Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Need to Separate and Compartmentalize

Dr. Ada Fisher
Working in Occupational Medicine, particularly in corporate America, the most distressing thing was the exit interviews for those who were getting pink slips, retiring by reductions in force (RIF’s), reaching the Peter Principle and eased out, flat out terminating or fired. If I knew beforehand the ax was about to fall, I’d try to ease their departure, particularly if there were medical issues upon which I could recommend a medical separation which would somewhat ease their financial load. The unfortunate thing was for too many, their job in their minds is who they are. As such, leaving was devastating to their egos and sense of self. For the type A there was too often no plan B.
The recent death of football player Junior Seau, the downhill slide of players such as Terrell Owen or Mike Tyson as well as others who made millions only to end up broke, the politicians who can’t let go when the voters have turned them out and the millions who are out of work or have given up looking for work says we have no backup plans. When confronted with the possibility of their leaving a job, too many were resistant to the change which was to hit them not understanding they really had no choice in the matter. Too many of us put all our eggs in one basket and when one falls off the wall, we have no “King’s horses and king’s men” to put us back again.
The other tragedy is the number of undereducated or unfortunately educated who have dropped out of the educational system or stayed in it, only to find there is no pay off. The bailout madness which has furthered society’s sense of entitlement on so many levels has given folks the illusion there will always be a safety net to catch you if you fall. Having over spent and allowed many to take without putting in, citizens face front and center in our national psyche the pain of having to stand on ones own two feet without previously perceived federal guarantees. Students need to take heed now of the warning signs.
People must be able to multi-task and learn to go with the flow or risk being washed out. But at the end of the day, as I’ve sat bedside with the dying and critically ill, no one has ever said they wished they had spent more time at work. The mindset which will allow folks to survive no matter the circumstances is a preparation undergirded by proper preparation from a solid education, a mind set which allows you to focus on a good work ethic and a value system which embraces faith, family and future. People need to learn to separate who they are from what they do.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a PHYSICIAN, licensed teacher for secondary education in mathematics and science, previously elected school board member, AUTHOR and IS THE nc rEPUBLICAN nATIONAL cOMMITTEEWOMAN. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.COM. Her pending
book, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What AIls Us, Book I will be available through Amazon.com