unemployment, lack of jobs, generation y, and such

Green Circle Trump BuildingAnd for today, an uplifting msnbc.com article on unemployment and today’s young adults.

“The 'scarring effects' of prolonged unemployment can be devastating over a worker’s career,” according to the report. “Productivity, earnings and well-being can all suffer. In addition, unemployment can lead to a deterioration of skills and make securing future employment more difficult.”

Ouch.

“At one point, I applied to Whole Foods, hoping they might see some potential for me to move to some type of management position,” Hueseman said. “The e-mail I received from them said I was far too overqualified for any of their hourly positions and as such would not be considered for a position.”

Ouch.

Baby boomers also are delaying their retirement, adding to the competition.

And ouch.

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ancient wisdom: marcus aurelius on motivation and getting your ass out of bed

Gray Hexagon Marcus Aurelius at the ForumHere’s the opening paragraph of Book 5 of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translation by George Long:

In the morning when thou risest unwillingly, let this thought be present- I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I been made for this, to lie in the bed-clothes and keep myself warm?
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