Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Talk About Death? Job Loss? Automobile Accidents?

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People intrigue me.

Why is it that no one wants to talk about death,

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Yet, 2,854,838 Americans died in 2019. (I)

Why is it that few people like to talk about losing their job, let alone admit when they lost their job,

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Yet, 28,795,000 jobs were eliminated in 2019, long before we knew how to spell Covid. (II)

Why is it that no one thinks they will be in a car accident,


Yet, 36,096 Americans died in Traffic Fatalities in 2019. (III)

My Aunt Clara always said, ‘We just don’t talk about such things.’

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Well, maybe if we lived life with our eyes wide open, we’d be better prepared for what comes our way.

When I turned 50, 12 years ago, I started hearing about people, my age, dying.

I soon understood that the life expectancy of 78.7 years that we always hear about, isn’t a guarantee. It’s an average of how long each of us can expect to live.

Once, I realized this, I decided it was time to exercise, lose weight and start monitoring my cholesterol.

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Once I found that road traffic accidents were the 13th leading cause of death for men in my age range, I did some research. (IV)

It turned out that I was driving to work on some of the most dangerous roads in Florida.

Given these statistics, I realized that taking a few extra minutes to get to work on safer, less busy roads could be a true life saver.

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My first professional role was with a firm where layoffs were more the norm than the exception.

As a result, I realized career success meant more than doing a great job today.

It meant doing a great job, quantifying your achievements and being prepared to speak about your achievements in an interview, for you never know how long your job will last.

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How about you?

Do you think we need to embrace life with our eyes wide open?

If you lived life with your eyes wide open what changes would you make?

I hope this post has blessed and encouraged you.  ðŸ™‚


Clark Finnical is the author of 

 Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)

LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level , 

 12 Lies Told To Job Seekers,

 How to Stand Out: From All of the Other Candidates

What No One Told You About Job Titles and Your Job Search  

The Job Loss Mind Game: What Really Happened And What You Need to Do Now


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Fourth Photo By Thue – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=164725

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(I) CDC Underlying Cause of Death, 1999-2019 Results https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D76;jsessionid=09EF42E557BCDB953086ED1397DF

(II) US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Table 1. Private sector gross job gains and losses, seasonally adjusted – https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cewbd.t01.htm  FYI: While 28,795,000 jobs were eliminated in 2019, 30,365,000 million jobs were created in the same year.

(III) Preview of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities In 2019.  https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/813021

(IV) DEATHS BY AGE AND GENDER – Cause of Death Ranking – https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender

Article originally appeared in clarkfinnical.com

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