Hey dedicated readers! Hope you all are having a fantastic day. Last night, I was watching an oldie but a goodie…Martin! Yes, I still love watching old reruns of the Martin show. Well, this particular episode really spoke to me as it was the one when Martin got fired from the radio station.  In this episode, Martin had to find a job because his bills were piling up and his fiance Gina- was trying to be patient with him and told him that he really needed to buckle down and get a job.  Because Martin was so vain and had such a huge ego…he thought he was too good to go to the unemployment office to help him find a job. In fact this is what he said, “I can’t just take any job, I have an image to maintain.”  I busted out laughing thinking about how often I bet some of us who find ourselves in the unemployment crossroads says that exact same thing in our heads…or maybe we are so bold as to even say it out loud to someone.

I’m going to be real with you all.  I thought the same thing so-to-speak. Well, not that I couldn’t just take any job because of my image..but because of my education and my experience. I honestly felt that I was too good for some jobs.  Well, let me tell you something that type of mindset will quickly change when you get notices in the mail that your lights will be cut off, and your mortgage is now past due.  You can’t let your however many degrees and years of experience prevent you from obtaining some form of employment to help you get back on your feet. I mean, doing what you need to do to pay the bills doesn’t mean that it is a lasting career move for you.  I took a job, making $25,000 a year when I was used to being paid $90,000 a year. But you know what? I put my ego and pride aside and took the job because it was better than being unemployed.  The job was being an enrollment counselor. And no I had no experience with being an enrollment counselor.  My job basically consisted of talking on the phone 8 hours a day and registering people for classes – that’s all.  But I made the best of my situation and I knew that I wasn’t going to be there for the long haul. I was actually there almost 2 years- but I did end up resigning because another opportunity came along.  Even though the enrollment counselor position was not what I wanted, it was what I needed at the time.

Additionally, I was able to learn different skill sets that I didn’t have before…which ultimately helped me in the jobs that I got after leaving the university.  I don’t regret being an enrollment counselor because the experience was instrumental in helping to mature and shape me into the woman that I am today. So don’t EVER think that you are too good to go to the unemployment office or to take that minimum wage job or that salary that is $60,000 less than what you are used to..because I’m here to tell you that you are not too good, and if you don’t take that job I promise you there is someone else out there who will.  And you never know if that is God giving you an opportunity to help you get back on your feet that will eventually lead you to even greater blessings and opportunities that he has for you. He did it for me – I know he will do it for you.