I was driving home from the interview more excited than I had been in years. I could not believe that I actually landed the position and I beat out hundreds. The job was mine and life was turning around.

There I was, fifty four years old and I had been an unemployed manager for eighteen months. How and why did it happen? I had such a long successful career as a brokerage manager. I always hit or exceeded my goals while employed. I walked across many stages and accepted many awards. I was always one of the first managers promoted to a new post at every company I worked for. One day I was on top of the world and the next I was a fifty-four-year-old has-been – at least that is how I felt after being unemployed for so long.

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