It really is true that crisis and opportunity are often closely intertwined. The current financial crisis is no different. Some of us are being (or will be) shaken out of our comfort zone by circumstances beyond our control. Here's one example from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish:
In order to be able to afford a place to live, pay my student loans and maybe even save for my future, I took a job in finance. I fought myself the entire time. It never felt quite right.
Long story short, my company is in a bad way.
I am going to have to look for a new job now.
The writer goes on to say he's considering pursuing work he enjoys rather than work that will make him rich.
These are decisions we don't consider when times are good because it's easier to just keep going along. I should know - I spent many years in a corporate executive job that I hated because it paid well and because I didn't know what else to do.
It wasn't until a lay-off forced me out that I re-evaluated and decided to start this business - a decision that was one of the best of my life but one that I would never have made if not forced into it.
This is not to say that people won't suffer or that this financial crisis is something to cheer. Just to say that crisis and opportunity really are often one and the same. If your job is in danger, think twice before pursuing another one in the same field. Do you love what you do? Do you wake up eager to get to work?
If not, this might be your chance to rethink.