Three years ago, in the throes of the Global Financial Crisis, I found myself freshly unemployed. At that time, rather than give into fear, I decided that I would think differently about unemployment, accentuate the positive, and use the time constructively – to develop myself in ways I had not thought possible. I focused on exercise and cooking, two things which I enjoy to this day. I also wrote The Story of Sam as a quasi-spiritual guide for myself.
The Story of Sam was of tremendous help to me in getting through my last period of unemployment. It is a truly novel approach to unemployment. The Story of Sam will inspire the millions of people who now find themselves jobless to see unemployment not as a life-threatening trauma but as an opportunity to become a stronger and wiser person by the time they return to work.
I am an honors graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University with a M.A. in Comparative Literature.
I have lived all over the world, including a seven-year stint in Shanghai, China, where I taught at a Chinese university and then worked in management for a major American textile company.
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The Story of Sam: The Little Philosophical & Practical Guide to Unemployment
by SP Miller
Approx. 2,260 words.
Published on June 29, 2012.
The Story of Sam: The Little Philosophical and Practical Guide to Unemployment is a short illustrated fable about Sam’s trials and tribulations as he faces unemployment. The fable is followed by The Five Commandments for a productive job search with advice on how to make constructive use of one’s time during unemployment and turn joblessness into an opportunity.
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