Job Security and Other Myths

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In a long time ago called 2008, I along with many other hopeful (but mostly clueless) students took up a course believed to provide a thing called "job security". It was one of those eras where a certain industry was booming, on top of its game, and people where trying to replicate the process, thinking things will stay that way for a long time, say maybe forever?

But then our old friend Change came knocking, aaaand poof! It became Koko Krunch. A lot of times people make the mistake of thinking that just because something works NOW, nothing can change it.

It's the reason why I have the words "What got you here, won't get you there" plastered on my vision board. It's a daily reminder that you have to continuously innovate and go through the process of reinvention as needed.

Job security is a term every single working person is familiar with. For some, it may even be the "ultimate goal" of their careers. After all, who doesn't want to sleep better at night, thinking that they are in the "safe zone" when it comes to their work or financial sources.

I've read somewhere that "If you are standing still you are moving backwards."  We cannot sit around and be complacent thinking we got everything figured out. Times are changing. In fact, everything has already changed.

Here are some "myths" regarding job security, personal development, and career.

Myth # 1: Job Security is an assurance that an individual will keep his or her job without the risk of becoming unemployed. - US Legal,Inc.

Myth # 2: You should get a stable job that will provide security for a long time if not for the rest of eternity.

Truth: "There is no such thing as job security; You can either have a job or security, but not both." - Ash Ambirge

Myth # 3: Your professional credibility is limited to your previous job titles, degrees, certificates, and work experience.

Truth: "You carry your job security around with you. It is built-in and portable. Job security comes from your knowledge of what you do well." - Liz Ryan

Myth # 4: You have to wait for motivation first before taking action and producing results.

Truth: Motivation comes after action. If you wait for the perfect moment and delay action just because you don't feel inspired enough, you're never gonna get it done.

Myth # 5: To achieve career success, I must work hard consistently and try to put in as many hours as I can even though it sometimes takes a toll on my mental and physical health.

Truth: Almost anything will start to function again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. So don't underestimate the power of healthy breaks.

I want you to keep these myths and truths in mind the next time you take a look at the big picture of your career. If you are happy and contented, then that is great. But please also don't forget to keep up with the changing times and learn to take control of your own career journey. Remember managing your career is in your hands only, not your manager, your employer, or your credentials. After all, job security is a myth.