A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled “IS BEING A VICTIM ADDICTING?
I ran it by some addiction recovery experts on Linkedin and got some interesting responses, most seemed to agree with my point that victimhood can be addicting.
Here is a link to that post: http://robseverson.com/?p=567
I continue to be alarmed by all the people out there who perceive themselves as victims. Sure, some of us are, maybe all of us, but how we choose to respond is our own decision.
Back to my victimhood theory, I think more could help themselves if they weren’t so concerned about what they can’t do, and finding something they could do. Protesting the fact that some are rich and others are not, or unemployed seems to be a waste of time. That has always been the case. The Occupy Wall Street protests seem more like temper tantrums (acting out?) than protests, and while that may help to vent, it won’t solve their problem. Like other addicts, it often seems easier to act out than to do something about our circumstances. I do understand their frustration, not their choice of how to deal with it.
This is the most competitive job market I have seen in the macro level, but in the micro level (my world) I had difficulties getting jobs when I started out too. Being a victim or throwing a tantrum wasn’t going to help me one bit, so I finally took a job I didn’t think I would like as it put bread on the table. Then, by focusing on serving my employer and solving problems for them I eventually was promoted to president of a subsidiary for a national corporation, that from starting at the “real bottom”
Sure, mine is one story, but with some positive thinking I made it work. Attitude is a big part of it!
Some may argue that there are not enough jobs so go around, and they are right. But if we take care of our own business, and compete for what we can get, we may find success where we didn’t think we would find it. Then we may be in a position to help others do the same by networking and sharing our story.
Or, we can throw tantrums and blame everyone who comes in out paths.
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