John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Only in America

Sometimes there’s no substitute for the hackneyed phrase, “Only in America”

Tough economic times have led to long discussions with friends and colleagues about how best we to cope as they navigate a painfully tight job market.

My favorite resolution came from a fella I didn’t know well but was related to a dear friend. This person had gone through some tough times personally and vocationally recently and deserved a break.

Although I couldn’t help him, he helped me by giving me inspiration and teaching me a thing or two about persistence, self-confidence and, most of all, good old American pluck!

After losing his job and enduring a messy divorce he tried and failed starting his own business. After that he went through seemingly endless rounds of interviews in multiple industries and repeatedly came up empty handed. But then he had a brilliant idea.

He became a life coach.

And for all I know, is doing well.

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