I talked to a chap yesterday who has been out of work for more than a year due to a back injury. He has recovered sufficiently to go back to work, but heavy lifting is now out of the question and he is looking to business management as a possible new career direction.
"I took a 12-month re-training course and hope that will eventually leads to something," he explained. "Things are pretty slow right now and I'm working on a plan that may, or may not, bring results."
"What do you mean by 'may or may not'?" I asked.
"Well, it's a bit risky," he answered. Without knowing the details of his plan and the risk involved, I suggested that he had nothing to lose in going ahead with his ideas. Give it a good effort!
"You're absolutely right. I've come this far and I owe it to myself and my family to give it a try, I guess," he added.
We ended our conversation with my wishing him good luck, but I should have given him a little more encouragement by way of reminding him that effort is never wasted, Even if his plan does not work out, he will come away with the satisfaction of knowing that he is capable of trying. Often the result we think we desire is not quite the one that we truly need. He may have to go back to the plan drawing board another time or two before a good job fit comes along for him...He just has to keep on trying.
Hopefully, I won't have to tell him that next time I see him.