Never has this been more true than for the unemployed. Getting laid off is demoralizing and while not necessarily one person's failure, it is quite common for the laid off to feel like they failed. I certainly did. The difference is what you do with it. If you're FUNemployed, you try new things, get yourself out there, follow your heart and in the end, just may reinvent yourself. I never would've thought that I'd write a book but that's certainly what I just did.
This quote is from the Dartmouth commencement speech delivered by Conan O'Brien. Funny for the first 15 minutes, at minute 16 until the end, he speaks of his public firing, his beard and his reinvention. Granted he is still a talk show host and comedian, but during his unemployment he joined twitter, did a comedy tour and played guitar. He could be a "FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn" case study.
Watch the YouTube video because I can't do it justice. You'll laugh, you'll be inspired and just may try something new today. All hail CoCo!