I was laid off. I have worked very hard in life to improve myself and to make life better for those around me. The desire to do and improve has been misunderstood by some and caused problems.
I was laid off due to LIFO, i.e.,, Last In First Out. I have worked hard on and off the job. I am a good person with high standards. I like to do a good job.
I know people who are still working that should not be for various reasons.
I know wonderful people that have worked very hard and sacrificed a lot and often to work in Corporate America and provide for their family's. Some of them are still out of work today and living off the fruits of their labor now.
Being laid off for an extended period guts your life. It takes everything you have worked towards for 30 years. It forces you to take a look at other ways to earn income and provide for your family. It forces you to choose one. It forces you to get outside the box. It forces you to economize. It forces you to think new thoughts. It forces you to learn new things completely different from anything you have done before. It can be devastating, if you let it. Being in that situation take resiliency.
Fortunately, most of the people I know in that situation are not letting it devastate them. They are hearty and doing what they need to do to change paths. They are doing it on their own without help from anyone or any government agency. They have spunk and fire in the belly to get on track with their new path. They have determination to not work for a company again but to build their own company. They have the same desire to do right by others and themselves.
Some of these same people do the maintenance on their own homes, yards, and vehicles. Does that sound like they are defective units? Not to me. it takes gumption to take care of so much in your own life and start a company in a new industry.
Gumption. That is what they have. I admire them!