I heard on the radio the other day that many employers refuse to hire people who are unemployed or have been out of work for more than a couple of months.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Call me crazy, but aren’t the unemployed the people who usually need a job?? This was my queue to pipe in about how I wouldn’t want to work for such ignorant people who don’t hire the unemployed. Especially in this economy.
A friend informed me that many employers go by these rules and this is why taking a career break to travel is not a smart decision.
Maybe it’s not a smart decision if you choose to only take the safe route in life. The thought of being unemployable actually scared me for about a nano-second and then I came back to reality and realized that I don’t make decisions based on fear.
Having a safe job that pays the bills where I know exactly what each day will look like is slow torture to me. When I have a job, I feel less like a drone when I have a specific goal in mind like saving for travel or funding a business venture, but even then I get antsy.
Part of me wishes I could be content with a job, a house and a few kids, but I’m not. I thrive on the unknown and the infinite possibilities that it brings.
This is what so many perpetual travelers rave about… The thrill of the unknown. It’s like a drug to me and I hope I never loose the desire to seek out the unknown in my life.
The same goes for taking a leap of faith on a business venture. Putting your money and time into a new project or business can be terrifying. Just because you put your heart and soul into it, it doesn’t mean it will work out.
But what is the alternative? Would you rather push those ideas aside and regret it later in life because you let your fear intimidate you?
If you find yourself constantly making decisions based on fear, maybe it’s time to stand up to that fear by doing one small thing today that makes you scared but will bring you one step closer to your goals and dreams.
How about you? Do you feel content knowing what each day will bring or do you prefer to chase the unknown?