Friday, February 6, 2009

friday afternoon


my birthday flowers from Bill


I had a nice talk with my Mom this morning, although she was telling me that my step-dad is suffering a lot more with his hip. Fourteen months he's been waiting for a hip replacement, and he hasn't heard a thing about when he can get it. He recently had more Xrays taken, which showed a deterioration of 50% since his last Xray, and still nothing. I'm hoping something happens in the next few weeks.

I've taken to seriously looking for a new job, although the dream of doing well at this one is dying slowly. There is only one thing you can control when you're an insurance advisor, and that is your activity. Since November, I've worked more nights than I ever did in retail, and yet I have gone thousands and thousands of dollars into debt and have lost tens of thousands more in lost wages. Since the beginning I thought that I could help people, but to be honest I don't want to anymore. Based on the number of times I have been stood up or blown off, yelled at or hung up on, many people don't want my help. The ones that do are wonderful people, but the company commission structure supports the rich get richer thing, and I only ever see the same five Advisors win trips and bonuses.

Anyway, today I've got to work for a few hours, then pick up Em and Jamie and drive them to the movies, then get a few groceries. I'll probably apply for a few banking positions as well. Wish me luck!

20 comments:

  1. I hope things work out for you. I am not good at giving advise on these kind of things. I never was very good at selling things. Good luck on finding what works for you.
    Roz

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  2. It sucks when you put your heart and soul into something and it doesn't work for whatever reasons. Selling insurance is a tough sell at the best of times and with the economy tanking ..well it doesn't help. People can be so mean too. I hope only the best for you and wish you all the luck in your endeavors.

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  3. Do those same advisors have a leg up on you in any way - i.e. are they unscrupulous, "know" people, have a really pushy or sales oriented personality, etc.?

    Hey at least you tried to do something you wanted to do with your heart. Most people don't and WON't do that for fear of failure. The thing is, you CANNOT fail if you give it your best effort.

    Good luck finding some kind of work that doesn't completely suck the life out of you, by the way. Hopefully you can find employment where you can make some good friends and feel secure.

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  4. you can't be successful if the corporate structure doesn't allow it.....don't feel bad

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  5. The flowers are beautiful:) Good luck to your stepdad and Good Luck to you! I need to look for a job soon,as soon as Spring Break is over in March.

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  6. Good luck on the job! Don't lose your faith in people - I've found that for the most part they are just busy. While that's not an excuse and really makes you want to whack them over the head, it's an excuse I know I use, even if it is frail. If this doesn't work, then you'll find something that does. Best of luck to your step-dad also.

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  7. lovely flowers!!

    sometimes you just can't convinve people you're trying to help.... their loss!

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  8. best wishes on finding something new. you did your best and times are hard.

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  9. I mirror what TP said. You tried. Most people don't. That is also important. best of luck with the job seeking. There is also an art to knowing your own mind and heart and your honest is wonderful. The flowerrs, too are delightful.

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  10. ahhhh....sisters in the job hunt. good luck honey. and very nice flowers. I wish someone would give me flowers. :(

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  11. It's a difficult time to get people to part with their money especially for something intangible like insurance which, lets face it, we all hope we're never going to need during our lifetime anyway. Don't lose heart though, there'll be something else come along that fulfills you AND provides a living.

    Kia kaha ('stay strong' in Maori)

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  12. Good luck, I hope you find something great.

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  13. Good luck, Kate. It's tough out there nowadays, but I hope you get settled in a good spot!

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  14. Beautiful flowers!

    Amen. Good luck with the job hunt.

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  15. Firstly, your flowers from Bill look lovely. The man has great taste (but we knew that already). I looove carnations - the perfect bloom for one's buttonhole.

    Secondly, I echo what others have said and hope that the hip operation for your Step-Dad comes through sooner rather than later.

    Thirdly, Best wishes on the job front. You certainy sound more competent than most (and certainly more competent than I). I'm sure you'll pick up something pretty decent soon.

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  16. Lovely flowers!

    and good luck in the hunt!

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  17. Happy Birthday and good luck ;)

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  18. Good luck on the job apps and all that. Hopefully it's better there than over here. You could always try Dollar Financial too. They need good Managers always. It was a decent job with great benefits. The company is doing great and is based out of Victoria.

    Have a good weekend ...

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  19. Good luck on the job. It's important to enjoy your work.

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  20. Good luck with the job hunt. I hope you found something that you like to do and are compensated well for your time. :)

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