are far too many degreed people out there snatching up anything they can. Don't overextend yourself. If you want a degree, then make it a goal down the line once stability has been restored to your life.



I chose to go after my passion and work in the food industry, but it didn't bring me the joy I anticipated. I am working below people I am tons more qualified than, and just have to suck it up for now. At first I had pride in my work, but when working around incompetents, it gets to you after a while. So, I just have pride in myself and remain a positive person. I try my best to not concern myself with those things I cannot change, and engage in activities that make me happy and focusing on areas that improve the quality of my life instead.

I have the same problem, i am in the food industry and what drives me nuts is any pride I had in it, died at my first Job as a cook. The bulk of the people I worked with disliked me cause I went to Culinary school, even presently I am seen as a threat to the people who (although decent enough cooks) have been there for years and can not get the raises they want cause they lack the education. Recently I was hurt on the job cause of my incompetent co-workers. Sadly, I am looking for a new job, I can not work at a place where the Manager lets Write Ups pile up on each employee before he is forced to replace them. Guy I replaced worked their for 3 years and had 23 write ups, they only got rid of him cause Immigration should up one day.

First off, being comfortable and having pride in your work or any kind of work, is just so hard to keep a hold of these days due to incompetent bosses and people who have managed to sort of stick around when brighter and talented people are either fired or pushed out.



I wish there was some sort of pride in my work, but there really isn't.