This downturn will be a blessing in disguise for some

Opportunity Matrix™ - how NOT to be a Busy Fool

Opportunity Matrix™ - how NOT to be a Busy Fool

As we hear about more and more big corporates shedding workers, I find myself wondering whether some – possibly most – of those who find themselves surplus to requirements will find redundancy is a fantastic opportunity masquerading as a catastrophe. It may be my jaundiced view of the corporate life, but in my experience the majority of those working in the big corporates are not really passionate about their work – they just trundle along to the office each day to earn a crust, doing work they kind of drifted into.

In my last blog I explained Enjoyment-Performance Theory – the fact that we do better at things we enjoy. And that’s where I think those facing redundancy may actually have a great opportunity to take stock and work out what they really want to do with their time at work (and for most that’s over half of their free time, by the time you take travel into account). And then go out and make it happen – actually spend their waking lives doing something they enjoy and are good at. If we were all doing work we enjoy, and therefore performing really well at it, productivity would go through the roof – and so would individual fulfillment.

I’m not saying it’ll be easy. For most there’ll be a time of horrendous anxiety as their once-comfortable lives are turned upside down and they wonder how they’re going to pay the bills on their house that’s now worth less than the mortgage. But with the right guidance to help them work out what really gives them a buzz, and what they need to do to make money at it, we could see a surprisingly large number of them jumping out of bed at first light, eager to get on with yet another great day.

One tool I use to help people work out what’s important to them in their lives is a values elicitation audio. Although it’s part of my paid-for programme, I often get people to do it anyway, even if they aren’t yet ready to do the full programme. People seem to get value from it, even as a standalone activity – though I think most people need to do something more with what they find out about themselves while doing it. If you want to give it a go, you can sign up to try it here: www.opportunity-matrix.com/values_blog

But why will this downturn be different to those that have gone before? One reason is that we were seeing the start of portfolio careers even before sub-prime came along, and what Zopa (http://uk.zopa.com/ZopaWeb/) calls “Freeformers” – people ready to make up their life structure as they go along. So this time round, people have become more tolerant of risk in their income streams (or perhaps just more aware that the risk profile of the old paradigm has changed), and I believe more will be prepared to take that jump away from the traditional corporate career, if the payoff is living their life with spirit and passion.

About Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw
About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw