Marcus Buckingham, author of NOW Discover Your Strengths (for my money the best "know yourself" book and system out there), recently wrote a blog post about opportunity. Specifically, the idea that difficult times are also times of opportunity. Before you say that's crazy talk, hear him out.
Full article is here, key points below...
If you have a job you may not be able to control the economy, or maybe even your own company, but you can take charge of yourself. Make the effort to discover what you're best and what you love, then find ways to build your career around those areas.
Even if you're currently unemployed or seeing the writing on the wall about potential layoffs, there are ways to take charge and keep focus on your career. Take the time to understand your strengths and when you may be able to apply them. It may just be the time to make a change, perhaps a time of opportunity.