Some folks are unemployed and some folks have no jobs. And yes, there is a difference.
Unemployed people react on one way and those without a job might look at things differently. First of all even if you are unemployed you can be a "Consultant" if you have real experience in something. So a Consultant may be between jobs but he is not unemployed. A distinction with no difference? I don't think so.
One may be home getting an unemployment check and the other out shaking the bushes trying to make something happen. Both have the same circumstance. No income. The guy shaking the bushes likely does not even get unemployment benefits because he/she may have been in sales. So there is no weekly check. Those folks need to make something happen.
I think that is where "Sweat Equity" comes into play. Just like the old farms of the west. They could not afford the "Hands" but "Hands" would show up hoping that the harvest would yield dollars for them too. They had faith and they did not have much more than that.
Today everything is a start up. It's much better than being a consultant. But it still at a point where no income is coming in. How do you get something going? Those hands of the west are now folks willing to work with "Sweat Equity". Few do that. It is a rare bird. A rare bird that will work with passion and walk away each day with zero income and come back the next day even more passionate and eager than the day before. Where failure is just not an option. Where a vision is so strong it overrides all the bullshit that comes your way.
Sweat Equity. Only problem is you need a talent to start with or there is nothing to sweat and no equity to be had. So what can you bring to the table? How can you make FIRE?? Fire is made with 2 sticks. Opportunity is made with the mind and thoughts. Both can change the world. But it is hard when all most folks do is look for matches. Look for the quick and easy answer. Afraid of the heavy lifting required to really make a difference.
Sweat equity means believing in yourself to reach a specific goal and probably a common goal among a few....or many. It means that challenges are met with solutions and solutions are what gives you the passion and motivation to press on. Any team is only as strong as the weakest link and when you have a groug of gung-ho people striving for something sensational, then that energy feeds on itself. It makes things rise and makes things happen.
Why ever have a job again when you can own your future. When you can contribute to something that has the potential to become very big. The true challenge is knowing there are a million barkers on each corner and only a few have anything of true value. So you figure out a test. A bar. A minimum that something must meet. For me, the bar I seem to use most these days are NEED, WANT, DESIRE. Those seem to be the comment elements on the way to a sale. On the way to a deal. On the way to Broadway.
Have a GREAT Day!