I was reading an article today in the Wall Street Journal about networking, Ferris Beuller, and a prolonged job search (I did this because I'm a big fan of Ferris Beuller and because I have often been told I look a lot like Matthew Broderick circa 1985).
I came across the text below in the comments section of the article (attributed to this site) and loved it because it reminded me of the picture above (which I took a few years ago). I have this picture hanging in my office as a reminder that job searches can sometimes be difficult.
In your job search are you a squirrel?
"Squirrel Sense: Prevailing in Tough Times
Squirrels are ALWAYS facing intense competition amid threatening socioeconomic conditions. Much of what will equip us to succeed despite these challenging economic times can be discerned by observing their behaviors. They are:
2.highly industrious; endlessly striving
3.not intimidated by those larger than they are
4.undaunted that the odds are stacked heavily against them
5.not expectant of help from others; they take responsibility for themselves
6.able to accomplish amazing feats because they’re willing to try what those who are smarter than they are believe to be impossible
7.willing to turn themselves upside down to get what they need
8.establishers of territory or niche, and are willing to be aggressive in defending it
9.perpetually, keenly alert
10.FAST – responding instantly to opportunities and threats
11.instantaneous decision makers when necessary
12.willing to be off balance, even to fall
13.willing to take the leap, to take risks, to get what they want
14.able to ignore their wounds, and continue their mission
15.resolved not to cower when under peer attack
16.not intimidated by those of larger size
17.confident. They’re committed to outlasting or outsmarting their enemies
19.willing to be thought of and treated as pests if that helps them succeed
20.not passive; they behave commensurate with being in a competition for survival
21.action oriented, regardless of their fears. They have a fighting spirit rather than a victim mentality
22.unconquerably persistent. When confronted by barriers, they find another way to win. They just never, Never, NEVER give up"