Everyone of a certain age remembers The Littlest Hobo and its theme tune.
For me it was always the lyrics I enjoyed, and they took on an extra-special resonance Wednesday, when I was made redundant again.
As theme tune says:
There’s a voice that keeps on calling me
Down the road, that’s where I’ll always be.
Every stop I make, I make a new friend,
Can’t stay for long, just turn around and I’m gone again
Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down,
Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.
I was called into the office by my boss (never a good sign) at the very end of the day to be told about big new marketing changes, company restructuring, and a consequent reduction in demand for copywriters, i.e., me.
And that was that. Completely unexpected. Just turn around and I’m gone. Again.
So I smiled, thanked my boss for eight enjoyable months, and went home. After the fourth time this happens you become kind of immune. There’s none of the panic of your first redundancy, the sense of injustice of your second, or even the resignation of your third.
The fourth time is far more positive: it’s an opportunity rather than a crisis, and I left there with a spring in my step ready to start another new chapter. 🙂
So, next time you need a superb copywriter or wordsmith with five years experience think “Stuart Carter!“