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Monday, June 27, 2011

A Brick Can Hurt

I stumbled across a Youtube video this weekend and thought it had a good message for those of you that are currently unemployed or facing a hardship in life. These words of wisdom came from Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, to a Stanford University graduating class.

"Sometimes, life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs

Losing a job can feel like you have been hit in the head with a brick by life. It can feel painful and become more painful as one's unemployment lingers on.

Jobs did not have an easy path early in life; he was adopted, never finished college, and struggled early in his career. He became extremely successful at Apple only to then be fired in a very public dismissal from the company that he founded and loved. He felt like giving up on the work that he loved and running away from silicon valley.

Jobs never gave up and later recognized that getting fired from Apple was very constructive in his life because it allowed him to experience and learn new things and improve himself. He never gave up on the work that he loved and I am sure getting hired back on at Apple years later was very rewarding for him.

I know many people are struggling to find a job out there and this can lead to self-doubt and can chip away at your self-confidence. You can not control the bricks that life throws at you, but you can control how you respond. Don't lose faith, stay focused and work hard on your job search.

"You've got to find what you love…the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work… love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." Steve Jobs

Best Wishes,

Doug Smith
Director of Product Management, Talent Exchange