What Would You Do if Your Employer Closed Their Doors Forever?

A local Fujifilm plant in Dayton TN is shuttering its doors and shifting production to other plants. You can reference an article about it HERE. As I read the article I could see the writing on the wall regarding this event. I’m not talking about a sudden thing either. I’m talking about a decades long build up to this event. Is it any surprise to anyone that the film industry has given up the ghost to go digital? As further evidence that this was coming, Fujifilm employees only needed to look a few miles north to the Eastman Kodak plant in Kingsport TN where the downward slide has been going on for a long time.

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So, now 84 employees will be out of a job next year, although the newspaper was kind enough to use the term ‘idle’.

My question to you is, what would you do if the business you worked for rendered you idle? To help you answer that, I’d like to ask you a few more questions and then offer some hope.

  • Are you working in a field that is quickly becoming useless on a large scale?
  • Do you have a plan to either transition out of it or become a linchpin in that field as it shrinks?
  • Can the particular skill you do become useful in another business?
  • Is it time for you to finally stop doing a J-O-B for a living and do something that makes you happy?
  • Are you blaming someone else for this predicament or taking action to move out of it?

I hope those questions raise larger ones in your life. It’s okay if you can’t answer all of them or even if your answers are “No” or “I don’t know”. It’s my job to folks just like you through career transition and periods of ‘idle’ time. I’d love to help, so here’s how I can do it…

  1. You can hire me individually for career transition coaching. Normally, I only work with people in high stress/high risk occupations like police, firefighters, and the military, but the devastation of large plant closings really bother me.
  2. You can tell your boss that you want them to hire me to help all the employees during this time. They’ll be paying for career transition services in some way, but seldom as good and useful as what I offer.
  3. You can try it on your own using resources. If you do, I highly recommend the 48 Days to the Work You Love Career Kit by my friend Dan Miller.

The Fujifilm folks have until next year to find new work. What about you? Do you need to make changes now as well.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Fujufilm plant closing article

48 days to the Work You Love Kit

More information about the 48 Days plan

 

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What can a Little Girl and a Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Teach You about Creativity?

I attended a Coaching with Excellence event last week at Dan Miller’s Sanctuary. I’ve been to multiple events there, and they just keep getting better and better. As a matter of fact, Dan and his team are moving so fast and furious that you could attend the same event two years in a row, and it will have already improved with new material.

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I’ve known Dan for so long that this old photo was taken in what I like to call the ‘David Pre-Beard Era’.

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While I was there, Dan spoke about a new book his wife and granddaughter wrote together called What If It Were Possible? Dan related how the idea of the book came about as his wife Joanne challenged their granddaughter by asking, “What if it were possible for a dog to chase a squirrel up a tree?”

I had the opportunity to meet Joanne’s co-author on this book at the conference. Clara Isabel Logsdon is a remarkable young lady and sure to be a powerhouse of creativity to match her grandpa someday. During the entire conference she roamed the grounds at the Sanctuary snapping photos, playing on a zipline, taking notes during classes, and roaming around everywhere barefoot. I think she has Tarzan feet!

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As Dan says, problems are just opportunities, and it’s true. Guess what? Some dogs can run up trees and chase squirrels. My dream dog can do this. By dream dog, I mean to say the dog I hope to find once I have some land for him to roam on. My dream dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and they’re known to climb trees and love sitting up off the ground. Oftentimes they’ll sleep on top of their doghouses instead of in them.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to live and hunt in Africa and, because of this, developed the ability to climb to either escape from predators or hunt their prey. That’s not the only reason I want one, but it sure is pretty cool. They’re even brave enough to defend their owners and livestock from lions.

So guess what, Miss Clara Isabel Logsdon, dogs can climb trees and chase squirrels on their own turf. If a dog can make the impossible possible, just imagine what you can do!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Dan Miller Events and Products (scan down this list and you’ll see a link to Dan)

Find the book…What If It Were Possible?

Want more information on Rhodesian Ridgebacks?

Where did I get the original idea for wanting a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

It’s Really Cool When Famous People Talk About You

My good friend and superentrepreneur Dan Miller talked about me in a recent podcast. It made me so proud I recorded part of it for you. It’s about my recent purchase that made me the owner of the largest privately owned comic book collection in South Carolina.

You can read about the comics HERE.

You can find me HERE.

You can find Dan at 48days headquarters.

48 Days to the Work You Love

I’ve often asked why I basically work in and around coffee. Simple. It’s my passion. It’s what I love. It’s the thing I would do for free if I had to.

Since I’ve been so successful living and working in my passion, I’m often asked to teach or speak about it. To do that I’ve chosen to use 48 Days to the Work You Love as the platform for teaching others about living out their passions. Please read on to find out more. I’ll be starting the 2010 seminar series soon and the classes fill up fast.

Coffee may not be your life’s passion (although it should be pretty important), but it’d be nice to find out what is.

I have been a fan of Dan Miller for a long time, reading his books and attending his conferences on various topics. My wife and I were introduced to his work when we noticed a 48 Days to the Work You Love book and workbook package at Costco.

For most of our adult lives we both floundered about in different careers and occupations, never quite happy or satisfied. We never felt like we belonged in any place we worked. Like most self-help books, we hoped this one would provide the answers to our problems. Unlike most self-help books, this one actually delivered. It helps you take a long hard and honest look at your life and the way you’re spending it, which was exactly what we needed.

            That is why I have begun teaching the 48 Days to the Work You Love seminars. Beginning this year I will be teaching the 48 Days curriculum in a variety of formats- a one week five-day class and a six week one-day-a-week class, with times including both day and evening classes. I honestly believe that this curriculum can help people who need to find their place in life, especially those who have been let go, laid off, or fired from other jobs. I know this from personal experience, as it has helped me.

            In a lot less than 48 days after reading the book and working through it with my wife, I had a head start on a new career path that I was absolutely in love with. The new career path that the book led me to was not only mentally and financially satisfying, but also spiritually so. The curriculum is not just about finding a good job, but defining what you want to be. In other words, do you want to scrape by making a living, or do you finally want to step out and live your dream through a job you love?

            The seminar is also an excellent choice for baby boomers and seniors who are either already retired or nearing the day. I’m sure many of you have toiled away for years and years at jobs you hated, jobs that sucked the life out of you, jobs that provided a paycheck but little else. For many of you, the opportunity to start a new career is a primary goal of retirement. For others, you may only need a job to supplement your income or keep you busy several days out of the week. Either way, 48 Days to the Work You Love could be the answer. In my opinion, it should be required for any retiree before the last day at work.  

            As the book states, “48 Days to the Work You Love provides a step-by-step process of creating a Life Plan and translating that plan into meaningful and fulfilling daily work.” Not only did it work for my own life by weeding out all the distractions and focusing my career aspirations, it worked for others as well. I immediately passed it on to a client of mine that was recently laid off. Not only was he in a job he didn’t enjoy, but he did not know what to look for next.

Working only to pay the bills is just not the way to live. Why not find the work you love and work because you want to be in that place doing that job? 48 Days to the Work You Love will help you do that. I can help you do that. All you have to do is call and sign up for an upcoming seminar.