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I had to work on a project which required me to work overnight. Over the past six weeks my nightime became my daytime and . . well, you can just imagine. This particular project introduced me few friends. One of these is an engineer who told me that he had been out of work for six months. He said that he was out of work so long because he had been laid off from a "very high level position". What he meant was, he wanted to try and land another "very high level" position with a new employer. A new position failed to materialize and he found himself forced to adapt to his new situation by lowering his standards. Once he reset his standards, he found a very acceptable position at a new employer. His self image took a hit, but he found that once he recovered from his inflated sense of self importance, he was able to see that a good engineering job is quite a valuable item compared to holding onto an outdated sense of past importance.

I fear I am being obtuse, as Andy Dufrense might say. Let me be more clear. If you have found yourself among the fallen from a graceful high position, you may find that another “very high level position” is almost impossible to find. Overpaid CEOs who spent most their time golfing seem to have no problems finding a new position in charge of some mismanaged behemoth. However, if you are a white collered grunt who actually does valauble work, then you may need to take a few steps backwards.

"We do what we have to do", as an unemployed engineer who lost a good job once said to me. That person was my boyhood scoutmaster who found that three part time jobs just barely made it. This was in the good old seventies when the economy went through bumps and grinds quite similar to today’s fun and games.

It is important to recognize is that this deep recession is not unique. The S&L recession of the early nineties looked a lot like this one, built, overheated and driven off the road by over zealous idiot executives from banking and finance who can't say no to any chance to make a buck at the expense of the rest of us. Americans are resilient and get back to work after each economic train wreck. The secret is to be ready to prosper by being realistic and starting from a lower point if necessary. Life is a journey, and journeys sometimes have roads that end in broken bridges. Hike across the woods back onto the original path and keep on chuggin.

Live Free or Die.