While I am far from a Global Economist, I thought you might be interested in this story. As any of my earlier readers would know, two of my children, Greg and Danielle, headed to Ireland with a 12 month working visa recently. I lost count of the amount of people who told us that there was no way they would get work, especially in Ireland as it was one of the hardest hit economies at the moment.While I don’t like to dwell on things like this, I must admit as a mother, there was a time when I started to worry just a little bit. Then I realised, that the worst thing that could happen was that they would have a great holiday, and then come home. How bad would that be? So, after my fleeting moment of worry, which I quickly dismissed, I put all my energies into helping them prepare for their trip.
After a 3 week holiday in Edinburgh, and a week of celebration in Dublin for St Patrick’s Day, they headed to Galway to look for work. Now, I don’t really know what they thought as they began their search for work, but knowing my children as I do, I am pretty sure they would have been focusing on what they could do in this situation rather than focusing on what had been written in the newspapers and spoken in news telecasts.
Danielle secured full-time work the very first day she began her search, and absolutely loves what she is doing. Greg continues working on his business, and has time to travel and explore this beautiful country. Their travelling partner, Linda, also secured full-time work in an industry she had no previous experience in. However, she is enthusiastic and bubbly, and her employer knew she would quickly pick up the new skills required.
All three disregarded what they had been told by the “experts” and instead put all their focus into what they had control over. I am not disputing the fact that many of the world’s economies have taken a major battering in recent times, but the way out of these hard times is for individuals to stop whining about how tough life is, and take action on what they can do. We are not helpless, and there are many small steps each of us can do to help our individual circumstances.
To finish off my story, my children decided they wanted a place they could call home while working in Ireland, instead of staying in hostels. All of the real estate agents told them they could only have a 12 month lease on a unit, which was not practical given they were traveling. Instead of accepting this, they entered into negotiations, and have signed a contract for a shorter lease. By asking the questions, they received the answers that were right for them.
This post came about as I listened to a news telecast (something I rarely do). We are being warned of the doom and gloom that lies ahead. If that becomes your focus, I can almost guarantee, you will fulfill your expectations. Instead, I encourage people to take action in areas they do have control over. Ask the questions, and do the things you can do. This will be different for all of us, but I am sure that deep down you all know of at least one thing you can do to improve your present situation. Take action, and move forward. Enjoy the journey, wherever that may take you!
Please post your thoughts regarding this topic. You may have a similar situation where you have gone against the odds. I would love to read your stories. My aim is to have some positive stories to read rather than what we see in the newspapers on a daily basis. What do you think?