Wow. There is some serious fear out there.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my brief survey a couple of weeks ago which asked a simple question:
What gets in the way of defining a clear backup strategy and safety net in case your job goes away?
One hundred sixty-seven of you responded, and it was amazing how many people are feeling really paralyzed with fear.
“Too much work at existing job (ie due to layoffs/outsourcing/cost cutting/reduced and deomoralized staff left to deal with short term “issues”) to spend time coming up with a backup strategy or safety net. Work increasingly encompasses more of life in fear of being the next to go.”
“Fear that the existing backup strategy will fail.”
“Probably fear - i.e. making a Plan B requires me to actually envision the ending of Plan A. Also - not sure how to even START the process of thinking about it - almost like it would be automatic overload - so much information, so many possibilities - how, where does one start the process of creating a Plan B, let alone finish it?”
The complete survey results are here. I have removed any identifying notes from the comments in order to respect privacy, but otherwise they are intact.
Your responses really lit a fire under me, and I have been furiously building a program to address your concerns. It is called Backup Booster, and it is a low-cost, practical, tactical seminar to help you break through your paralysis and get some viable short-term plans going. I am totally psyched about it.
I am going to launch it on March 30. But I am opening it to pre-sales today, for $30 off the list price. So check it out and secure your spot!
I head to South by Southwest on Friday for what is sure to be a fantastically interesting and fun time. I am sharing a house with some of my favorite internet buddies: Havi, Naomi, Nathan, Shama and Chris. I will bring my Flip Video and of course my laptop and share the hilarity, yoga, and small business marketing genius that is sure to ensue.
On Tuesday, March 17, I am moderating a panel on Turning Blogs into Book Deals with Guy Kawasaki, Hugh McLeod, Stephanie Klein and Kate Lee. Hugh wrote a wonderful post about it here. I am extremely excited about it, as it is the official "coming out" party for my book. And if we can help one blogger write a better book, or get a book deal from our collective experience, it will be great.
If you will be at SXSW, please come say hello! I will be on Twitter @pamslim