Back then, life was different. We all know it. We used to play outside. Now we play with our phones. The advent of modern technology and social media brought us into an alien world. Certainly, it was a magnificent world, but it surely changed a lot of the aspects of daily life.
It’s not a bad thing; it certainly feels like we have more options. We’re exposed to new ideas. Years ago, it would take weeks, even months, before we knew what was happening on the other side of the world. Today, you can meet more people, interacting with them through a screen. Facetime, Skype, and other types of video-chats. We can build our brand at the click of a button, posting pictures, designing logos with the newest technology.
Back then, we were told “go to college, so that you can get a good job”. Today, we’re still told the same thing. The difference between these two times? The saying hasn’t aged as well; it’s not as true as it once was.
The Ground is Shifting Beneath Our Feet
Going to college used to mean a different thing. It used to be that if you went and got your degree, that you would have a nice job waiting for you when you were done. That was our definition of success. It was the American Dream. Get a nice house (debt) in the suburbs, they said. Buy a nice car (some more debt). Get married, have kids. Buy them all the latest gadgets (and start piling on the debt as you try to Keep Up With Joneses).
And of course, you needed a nice, stable job to support your family (and pay off your debt). It was simple enough. You could just work in the same profession for your whole life. A lot of people even worked for the same company for decades. The fear of losing our jobs was still there and it hasn’t gone away.
It’s a valid fear, don’t get me wrong. But, it’s all too prevalent considering just how many more opportunities we have in this modern day.
Jobs provide us with the comfort of knowing that we’re going to get a paycheck every few days or few weeks. For most people, it allows us to live easier lives. We don’t have to carry jugs of water for miles. Sustenance doesn’t require hunting. We work, we make money, and then we buy things. Whatever happens, jobs provide us with the comfort of knowing that we’ll always have at least some sort of income coming in.
But what happens when we can lose our jobs?
It’s so easy to get so accustomed to living on a certain income. Lifestyle inflation is prevalent among all different types of people. As you make more money, you usually spend more money. Then we get so used to it that our brains go into panic mode when we make less, even if we’re still making a sizable amount.
It’s only natural. Back then in the caveman days, we’d be as good as dead if we lost our resources. Luckily, surviving today is relatively easier.
What You Can Do
Unfortunately, if you’re working for another people, the fear of losing your job might never go away. Why? Because your employer can fire you or lay you off for any whim or want. However, if you don’t want to feel this way, there’s only so much you can you.
You can build a network. People often say that your network is your “worth”. And to an extent, it’s true. Networking can give you the peace of mind, knowing that you’ll always be able to reach out to someone if your work goes south.
You can develop your skills. If you’re an integral part of your company, it’s less likely that you will be fired. Therefore, take the time to hone your skills and learn as much as you can.
You can prepare. You can start a nest egg, to ensure that if something ever happens, you’ll have a viable emergency fund. Make sure that you have a few months worth of money that you can live off until you find another job.
You can stop caring. This is easier said than done and, besides, it probably isn’t the best thing to do. If your job is your only source of income, it’s not a good idea to throw caution to the wind. In the event that you actually do get fired, there’s only going to be so much that you can do.
You can start a side hustle or get a second job. Getting another source of income will ensure that you’ll probably have at least one source of income if you lose your job. It might still be stressful, but hey at least you won’t be totally broke.
In short, don’t let the fear take over you, but also don’t completely disregard it. Do something about it. As always, thanks for reading. Please share this if you found it useful!