Way back in 1987, I sat in an outplacement seminar provided by my former employer Kraft. We were told that we had to adopt the mindset of Free Agents. We should never assume we had a job, even if we did. We should always be developing our skills to prepare ourselves to hunt for the next job, which we should now frame as "on assignment." And we should always expect the unexpected. Do that and we would remain serene, no matter what.
I haven't been shocked since. Not by bad news. Not by good news. That's why I find it puzzling that the hundreds of journalists cut from Patch, which AOL handed over to a turnaround company, are stunned by this development. For a long time they knew the hyper-local news brand was in trouble. But even if had been going gangbusters, the powers-that-be could have decided on a new direction and a whole bunch of journalists as well as editors could have been bounced out. Here is that coverage.
We earn our living one hour at a time.