Being unemployed steals your dignity because you have to rely on other people to look after you. Nothing is more difficult than knowing that you are burden to other people to look after you, it steals your self-worth.

It is not easy to be asking for funds in order to do anything. A routine trip to town means you have to ask someone to assist you with taxi fare.

Going to a job interview and being rejected in not an easy feeling to swallow.

When you can’t find a job why not start your own job.

Start your own business, produce something small with limited funds.

This is what Brian Anto did. In 2009, Brian was the software engineer that no one wanted to hire. Despite a dozen years of experience at Yahoo and Apple Computer, he got turned down by two of the Internet’s brightest stars at the time.

First Twitter said no in May 2009.


Then Facebook rejected him in August 2009.


Being rejected by two reputable and blue-eyed companies of the ICT industries within such a short period of time will make you feel like you are not good enough to work in the big leagues.

When Brian could not find work at another big-name company, he took his chances on the start-up route instead. He started WhatsApp, fast-forward 4 years later, WhatsApp is a successful company that Facebook, the company that rejected him, bought WhatsApp at $19 billion.

Bottom line? Keep your chin up. Acton’s tweets are extremely bullish, and reveal a lot about his character. And that kind of forward-thinking and strong character turned into an absolute boatload of cash.

There are no failures, only lessons.

Don’t be discouraged by your failures, use them a fuel to create. I know you are saying it is easier said than done. Anything worth doing is hard. The fact that it is hard makes it more valuable.

Here is one more detail that deserves to be noted, just the way he expressed it at the time. Instead of voicing frustration about Facebook’s inability to realise what he could contribute, Acton in August 2009 wrote:

“It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”

It took a while, but eventually his optimism paid off.

Ps:  Last year I shared some ideas for unemployed graduates on Graduate School for Unemployed Youth.


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