EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

Back in 1991-1992 I was unemployed. Yes, two full years.

Honestly, cash was starting to get a little tight. But more importantly, although I had a lot of free time, it was hard to enjoy it.

Money, and the prospect of more, tends to focus the “let’s have some fun” part of our brains, whereas the “I don’t know if I will survive this” mindset prevents us from really enjoying our “time off” to any great degree.

However, as one of my friends once said, “No one is out of work forever, it just seems that way.”

Chances are those last few months in that Heck Hole you refer to as your most recent job were more than a little stressful. And if you think this stress was only on you, you are wrong. This stress affected the entire family. (What, you weren’t grumpy?)

Although, like hanging in the morning, job search tends to focus the mind, the mind and body needs a little relaxation.

I’m here to tell you that if I survived my long job search and the job from Heck that followed, followed by a job I was over qualified for, you can too. And, probably in better form than I did because you have this great organization called The FENG to prop you up when you are down and kick you in the “you know what” when you need it too.

But, back to you. Give yourself a break now and then. Get into a regular exercise program. Do a little reading, both business related and pleasure. And, most importantly, spend some quality time with those who really care about you.

Trust me, keeping your nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel 16 hours a day, 7 days a week will not actually shorten your job search.

What you need is to have a positive mental attitude at all times. That is the ultimate winning sales pitch when you get in front of your next “customer.” (Notice, I said winning, not whining.)

Regards, Matt

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